Hey! Warren here this time. This is my first time posting, but you will see me chime in from time to time. I’m in charge of all the cocktails around here, and I thought this recipe would be a good place to start.
In late August of this year, Mary Estep, my Mamaw, passed away. Sometimes the death of a family member is unexpected, but her death wasn’t. In fact, I thought I had been preparing myself for “that call”. As you might would, I spent weeks reconciling with the things I knew would cease to exist. What I failed to recognize, though, was the overwhelming flow of past memories that would occur.
Sitting with Mamaw in her front porch swing readily fills my mind with contentment. As summer storm clouds rolled in, we would watch the birds bathe, and the trees dance in the wind; Mamaw would offer up something cold to drink. I’m guessing you always have a handful of staples in your refrigerator; well, she had her staples too. Sweet tea and hand squeezed lemonade were her essentials. Tea and lemonade were easily my two favorite things to drink as a kid; and I loved mixing them together. I always enjoyed the cold beverage the most when I was sitting on Mamaw’s porch swing talking with her about all sorts of things. It’s one of my favorite memories of her.
After her recent passing, these memories keep popping in my head. How much I loved sitting on the porch with her, and drinking tea-lemonade. It’s funny how that happens; how nostalgia fills the mind after someone is gone.
At our cabin in the mountains of Tennessee, Summer and I have a porch swing of our own. We sit there from time to time for a nice swing, and talk about food, childhood, life, and sometimes listen to podcasts. These swings are for remembering past times, making new memories, and sipping tea-lemonade.
I wanted to make a cocktail that reminded me of past times on Mamaw’s porch, but I changed up her traditional sweet tea-lemonade to make it my own. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and I encourage you to let it take you back to a simpler time.