Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cocktail of the Month: Grasshoppers

Dearest Friends,

No, I haven't dropped off the face of the planet, but I will admit that these days I feel as if I have!  Life is still so good.  It seems to just get better and better really.  (I am such a lucky girl.)  But it is busy as all get out around here.

I also am happy to admit two things: (1) I am really enjoying my new job and the sense of accomplishment it is providing me and (2) I am also enjoying the crazy balancing act of it all, which is reminding me somehow of my senior year in high school and/or my senior year in college.  I've got a pan in every fire and I'm looking forward to a great feast.

I am NOWHERE NEAR done figuring out the new rhythms of my daily life now that I've started to work part time.  I was certainly expecting a little shake-up, but if I am being honest, I feel like the havoc that has been wreaked on my schedule (is wreaked a word?) is completely disproportionate to the changes I've made.  A few hours of work here, a few hours there, and suddenly entire days are a mad rush, or are all kerplooey.

It's okay.  I actually like that feeling.

Plus, I know my feathers will be smoothed out again eventually.  We're just in an adjustment period.  I have high hopes that when the dust settles (ridiculous mix of metaphors, sorry) I can return more regularly to many happy hobbies (blogging, scrapping, my beloved photography projects). 

For now I am sticking to the basics, recognizing that I need to concentrate on other matters.


It has come to my attention that at least two of you missed having a February Cocktail of the Month.  I do have one up my sleeve.  It's been tested and needs a little tweaking.  I hope to post my make-up February cocktail before we get to April.

But let's skip ahead to March.

March needed to be simple if anything at all.  I wanted it to be green for St. Patrick's Day and I wanted it to appeal to my husband on his birthday.

Inspired by his favorite (non-homemade) cookie, the Thin Mint, I decided to try the Grasshopper.  It's an after-dinner treat if ever there was one.

These were tested by yours truly, the Gutsy Dad, my parents, and our dear friend Hutch.  Though the color was a bit medicinal in quality, the taste was sublime.

(The Gutsy Dad and I also enjoyed these on a subsequent evening before dinner.  Bath time with the kids was a hoot that night.)


1 oz. creme de menthe (green)
1 oz. creme de cacao (clear)
1.5 oz heavy cream (yes, heavy)

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake the heck out of it.  Strain into a glass and enjoy.  Smooth and creamy, chocolatey and minty.  Yum.

1 comment:

Katie in Austin said...

Margaret -- You absolutely, finally, and completely do NOT want me to tell you what these are like when made in the blender with ice cream. No. It would not do for me to divulge that to you, of all people. No hedonism here, just move along ... So glad you're enjoying the heady mix of new job, accomplishment, beautiful children to share with marvelous spouse, accomplishment, connection with so many dear family and friends, accomplishment ... and happy birthday to Chris! My niece, brother, and dad all have March birthdays. GREAT month! Enjoy all the music that is Spring!