Why do we blog? I can’t answer for everyone, but I know I’m here–at least in part–to indulge in fantasy. Though I try to (mostly) write about real life, I read your blogs for vicarious reasons. Thanks to your posts, I’ve traveled to places I may never see, read books I’ve yet to hear of, grown gardens I can’t manage to grow myself, tried new recipes I don’t seem to make time for, and heard music I never imagined I’d like. Your blogs rock and I appreciate being able to expand my horizons without having to leave my laptop.
Today, let’s visit two of those horizons.
Horizon/Fantasy #1) Gardening. Those of you posting your crops have me green with envy. Even at my best, I’m a less than stellar gardener. Planting, watering, weeding… Most years it seems too much bother (and mosquito-infested) to deal with, especially when there are so many amazing farmers’ markets locally.
That said, my husband is the farmer type and while he’s a bit citi-fied by now (you’re welcome, darling), he still plants a few tomatoes and green beans and keeps the berry bushes and grape vines going. For all of this, I’m grateful, but I also like a few herbs to call my own. But this year? I only managed one mint plant.
Why was mint so important? For the answer, let’s visit…
Horizon/Fantasy #2) Cocktails. Call me a dreamer, but I imagine my husband and I enjoying a classy adult beverage come evening. But reality says we’re always driving one of the kids somewhere and it’s a rare evening when we have a few moments to kick back and relax.
So I indulge this fantasy by reading blogs and books.
And buying cocktail glasses at thrift stores.
It’s fun to have a book (or eight) to peruse and pretty glasses for serving when the mood for a sipper strikes. And that’s why when the mojito urge hit, I gathered a handful of mint sprigs and my copy of Storied Sips and went to town.
And it was so amazing and refreshing that I made one again the next night. The next night I muddled a few blueberries with the mint and ended up with a pink drink.
Summer seems made for mojitos and it’s become my cocktail of choice when time allows. I’ve yet to follow a recipe exactly, but generally muddle a handful of mint and a few splashes of rum in the bottom of a glass, then add the juice of a lime and about a tablespoon of agave syrup. Shaken with ice, the drink is strained into a (pretty) glass and topped with seltzer. I tend to make mine plenty lime-y, often ending up with pulp in the glass, but of course amounts are adjustable. It’s summertime (at least in the Northern hemisphere) and the living is easy.
Here’s to fabulous gardens–real or imagined–and a lovely cocktail at the end of the day.