Celebratory Cocktail… on a Monday!

Happy Back-to-School Day! I know back-to-school doesn’t effect everybody, but as a mom who spent a hellofalotta time this summer with her kid, I am not ashamed to voice the relief I feel! Not only do I embrace the relief of a regular schedule, less chlorine, and fewer hours having to play with American Girl dolls, but I am also celebrating getting a great teacher. It is staggering how much a mom is at the mercy of how good of a teacher the kids get. We have been on an every other year schedule. K was the teacher to trump all teachers, 1st needed to retire and was let go after our year, 2nd was award winning (literally she won awards and grants), 3rd was kind of the pits. When munchkin head climbed in the car today after her 1st day of 4th she announced “best year ever!” and gushed about how nice her teacher is. Whew!

To celebrate I made myself a cocktail while I cooked up the chili for dinner. It is a fabulous recipe by Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello and a nice transition from summer to fall. If you haven’t had a basil cocktail before, don’t be scared. It is savory, refreshing, homey, and exciting all at the same time. The elderflower liqueur cuts the dry vodka with a slightly sweet, slightly floral, slightly fruity bouquet. Be adventurous and embrace the year!

GO with love



In a pitcher, muddle one large bunch of basil leaves with 8oz. fresh lime juice and 4 oz. simple syrup. When the basil’s aroma becomes pronounced, pour in 12 oz. vodka and 4 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a basil leaf. Serves 8 (or 2 frazzled moms).


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