Monday, February 14, 2011
Creating Stories - Negroni - LOVE
This is not a Valentines story. I want to be very clear about this. I am extremely loved and taken care of on a daily basis. I want to keep it that way.
This, my friends, is a story about love, friendship, courtship and a long caring relationship that creates countless stories.
Oh yeah and a love potion - a cocktail recipe like no other.
This is our anniversary.
The proximity to Valentines Day, was unintentional. Our wedding was in the middle of a road trip, on a Mexican beach, barefoot, with family surrounding us. It was simple, it was perfect. We were living out of "Goldie" the van, climbing and biking our way across North America with our trusty side kick of a dog. His ring was purchased from a sweet little Mexican street vendor and my beautifully simple dress was found at a beach shop in a perfect little beach town. It was love not fuss. It was a party, not once was it stressful. It was beautiful and I watched J cry and knew this is for real.
Our love comes in the form of longing gazes across a crowded room, a passing kiss while moving about the house, faith and trust in each other and space to be ourselves.
We are a team.
We have it all. We have each other.
This is my love potion served as a small sip to start an evening.
Start with Campari, the bottle is sexy enough alone being Italian and all, a perfect ingredient for a love potion. Campari is considered bitters, which is a refreshingly simple infusion of fruits and herbs that is deep red in color. Campari is then mixed with gin and sweet vermouth at which point you get a Negroni, love potion. The Negroni is considered an apéritif, a pre-dinner cocktail intended to stimulate the appetite and/or love.
makes one cocktail
One part Gin
One part sweet vermouth
One part Campri
orange peel garnish
Combine ingredients in an iced filled shaker, shake until well chilled and strain into you favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Go ahead and be stimulated for whatever comes your way and have a wonderful evening!