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My lemonade fix

I’ve got to tell you something, guys. I don’t have much of an attention span at the moment. I’m so sorry. I can’t really write. I can’t really read. I can’t do much at all, save for clutch my cell phone and the folder containing our wedding plans. I sit down and try to write something, or maybe have a conversation with someone, but lo and behold, like it or not, my train of thought choo-choos straight to the wedding. I’m like a horse with blinders, only less obedient. All I can say is this: watch out. It’s best to keep your distance unless you’re prepared to discuss the following topics:

a) veils [I decided last Wednesday not to wear mine, and I feel so rebellious and free!],
b) party favors [ours are recipe cards for some of our favorite dishes, bundled with brown ribbon],
c) rented tables and chairs and linens [how does anyone keep track of all this crap?], and
d) the pesky Final Head Count, which eludes me still.

Oh, friends. I’m a total bore. I used to scoff at stories of wild-eyed brides, running amok with checklists and fabric samples, but now I think I get it. It’s sort of embarrassing to admit, but I know how they feel. Even though I like to think of our wedding as less of a production and more of a big party, it’s still, you know, a lot of work. It just is. It’s work for a good cause, but still, it’s work. The kind of work that involves such things as 39 yards of grosgrain ribbon. The kind of work that ties knots in your shoulders. The kind of work that gets you thirsty. Like, lemonade-thirsty.

When I was a kid, I had a special thing for lemonade. If I was lucky, my mother would buy a tub of Country Time® pink lemonade mix, the kind that came in a little cardboard cylinder that was supposed to look like a wooden barrel. I’d load up my glass until it was hot pink, sugared to the brim, sweet enough to make my throat burn. It was heaven. But it didn’t happen very often. More likely, I was on my own with lemon juice, sugar, and water. This being the mid-80s, however, our lemon juice came from a squeeze bottle, and our sugar was Equal®. I devised a standard formula. Into one hi-ball glass I would squeeze ten squirts of bottled lemon, three packets of sweetener, and water to fill. It was exquisite - a garish yellow, wildly sour, wildly sweet, the type of thing that, I’m quite certain, removes tooth enamel on contact. Luckily for all of us, I have since learned a better way to get my lemonade fix - sans dentists, sans mix.

The recipe in question comes from this month’s Gourmet, and with only a few minor tweaks. It starts with a simple syrup - water and sugar, boiled briefly to dissolve - infused with strips of lemon zest. Into that goes the kicker, a whack of fresh basil, and then it’s left to steep. Then you strain the syrup and mix it with doses of fresh lemon, cold water, and ice cubes. It may not be instant, per se, but once the syrup is made, it’s lickety-split to assemble whenever the mood strikes. (Which, if you’re me, is every day, around lunchtime.) It’s the lemonade we all know and love, only more sophisticated, with a sweet, herbal whiff of basil. I worried that it might be too fussy or fiddly, a good thing pushed too far, but I needn’t have: it’s still lemonade, only a little smarter. It’s lemonade with, say, a college degree. It’s just the stuff for a summer afternoon - preferably, if I may say so, alongside a salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

And not to, you know, uh, bring it back (choo-choo!) to the wedding, but it’s just the stuff for that, too. Our caterers will be pouring two types of infused lemonade: a raspberry version for the rehearsal dinner, and a rosemary one for the reception. And thank goodness, since at this rate, my own supply will be long gone.

Basil Lemonade
Adapted from Gourmet, July 2007

I used tap water in both stages of the recipe below, but that’s only because ours tastes pretty decent. If you don’t like the flavor of your tap water, use spring water instead.

2 cups Basil Lemon Syrup (see below)
2 cups cold water
2 cups ice cubes
1 ¼ cups fresh lemon juice

Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher; then pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice.

Yield: about 6 cups

Basil Lemon Syrup

I love the combination of basil and lemon, but you could also make a tasty syrup with mint, or rosemary. If you use mint, you could probably use the same amount, or maybe a bit less. If you use rosemary, I imagine you’d need much less – maybe only one medium-size sprig for an entire batch of syrup. If you used any more than that, it might taste too piney.

