There is a well-known Mark Twain quote about the mercurial nature of New England weather: “If you don't like the weather in New England...wait a few minutes”. This year, I think you could easily extrapolate it to our change of seasons. After a particularly brutal (and ridiculously snowy) winter, followed by a short, blustery, non-spring, we woke up one morning and...KABLAM! Summer had arrived! Flower blossoms bursting, heat, humidity; the change was so fast, there was barely a day between woolen sweaters and summer shorts.
The upcoming summertime heat calls for lots of cool treats. Generally speaking, we are a popsicle-and-chilled-watermelon sort of family, but on really hot days, I start to crave a drink of my childhood. During the hottest part of the summer, my Mum would take my siblings and me on walks to the nearest Brigham's Ice Cream Parlor (a Boston staple) to beat the heat with hot fudge sundaes (whipped cream for the kids, and marshmallow for her) and raspberry lime rickeys. Stealing sweetly tart sips between bites of fudge, those sticky afternoons have stayed with me.
Now that cherry season is in full swing, I thought a variation of that classic drink recipe would be just as refreshing as the original. Sweet cherries & homemade cherry syrup are stirred together with bright lime juice and club soda. Easy, simple, and non-alcoholic, it's perfect for sipping on the porch while enjoying a sunny day.