Just Add Sugar

by The Writer

Hard Lemonade

“I am a drinker with writing problems.” -Brendan Behan

Either I completely avoid disappointment, or just continue hoping for the best; whether a pessimist or optimist, life is hard.  My continual search for the silver lining, is exhausting and there are moments when my patience has been spent.  Waiting to realize the ‘good’ in a bad situation is challenging, so every now and again a reward is necessary, even if it’s just a drink.

The Best Ever Lemonade Recipe:

  • 1 part lemon
  • 5 parts water
  • sugar

I’m not even going to ask to share in the profits or royalties, but there are some things you’ll need to know before you go running off to make your own lemonade stand and rake in the rewards…

The best lemons are the Lisbon lemon’s.  They’re a great quality bitter lemon with high juice and acid levels, and considered to be the most sour.  This is key to making the perfect lemonade:  you need the sourest lemons in existence, and fortunately they are in abundance.  They are mostly found in California, and luckily trekking all the way there for fruit is unnecessary.  The fruit will come to us because life has a way of handing them to you, but don’t  bother with those.  They aren’t sour enough.  Use the lemons life hurls at your face, stings your eyes and makes you cry.  Those are the best.  Use them and squeeze them as if your life depended on it; turn them into ‘the fruits of your labour’.

Water quality is also important.  The purer the water, the better the taste.  Regrettably the glaciers of ice holding the world’s cleanest water is a little out of reach.  However, you don’t even need it.  You could use tap water, depending on where you live, but sometimes that isn’t an option.  And don’t even bother with those expensive filters that claim to take out impurities to offer better tasting water.  Unnecessary.  The stuff that comes from above is some of the cleanest water around and it’s right above you, sent down for your drinking pleasure.  Yes, life hurled a lemon at your face, but it also provided rain water to help with the recipe.  When it rains, yes sometimes it’ll pour, but it’s to gather enough to make a big batch to drink.

The other ingredient needed is sugar. Life can’t do all the work.  It gave you a lemon, and water, but everyone’s taste differs.  Some like it a little sweeter, some not so much.  So the amount of sweetness remains optional.  You can reach for the granulated stuff, the natural stuff or ‘the substitutes’.  Be careful of the substitutes and other ‘sweeteners’– They can leave a strange taste in your mouth, ruin all your hard work and take away that refreshing taste.

This recipe is for the optimist and pessimist, but I’m willing to bet the pessimist’s lemonade (if they even bothered to try) will be too bitter for me.  Life can be hard, but optimists’ lemonade is harder.

I raise my glass to you. Cheers.