Or, hey, if you want to take things in a different direction, you might try tossing in a fistful of fresh raspberries, instead of an herb. I haven’t yet tried it, nor do I know exactly how our caterers make their raspberry lemonade, but what’s the worst that could happen? Really.

Also, Gourmet says that you could combine some of the syrup with vodka and fresh lemon juice to make a summery gimlet. That would be for those days, of course, when lemonade just doesn’t cut it.

2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
4 (4- by 1-inch) strips lemon zest
2 cups packed fresh basil sprigs

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the basil, stir to combine, and let stand at room temperature, covered, for 1 hour. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Strain the syrup through a sieve into an airtight container, pressing hard on and then discarding the solids.

Note: The syrup will keep, covered and chilled, for up to five days. The recipe can also be easily doubled.

Yield: about 2 ½ cups


Anonymous Maija said...

I have to admit, Molly, I do at times find some brides obnoxious. However, your little tidbits only make me want to know more - any other hints of the menu? I am sure we will get a full report post-gala, but that's a long way off.

I never thought of basil in lemonade, but it sounds fantastic. I've been known to chuck lemonade in a blender with a handful of strawberries or raspberries, give it a whirr & maybe toss in vodka, too, if the mood is right. Yum... and I just got a new blender at a yard sale (after destroying my last one with an unfortunate spoon incident that involved strawberries on the ceiling & me clutching grimly to the kitchen cupboards to wipe them off!).

1:48 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Meryl said...

Molly -

this is so cute! I was the same crazy way when I got married back in October. Amusingly, I decided I WANTED a veil one week before my wedding and rushed around like a maniac trying to find one that matched. My lovely neighbor ended up lending me her's and it was perfect. Funny how you change your mind so close to the end, isn't it?

I love the idea of rosemary lemonade - sounds so good!

1:50 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Luisa said...

You are the cutest. Really truly. Your favors sound adorable, you will be beautiful (it is absolutely killing me that I can't be there!) and that lemonade sounds fantastic. I wonder if it'd work with purple basil? It's all I've got in the fridge. xxoo

2:05 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger randa said...

congrats on ditching the veil. When I got married I found that the biggest challenge was balancing what we thought would be best without alienating some of our more traditional relatives. Anyways, this lemonade sounds perfect for the heat wave we've been having here in PA.

2:09 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

There's little I love more than fresh icy lemonade. And damn if this mid-Atlantic summer hasn't descended with all the grace of a big ole hog. But I don't have a go-to recipe yet. Can't wait to give this one a try.

I wish you all kinds of calm and sanity and joy in these last weeks of wedding prep!


2:29 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We slept for two days post wedding, very exausting I agree, but worth it. Bravo on the veil tossing, I forgot mine. What is a veil about anyway?

3:31 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Hilda said...

I hope everything works itself out smoothly as I'm sure it will, and you don't sound annoying in the least bit since you've managed to see the humor in the situation so to speak.
I love me some tangy lemonade and had never thought to make rosemary lemonade, but I'll definitely be trying some soon thanks to you.

3:43 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger christianne said...

That sounds great! I went to a wedding just last weekend where they served lemonade from huge beautiful glass urns/jugs during the cocktail hour. With a hefty slug of vodka, it made the miserably long ceremony all the more worthwhile.

3:45 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger nicole said...

Oh yeah - I made this for my 4th of July bbq (avec vodka, of course) and it was fab (I'm thinking about blogging about it myself, because it comes complete with a story of being sleepy and drumping nearly half the syrup down the drain, because I am just that smart). My mom even liked it, and she can be picky.

All the best wishes for your wedding! Hope you can get through the next few weeks relatively calmly -- and with lots and lots of lemonade.

4:03 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Laura said...

