Friday, June 25, 2010

When life hands you lemons......?



We all know the saying, when life hands you lemons you make lemonade, making the best of a situation. We all have had to do it in our lives..Thank goodness for moments that we do realize it is all just part of being human...in the words of Frankie goes to Hollywood...Relax!!! :)  So lemonade?, I know it has some roots somewhere, somehow?  I have to say that lemons date back to the times of Christ, but really we just need the hyphenated version and not when it was carried across the desert to be hybridized. We fast-forward, the beauty of digital America. Lemonade has become a symbol of Americana as much as a hot dog at a Yankee's game.  In New York city the summers were brutal, I can remember when I was attending culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island,the heart of the city was easily 15 degrees hotter than the outer lying towns.
 In the late 1800's the New York Times mentioned several stands selling lemonade to combat the sweltering heat, some as a way for kids to make some some money.  Perhaps the most well-known lemonade stand is a little business started by a sweet little girl named Alex in 2000, she had cancer and sadly she passed away in 2004, but her gift to childhood cancer lives on with over 25 million dollars raised to find a cure.  Never underestimate the heart of a child!! Lemonade and lemonade stands have shaped our great country and are a symbol of entrepreneurship, and determination.  Just think if we could bottle that determination, where we would be?

Blueberry Ginger Lemonade

2 cups simple syrup
2 cups frozen blueberries thawed
2 cups cold water
2 cups lemon juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
muddle the blueberries and ginger with the simple syrup and let set for about 30 minutes, next add the lemon juice and water and get some ice and enjoy.
Note about simple syrup...to make you use:
2 cups granulated sugar
4 cups water
place sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, allowing the sugar to dissolve.  Cool, store and use for lemonade recipes.  

A dinner lubricates business.~Lord William Stowell

2 comments:

chefktakei said...

"Lemonade has become a symbol of Americana as much as a hot dog at a Yankee's game." i am sure you really meant to say "as American as a Dodger Dog in Los Angeles"
:-)

that recipe sounds wonderful...especially as hot as it is here in FL today!

Paige Gould said...

ummm, yes and if I were in Chicago, round and round we go. bottom line baseball rocks..it is the best thing about summer, no matter what team it is :)

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