The days are getting cooler. The leaves are turning and starting to fall. The Harvest is here and it calls out to me. It calls me out, it calls me out of my silly working life, it calls me out of my mundane tasks and it calls again and again. It calls me out…outside, “stop being silly”, it says in its cadence, “close that computer and come play in the fallen leaves, in the pumpkin patches, in the cool autumn evenings.”
The trees let the sun’s light dance in their leaves. Spinning, twirling, whirling around before the tree slowly lets them go, dropping to the ground. They blaze in so many shades of red, yellow, orange you can hardly count them all.
The fruit is bursting with ripeness, the buds and blooms of spring and summer seem a distant memory, replaced by heavy, ripe, plump fruit emerging, and the garden grows, it grows and grows. Tomatoes start to shine bright in banners of red and yellow hues, the peaches drop from their stems, heavy-swollen with juicy goodness.
The earth is in full fall swing and calls us out to a cocktail party. I shouldn’t say no to a mother, especially this mother, Earth. So I plan a little soirée. A few friends to help me celebrate the sun and the fading of summer and the bounty it has brought to us. To praise the mother’s glory we make things fresh and bright, rich with her bounty.
The New Tomato Martini
Place two to three small tomatoes in a shaker
A mist or splash of Vermouth
Fill with Gin or Vodka
Plop a tomato into a Martini glass rimmed with salt and pepper
Pour and find your new favorite savory cocktail
Peach Whiskey Smash
Place one to two peaches, sliced, into a pitcher
Add a handful of mint
Macerate with the handle of a wooden spoon
Fill with ice
Add 2 Parts Whiskey to 4 Parts Soda water filling pitcher – melted further dilutes
Serve with peach slices for garnish
Mix the juice of 10 lemons and 10 Tablespoons sugar in a pitcher until dissolved
Fill with ice
Add 1 cup St. Germaine
½ bottle of champagne
Fill with cold water to the top
Garnish with see-though-slices of lemons
Sip, breath, enjoy for autmn is here.