1. It's a joy to be a veil-less bride. I saw a $300-plus asymmetrical white feather headband in a wedding industry complex (WIC) bride magazine, and shortly thereafter jerry-rigged my own for less than $10. But I had doubts at the end, until I put it on minutes before I walked down the aisle. See Meryl's comments. I guess we all change our minds no matter what we do - or almost!

2. The Final Head Count is an elusive and terrible number. I have no advice but to do the best you can. At some point soon, it will be out of your hands. And at some point, you may be notified by e-mail that two guests from Brooklyn are indeed not coming 600 miles south for the festivities, and that they probably knew that before the day before the wedding. Ah, well. A good scream outside helps, and then it's back to business.

3. It sounds like you'll have delicious wedding food. That is important and surprisingly rare. We had it. Ripe, local tomatoes in June were the ultimate coup of our wedding.

4. Best wishes AND congratulations.

4:19 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oy, that lemonade sounds delicious. What a great use for my rapidly expanding basil.

4:34 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Aileen said...

This lemonade sounds wonderful. As one who loves (read: love, love, loves) rosemary (and can't seem to grow basil for the life of her), the lemonade at your wedding sounds incredible. Your favors are also much fun. Oh, at risk of hyperbole, I'll just go ahead and say it: the little that you post about just forecasts the whole wedding as destined to be wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us these insights into the bustle and distraction of the pre-wedding weeks!

5:18 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Savvy Savorer said...

I have the same wedding problem. Mine is in October! I totally unnderstand but I refuse to make too many decisions. Leaving it all to the family. What ever happens as long as the bride is pretty and the food is good. So I need to cook and not eat too much. You know how it is. Anwyay your poste was refreshing, now go breathe!

6:48 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous RA said...

I'm so excited to see how your big day plays out, Molly! I am also part of the No-Veil Brigade. I ordered one, walked around in it, kept batting it away from my back, and promptly sent it back. On a 90-degree day, it was definitely filed under a Good Decision. And clutching a cell phone and tracking linens? Oh, I did all of those things, and more, with a network of synchronized white boards. I think it just comes with the territory, for better or for worse.

Eee! I'm squealing for you from the east coast! :c)

7:25 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Marcia said...

Molly -- hooray! Smart move on the veil! Wish I had done the same. It sounds like you are in complete control of your senses, and that is wonderful!

As for lemonade...it's probably the only reason I wish it could be summer year-round! My one tweak is to mix with homemade iced black tea for the most perfect Arnold Palmer!

Cheers, best wishes and congratulations!

7:27 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Rach said...

Quite apart from the lemonade, those party favours are a fantastic idea. Personal, relevant and useful. Lucky wedding guests!

8:02 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Anne said...

Basil and rosemary lemonades sound great, but my own true love will always be lavender lemonade. It's a weird, grayish color, but it tastes fantastic.

Congrats on the veil decision. I went veil-less too - just a little baby's breath in my hair - and I don't regret it. Can't wait to hear how the big day goes!

8:26 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Molly, this sounds so refreshing w/ the heat we have had this week(hard to believe we had 55 degree days less than a month ago!) I have done similar with lavender, but can't wait to try basil!

good luck with the wedding plans. some decisions are so fun to make, (like recipe cards - yeah!) and others are just overwhelmingly tedious (can't the caterer just pick the linen color? what do you mean they have 5 shades of white?) but in the end, it will be the perfect day, veil or not, because they were your choices to make. enjoy!

9:33 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Cory said...

In the mid-nineties, Gourmet included a recipe for nectarine basil lemonade that I must have made 20 times that season. I had forgotten about it - thanks for the reminder!

10:24 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous robin said...

I've been enjoying lemon and basil together, too...
David Lebovitz' basil ice cream (it's wonderful!) with lemon cake (I like Maida Heatter's 62nd Street Lemon Cake recipe, further intensified with lemon extract as well as the lemon glaze)... it's such a great combination!

I will have to try the lemonade, it's sounds great!
Good luck with your wedding! It will fly right by, so try to enjoy it!

