This week I decided it was time to buckle down and tackle some of my never-ending NetGalley titles, and I found this gem hiding on my Kindle! My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp.
It's definitely making me a little homesick (and a little glad I left) reading about stuff I grew up with. It's the story of a girl growing up in the backwaters of Virginia. She's just graduated and planning to attend medical school in California, when her dad breaks the news one of his "deals" went south, and all her college money is gone. Determined to not be stuck in Virginia forever and after a chance meeting with a guy she knows has done this before, she hatches a plan to make and sell moonshine to the locals. After all, how hard can it be?
This book is really resonating with me because I dearly love where I come from, and I love that I've been mudding and hiking and grew up playing in the woods in Kentucky, but it also reminds me a little bit of why I wanted to move to the city. I'll go into more detail in my review (to come in a week or so), but I'm really loving how different this is from quite a few "getting ready to go to college" books.
To go alongside this book taking place in the woods and the crick, I've selected swamp water as my drink of choice. Now, there are several ways to make swamp water, and if you order it in a club it will most likely be neon green. That is incorrect. The real thing is something you'd throw in a water bottle to have during a hot afternoon while you take a swim in the lake. And it's also super easy to make.
All you need is 1 shot apricot brandy, 1 shot lime vodka, 2 cups of lemonade, and ice. The murky look is mixing the brandy and lemonade, and the result is delicious. If you're under 21, it's still a delicious summer drink if you use 2 shots of apricot juice (make sure it's got a high sugar content for best taste) and a some lime juice.
Have you ever had swamp water? What's your go-to drink for summer time swimming?