Cheers! The Almighty Swank
Altogether, Swank–the drink rises above all else to defy definition.
Food Enthusiast Cynthia Nelson did a rather succinct piece on Caribbean-style Lemonade, which is as she rightly stated, perhaps the best substitute for what I know and love as Swank, but she also referred to as Lime Water, and Wash.
Not sounding too appealing to the uninitiated. Well, Swank is neither comedy nor tragedy. It is delicacy–easy, lip-smacking debauchery. If you have high brow tendencies, turn away now.
Swank is a lot memory. I don’t know when last I have had the pleasure. Maybe when my brother lived with me, and that was an accident too, because the boy just had a tendency to make his tea, and my drink long as we would say back home. And of course, anything on the watered-down side was always lovingly called Swank in our house.
I couldn’t shame him though, because just like any true Swank he was making the best out of his skill set and the ingredients.
Swank is a “refreshing” liquid combination that have brought many back from the brink. Consider the memories of Roy J, my co-worker hailing from Guyana, who you met here:
“After a hard day’s labor under the sun, you’d come home and this drink, swank–it would be kept in earthen jars back in the day you know–it was just the most refreshing thing. This was before folks like my grandparents had refrigerators. And it could be lime and water where they would add a little essence for a special flavor, or it could have been just the sugar water, but it was always just what the doctor ordered.”
Swank is preparation. Whether it’s a sour orange, or some other hybrid mixed to taste with water and plenty sugar, or a Quench Aid (Kool-Aid) mix, or even the sugar water basics, you have to learn to work with what you got.
So bear with it, but whatever you do, please don’t knock it until you try it.
Have you ever had swank? What does your version of swank taste like? How do you mix it up?
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