10:27 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

How funny, I also made this this week (sans the basil) and I hadn't even seen the recipe in the magazine, though it's laying around here somewhere. I have been experimenting with cocktails -if you add tequila, a little lime and some cointreau - you have a pretty damn good margarita as it turns out!

11:04 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Michèle said...

Molly, I think you can most definitely be forgiven for being a bit preoccupied these days! The lemonade sounds like a perfect way to take the edge off. I love the idea of infusing it with basil. And the rosemary one--oh my, the herb that owns my heart..

11:48 PM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Pille said...

Molly, as long as you promise to continue blogging 'as normal' afterwards, you're fine :) Wedding is a priority at the moment.
And thanks for the basil lemonade recipe - we've got loads of basil growing at our windowsill, so it's handy to know various uses for this.

12:20 AM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Aude said...

I read your blog regularly but rarely comments except this time because it echoes my own situation a few months ago.
I've breen through all this exhausting preparation last summer, I would have liked to be warned that a wedding can be so exhasuting but "ça en vaut la chandelle".
I'll try the basil lemonede as soon as the weather will be "summery" here.
Bon courage et plein de bonnes choses!

1:43 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Heather said...

I just discovered this blog and already am so enamored of it; I hope you don't mind that I've added it to my cooking link directory.

I never would have thought of infusing basil into lemonade! A lemonade syrup, on the other hand---now as far as I'm concerned nothing beats that. This is my personal favorite recipe for it: http://www.errantdreams.com/static/lemonade_syrup

(Okay, I'm biased, since it's the recipe my husband and I came up with.)

Best of luck with the wedding! It sounds like quite the affair!

1:51 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for some reason I immediately thought of lavender, (recall from a herbal cookbook?) I have lavender and rosemary on my back porch and I think they smell very similar. I think I will try making half batches of this with the different herbs I have growing in containers.

3:54 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous ann said...

I'm obsessed with lemonade too. My mom refused to buy me the instant powdered kind, instead she kept a small fort of frozen concentrate in the fridge. I'm not sure why she thought that was healthier, but, whatever... I was also obsessed with seltzer water, and one day I decided to combine the two, making the frozen concentrate with the bubbly water.
It's heaven.
My parents would have me make it for all their parties.
Now I buy a lemon/lime concentrate at the local Polish deli and mix it with bubbly water. It's also nice with a little vodka. That would help get some knots out of your shoulders! ;-)

4:44 AM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger shari said...

hi molly.
your wedding favors sound perfect. love it. and basil lemonade...the perfect summer thirst quencher. can't wait to try the recipe. good luck with all of last minute wedding plans. hugs! shari

5:18 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Best of luck, Molly-- your post brings back memories for me as my husband and I approach our 2nd wedding anniversary this August. Enjoy the pre-wedding ride, which, though stressful, delivers great rewards in the end.

From the sounds of it, you are in for the best party of your lives!

If I may offer a word of caution: the big celebration goes by WAY TOO FAST. If you can, do lots of mingling at the rehearsal event so that you can relax and do exactly what you want to do on wedding day. This is a piece of advice given to us by some of our friends who did not get to eat on their wedding day for 'making the rounds' to all of their guests.

We followed their advice, and so we got to eat (!), and dance, and dance, and dance...

Have a ball.

6:49 AM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger hannah said...

i swear we had the same childhood. i distinctly remember being nine, standing in my grandparents kitchen watching my grandpa make a glass of fresh limeade. it hit me like a thunderbolt. I CAN DO THIS! i still do, when i get those burning citrus cravings and i cant convince david to go get me some haagen daz lemon ice. i used to feel sheepish, but no longer.

oh molly!! i cant wait to see tons and tons of pictures from your wedding. it is going to be so much fun. and the favors... oh golly...

7:03 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Matt Wright said...

Congrats on the wedding btw!

