The Feathered Nest

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A Fresh Start January 19, 2009

Fresh Start Cocktail

"A Fresh Start" to celebrate the inauguration

I am excited about tomorrow’s inaugural. I feel proud and hopeful about the state of my country for the first time in a long time. I feel so hopeful that I decided to create a tribute beverage. (Ok – so I am always happy to create a tribute beverage.) I took some berries I had marinated in Grand Marnier  and a bit of maple syrup, leftover from Sunday’s breakfast, pureed and strained them. I chilled a couple of martini glasses. In my trusty shaker, I combined lemon vodka and and one of those lemon martini mixes you can get in the supermarket. Then I played. In one martini glass I spooned in the puree and then poured the lemon mixture on top. It mixed and formed the redish martini pictured. In the other glass I began by pouring in the lemon mixture and the dripped in drops of the berry puree. The blended martini was tastier. The unblended was more visually interesting. I ended up mixing-up  the second after we took the photos. I am trying to figure out if there is any symbolism in that.

Cheers! It’s a fresh start.


T Minus Twenty-Four Hours and Counting November 26, 2008

Choya MartiniI took yesterday off. My day job had been taxing due to the hyperactive and hormonal nature of my clientele. I needed a respite. I drank a vodka martini and watched Dr. Zhivago. I feel better now.

However, my evening of indulgence means that I am now behind on Operation Thanksgiving.  I got out of said day job early today, so I now need to scramble around and get my derriere in gear. On my agenda for today is house cleaning, most of which will pawned off the hubby.  Then I need to roast garlic for tomorrow’s garlic mashed potatoes. I need to make the wild rice stuffing and the traditional bread stuffing.  I need to salt both the twenty-pound dinner turkey and a separate turkey breast. The auxiliary breast is for my husband’s traditional post-gluttony hike with his friend Will. They climb a mountain and camp, in NH, the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t believe in cold weather camping. Why the hell would I want to freeze to death on an, admittedly, lovely mountain when I happen to possess a nice, warm bed? I am all for the outdoors but I draw the line when adventure becomes torture. I go shopping on Friday, it is equally challenging — but warmer.

CC-licensed martini photo by Jazreel Chan.


Dark Chocolate Martini January 6, 2008

Chocolate Martini

The holidays are past, but we still have a sweet tooth here.

  • chocolate shavings for rimming
  • 1 part crème de cacao
  • 2 parts vodka
  • dark chocolate garnish

Warm a martini glass over a small flame, then roll the rim in chocolate shavings. Put a square of dark chocolate in the glass, then prepare the liquor. Shake vodka and crème de cacao with ice and strain into glass. For additional flavor, sprinkle the top with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

Please tipple responsibly.