Okay, it was Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23, but with it being around 95 outside and 90% humidity we didn't want anything that heavy. So, I opted for this Pandemic Porch Cocktail and enjoyed it on the back porch due to afternoon storms--again. Piña Colada 2 oz rum 4 oz coconut water 3 oz pineapples juice Combine in a shaker with ice and serve in tall glasses.
For National Wine and Cheese day, which was July 25, we had wine, but I also created this tuna stuffed tomato from our garden. I served it with some brie cheese, fresh dill, and homemade sourdough crackers.
For National Scotch Day, which was July 27, I made us this pandemic porch cocktail. Orange You Going to be Glad When This is Over 2 oz Scotch 2 oz triple sec 1/2 cup orange tea splash of orange seltzer burnt orange peel Luxardo cherry Combine Scotch, triple sec, and tea in a shaker with ice. Strain into cocktail glasses fill with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.
My Pandemic Porch Cocktail for National Milk Chocolate, July 28, day was a sour for two. Chocolate Lavender Sour 2 oz whiskey 3/4 oz creme de cacao 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup 1/2 oz lemon juice lemon peel lavender sprig In a shaker, combine whiskey, syrup, liqueur, and lemon juice . Shake with ice for 30 to 60 more seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lemon peel and lavender sprig. Lavender simple syrup: Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lavender and heat until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool and steep. Strain and store extra in the fridge about 2 weeks.
July 29 was National Lipstick Day, but due to stormy weather we had back porch Pandemic Cocktails. I always make two, but I share... Lipstick Cocktail 3/4 oz rum 3/4 oz creme de banana 1 1/3 oz milk or cream 1 1/3 oz grenadine Combine and shake with ice. Strain into tall glasses filled with crushed ice.
Okay, July 30 was National Cheesecake Day, but I was not inspired and it was hot and steamy. So, I made a refreshing Lemon Mint Fizz Serves 2 4 oz vodka 2 mint sprigs 1/4 cup simple syrup 2 lemon peels lemon seltzer lemon twist mint leaves Muddle the mint and lemon peels in the syrup. Add the vodka and shake with ice. Pour into a rocks glass and top with seltzer and garnish with a lemon twist, and mint.
My Pandemic Porch Cocktails are inspired by National Days of the year. July 24 was National Tequila Day so I made a Watermelon Margarita. Recipe for 2 drinks 1/2 cup cold watermelon, pureed 2 oz blano tequila 1 tsp. agave syrup juice of 1/2 lime line zest and salt to rim the glass. Blend watermelon, tequila, agave, and lime juice together and shake with ice. Strain into a rimmed glass. I've been posting these on my Instagram page and FB, but not here, so I'll be uploading cocktails from the last month or so.
The pandemic is still raging on and it's July 2020. We all should have known something bad was coming when Trump stopped air traffic from Europe months ago. I don't think any of us expected this. Life is on hold as we know it and I wonder what the fall brings. I pray for only good news. Despite all the hate being highlighted on the news and social media, I have been blessed to see a kinder side of Americans. My current project is allowing me to interview people across the country with a common theme (I'll share that soon). I've been in touch with over 50 people and only one was mean. Everyone, from various walks of life, are being as positive as they can be. They're looking for the silver lining in all these clouds and it makes me feel hopeful. Oh yeah, the nightly pandemic porch cocktails don't hurt either! Just about every night [...]
Yes, it's official. I signed with Jessica Alvarez at Bookends Literary Agency to take my career to the next level. I wasn't sure if this would happen with Covid-19 pausing everything, but it did, and I'm super stoked. Jessica and I are already working on a project together and hope to do many more to come. As far as the rest of my writing life? Well, let's just say not much has changed except that I got the cat videos out of my system, however, a new hobby emerged. I've moved on from retro cookies to pandemic porch cocktails. Yep, a new one (almost every night) gets shared on my Instagram page. Well, I promised to do this more often and it's only been a month since my last one, so not bad.
The world as we knew it is over--at least temporarily. We've all been dealing with Covid-19 in various ways in these unusual times. I've been trying to keep on writing and researching, but get easily distracted with the news, changes in lifestyle, and helping others. When I wasn't feeling creative I chose to bring some laughter into my world by creating some funny notebooks on Amazon and even created some funny narrative cat videos. My cat Hobbs Monahan actually made the local paper because of it! I also started sharing some retro cookie recipes on my Instagram page. I think that's out of my system, but who knows. I'm back at work on my next book, Historic Foods of America: Recipes from Hotels and Restaurants. It's pretty much together, but I'm finalizing recipes and the format. Next up is finding the best publisher, which might require an agent. I've never used one before, but it might be time. [...]