Monday, July 15, 2013

Mint Oh, My!

Thwarting our north-facing exposure our little hanging basket of mint has thrived (as mint is want to do). But as most mint growers know, when you have mint, you have a lot of it. Not wanting to waste a single gloriously fragrant leaf, we have been looking for ways to use our mint. So, we started by researching cocktails. Now the obvious choice is a Mint Julep, but here is a confession, Grant and I hate Mint Juleps. Instead we discovered the Ellison, a delicious and simple gin-based cocktail.

Gather These:
  • Thin cucumber slices (average about 4 per serving)
  • Mint leaves (about 4-5 per serving)
  • 3/4 ounces lime juice
  • 3/4 ounces simple syrup (or Raw sugar)
  • 1 1/2 ounces of your favorite gin
  • Lime wedge for garnish

  • Muddle half the cucumbers and mint leaves with the simple syrup
  • Add some ice and top with the gin and lime juice
  • Garnish with remaining mint, cucumber, and lime wedge.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Day Dreams

Day Dream 
Alfred Seymour John Tessimond

One day people will touch and talk easily perhaps,
And loving be natural as breathing and warm as sunlight,
An people will untie themselves, as string is unknotted
Unfold and yawn and stretch and spread their fingers,
unfurl, uncurl like seaweed returned to the sea,
And work will be simple and swift
as a seagull flying,
And play will be casual and quiet
as a seagull settling,
And the clocks will stop, and no one will wonder
or care or notice
And people will smile without reason,
Even in winter, even in the rain.