Jon and I arrived in Philadelphia on a sunny Saturday.Â We sat on the top deck of the tour bus digesting our cheesesteak sandwiches, and watched selected highlights of the city glide past in the sunshine. â€œHereâ€™s Betsy Rossâ€™s House. In addition to sewing the first American flag she outlived 3 husbands, so as you can imagine, she was one busy lady!
â€œAnd here we are at the mint, which is one of only 4 coin producing mints in the United States. You can tell if the coin in your pocket was made right here in Phili because it will have a P indented into it. Pennies are the most expensive coins to produce, costing 2.75 pence each.â€
Drama was occurring at the Liberty Bell. As we shuffled round the poster boards that told the story of slavery and womenâ€™s suffrage, we could hear a high keening moaning. The source was a tweenage girl slumped against the wall.
â€œYou donâ€™t understand me at all! This is sooo unfair!â€ Stamp, stamp, weep, weep. â€œLiberty? You call forcing me to go to a museum at the weekend Liberty?!â€
It was time to sit in the park with a cool drink.
Homemade lemonade with thyme lemon syrup and patriotic ice cubes (serves 6)
The proportions are whatâ€™s important for lemonade. For every cup of lemon juice you want 3 cups of water / soda water, and Â¼ to Â½ cup sugar syrup to taste. 6 big lemons = about 1 cup of juice6 large lemons 3 cups water or soda water Â½ cup sugar Â½ cup water 3 thyme sprigs Zest peeled off 1 of the lemons Â
- Put the Â½ cup of sugar and water in a pan along with the thyme and the lemon zest. Simmer gently until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and strain
- Juice the lemons and pour into a jug, top up with the water or soda water and add the syrup to taste (I use about Â¼ cup, but I like my lemonade quite sour)
For the ice cubesA handful of raspberries A handful of blueberries Water Â
- Drop the raspberries and blueberries in any combination into an ice cube tray
- Top up with water and freeze for 3 hours
If You Can Make That You Can Make This
- Add gin to the lemonade to give it an adult edge
- Or try this hard lemonade, which uses sugar and mint blended instead of a syrup
- Swap out the thyme in the syrup for mint, and garnish with a bunch of fresh mint leaves
- Make an Arnold Palmer by mixing the lemonade with iced tea (again, adding gin is a good idea)
- Turn that into an Arnold Palmer ice pop