It was a warm, clear, relaxing summer evening, you know that moment when you are out to dinner and for some silly reason, maybe it’s the way the waitress presents the option, Raspberry Lemonade sounds really, really good? It comes to the table, the glass has drips of water on the outside. It is a gorgeous, rosy color with ice cubes and a wedge of lemon bobbing near the top. You take a drink and for some reason, it wasn’t quite what you had in mind. In a strange twist of lemon fate, the drink that looks so refreshing and thirst quenching…..is not. There is so much sweetness that it actually makes you thirsty after you drink it.
We can do better. Saturday night, Mr. Right invited me on a picnic. It was to be right on the beach, quite near the Narrows Bridge. Cute bling covered sandals and sassy pedicure? check! Beach blanket for sitting? check? Stopped to pick up eye-catching, luscious, huge salads of our choice. check. Napkins and disposable wooden picnic forks? check? Lemonade? Hey, we can make some!
I juiced two lemons. I added 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries. 3 Tablespoons Fruit Sweet and 3.5 cups of filtered water. Put it all in the Blendtec and pushed the magic button. I poured it all into a chilled Stanley Thermos. Yes, that thermos. Not fancy. Not pretty. Not sassy by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. No I am not paid to shout the goodness of the Stanley Thermos. However, I would gladly tell anyone about its virtues. A work horse. An extremely well crafted thermos that actually keeps things super hot or ice-cold. Never leaks. I would encourage you to pay the money and buy one. Buy one for a gift. Heck fill it with fresh made lemonade and take it in the thermos as the gift.
Two hours later, while wiggling our toes in the sand and rocks, sitting on our green plaid waterproof picnic blanket, digging into our dinner, it was time to pour some Raspberry Lemonade. What plops out? Ice cubes! Yes, that thermos is amazing and never fails to impress us. The icy cold, glorious blush color liquid poured into our cups. First taste, toes curling, oh my stars. So tart and tangy, my tongue did a little jig in my mouth. With just a touch of sweetness from the berries and fruit sweet, it was a gourmet treat of it’s very own. It was the perfect drink to pair with the perfect picnic.
I sort of love that thermos so much I want to hug it. I am thankful for the quality. Having moments to use said thermos, makes me giddy.
After too many hours of yard work on a hot, hot summer day, sitting on the beach, with a cool breeze tickling our skin, it was a lovely way to end a weekend. Hanging out with Mr. Right on the beach drinking homemade Raspberry Lemonade…………..doesn’t get much better. Pucker up baby, we have a lot to be grateful for!