When summer rolls around, we look forward to enjoying a couple cold glasses of whiskey lemonade on the front porch in the evenings. Our front porch looks out over a green field of grazing cattle and the peaceful setting is the perfect place to unwind.
The summers on a cattle ranch in Texas can be a little brutal, hot and dusty unless the rains come like we pray they do. But if we pray too hard then the rains come so fast that houses are floating down the Brazos River. Which is not what we wish nor pray for but most of the time, we don’t get enough rain so we continue to pray.
One way to survive the summer is to cool off from the heat is to sit in the shade and enjoy a glass of whiskey lemonade. And while we are sitting we talk about the good old days and about rain because that’s what Ranchers do. Anytime Ranchers get together the topic of rain comes up, every time, every single time!
And We talk about the days when the rains came just perfect. Ok just kidding, those days never happened. Those stories always get out of hand but at least its entertaining and our thirst is quenched.
And of course, the novel, The Time It Never Rained, by one of our favorite West Texas Authors, Elmer Kelton, also always comes up in conversation. He tells a story about the longest and most severe drought in West Texas memory and the challenges ranchers endured.
If you haven’t read or are not familiar with Elmer Kelton, you might remember the 1995 film, “The Good Old Boys” starring Tommie Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, and Matt Damon. Elmer Kelton wrote that book turned movie and several other books about Ranching in West Texas. We were fortunate to meet him and we have several of his books autographed. Unfortunately, He passed away in 2009 but his stories are still very popular.
Whiskey Lemonade is a grown-up version of one of our most popular drinks as a child. We hope you enjoy this whiskey lemonade, it’s cool and refreshing and is reminiscent of summers gone by.
We normally have a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge in the summer. And lemonade is an amazing mixer for this refreshing drink. Add a few cubes of ice or whiskey stones, a jigger or two of whiskey, the lemonade with a splash of soda in a glass. Then go sit on your porch or patio and enjoy your evening, my Friends.
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