Well, after several days of beautiful weather, a cold front moved in yesterday afternoon, bringing thunder, lightening and hail. I was going to post the video of the storm I took, but I can’t figure out how to get it off of my phone.
I has me some mad smart phone skillz. Not.
Then I thought I’d post the recipe for the marvelous beef vegetable soup I made a couple of weeks ago – since it’s all COLD again, and there’s a dusting of SNOW on the ground – but it occurred to me that some of you might actually have warm weather and why should I spoil your spring with a winter soup dish?
So, I decided to do something I hadn’t for awhile – let Beloved the Martini Mixologist save the day. I made the usual “Make me something fun” request last weekend, and he handed me this. VERY, VERY good.
serves me, and nobody else but me
2 1/2 shots vodka
1 tablespoon spicy vegetable juice, such as V8
2 or 3 drops Tabasco sauce
1 dash of your favorite barbecue rub
1 inner rib of celery
Place all ingredients except the celery in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well; strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the celery.
Can I say gorgeous? Yes, I can, because she is. Tiny and gorgeous. And so very, very nice – I can’t even begin to describe how nice. I also got to meet PB, who is every bit as sweet and warm as his lovely wife, and LG and little o. Folks, pictures don’t begin to do those boys justice – they are flippin’ adorable. LG was a bit on the shy side Saturday afternoon, as well as immersed in watching Mickey Mouse (I wish I’d had more time to spend there, I’d have been doing the Hot Dog dance with him before too much longer), but I did get to spend a little time getting to know little o. Beautiful blue eyes and eyelashes for days, and he was giving me smiles before I left (as MB said, he can tell a Grandma when he sees one!).
I was also presented with a lovely and thoughtful gift from the Badger clan. My love of fun and fruity martinis is well-known, and I couldn’t have been more surprised to be given a lovely set of two martini glasses etched with little fishes all around – TOO CUTE!! How could she know I’m so fond of unusual and funky martini glasses? – and a bottle of all-natural Wild Blueberry Martini Mixer. All natural, folks – not a drop of high-fructose corn syrup to be found.
And it is delicious. (Alcohol-free primal challenges don’t count when you’ve been given something like this. Trust me.) I’m sure it would have been better if Beloved had concocted something with it, but I wasn’t going to wait for him to come home from his business trip either.
I know…I’m bad. Happy, but bad.
Very Blueberry Martini
serves me, happily
1/2 part Wild Blueberry Martini Mixer
1 part Stoli Blueberry Vodka
1½ parts Stoli Vodka
1 small squeeze of lemon
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 2 or 3 ice cubes; shake well. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass, garnish with a slice of lemon and serve immediately.
The Spin Cycle this week is about stress. Eeeeewwwwwwww. There was a time in my life I was under so much stress it made me physically ill. Very ill. Extremely ill.
For like two years straight.
But once I removed myself from the stressful situation I was in, the illness went away – practically overnight. Not that things were all hunky dory afterwards – far from it – but the situation was so much better it was unbelievable.
The memory of that very stressful time in my life stays with me; I keep it close, and on purpose. Not so I can feel sorry for myself, or dwell on the past, but because the saying “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” is very, very true. And because no matter how hairy things may get now (and sometimes things get very hairy indeed), the knowledge that things could be much, much worse is always right there where I can get to it easily.
What, you may ask, does all of this have to do with a Red-Headed Step-Child Martini?
Well…why not? I mean, really – if you’re feeling stressed-out and put upon, what better drink to unwind with than a Red-Headed Step-Child Martini?
Actually, the name is all Oldest Son’s idea. Beloved and I had been perusing the liqueur section of the local liquor store when we came across a bottle of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. Ginger liqueur?!?!? Well, we just HAD to try that out. But what would go well with ginger liqueur? We picked up both a bottle of of pineapple-flavored vodka and orange-flavored vodka. Later, as we were doing a little experimenting, I had the following IM conversation with Oldest Son:
Me: I got some ginger liqueur and orange flavored vodka – YUM. Now I need a name for the damn thing…
Oldest Son: Ooo, that sounds good!
Me: It’s quite tasty (I’ve got some pineapple flavored vodka to go with it too…)
Oldest Son: Ginger and orange… the Red-Headed Step-Child maybe?
The kid is brilliant. The only problem is that it wasn’t red – it was clear.
You think that’s going to stop Beloved?
Red-Headed Step-Child Martini
serves Percy Weasley
1/2 part Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 part Rose’s Pomegranate Twist Cocktail Infusion
2 parts orange-flavored vodka
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice; shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a cherry and serve immediately.
First off, you may have noticed something slightly different on my sidebar.
I know, I know – I once said I’d never have ads on this site, but well, I was…um…seduced by the thought of making a buck or two off of this blog, and well…you see. Sure you do.
Seduced, I tell ya!
At any rate, you don’t have to click on anything to make me any money, just let the little ad run and hopefully I’ll get a check for 23 cents every quarter. Seriously, though, FoodBuzz is a great foodie site and I’m thrilled to not only be a part of their community but also to have qualified to be a Featured Publisher (which gets me the nifty banner ad over there).
Anyhoo. Raspberry Cosmopolitans. This recipe comes courtesy of my sister-in-law, Tough Yankee Broad. Her version includes raspberry puree, so if you’re inclined to puree your raspberries, go right ahead – it certainly gives it a very intense raspberry flavor. I use the raspberries as a garnish because after you’ve finished the drink, in which they’ve been happily marinating, you can eat them.
1/2 part raspberry liqueur
1 part raspberry vodka
1 part vodka
2 or 3 raspberries
Combine all ingredients except the raspberries in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well to blend, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop in the fresh raspberries.
Enjoy responsibly. And have a lovely weekend, y’all.