Sailfest, Fireworks extravaganza and a refreshing Limeade cooler!




Hope all of you had a great weekend!


It was wonderful out here in New London, Connecticut! There was a Sailfest – a summertime 3-day festival in South-Eastern Connecticut which includes a parade of ships – small and tall, music, amusement rides, several streets of food vendors and an extravagant display of fireworks! It is being held here for a handful of years now, but this was our first visit and we loved every bit of it (well, except for the long wait in the scorching sun to get a closer glimpse of the ships that were part of the parade). There were two particularly tall and huge ships in the parade –


a 295-foot USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) which is used for training officers of the US Coast Guard,



and, USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) which is a Harper Ferry class dock landing ship of the US Navy.



At night, it was fireworks time to celebrate the 4th of July! New London is actually a small place and we really did not expect the fireworks to be displayed on such an amazing scale! It was quite a surprise to us! It went on for about 20 minutes with some well-selected songs to go with it.



The waterfront views, the dark sky lit up with colorful fireworks was quite a sight. Rain did make its appearance as a light drizzle, but thankfully stayed away to not disappoint the huge crowds gathered to watch the fireworks.



So, all-in-all it was a great weekend!



The beach and waterfront are just minutes away from our place. So, after the long hours in sunshine watching the sail parade we simply couldn’t resist heading back home to get some calm and cool shade. In the evening, we made ourselves a nice, refreshing, cool limeade/nimbu paani just before we could get ready again and head off to catch up on the fireworks.


To make the limeade,

Prep + Make time: 10 to 12 mins

Serves: 2




– Limes – 3 ~ 1/4th cup

– Cold water – 1n1/2 glass ( I used 12 oz tall glasses)

– Sugar – 2 Tsps (Tablespoon)

– Salt – 1/2 tsp

– Ice cubes – as required

– Ground Pepper – 1/4th tsp (optional)

– Lime wedges/mint leaves – for garnish


In a pitcher or a bowl, take about 1n1/2 tall glasses of cold water. Squeeze out the lime juice into the water. Add sugar, salt, ground pepper (if using) and ice cubes. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes until all the sugar and salt are dissolved. Give a taste test and adjust salt and sugar if needed. Pour into glasses adding a few more ice cubes.



Garnish with lime wedges or mint leaves and enjoy!