Hus has been away for two weeks and as much as I enjoy living my own life, I am always glad when he comes home. The first few days are always tough, as I am forced, kicking and screaming, to give up doing things my way. But that’s okay…I’m willing to go through the pain to get to the glory.
My “honey, I’m home” gift from this trip is a bottle of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. We read about this vodka in a New York Times article…it is not to be found here in the Northeast (it is distilled on an island in South Carolina), so we have been trying the sweet tea vodkas we could find. Hus has been spending time in the southern regions of the country lately and found a bottle of the special stuff. I’ll keep you posted on how it tastes and how it stacks up to the brands we have available to us here.
Speaking of sweet drinks, I have started on my campaign to build a blood orange martini to rival the one I had last weekend at Rustic Kitchen. I stocked up on my favorite Svedka Clementine Vodka and picked up a bottle of Stirrings Simple Blood Orange Martini mix. Last night’s drink was served in rustic fashion, on the rocks, in a mexican-style handblown glass. I went 50/50 on the vodka to mix ratio (instead of prescribed one shot of vodka to two shots of mix)…it was VERY strong and delicious. Next time, though, I will go with 40% vodka/60% mix, lightened with a splash of orange juice, and I will break out the cocktail shaker. The vodka lives in the freezer and the mixer is in the refrigerator. At some point I’ll try it with orange or regular vodka, but I love the sweetness the clementine vodka brings.
I also stocked up on cheese and crackers yesterday. I found a Noble Blue with pear, one with cranberries and a Stilton with blueberries, along with a sharp aged provelone. And I picked up Kashi TLC Fire Roasted Veggie and Toasted Asiago crackers for the tray.
The final item on my grazing menu is orange marinated chicked and bourbon marinated beef on sticks, with raw peas from the garden.
And all this talk of food comes before I have even finished my first cuppa coffee!