The exact origin of this lemonade recipe is lost in the Maritime mists of our ancestry. We do know it was a cherished drink of our great-grandmother Aravess, a spirited sea captain’s daughter named after one of his favorite ships. “Vessie” often used her shipping trade connections to ensure a steady supply of lemons during the late 1800’s.
From the 19th to the 20th centuries and over the decades, gallons upon gallons of Lighthouse Lemonade have been brewed and consumed at the summer cottages at Cape Tormentine, N.B. It was the perfect refreshment for generations of Fawcett’s and Fisher’s, young and old, who have enjoyed the red rippled sandbars and briny breezes of Northumberland Strait.
Lighthouse Lemonade is still crafted using the simplest of ingredients and the original recipe that made visits with Vessie such a hit. In fact, Canada continues to offer it to greet some of our most prominent guests, most recently at Rideau Hall, Ottawa on Canada Day 2011 at the royal reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William and Kate.
Mother of 4, triathlete, Ironman and keeper of the recipe, Jill’s family story is truly a message in a bottle. Much like great-grandmother Vessie, this Stratford Chef School graduate has long won over family, friends, and cooking colleagues with her lemonade. Using a recipe passed down through the generations, and symbolized by the Cape Jourimain lighthouse so central to this line of Maritimers, Jill has captured the essence of family, tradition and breezy summers gone by with her refreshingly natural elixir.