(Illustration by Quentin Blake)
Before I had children, my friends would bring their kids to my home — and I was sometimes ill-prepared. As the only non-alcoholic beverages in our home were coffee and margarita mix, I needed to think fast. Since I’m a huge Willy Wonka fan, I invented this drink to encourage everyone to stay hydrated.
Thankfully, this was the most popular and refreshing drink of the day for both the grownups and the little ones.
1 can lemonade concentrate
2 of the empty cans of concentrate filled with club soda
1 of the empty cans of concentrate filled with ginger ale
1 lemon’s worth of lemon slices
1/4 cup sugar
1 1-gallon Ziploc-type bag of ice that has been smashed a few times with a mallet
Slice the lemon into round slices.
Sprinkle both sides with sugar.
Gently stir the concentrate, club soda and ginger ale together in a pitcher.
Add smashed ice.
Add the sugared lemon slices to the glasses and pour the lemonade concentrate mixture into the glasses.
Serve with straws. (Because everything tastes better with straws.)