I am pleased to announce a new, almost completely nonalcoholic drink (except for the bitters) created by the esteemed liturgical scholar Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, which he has graciously agreed to share with us. Dr. K came up with the drink as a Lenten substitute for the hard stuff, but this also looks like a great summer beverage. Here it is now:
The Desert Father
By Peter Kwasniewski
Seltzer water (sparkling water)
1 tbs. of true grenadine (must be the real stuff, made from pomegranate)
1/4 tsp. (a few dashes) of aromatic bitters
wedge of lime, squeezed
Pour seltzer water in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Add the other ingredients and stir.
- Seltzer water for the waters of baptism (the bubbles signifying the Resurrection in which we are reborn). The Desert Fathers went to the desert to radically live out their baptismal vows.
- The lime for the bittersweet life of a hermit in the desert and the fruit that it bore.
- The bitters for their often dramatic struggles against the Devil, whom they combatted constantly.
- Pomegranate, which is a symbol of Christian self-giving and self-renunciation, for the sweet consolation of their victory in Christ.
St. Antony in the Desert, pray for us! And thank you, Peter K, for the drink.