Monday, October 6, 2014

Aviation Cocktail

It's a 'get things done in the back yard' sort of day around here! Our tree guy is also a landscape guy, and he's tackling the 30+ years of wisteria roots that have tangled up everything, everywhere. The previous owners had taken a lot out before we came on the scene, but remnants can be found. Believe me, the remnants can be found. 

In other news, I figured out how to turn on the heat this morning (yes, it's a sign of moral failure to turn on the heat in October, but when the inside temps drop below 60 degrees, something must be done!) 

I was convinced that I would need to figure out how to flip valves on the furnace, and get water going through the pipes, and bleed the radiators, and, and, and...

And I turned the cute little round thermometer up to where I wanted it, and everything worked perfectly without me doing anything at all. Hurrah!

But we still have the Heating Oil folks coming out on Thursday to make sure everything is truly in order.

Anyway, our friend Amherst came to visit a few weeks back with her girls, and while the girls enjoyed DPs very delicious pasta with cheese, the adults in the crowd enjoyed the Aviation cocktail.

That light blue color, that purple jelly bean flavor, that sweet tart on the tongue...

What's not to love about an Aviation?
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Maraschino
1/4 oz Crème de Violette

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
A really nice way to celebrate the end of summer.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

New London Photo in Place of a Cocktail

I totally meant to post this yesterday, but I was too busy taking down trees with my trusty chainsaw. I only got it stuck in a stump one time, and I didn't lose any limbs at all. 

I know!

New London Photo in Place of a Cocktail - Victorian Colors

Now next winter's wood pile is growing, and our backyard is slightly less disorganized. Amazing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New London Negronino

We celebrated the end of September by taking the train in to the city for a long weekend, enjoyed perfect weather and Midtown adventures (adventures that featured a great cast, including 'The Hotel Clerk Who Thinks That DP Is A Secret Service Agent' and 'The Woman Who Claimed To Have An OpenTable Reservation But Probably Did Not'), and returned to a gray and rainy Connecticut. One big bonus: the leaves are starting to turn, and the red and gold is already flaming outside our windows.

So it's definitely Autumn in our part of the world, but I'm not ready to let Summer go just yet. Mostly because I need to catch up on some of our Summer cocktails. 

Like our very first cocktail in New London, the Negronino!


4 parts Amaro Nonino
2 parts Campari
5 parts Gin
5 parts Sweet Vermouth (go ahead, use the Carpano Antica, even if you have to go to New Haven to replenish your supply...  You can stop at Trader Joe's and LL Bean while you're in the neighborhood)


Stir with ice and serve over an enormous ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Enjoy on your front porch while recovering from unpacking your newly arrived POD.
I know it's been less than three months, but it already feels like a million years ago.