This last weekend I went camping with my friend and her aunt in Wisconsin at Wildcat Mountain State Park near the Kickapoo River, where we did some canoeing and biking on the Elroy-Sparta trail. If you’ve never been canoeing in the Kickapoo, I highly recommend making the trip to Drifty’s to rent a canoe. The drive alone would make it worth your time, but jumping out of the canoe and floating down the river to cool off will guarantee it.
Growing up, my family didn’t do a ton of camping but there were a few times that we went up north to visit Aunt Pat, Uncle Bob and cousins to hang out at their RV campsite. Those weekends were always a lot of fun. I seem to remember my brothers doing a lot of fishing, and my parents and aunts and uncles doing a LOT of laughing. What could have induced all this laughter? Who knows for sure, but I’m sure that Aunt Pat had something to do with it.
This weekend, as I was devouring s’mores by the campfire, I thought a little bit about those trips up north, which got me thinking about Aunt Pat, and naturally got me thinking about ice-cream buckets full of fun (Aunt Pat could always be counted on for fun, in ice-cream buckets or otherwise). I’m not so sure we had brandy slush when we visited Aunt Pat and Uncle Bob on those trips up north, but I sure did have a glass last night when I got home from my weekend camping trip. And you know what? It was almost like Aunt Pat was right there with me, having lots of fun and lots of laughs.
7 c. water
2 c. sugar
4 green tea bags
2 c. brandy
1 12-oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 12-oz can frozen lemonade concentrate
Boil 5 c. water and 2 c. sugar. Let cool. Boil 4 tea bags in 2 c. water for 4 minutes. Cool. Add orange juice and lemonade concentrate to sugar water. Add tea. Add brandy. Put in freezer for at least 24 hours. Serve one scoop in a small glass and fill with 7-up, squirt, or ginger ale.