When the Sun Crossed Over the Yardarm

September 30th, 2013 in Yesterday

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For many of us one of our best memories of Bill Stark is a drink he would concoct that he called a Yardarm. Bill and Peg Stark were the original owners of Scottish Lakes from about 1978 to 1994. Bill loved to mix up this heady alcoholic beverage and serve it at High Camp “when the sun crossed over the yardarm”…or around 5pm. The drink and the stories Bill and Peg told during this time are fond memories for many folk. The lodge was half the size it is now, with no insulation and a stove that had water pipes running through it to heat the hot water. Those pipes dripped and the fire in the woodstove sputtered and smoked.  As you sat on benches and leaned against the cold walls of the lodge, whatever hot drink was shoved into your hands was appreciated. Here is the recipe for a Yardarm, a direct quote from a High Camp Yahoo from way back, Kelly Tjaden.

Bill and Peg are in the middle with their dog.

Rum and Icicle Tea over snow or ice or heated.  Start with a shot or jigger of rum and as the evening progresses it has been know to become equal parts. Brings out a twinkle in one’s eye.

Peg Stark was famous for her Icicle Tea, her kid friendly alternative and ingredient to a Yardarm.  Here is her recipe for Icicle Tea.  I smile as it is in her handwriting.


Icicle Tea

1 cup instant tea

2 cups Tang

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon cloves

For a 6 ounce cup, use 2 rounded teaspoons of mix with boiling water…a little strong.