By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
Long, holiday weekends are a professionals’ dream come true. It means they don’t have to use vacation days and it’s a still a paid day off. When I was younger, and just starting out in my professional life, those long weekends seemed like a perfect gift from the boss. We would jump on the train and head out of Manhattan the very second that clock struck 5 PM.
Besides being a long weekend, it was a race to see whom could get to the house first. You see, our dearest friends had a farm house in New Hope, PA. and which ever weekend guest arrived first, got to claim their room for the weekend. Now, I call it a farm house, but it was quite large and had been decorated by the very best of New York Interior Designers, seemingly with no budget adhered to. So, needless to say, every room was spectacular, but for some reason we all wanted the Blue Room (it was covered in a blue French Toil wallpaper that featured monkeys).
Anyway, it was on these lazy weekends that I started experimenting with making drinks and this is one of my first creations.
- Bacardi Limon Rum
- Lemon Perrier, Sparking Water
- Sugar Cubes
- A Few Lemons
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Cheese Cloth
- Cut a lemon into quarters and set aside. Then cut another lemon in half and slice those halves and then cut into thin slices and also set aside.
- Take a raspberry or two and gently break them up as you place them in the bottom of your drink glass. Then squeeze the juice from one of your lemon quarters into the glass.
- Take a piece of cheese cloth, that is about twice the size as the mouth of your drink glass and put a sugar cube into the center. While loosely holding the cheese cloth with two fingers (one on either side of the glass), gently push the sugar cube partway down into the glass with your free hand. Tighten your hold on the cheese cloth as you slowly fill your glass about 1/4 way with the Bacardi Limon Rum, pouring over the sugar cube to dissolve it. Remove the cheese cloth.
- Now, add a couple of slices of lemon. and a sprig of mint.
- Finish making your drink by slowly filling the remainder of the glass with your Lemon Perrier. Repeat this process until you have enough drinks prepared for your invited guests.
- Enjoy my version of lemonade with no less than a handful of friends this coming holiday weekend.