The way I see it, skiers can pretty much be broken down into two categories, the pleasure skier, and the athletic skier. There is the skier that seeks out the longest, most scenic way down every time and then there is the skier that has the need for speed. There is the one who carefully carves her winding way down the trail without a care in the world vs. the one that wants to be challenged and sticks mainly to black diamonds. Perhaps it’s because I am from the south or perhaps it’s because I didn’t learn to ski till I was 16 but, I am, and always will be, a pleasure skier. And being a pleasure skier comes with a deep love for the aprés ski warmth of a fire and a yummy drink.
I decided to dress up a classic White Russian for our afternoon of wreath making last week . I wanted something creamy and delicious with a fun twist to go with our Christmas music and merry making. After a few web searches and some experimenting I give you- The Christmas Waltz!
October was a busy month in the Hudson Household. This last weekend of the month was our only weekend spent at home and it was the perfect combination of productive and relaxing. We cleaned and rearranged Dan’s study, finished and hung our home-made roman shades and I somehow managed to go running, make it to yoga and enjoy a lazy brunch at home!
I spent last weekend sipping what I have dubbed my “seasonal transition cocktail” while I pulled out a few of my favorite fall home accents. I only recently had my first Bee’s Knee’s and I can’t believe I have gone without this drink my whole life. Lemon has been my flavor of the summer and thanks to a new source for local honey, I’m pretty sure that honey will end up with a staring role this fall.
After my Rosemary Gin Fizz turned out so well, I began scouring the internet for more cocktails inspired by our herb garden. That is when I stumbled across this figgin’ beautiful cocktail and became a woman obsessed. With thyme to spare, all I needed was a handful of ripe figs. Much to my frustration, figs are apparently one of the few things that you can’t get out of season no matter where you look. I must have called Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods every other weekend until I finally heard the beautiful news- “yes crazy lady, we have fresh figs.”
After all the anticipation I had built up around this cocktail (ask anyone, I talked about this drink way too much) when the moment to take that first sip finally came, I was nervous. I was afraid it was going to be as disappointing as the time I made the Charleston Pink Lady, or that it would lack that wow factor I had built up in my mind, but I couldn’t have been more pleased; About Figgin’ Thyme was everything I had hopped it would be and more!
For the majority of the year, my go-to beverage is a tall glass of red wine (preferably Spanish with a side of cheese and charcuterie), but around this time every year the rising temperatures inspire a shift in my palate that demands the coldest, most refreshing beverage there is. With this projecting to be the first solid week with temperatures in the 90’s every day, it’s time to dust off the copper mugs and grab a huge bag of fresh limes- it’s Moscow Mule Season.