â€œSpring is coming!â€ the old woman at the market tells me.
She inches closer and I smile in agreement; weâ€™re picking through a cart of oranges.
â€œI love oranges, theyâ€™re always so plentiful in winterâ€ I try to make small talk.
â€œYou know what else is coming?â€ she asks, â€œValentineâ€™s Dayâ€ she says, tapping on the oranges.
â€œWhat, oranges for Valentineâ€™s day?â€ Iâ€™m intrigued.
Thatâ€™s when she tells me about ‘winterâ€™s sunshine’, a tangy citrusy drink her husband makes especially for her.
For years, he would make it on the weekends with breakfast, which they had in bed.
â€œI used to get the cold a lot when we were first marriedâ€ she explains.
Itâ€™s perhaps the sweetest thing Iâ€™ve heard in a while; she tells me sheâ€™s been married for a very long time, so I ask her what her secret is.
â€œItâ€™s love, silly! And a little patience but mostly love, thatâ€™s the secret to any long and happy companionshipâ€
The old woman and I both grab a couple of oranges, lemons and limes; I thank her for the recipe and bid her a fond goodbye.
For the next several weekends leading up to Valentineâ€™s Day I test out her recipe, I make modifications â€“ more lemons, lime only, sub maple syrup for honey, blood orange and grapefruit (which is a winner), but I like the simplicity of the original recipe.
I would sip the drink often thinking of the old woman, and enduring love; the kind that lasts decadesâ€¦ that quiet lifelong friendship.
I want to hear her stories, perhaps thereâ€™s a lesson there; on love beyond the heady passion and heartache.
Indeed, spring is coming!
- 2 Oranges
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 1/2 – 1 cup of filtered or sparkling water
- Honey to taste
- Splash of rum (Optional)
- Cut and juice oranges, lemon and lime in a large pitcher
- And water and honey and stir well
- Garnish with slices of lemons or oranges and serve chilled
This is just perfect! My husband loves OJ, but I can never get him drink anything else. Thank you for lovely story too! It is ALL about love!Â14 February, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Thanks, let me know if you try it, I’m sure you husband would love this too 🙂16 February, 2012 at 10:31 am
Thanks Mel, Let’s hope you don’t get that cold, but if you do… this drink would help too 🙂16 February, 2012 at 10:32 am