Monday, February 28, 2011

A Virtual Vacation

This is the time of year that really tests us. No longer are we motivated by our new year enthusiasm. No longer are we excited about a prospective snowfall. No longer are we tan. The days of beachy-chic are long gone. There is a glimmer of hope for some of us, who will be leaving on a jet plane for sunnier skies mid-march....while the rest of us are trapped in a blurry tunnel of highways, coffee, and deadlines.

Then Friday comes along, and smiles start appearing. The thought of 50+ hours of freedom is enough to make anyone happy. Add some libations to the mix- and you might as well be on a virtual vacation.

After a nice Sunday walk along the Hudson river, with family, friends and labradors, it was time for a little "VV". We settled down in a friends kitchen, with a picturesque view of the Hudson. I was served one of the most delicious cocktails that I have ever had. I instantly felt as if I were in the carribean, my face being warmed by the sun.

Don't you love those days in February that remind you of the excitement that is coming? Spring is just around the corner, and it is taunting us with promises of blue skies, bird songs and tee shirts. Every time you catch a glimpse of this, it's enough to make you book a flight to the nearest (furthest?) island. The taste is so sweet- yet so bitter when we open our eyes and are reminded of the bare trees, dirty snow and looming cloud cover.

At that moment, (hopefully it is after 5...) make yourself this cocktail- which is now aptly titled "The Virtual Vacation." Close your eyes, and pretend your on the beach.


-Finlandia Mango Vodka

-Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

-Splash of cranberry juice

-A big fat lime

Don't skimp on the freshly squeezed juice- it is the lynch pin of this perfect cocktail.
-Thank you, KVE for this wonderful drink recipe.

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