Just Add Wine Cocktail – Yields One Chichi Summer Outdoor Experience

20 Jul

Dear Jess,
Thank you and Shannon so so much for coming all the way down to Canada (down, technically, right? when you’re coming
from Minnesota to South-Western Ontario…) in order to celebrate the 4th with us!  Your  patriotic cynicism and Shannon’s grill-mastery made the evening.
After this excellent string of BBQ’s, which you anticipated in April with your Portobello Mushroom grillers, I am starting to feel, well, thirsty.  And while Coors Light and Molson Canadian may have been appropriate for an All-American, er, Canadian cook-out, our subsequent ‘cues have lacked a certain classy, refreshing, thirst-quenching element.
Thus, I dedicate this post to summer, to sparklers, and to you, dear sister, who always bring the culinary class!
Love, Bec

happy plants from the Spring enterprise

Earlier this summer Nina requested permission from our landlord to plant a garden in our back yard.  Three days of dedicated digging and fertilizing and hoeing (bow chicka bow…oh nevermind) and deliberating about how much space tomato plants really need and how deep the holes need be (no bow-chicka intended) we finally had 1/2 of the plants we’d bought in the ground.  The other half has remained in their seedling pots on our front porch until today which, for anyone keeping track, is JULY!

Takeaway: prepare the plot before purchasing the plant.

So now it’s mid-summer and the Canadians keep saying it’s “39 with the humidex” which I can only assume means it’s swelteringly, hair-curlingly, puddle-inducingly hot.  And all the beautiful little brassicas we bought are sort of shriveled and gnawed (damned groundhogs!) in their tiny plastic cups, which means every time I leave the house my self-esteem plummets and I find myself shielding my eyes from the ghastly sight of their withered shapes, feeling like a terrible plant mom.

Until today!  In spite of the heat, I made my way outside to the garden to dig and fertilize and plant plot number three, which is enclosed just enough to keep out the groundhogs (we hope).  And now a little colony of green faces beam up at me.  All of this made possible by the following hot weather gardening home-made and stupid delicious wine cocktail.

The Cherry July

A wine cooler for wine lovers

What you will need:
1 bottle dry, fruity white wine
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
two sweet cherries, pitted
lemon peel (aka “twist”)

What to do:
Place the two cherries in the bottom of a champagne flute or goblet and mash them to get the juices out.  Then pour 1/2 oz Grand Marnier onto the cherries and let the cherries mascerate for a few moments.  Fill the glass with chilled white wineUse a veggie peeler to peel a strip of lemon rind and twist it to bring out the oils before dropping into the glass.  Best sipped outdoors.  (And don’t forget to eat the cherries when you’re done – the best part!)

Happy summer heat, loves!


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2 Responses to “Just Add Wine Cocktail – Yields One Chichi Summer Outdoor Experience”

  1. emmaduer July 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Love it. If it’s any consolation, I do that to at least one flat of plants EVERY YEAR. 🙂

    • Bec July 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      That IS some consolation, especially since we didn’t have enough fertilizer to plant the entire plot, so a third of the baby planties are still stuck in their little boxes. Oh well, perhaps perfection isn’t actually such a worthy goal… Thanks, Emma!

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