(what feels like) a million years ago (read: in 2007), a friend of mine was recording an album and enlisted several other friends to record, produce, and play on it. i even got to play tambourine on one of the tracks! the whole experience was a grand old time and i was fortunate to be there for many of the sessions.
now, this recording took place during the summer and, summer in new england being what it is, it was hot and humid. this, apparently, called for a prolific quantity of ‘dark and stormies’. it was the drink de jour… every jour (or, rather, every nuit).
::pause for a fun fact: i LOVE ginger::
::pause for a second fun fact: i HATE rum::
so, needless to say, with all of this dark and stormy business going on, there was a LOT of ginger beer around. never one to pass up an opportunity to enjoy a beverage that can be hard to find, i wanted to take full advantage of the hoard of ginger beer for which we had so painstakingly scoured the grocery store aisles.
but i didn’t want to just, you know, pour it in a glass and drink it. no, i too, wanted to enjoy a cleverly named, refreshing summer beverage. enter… the light and misty!
i wish i could remember how i got the idea to combine ginger beer with mango sorbet but all i know is that i am glad i did. it’s the most refreshing, 2 ingredient, 3 minute (2 minutes if your freezer doesn’t turn your sorbet rock hard!) dessert there ever once was! delicious refreshment in a glass, with a clever name to boot.
to say that putting this dessert together is effortless is understating it. sure, you could complicate it by making your own ginger beer (which i totally intend to do one of these days) or making your own mango sorbet (which i also totally intend to do one of these days), but, you really don’t have to. you really just have to open a can of ginger beer, open a pint of sorbet, and combine them in some sort of clear vessel that allows you to enjoy all the fizzy fun. tambourine not included.