I’m home! It feels like a warm bath on a cold day to go eat Korean wild sesame steamboat with my friends and then call Peppermint Patty, an ice-cream parlour (and I do mean parlour) to ask them if they’ll stay open just a few more minutes so we can come in and squeeze ten of us in a booth while we eat poisonously green and orange ice-creams, make off-colour jokes laughing uproariously and watch Iain win a hideously ugly stuffed turkey for Anna in one of those pick -up-a-toy-with-a-claw machines. Even if it is winter. Even if I miss F.
It’s beautiful here today and if you have the heater on you could drink this tamarind lemonade and pretend you are in the tropics. Or, you lucky devils in the northern hemisphere, you can just drink it and not pretend anything.
“Shuwa shuwa” means fizzy. This tamarind lemonade and also Hugo cocktails are shuwa shuwa. When I was in San Francisco I was told the various American names for what Kiwis call “fizzy drinks”: pop, soda, even “coke” as applied to all fizzy drinks.
Audioscript: “Shuwa shuwa na nomimono” (A fizzy drink).
NB: If you click the little arrow below, the audio will play. I just got over the flu so I sound a bit nasal I’m afraid.
What do you call fizzy drinks?
I had something like this a long time ago in a cafe in Bern in Switzerland and it was so easy to recreate. It makes the Sprite less fizzy and a tiny bit more sourly refreshing; I can imagine that it would mix well with a white spirit and a twist of lime but what does not, I suppose.
500 ml Sprite or 7Up (I call that lemonade but I know Americans don’t so I’m trying to avoid confusion, obviously you can use any brand you like)
2 or 3 heaped tablespoons tamarind paste
Mix the tamarind paste with a few tablespoons of hot water and mix around to melt. Sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds.
Mix the paste with lemonade to taste.
Pour over plenty of ice to serve, with lemon, if you like.