Sunday, June 12, 2011

What's Cooking? - Panaché

When I spent the Summer in Provence at the Lacoste School of the Arts. There was but one Cafe in the tiny town. Usually during the hot summer days, the people would set out under the umbrellas on the Patio overlooking the Luberon Valley. The neighborhood dogs sat in front of the bar. Quite a sight.

The drink of choice in that part of the world, on a hot summer day was a cool refreshing Panaché (pan-uh-shay). I have tried to reproduce it here, with really poor results until just recently. In France, they use French style lemonade, like Lorina. If you can't find it, you can make a lovely one with a real lemonade like Minute Maid. Do not try it with lemonade mix or lemon lime soda. I've tried it and it is not the same.

Ingredients:

Chilled French Style Lemonade or Real Lemonade
Chilled Lager Style Beer

Fill glass with Equal Portions of each, no ice. Enjoy!

It is a little odd at first, but after a few, you will be wanting it every time it gets hot out. So refreshing! Cheers or should I say à votre santé

9 comments:

Pili said...

That's called a "clara" in Spain, and it's also one of the drinks of choice in the outdoors cafes and bars as soon as it starts getting sunny!

Jane said...

I think I'll give it a try this summer! Unusual combination.

vintage eye said...

After a few of anything it starts to taste good! lol! ;) Viva la booze!

Susan Hemann said...

Sounds wonderful! I'll be over for a glass!

Sarah Knight said...

Interesting. I live in Michigan and in various stores like Meijer (well, it's the only regional one I can think of) they have a French style lemonade by a company called Rieme. It comes in glass bottles with a fancy corkscrew top,

you can see it here:
http://www.epicureanbeverages.com/rieme/products.html

You might try that stuff if you can find it - it's usually in the water aisle next to the Perrier.

Rachael Brooke Winkley said...

I think I'll skip my 2nd cup of coffee and mix myself a panache!

akaCINDERS said...

Sarah, that is exactly the right lemonade. It will make it a little more sparkling, which is nice.

Rachael, I had one after working in the yard yesterday. Made me forget how hot and tired I was.

garage sale girly said...

Yum! I can't wait to try it out.

Rough Magic Creations said...

Ah how I wish summer would get here so we could cool off with this super refreshment!

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