American Fun – Summer Solstice

June 21 (or 20, for argument’s sake) marks the summer solstice, the day when the sun is closest to the Northern hemisphere. Astrologically, it’s the first day of summer, and it’s also the longest day of the year. The Ancient Greeks would celebrate with a variety of sun-centered rituals, but here’s how I’m celebrating this evening: rooftop, sunglasses and a cold glass of something fruity. Maybe a twist on a classic, like Better Homes and Garden’s blackberry sangria, or one of their lemonade ideas. And Good Housekeeping has some boxed white wines that are perfect for summer (and actually good!). Of course, it isn’t summer in the south (my motherland) without sweet tea. Boil a couple of Lipton tea bags in a small pot of water, mix with clear, warm water to fill a large pitcher and add sugar to taste (I like about 2 cups). Be sure to stir the sugar constantly until totally dissolved. Enjoy with grandma and a porch swing. Happy summer!

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