I am several days late and a lot of dollars short in getting this post up as I had planned on it being a Valentine to all of you lovebirds out there (hence the glasses, arrows, and cards). The truth is though, that since arriving in Naples, it’s been difficult for me to adjust. Not to the warmer weather, the extra time with family and friends, and the beach-town-relaxed vibes. All of that is easy to get on board with, of course. And I am ever-so-grateful for it.
It’s been more about finding that space to be creative, where I am in the “flow”. There is the fluffy, hard to explain side of that, where I am inspired and my brain is exploding with colors, ideas and recipes, and the general things that make up my work. The more practical side of it is in understanding the nuances of my temporary living space, and knowing for instance that the light hits the kitchen table a certain way at 3:00 PM – and barely hits it at all until then, while we’re on that note.
It can admittedly be tough to balance the feeling of wanting to be in vacation mode, and knowing that s*it needs to get done, too. One can only ignore their inbox for so long. I am not complaining about any of this, just making my way through it, and more likely explaining why some of my posts may come at wacky times in the days to follow. I am going to try really hard to get back to a normal schedule however.
In the meantime, I give you this cocktail and a few snaps from this past weekend. I went to the Naples Botanical Garden, which is one of my favorite places to visit when I am here (I wrote about it last year, in this post.). It’s such a beautiful space to get lost in, and one that definitely had me feeling inspired again. There is a LEGO exhibit going on in the garden right now, and all of the pieces reflect nature (flowers, birds, etc.). I figured I could tie the birds in here (Yes!?!), and that it was better to post all of this late and together than never, because pictures of pretty flowers/inspirational things/messages of love/delicious drinks are always good, right?
As for the cocktail, I first had a version of it made with craft ingredients like fresh apple cider, local maple syrup, and a small-batch whisky. I wasn’t so sure how that combination would translate without having those items down here, but I am happy to report that some things work no matter where you are. ; )
- 1 part pure maple syrup
- 2 parts cinnamon whiskey
- 3 parts apple cider
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake well. Serve cold, over more ice. Enjoy! : )