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Tommy Orange’s There There begins with a blistering prologue & doesn’t let up. In its pages, 12 individuals show life from the perspective of urban Native Americans in Orange’s Oakland, CA, hometown. Some of his characters eschew alcohol for powerful reasons, so for them I’m offering a summer quencher served in a glass from a long-shuttered Oakland watering hole.

Red Feather’s Lemonade

1.5 cups zesty simple syrup*
1 cup lemon juice
3 cups sparkling water
12 large strawberries
Lemon peel for garnish
Purée strawberries. Add to simple syrup & lemon juice. Stir well. Add sparkling water.

Garnish individual glasses with peel.



*Zesty Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Zest from 1 lemon

Mix all over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Let sit 1 hour. Strain out lemon zest. Keeps for 5 days, refrigerated.