This week it would seem that summer has come to a halt. There was some sunshine at the beginning of the week, accompanied with showers and gale winds….. Listen to me, I sound like the weather reporter on the news channel. Well, that’s what happens when you live in Northern Europe. You often talk about the weather, especially during summer when summer isn’t quite playing ball. So, this week we’ve been to the library to catch up on some reading and find new exciting stories. We’ve done a little crab fishing in Hornbæk harbour and in the process got soaked by a sudden downpour and ran for cover in an ice cream parlour. We visited our favourite bakery and today we’ve been to the movies, along with the rest of the Danish population who also decided it was a good way to pass the time on a wet and windy day. We tried to go to the Blue Planet but after half an hour of driving around trying to find parking this mamma decided that rainy days actually mean movie days. Enough said. Fortunately our tickets last a year and there are many summer days ahead, and besides, the Minions were somewhat amusing, well at least my boys thought so. And after all that’s what really matters.
So, if the sunshine ain’t coming to Denmark today best I post some on here. I don’t usually buy fizzy drinks, not unless we are expecting guests or occasionally in the summer when we are having Pimms. In which case we usually make the boys a non alcoholic Pimms, i.e. Lemonade with all the trimmings of Pimms, except for the actual Pimms. They love it and at least they’re eating strawberries and cucumber with their drink. Occasionally we’ll have the odd Coca-Cola. My youngest calls it Black Champagne. He somehow got a taste of it when mummy’s back must have been turned and Daddy gave in. On New Year’s eve we buy the boys children’s Champagne (some fizzy strawberry drink). In the youngest’s mind fizzy means Champagne, and this New Year’s gone by he said he prefers the Black Champagne. Wouldn’t Coca-Cola just love that? Black Champagne! Good thing New Year’s only comes around once a year.
So back to my sunshine in a glass. Long story short, I’m not really fond of my children drinking fizzy drinks with the exception of special occasions and perhaps a little during summer filled with ice. So as we had some Lemonade left in the fridge and the boys asked for some, I decided to make it just a tad healthier and this was the result. Sunshine in a glass…. okay I suppose it’s only orange juice and Lemonade. I had some organic Spanish oranges lying around, and I know they are not in season here at the moment, but I love oranges. Anyway my children loved it and mamma did too as they had half a glass of fresh organic orange juice added to their Lemonade. My beloved said it was nothing new, as he grew up on this. So perhaps it’s Retro. Good thing I love Retro! Important note though, my recipe contains freshly squeezed oranges. Not from concentrate.
So did you grow up with a similar drink, and if so what was it called? I would love to know.
Sunshine in a glass
You will need:
Fresh oranges (preferably organic)
Some mint (optional)
Squeeze the fresh oranges. Fill a glass with ice cubes, fill halfway with orange juice and top with fizzy Lemonade and a fresh slice of orange and some mint leaves. Enjoy! You can make a jug and follow the same ratio. Half orange juice to half Lemonade.
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