Monday, December 22, 2014

Still Going Strong

I must say that my days of late have been unbelievable.  It has truly been a celebration of celebrating with friends and family (does that make sense?).  As previously mentioned, Saturday was the Winch Stage of the 12 Days of Drifunkmas.  A new year.  A new experience.

Jenny Winch is one of the original members of the Ladies of the Adirondacks.  It all started way back when our kids were comfortable around each other.  They ran up and down the beach in Wilmington, without worrying about which body part may have been exposed to anyone else.  Now?  Well, let's just say that our kids barely acknowledged each other.  I think it was a teenage test of wills.  It was maybe a sort of "I'm going to pretend I don't care that you exist" kind of thing.  Who in the Sam-hill knows or even remembers at this point?  It's all good either way.

Anyway...Jenny and Jason were willing to sponsor the evening's Drifunkmas drink in their new home.  What a beautiful home it is, by the way.  It's made even more beautiful by the fact that this new home replaces one that they lost to a fire in October of 2013.  It's a memory I'm sure will never leave them, but it has led them to a beautiful new home accompanied by Jenny's well-deserved teaching position at Lake Placid Central School. 

It was an entertaining evening to say the least.  Jenny started mixing as soon as we walked in. 

Spiced Apple Margarita

Orange wedge
2 Slices of apple
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. Grand Marnier
4 oz. apple juice

Rim glass with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.  Place and orange wedge and apple slice in the bottom of the glass.  Add liquors and apple juice.  Stir.  Add second apple slice.

I'm kind of guessing at this one because Jenny actually did the mixing and, quite frankly, I was pretty relaxed and may have forgotten.  In the end though, we decided that more tequila was in order, and it was adjusted to 2 oz.  Jason claims that this is what put him over the edge, but I disagree completely.  We all rated it an 8...until the next day when Jason changed it to a 2.  You'll have to ask him.  Everyone appeared to relax though.

Last night we participated in the last stage of the marathon of Christmas celebrations.  It was the most meaningful one though.  It was the Tuller family Christmas.  We got to enjoy watching the kids open their presents and then dine at The Inn at Essex.  Again, it was very entertaining.  You'll have to ask my husband about that.  Not much thought put into this drink.  We simply looked at the cocktail menu and chose a drink.

The 1800

 I have no idea what the amounts are, but I would assume it's like any other margarita.  It was tasty for sure, especially since it involved no effort on my part. 

Tonight was our first evening at home since last Tuesday, and I cannot even begin to tell you how perfect it was.  Ri had practice tonight, which provided us with some "us" time in front of the beloved wood stove.  It was a last-minute decision, but the drink was pretty darn good.

The Gold Rush

3 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp boiling water
1/2 cup bourbon
2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Pour honey into a small bowl.  Add boiling water and whisk until it forms a thin syrup.  Whisk in the bourbon and lemon juice.  Pour into ice-filled glass.  Makes 2 drinks!

These drinks were absolutely delicious. They kind of reminded us of whiskey sours, but the honey really added a great touch.  The recipe called for 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, but experience has told me that less lemon is more.  It worked.  It was nice.  We both agreed it was a 9, and we would definitely have it again.

Three more nights of Drifunkmas to go.  One of those will be spent listening to the sweet, wholesome voice of Maribyrd on Christmas Eve.  Life is good.

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