“There is more to life than increasing its speed” -Ghandi
We rang in the New Year quietly at home. Exhausted from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and spending the year moving in a million different directions has produced a lot of noise in my life, and has left me feeling hurried and stressed.
The New Year Resolution is old and tired and “resolutions” have been replaced with a new buzz word “themes” (honestly, I prefer themes to resolutions). People will argue and say “everyday is a new day and you can start on any of the other 364 days.” Yes, but a new year symbolically provides us with a blank canvas to attempt once again to get it right.
So at least for now, I got it right. I slowed down this week to a crawl. Counted my blessings, and my steps, and practiced quieting my mind by getting comfortable with sitting and doing nothing.
On New Year’s Eve I soaked in the quiet abundance of my backyard Meyer lemon tree and the sprawling rosemary bush to create a twist of flavors on a classic gimlet cocktail.
Happy New Year to you and your families. May 2016 bring you everything you hope for and more.
Meyer Lemon Gimlet with Rosemary
2 ounces good quality gin
3/4 ounce fresh Meyer lemon juice (or other variety)
3/4 ounce rosemary infused simple syrup
Lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary for garnish
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Handful of fresh rosemary sprigs
2 lemon slices (optional)
In a small saucepan, on medium heat, add water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves . Add rosemary and lemon wedges. Let steep for 2 hours or overnight. Place in a jar and refrigerate up to a week.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake hard until very cold.
Strain into a cold coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and rosemary sprig. Serve immediately.