Drinks and Dranks

A famous rapper once said, “Cause ima buy you a drank.”

This is how all of my reports in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college would start. Not with this quote, but with a quote of some sort. I never said I was an English major. And then my reports would continue:

A famous rapper once said, “Cause ima buy you a drank.” In reflecting on his remarkable words, I have come to better understand the true meaning of his statement. He wasn’t just buying any drink, he was buying the drink of all drinks, a ‘drank.’ His purchase, a lowly ‘drank,’ was purposeful and heartfelt. It was for ‘you.’ Girl, he is going to buy you a drink. Go with it. He has “the money in the bank.” And a cadillac, a grey one.

That’s how my report on this song would have been written. Just like that.

Dranks. Dranks. Ima make you two different dranks. Yep, that’s right. Two. Different. Dranks.

Why two?

It’s hot outside and I want you to stay hydrated with lots of dranks. Most of the time, dranks refer to the kind that contain alcohol. These could if you want them too. Or you could hydrate with ETOH-free dranks. The choice, my friends, is yours. You could call them ‘bevies’ instead. Or drinks. Or beverages.


0. Do people say ‘bevies?’

1. Whole Lemon Lemonade

Yes, you use a whole lemon to make lemonade. It’s the ‘set it and forget it’ equivalent to lemonade making.

2. Ginger Syrup for Homemade Ginger Ale

Yes, this recipe makes ginger-spicy-syrup for all of your drink making needs. You can keep it PG with a spritz of club soda for a homemade ginger ale. If you are the over-21 type in need of a different type of drank, you could certainly throw this in your favorite cocktail. I don’t know which one. Figure it out and let me know how to make it. Thanks.


Whole Lemon Lemonade
Source: Chow.com
Printable Recipe

1 lemon, sliced into 8 wedges with seeds removed
4T sugar (or agave to taste
1/3C water

In a blender, combine lemon wedges (seeded!), sugar (omit if you want to add sweetener to taste when completed), and water. Pulverize. Seriously, pulverize.
Strain mixture and divide into 2 glasses. Add 1C of water  to each glass and ice. Taste. Add additional sweetener, mint, ginger, berries, etc to taste.


Ginger Syrup
Source: Imbibe Magazine
Printable Recipe

2C ginger, washed* and roughly chopped
2C sugar
6C water
club soda, limes

Place ginger in a food processor. Process until finely chopped.
In a large stock pot, combine sugar, water, and processed ginger chunks. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Boil for 1 hour, or until a rich syrup has developed. Strain through a sieve. Refrigerate.
To make ale: Combine 1C club soda with 2-3T of ginger syrup over ice. Stir. Garnish with lime.

*if you feel inclined, you can use a spoon to ‘peel’ the ginger. I didn’t do this, but you might want to if your ginger seems pretty dirty or difficult to wash thoroughly




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