Summer has come to an end and the kids are back in school. The campers are being washed up and winterized, yards are being cleaned up and gardens harvested. Yesterday we had one last weiner roast in our back yard to celebrate the Labour Day weekend and sat around a camp fire until bedtime. Wood fires are not just a summer thing up north, though. Once the weather cools many up homes in our community supplement gas heat with wood heat.
I recently read about the power outage that lasted three days for some in the Lower Mainland of BC, it was a friend of my parents who became the last family to regain power on Wednesday afternoon. Being a Scout leader and general contractor, and basically a totally prepared guy, this family didn’t suffer from the loss of electricity much. You can find the full story in the Vancouver Sun here.
Up north power outages are pretty common place, and while we have never gone three days, we have learned that things like wood heat, generators and lots of flashlights & candles is a must especially in the winter when going without heat isn’t an option. So what to drink when working up a sweat chopping wood or doing fall chores?
Recently I posted about my eldest daughter’s over the top lemonade stand success and offered a hint about her special lemonade option for those who were willing to pay the extra. We had named the lemonades simply Traditional and Raspberry but I quickly renamed the latter “Rockin’ Raspberry Lemonade”.
At first our clients were hesitant to spend the extra $3 bucks for the upgrade. “Why so expensive?” they would ask. “Ah but you see, we use real raspberries for the flavour, not some synthetic syrup!” I would respond. I had one gal decide to give it a try and buy one for her partner, 10 minutes later she came back for three more. “I sucked that back in about 2 minutes” she said, as she happily ordered more for herself and her friends.
So how do you make raspberry lemonade that people will deem worth every penny? Here is the secret recipe – or successful experiment.
- 2 oz lemon juice (bottled)
- 1/4 cup berry sugar
- 1/4 cup frozen red raspberries (I used presents choice brand)
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- 1 oz blue raspberry martini mix/syrup (yes we did use a bit of the “synthetic stuff too”)
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup cold water
muddle lemon juice, berry sugar and frozen raspberries in bottom of 32 oz ziploc twist and lock container or boston cocktail shaker (this is too much drink to use a small standard cocktail shaker). Add grenadine, raspberry mix. Fill half full with ice and then add 1 cup water (or enough to cover ice). Seal and shake, shake, shake! Pour through a cocktail strainer (to strain out some of the seeds) into a 16 oz cup half filled with ice. Top with water if needed and garnish with 4 or 5 frozen berries. Add a straw and serve with a smile.
At our fundraiser lemonade stand 1 in every 4 chose the raspberry option. The fresh tart raspberries gave the drink a really nice kick and were balanced perfectly with the added sweetness of the syrups. We found we needed very little grenadine —just enough to balance the blue colour of the other syrup— as the flavour would overpower the berries. When making this using a red shot glass we filled the bottom 1/4 with the grenadine and then topped it with blue raspberry syrup in order to make sure we wouldn’t over measure the grenadine.
We made these for my younger daughters birthday this August to see how a younger crowd enjoys them. Seven out of Eight loved it. Is it manly enough for a lumberjack? Well I haven’t a true lumberjack in the family, but my wood chopping man loves them.