Enjoy this beautiful day! Happy Thursday!
If you’ve been following my blog, you know by now that I’m basically a purist when it comes to drinking vodka. Yes, I have strayed now and then to taste some very interesting cocktails. And, last night I made another exception.
My friend was in “mixology” mode and decided to make me a lemon vodka martini. He had prepared simple syrup a few days prior, which impressed me. Actually, it’s not a bad idea to keep a container of simple syrup in the refrigerator to have on hand for cocktails. I make a variation of it for my hummingbirds.
Although he wouldn’t tell me all the ingredients, I do know that he used Belvedere Vodka, lemons, simple syrup and a secret ingredient that my palate couldn’t discern. The garnish was a sprig of lavender. And…it was delicious! It was a refreshing summer cocktail and a perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the sunset…. no humidity and a beautiful breeze. Happy!
I have lots to do today, but I’m looking forward to an early evening swim, good wine and food.
Enjoy this beautiful day! Happy Thursday!
Another day got away from me. It was crazy yesterday, but I brought it to a halt early. With the warmer weather arriving and the sun still out after 5 pm, a friend and I headed over to a favorite haunt, The Farmer & The Fish. I’ve been a patron of this restaurant for several years and have introduced many friends to this fun gathering place.
We were not the only ones who had thoughts of celebrating spring. The “cocktail hour” was a reunion of friends and then some! As my friend and I sipped our Belvedere martinis, we entertained hugs, kisses and many stories from our fellow celebrators!
My evening ended with a dash home to meet another friend for a nightcap of Camus cognac and champagne truffles…so decadent!
Wine review coming tomorrow!
I’m immersed in another marathon day and trying to slow it down…but no luck! This busy day will spill over into early evening and I’m hoping to end it with a nice glass of wine.
Last evening’s festivities began with Belvedere martinis and ended with Belvedere martinis! My friend’s expertise in making the perfect martini was impressive. He certainly can “shake” with the best of them! Alas, I have no wine to talk about today.
This is short and sweet. I must get back to work!
I’ve gotten into the habit of ordering Grey Goose for my martinis when out and about. So, I was surprised when a friend and I visited a new and trendy establishment last night only to discover that they had no Grey Goose! What’s a lady to do? I went straight for the Belvedere, of course!
I like my martinis shaken…really shaken, so that you see a frosty mixture when poured into the glass. It took the bartender two attempts to get it right. But, it was worth the wait. The martini was smooth and silky with a hint of vanilla and spice.
Belvedere vodka is made from Polish Dankowskie Rye, a select baker's grade grain grown on a few Polish farms. The rye has a naturally creamy flavor that is quadruple-distilled. It is diluted with purified water from their own artisan wells. It has zero additives and is gluten free.
Have to run to a meeting and then lunch with a friend!
My days have been filled with house guests, cooking, appointments, etc. but I’m juggling it all.
I even squeezed in a cocktail hour last evening with a few friends at my house.
We all tried Kirkland Signature American Vodka, Distilled 6 Times. Notice the word “American”. Most of the Kirkland Brand vodkas are made in France. In fact, I wrote a post on Kirkland Signature Vodka, Distilled 5 Times on 9/23/14. www.thewineknitter.com/1/post/2014/09/day-94.html. So I was most anxious to taste their American made vodka from California!
The 80 proof, 1.75L bottle was cold from the freezer and I served it straight up. We all agreed that it was smooth with hints of vanilla that gave it just the right amount of sweetness, providing a long finish. Kirkland uses 100% American heartland grains and pure spring water to make this vodka. Although I’m not ready to trade in my Belvedere and Grey Goose bottles just yet, Kirkland Signature vodkas are hard to beat in price and flavor.
I think this is a good day to begin my knitting project. The key is not to get sidetracked!
It’s another hot and humid day here. It is the survival of the fittest.
I cut up lemons and plucked fresh peppermint from my garden, adding it all to a pitcher of ice cold water. This is my go to drink of the day.
However, all I want to do right now is stay low key and hydrate
I’ll be back tomorrow with a wine review!
I attended a wine tasting yesterday to sample “Wine of Moldova”. Eleven wineries from several regions were represented. It was a casual walk around tasting. Moldova is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe. It is now the Republic of Moldova, having gained independence from Russia in 1991.
While white production is more dominant in the north, the reds begin to take over moving farther south. I tasted blends of local grapes and European “stalwarts” for both red and white varietals. I tasted Pinot Gris, Traminer, Chardonnay, Fetasca Alba and Aligote for the whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Rara Neagra for the reds. I also tasted an interesting Rose or two and an ice wine.
Albastrele Wines Company stood out as far as my taste buds were concerned. Their Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot Rose were all excellent.
Every table had a sign “Looking for Importer”. Moldova wines are trying to take a place on US wine shelves, not an easy feat in this saturated wine industry.
All in all…a good day!
Sometimes one has to forgo the wine and go straight for the vodka. That is what I did last night.
Ice-cold Belvedere straight up was the drink of choice…and it truly hit the spot. My dinner companion did the same. I had forgotten how smooth and delicious it was. I have been straying lately to other brands. I will have to put it on my growing “wish list” again.
I’m off to work now and then to a wine tasting tomorrow.