by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Sunday, March 25, 2012
Fizzy Lifting Drinks inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It is the familiar story of little Charlie Bucket. He lives with his parents and both sets of grandparents in a tiny, run-down home at the edge of town. As he passes Willy Wonka's magnificent chocolate factory on his way to and from school each day, his step slows as his nose lifts high into the air to take "long deep sniffs of the gorgeous chocolatey smell around him". What makes it sad is that he goes home to a small portion of weak cabbage soup. And only gets chocolate once a year on his birthday. But Charlie is a good child...a good soul...and he never complains.
When the mysterious Mr. Wonka announces that he will be opening his factory to 5 lucky children and two members of their family - winners to be determined by who finds the 5 golden tickets hidden in any Wonka product across the world - a glimmer of hope shines in Charlie. And in Grandpa Joe. Fate works its magic when little Charlie finds a dollar bill lying in the gutter buried under the snow. Charlie wins his chance to enter the chocolate factory and watch the bratty, spoiled, undeserving little kids around him fall prey to their own misdeeds one by one.
Charlie is rewarded with the gift of inheriting this wondrous factory that dreams are made of...and by. If you love the movies, you'll love the purity of the original book even more. And you'll be inspired to make all sorts of fun concoctions while you read the story. One of my favorite scenes from the original movie was when Charlie and Grandpa Joe get into the fizzy lifting drinks and I was bummed that they didn't do anything with them in the Tim Burton version. So when I happened upon the fizzy lifting drinks while reading the book - I instantly knew what I'd be making in honor of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 2 cups club soda or sparkling water
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.