Holiday Manhattan Anyone?

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I know what you’re thinking. I don’t post for weeks and then bam! Twice in one weekend!

What can I say? I am writing this blog for pure enjoyment, and the second it doesn’t feel enjoyable, I step away. I’m a “do my best” type of person. I really don’t like to do things halfway, and fell that writing needs to happen when I am in the mood. Does this make sense?

These photos, while not the best, captured a moment and, I thought, were interesting with their shadows and light/dark contrast. They were taken Thanksgiving eve while my brother, Bobby, was visiting. We started this tradition when I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner but have kept it going even though my sister-in-law now handles Thanksgiving (shout out Linda!).

Food photos are best taken with natural light and the sun was setting. The best I had was on my radiator cover in front of my large living room window. Note the horizontal lines in some of the photos – the tell-tale gap between my radiator covers and the window sill!

My brother makes great drinks, by the way. His martinis (which I “dirty” with olive juice) are better than mine. Can’t quite figure it out. Is it in the shaking, or is it that I can relax and have someone make the drinks that makes them better?

He came up with this recipe which I dubbed the Holiday Manhattan because of the color and the flavors of cherry and orange. Also this bourbon based drink is something I would definitley lean towards in the winter.

Happy Holidays!

Makes one drink:

1 and 1/2 oz bourbon (I used Basil Hayden, thanks for introducing me Mari)

1/2 oz cherry brandy

1/2 of a fresh orange, juiced

dash of orange bitters

1 tsp Maraschino cherry juice

good Maraschino cherries to garnish ( used Luxardo, made in Italy and a deep red/black sexy color)

Add all ingredients (but the cherries) to a shaker full of ice. Stir to combine. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a pick of cherries.


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