Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sometimes I'm so far behind, I wonder if I'm not going backwards or catching up to myself. No one to blame but myself, so there really is no need to complain. Life is so full, so rich, that instead of taking a nibble at the smorgasbord, I feel like eating it all. Trying as much as I can, un poco de todo, as it were.
It does leave one in a quandary however. Take blogging about food. I absolutely love it! I have found it to be so much fun and have met so many wonderful people (some virtually, some in person) that I wish I had started it years ago. However, it is another step before you are done. You prepare a meal with all of its components, take all the pictures, eat the meal, clean up the disaster area that you have created in the kitchen and you have another series of tasks: to write, to post, to moderate, yikes!
Sometimes you don't quite cross the finish line before you start a new race!
So here is the American Beauty. Connie made this drink for us on the Fourth of July, more than 7 months ago. We were looking back through some of our older pictures and this brought back some very nice memories. We just never got around to posting about it. Now I have one more thing crossed off my to do list.
(from A Pocket Guide to Cocktails, Parragon 2006, compiled and edited by Julie Whitaker and Ian Whitelaw)
2 oz of brandy (we used E&J)
2 oz of dry vermouth (we used Martini & Rossi)
2 oz grenadine (Rose's)
2 oz of orange juice
2 dashes of crème de menthe (we used deKuyper's)
6 dashes of port (we used Porto Mogado)
Combine all of the ingredients except the port in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake, shake, shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Float the port on top. Toast the beauty of America (and the one you love) and enjoy!