Friday, November 04, 2011

Both drinks and knitting. It's like I never moved, right?

 Who knew I'd be a martini fan?  For so long I've turned my nose up at the drink.   Always though it was a bit boring.   After today, though, I'm on a new tangent.   This was GOOD.  Granted it was a girly Orange Martini, but everyone needs a gateway, right?

   I'd made it earlier today,  as I often do - with no intention of drinking it then.   Sometimes I make them specifically so I can blog about it while I have time.  I have a teeny sip and put the fixins away till dinner time.  However, one sip just wasn't enough this time.  

In the spirit of full disclosure, this drink came upstairs with me for my shower.  (Cold drink, hot shower = heaven, by the way.  I found this out with post running beers in college)  Anyways,  I know that rings all kinds of warning bells, but it was about timing and waste -- I had to get going in order to meet a friend who was on her way over, and it would have been all melty and warm by the time I was done otherwise.  That shaken quality doesn't keep.  Martinis have to be sipped.  And that Absolut isn't cheap, you know...  Anyways, it's good, so give it a try.  But maybe do it when you have a half hour to kill and can drink it in one spot.   

My plan is to try a different flavor next Friday, but maybe bail on the shower piece of the plan.

Orange Martini

2 oz orange vodka
1 oz vermouth
two shakes of orange bitters
drop of cointreau
orange rind and a tiny bit of actual orange

In other fall related news, look at the gorgeous tree right outside my office window in the yard.  It went from this color to bright orange, to a little red tings,  and then the storm kind of killed it back to a dull orangey brown. But either way, it's beautiful, and it makes me super happy while I sit here at my desk.   Another reason to love this new house :-)

While sitting in the office admiring my tree, I have been catching up on more than just drinks.  There are two new BabyCocktails sweaters out there in the test knitting world (yay!  that feels so good after a long couple of months in limbo, I gotta say) .  

And another  in Quince and Co's Osprey.

I am hoping to get these to you sometime in November.  Which I'd better do, before the stuff in this pile is ready to go and my 18 guests come down for Thanksgiving weekend and the rest of the holidays get underway.  

 There's Plucky (the pink) in here - some Classic Elite Vista (gray - from my new LYS!!), some more Quince and Co (dark blue), and Miss Babs (tealier blue)  from Rhinebeck.  Before long, I am hoping it all turns into a wrap, some gloves, a turtleneck and a cardigan.   Hoping, right?  I guess it all depends on the martinis :-)

Have a good weekend!


Jody said...

The martinis I need to avoid. But the yarny goodness - yum! The pink is intriquing (I STILL cannot score a hair of Plucky) and I love anything Miss Babs. Can't wait to see what transpires there.
Happy New House.

Seanna Lea said...

Martinis don't mix with my knitting. Heck, right now my knitting doesn't mix with pretty much anything (the lace, it requires no distractions). Congrats on your new drink and new patterns in test knitting land!

Kristen said...

Ooooh! I can't wait to see your new sweaters! You know I am a fan!

Patty said...

Love the the orange! Happy weekend. No NE fiber festival for you?

Hilary said...

I'm loving those sneak peaks! What cool patterns and yummy yarns. Speaking of orange martini sounds great. Even better in the shower!

janna said...

ooh, ooh, ooh! Last winter I had a martini with ginger vodka in it. Of course, I went right out and bought a bottle of ginger vodka, but haven't figured out what to do with it. So..... maybe a ginger martini next week????

marecolt said...

Hi - Martini sounds good, but is the Vermouth sweet or dry? Probably an obvious thing to a TRUE martini drinker, but not to me. TX