Written by Debbie Sloan
Edited by Mandi Pitt-Reed
When I was a little girl, our household was lively and loud with music or the TV always on. All through the week, we listened to opera and all manner of symphony music, but on Sundays, Daddy was in control, and it was country music all morning long. He loved Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Roy Acuff. He played them as loudly as Mom played her operas and symphony music. When we didn’t attend church, we still had a family day with everyone gathering for the noon meal. Days like these are unforgettable because Mom made the most delicious fried chicken, gravy, and biscuits around. I can almost smell it all as I think about it. It was a mystical event because Mom never looked like she was actually doing any cooking. She merely waived cooking utensils over the pots and pans like wands to make the magic happen. She made cooking Sunday dinner look so easy—she even sipped a cocktail while the pots were buzzing and splattering. This was no ordinary cocktail. She loved sugar-free grape Kool-Aid and Tab cola. She always had one of those two kinds of drinks on hand at all times, except when we were at the table. While eating, she and I drank unsweetened iced tea. While cooking on those rare Sundays, she added a little vodka to her sugar free grape Kool-Aid and drank it with a straw. Watching her cook with her cocktail on the counter and her utensil wands in her hands was like watching an orchestra maestro in action. She was poetry in motion. It seemed that no sooner than she began, dinner was ready and she was calling for everyone to come to the table “before it gets cold.” It was the idea of her sugar-free fruit drink with vodka that led to the recipe for our Tartan Apparel Signature drink. It is fruity and delicious, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do and as much as Mom enjoyed her sugar free Kool-Aid and vodka on Sundays. Here’s the recipe:
Tartan Apparel Signature Cocktail
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
1 oz. peach schnapps
1 oz. cranberry vodka
Top off with mix
The mix is 1 single serve packet of sugar-free orange drink plus 1 single serve packet of sugar-free fruit punch and 4 cups of water.
Use lots of ice with this drink!
Here’s to you Mom~