Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It is time to Sparkle

Living at the beach has it's ups and downs. Mainly ups...but May & June can be depressing here. We get what is called, "May Gray & June Gloom." Right now, it is cold & dreary outside, but if we were to travel 1/2 mile East, the sun would be shining and warming my pale skin. Nana lived in this house for 36 years. She saw many of these gray days. Maybe that is why she found comfort in hunting down recipes and making light out of a dreary day. I am having one of those "lack of motivation" days... I want to make something cool, but don't feel like dragging the kids to the store to get the ingredients. So, I opened the drawer and found a recipe that would bring the summer to my home. You know what the best part about this recipe is?? I can go outside and pick the citrus from the trees. You want to know what is even better about this recipe? can add Vodka to it! And you know that is exactly what I would have done if it wasn't 9:00 in the morning.

Lemon- Lime Sparkler

1/2 c. lime juice
1/3 c. lemon juice
1/3c. sugar

Combine fruit juices & sugar. Pour into tall glass over ice. Fill with Sparkling Canada Dry Water. Garnish with strawberries, cherries, or mint leaves.

Serves 4.

Recipe from the Canada Dry pamphlet. Not sure of the year this came out, but I am thinking it must have been the 50's. Does anyone have another guess?

ETA: My Dad's cousin just pointed out to me that there is a number at the bottom of these vintage pamphlets. It states the date it was printed. This one was 1962.


  1. As a lover of retro ephemera and classic grub, I'm looking forward to every old recipe and ad in that drawer. Maybe you could suggest a thing or two to my bride about how real people eat? Love that ad!

    And what's wrong with vodka for breakfast? It's made from potatoes isn't it?

  2. I LOVED your vodka comment; I snorted out loud when I read it. I think there was something in the air making all of us drag this week, every woman I have spoken with had that same feeling. If I knew anything about astrology, I'm sure I could site something about the stars being the cause of it all.

    This is a perfect beginning for Nana's Drawer. It's easy, delicious, and fun. LOVE IT!

  3. what a fun idea!!!! and this site lets me leave comments :)
    yummy drink, especially with the vodka