On our way down to Arizona we were able to spend the night at my oldest & most dearest of friends, Veronica's (and Alan) house. We have that friendship where you immediately pick up where you left off, and there's no need to explain family history. It's refreshing!
its so comfortable, I made myself right at home by going through cupboards to find baking supplies to honor our "First Day of Summer" tradition (eating strawberry shortcakes for breakfast). There is no fear of stepping on each other's feet. My gift is in cooking the food, while Veronica's has always been in opening up her space for it (and eating what I make).
That evening after the girls went to bed, Alan made us a drink. Veronica had posted a picture of it promising to make me one when I visit. Being the cheerful receiver as much as a giver that I am, I obliged.
Sidenote: it's true that being a cheerful receiver is as much a gift of hospitality as giving.
Hot dog! I'm glad I did, because this has become my signature summer drink. A Thirsty Crow, which has the unmistakeable boozy silhouette, while filling out with enough sweetness to not make those of us non-hard liquor people to gag.
It boasts of spicy ginger beer, sour fresh lemon juice & the sweet scent of Maraschino liqueur. To tie it together, the Rye gives it that slight burn in your throat to let you know this is not a "frilly" drink. Add a dash of bitters at the end, and sprig of mint & one maraschino cherry for garnish give it a classy edge.
Thirsty Crow (Printable Recipe)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce Jim Beam Rye
1 ounce Maraschino liqueur
4 ounces Ginger Beer (not alcoholic ginger beer. I like Reed's or Fenimans)
dash of aromatic bitters
sprig of mint
1 maraschino cherry
In a pint sized jar or cup add one sprig of mint and about 1 cup of ice. Add the lemon juice, rye, maraschino liqueur and finer beer. Mix with a spoon.
Add maraschnto cherry and dash of bitters. Serve immediately. Makes 1.