I have a recipe for rosemary lemonade that I made up a while back, using an age old recipe for "kenwood lemonade". Apparently the food blender company wanted to make something that showed the strength of their metal blades at the time, and invented this.. It is really simple, and takes a couple of seconds to make.

This recipe doesn't use a syrup, it is just a blender job, and comes out really decent for being so fast. I would definitely benefit some from dissolving the sugar before you blend, which I guess would add a few extra minutes.. But I grew up on this when I was a nipper, and really enjoy the rustic taste.

I will post a recipe on my blog in the next day.

7:10 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Robin said...

FYI- This morning's paper (Boston Globe) came with an article about dressed up lemonade:

Some cool updates to basic lemonade

8:09 AM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Maya said...

HI Molly:

I know what you mean. I will be getting married on the 31st of August and I have been sleeping with my wedding binder. Not easy planning it so far away..the wedding is in Malaysia and I live in New York. I have moments of quiet panic. Don't even get me started on veil.

11:28 AM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Meg said...

I was 40 when I married. I wanted a non-traditional wedding, and we got one: the reception at a water park, BBQ for dinner, etc. I wore street clothes, did not have a brides maids or grooms men, didn't bother with favors, colors, or anything else. I had lived with my now-husband for 2 years, so there wasn't anything to try to get used to.

I was a professional in a large corporation. And two weeks before the wedding, my boss told me to go home and not come back until two weeks *after* the wedding. I was making everyone crazy! It wasn't the party; it wasn't the ceremony; it was THE FAMILY coming to town!

We had lemonade at the wedding, along with champagne, red and white wine, beer, barbecue, beans, potato salad, etc., and a red-velvet wedding cake. Everybody wore their swim suits and towels (except the bride -- the bride's mother would have made an extreme scene that the bride was unwilling to suffer through), and we danced up a storm!

Good luck with your wedding. You have my sympathy.

1:00 PM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Y.M. Sam said...

Fine, fine post this week, Miss and a fine and subtle allusion to the Train Game. I found the whole bit rather delightful, just as I'm just now finding my sweet, sunned and silled tea which you two are of course welcome to, provided of course that you're up for another train game and round of Acuff, Wills and Owens. Of course, we could always do this lemonade fix of yours, Tom Petty and SceneIt, all on your own terms.

Fine work, that is, Molly. Perhaps we can take what's left on the road tomorrow morning.

That's my piece.

2:24 PM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I adore basil lemonade! Instead of steeping the basil, I muddle the fresh leaves with ice, then pour over lemon juice, water and simple syrup. It's one of my favorite drinks.

I also like your suggestion for rosemary - I'll have to try that sometime.

6:36 PM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Rose said...

What great favors - may I "borrow" the idea for my wedding? And planning over lemonade doesn't sound too bad!

7:01 PM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Caroline said...

refreshingly delicious! great idea.

I say BE a crazy, self centered bride... just this once in your life!

8:07 PM, July 11, 2007  
Anonymous Dawn said...

Fabulous and oh so brilliant... the basil in my herb garden is calling to me now!

9:03 PM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Molly said...

You guys are just too good to me. Thank you, thank you for all your sage advice and so many wonderful stories shared. It really is a treat to share this process - harrowing though it can be! - with you. I promise, I won't be writing about the wedding forever. Just for a little while longer. (Hee!)

In the meantime, hope you're drinking plenty of lemonade. We certainly are. It was in the nineties(!) in Seattle today, and you'd better believe some lemonade was had. Lots, actually.


9:55 PM, July 11, 2007  
Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

Hi Molly,
I bought a decadently large bunch of basil at the market yesterdat so I could make this. It's been outrageously hot here, and this lemonade is perfect!

And please don't fret about how much focus your wedding needs. I purposefully got married out of the country to avoid having a big "American wedding" and turning into a typical "American bride." But you know what? No matter where you are, a wedding is an intensely personal event that's celebrated in public. That alone lends tremendous stress and additional work to the occasion - never mind that it's the biggest party most of us will ever throw for ourselves (rather than for someone else). You are so far from being the narcissistic type that turns into a bridezilla, and I'm sure you know that. So it's fine to be as focused as you are on the wedding, is what I'm trying to say. Just try to enjoy it whenever you can, and know that everyone is very, very happy for you.

