Drink Up

When it gets hot here in Schroon Lake – there are lots of creative ways to keep cool with a drink. We recently asked what Schroon Lake is drinking – and we got some wonderful ideas – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Wanna share your drink?  Tell us all about it in our comments section

So, in no particular order we present  “The 2013 Official Summer Schroon Laker Drink Guide”

Local artist Annie Gregson

Dark "N" Stormies

2 fingers spiced rum. I prefer Mount Gay.
Fill with Ginger Beer
a dash of bitters
garnish with a lime
Drink and say "arrrggghhhhh" like a pirate

Julie Sawyers, artist and gardener extraordinaire

I am drinking my version of the old classic "Side Car". One shot each of Courvoisier and Cointreau; 1Tblsp lemonade concentrate; water to taste. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a martini glass. Very cold, very good.

Melisa Alonso, first time visitor to Schroon last year

I've discovered a yummy summer cooler:  fresh watermelon juice, a few squeezes of lime juice, splash of club soda and muddled mint.  It's like summer in a glass!

Jane Smith, President of the East Shore Schroon Lake Association

Bud-Lite Lime Rita (alcohol) Arnie Palmer (half lemonade half iced tea)
nonalcoholic) Both are refreshing.

Chris Palmatier and Shelby Davis, proprietors, Mr.’ P’s Mountain Smokehouse and Shelby’s Kitchen Therapy

Mr. P drinks sweet tea (Gold Peak) during the day, Ubu Ale in the evening, although he's been known to hang with the Captain from time to time.

Chef Shelby drinks unsweetened tea during the day, Chardonnay in the evening, with the occasional Cosmo ("an excellent source of vodka") as well as rhubarb lemonade from Michael Schlow, chef at Radius in Boston

Craig Kennedy, Schroon Lake  Marina

Arnold Palmer and vodka!

Joanne Piterniak, Race Horse owner and lover of all things Schroon Lake

Typically we have a "campfires and beer" tradition at "The Dack Shack". Lately I've been going off course and drinking Sunflower White from McGregor Vineyards near Keuka Lake, NY. When I go totally off the reservation, it's gin and tonic with lime. Could use one now, actually...!

Ann Metcalf, historian, writer, author, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet

I like to pour pure grape juice in the bottom of a glass (about 1/5 of the glass) and then fill it up with seltzer and ice. Delicious.

Laura Donaldson B & B owner and Schroon Lake Pontoon Boat Tour guide

Lemonade: 1 can of lemonade concentrate, 1 can of orange concentrate, 1 can each of water/freeze (If you want to booze it up add 1 can vodka. Scoop out and add lemon lime soda to make it slushy - goes down very easily-  so be careful, it’s potent)

Lynda Noxon-House

Homemade lemonade

Jeff Zak

Lemonade. Add mint and strawberries

Mark Piper, local guitar hero and B&B owner

Genny Beer w/lime

Pastor David Peterson, Mountainside Bible Chapel

We have fabulous well water. No kidding!

Bonnie Smolinski Christman

Me too!!! We have the best tasting well water ever!!! When we bought our home in Schroon 13 years ago it was a divorce and sat empty for over a year - we did the well test and after sitting that long I was prepared for the worst - but it was perfect!!

Myriam Friedman, Morningstar Bistro owner

A piece of unpeeled (rinsed) fresh ginger, a piece of lemon and mint leaves in cold water. Very refreshing!

Marcia Stearns

I love coke classic but I discovered dole whips.....yummy…”

So what are Dole Whips?

Here is the recipe:


2 x  20 oz cans crushed pineapple

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp sugar

1  8 oz container non-dairy whipped topping, thawed.


Puree crushed pineapple and accompanying juice with lemon and lime juices and sugar until very smooth in a blender. Spoon in whipped topping and blend until smooth again.

Pour mixture into a prepared ice cream maker. Process for 10-20 minutes or until soft-serve consistency. Spoon into glasses filled with pineapple juice for Dole Whip floats or enjoy on it's own.

Douglas Reid

I found Stewarts Root beer out here (Not to be confused with the Stewart’s Ice Cream and Gasoline Chain)

Tim Botterbusch, history buff, Schroon Laker and bottle collector

Spearmint Tea: Cut about 12 stalks of mint for a gallon of tea. Bring to a boil and let steep for several hours. I use 2 cups of sugar and a 1/4 cup of lemon juice for a gallon of tea .The longer you let the tea steep the mintier it will be.

William Beebe

I took a tip from Fredrick the Great. He was rather a tea totaller but he knew his "boys" liked a drink after a long march. He also knew that would be the End of an Army on campaign. So he suggested adding a little vinegar as a substitute. I tried it on my job and it works!!! A capful of cider vinegar in a bottle of water is curiously refreshing. A bit like unsweetened-lemonade.