5:47 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

PS. And I should admit, with slight shame at this juncture: I wore 2 veils. That's right, 2! Hehehe...

5:49 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger AnnieKNodes said...

Everything will come together beautifully for you, I just know it. And as you know the best part is that at the end, you're married to a wonderful man! Really, marriage is just the best.

Wishing you and Brandon the best of everything life has to eat!

6:24 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Sammi said...

I liked the idea for the basil touched lemonade so much, I made it into a sorbet instead. ^_^ Oh sweet mercy it's good!

6:27 AM, July 12, 2007  
Anonymous DC Sarah said...

Sounds delicious-I've been guzzling Whole Foods lemonade lately and I think it's time to move on to the next level :)

Wishing you a stress-free and exciting next couple of weeks leading up to the Big Day! ENJOY!

9:41 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger *kel said...

Molly, I love your photo compositions. Cute! Very original...
xx from amsterdam

12:57 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Family of Four said...

Just popped in to get the banana bread recipe. My friends always give me their ripe bananas because they don't bake. Thank goodness, because I rarely buy bananas. My son and I have been enjoying lemonade made with a ginger lemon simple syrup. We'll have to try basil, rosemary or lavender. I'm Molly too, by the way. Love your blog.

2:23 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

oh this is SO delicious ! a few months ago my MIL had made it and gave me the recipe....my computer went on the fritz and I lost my emails! The recipe was in the mix. I am so glad to see this post !!! THANK YOU.

mmmm. So good. Will raise a glass to You this weekend !

Love, S

5:01 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Holloway said...

I did wear a veil (my mother's veil, actually) to my wedding, and managed to dunk the end of it into a koi pond during photographs. One of the funnier moments, but easily avoidable if I hadn't been wearing the damn thing! To avoid some of the issues we did our wedding as a surprise (you can see the january entry on my blog), but the long and short of it is that being married is wonderful. Just focus on that.

Good luck and thank you so much for the beautiful writing that you share.


(I can't wait to try the basil lemondade. It sounds wonderful.)

6:56 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Inne said...

That lemonade seems divine Molly! I might try it with rosemary or mint, because I've only got a tiny sorry-looking basil plant in my kitchen, but a wild mint plant and giant rosemary in the garden.
Sounds like your wedding guests will be very well fed and looked after!

8:10 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Hillary said...

Mmmm...if there's anything that defines summer, it's lemonade, and I have the exact same Country Time upbringing. I liked both the regular (yellow) and the pink. Every summer I went to camp, that was the first staple item I would buy! Thanks for the more sophisticated recipe though. I suppose everyone has to grow up sometime. Oh and to second (or fifty) all the other commenters, I would LOVE to hear about the rest of the wedding's menu. Happy planning! Don't stress!

10:27 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Katie said...

I just finished my wedding last weekend and I felt like I needed to read a newspaper or something just to get outside my own head! My dearest friend re-assured me that throwing a party for 160 will *always* be a brain-occupying experience, and I was not bridezilla. And ditto on the veil--I never even considered one. Your event sounds gorgeous! Best of luck getting through to the end!

11:16 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Rhonda Jean said...

I understand your wedding excitement, Molly, and you lemonade obsession, which I share. Thank you for the new recipe.

3:13 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Michael said...

Dear Molly, A good wedding is worth its weight in discarded veils if you ask me. But the garter thing (do you do this in the US?? god help me if you don't know what I'm talking about) is still kinda cute and personal so keep the fun and lose the subjugation I say.

And so as not to be outdone, here in Australia the pink in lemonade is pomegranite juice - nice and sour, and as pretty as a bride without a veil

with best wishes, Michael

11:21 PM, July 13, 2007  
Anonymous David said...

lemonade is definitely a good thing to have to cool down right now...and perhaps adding a shot of vodka or champagne to it might be in order as well (bon chance...or as they say, merde!)

5:21 AM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Molly, honey, take a deep breath, put your arms around Brandon, and dream about elopement! You won't do it but it makes an oasis of calm in the pre-wedding planning. We send love. And calm. :-)

7:38 AM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger S & F said...

YUM, basil lemonade sounds good! I tried tarragon lemonade this week; not bad (www.spoonforknyc.blogspot.com). Good luck w/the wedding planning!

8:09 AM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger s'kat said...

I was much like you, young Molly. In thinking that weddings, while fantastic, were a bit poncy on all the Martha-oriented details.

Like you, I now laugh at this outdated vision. The wedding is as much for you and your beloved as it is for everyone else. That's quite a lot to keep in mind!

You've got a great support system, so I know you'll do smashingly. In the meantime, I think that David is onto something with a champagne infused lemonade.

I may have said this before, but it bears repeating. Some of the best advice that I ever received prior to my wedding is this: "no matter what happens, if you're married at the end of the day, it was a successful wedding."


11:23 AM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger s'kat said...

ps- I was veil-free as well. There's something to be said about going into these things clear-eyed, right? ;)

11:24 AM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Your wedding is a party, one of the biggest you'll ever throw (not necessarily just because of the guest list but because it is, you know, a rather important day). So of course there are details and bits that make you go "blaaaagh!". But as a wise priest once told me, "If you show up and he shows up and I show up, then by the end of the day, you'll be married". That's all it takes, the rest is just for fun. Do try to have fun with it and promise yourself to be present at your own wedding. (You don't know how many women I know who have virtually no recollection of the day because they were so obsessed with details). Have fun, love him and enjoy yourself. That's a pretty good recipe for a successful marriage, too!

9:11 AM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Jane Dark said...

I made this just last week!

I was thinking about trying it with cilantro instead of basil. And also trying to figure out how to use grapefruit instead of lemons. Not that I don't like lemonade -- it's just that grapefruit and cilantro sounds awfully appealing.

9:34 PM, July 15, 2007  
Anonymous Max said...

I am obsessed with your favor idea of recipe cards!! I work for a wedding planner on the weekends, so this stuff never bores me! :)

The lemonade sounds deliciously refreshing, too!

12:07 PM, July 16, 2007  
Blogger candy said...

i tried my darndest to be the MOST un-obnoxious bride in history. and i think i succeeded. probably mostly because our wedding was so very simple & laid back. i didn't even consider wearing a veil. my shoes were flip-flops from old navy. my flowers were daisies. i got married in a park.

as long as you are doing what YOU want to do & makes YOU happy, don't worry what anyone says or thinks :)

8:48 PM, July 16, 2007  
Anonymous Nic Gaffney said...

Recipe cards as party faours, what a fantastic idea! I am also hoping beyond hope that my veg box tomorrow contains basil, as it has done the last couple of weeks, as I am making lemonade at the weekend - just try and stop me...

1:44 AM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Bad Home Cook said...

Big congrats on your upcoming Big Day, Molly! And thanks for taking the time to post your special lemonade special. Think I'll give it a whirl (one for the kids, one for me, er, properly enhanced with vodka).
But I have a stupid bad home cook question: *strips* of lemon zest? What's that? Do you mean thin strips of lemon rind? Can somebody reading these comments fill me in? Sorry, I'm a total neophyte on these matters. Cheers! Julie

3:19 PM, July 18, 2007  
Blogger Molly said...

No problem, Julie! By "strips of lemon zest," yes, I do mean thin strips of lemon rind. I shave them off with a paring knife, taking just the yellow rind and not the white pith. Hope you enjoy it...

10:43 PM, July 19, 2007  
Blogger PERFIL said...

i love your blog
well maybe you can put some recepies in spanish!


Cindy Aguirre.-

2:53 PM, August 07, 2007  

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