Well, friends, looks like we've all survived yet another holiday season. We had a great time over here, hangin' out with friends and not doing any of the traditional stuff. The highlight was our Holiday Taint party on August 28th (aka the taint of the holidays, that awkward place where nobody has anything to do.) I made a HUGE vat of my Hawluday Dark & Stormy (ginger cordial/soda water/bourbon/lime/vanilla) and we ended the night at VIP Karaoke (I sang Rude Boy). It was wonderful.
This year was the least material holiday season I've ever experienced. I only bought one gift and handmade a few others. I didn't buy any decorations for the house and didn't put up Christmas lights or a tree. I also never ate a big meal (and never felt sick from overeating) - we had leftover spaghetti and meatballs for Christmas dinner. On Christmas morning, my girlfriend and I did free online yoga while our boyfriends cooked us breakfast. Hippie perfection.
It was interesting to let go of most of my holiday traditions that I love, but frankly, I was too lazy and relaxed to care too much. Without the stress of giant feasts and gift wrapping, in addition to my hangovers slowing my brain down, feelings of gratitude, friendship and peace were shining nice and brightly.
Okay, cocktail time! Every day for the past week I've intended to share my favourite holiday cocktail recipe, but I've just been so damn occupied (ie. yesterday we watched this amazing movie). I hope you try out this milky, minty cocktail. It is my all-time fave.
JUJU's hawluday milk drunk
- 1 mug of peppermint tea
- 1 oz bailey's
- 1/2 oz amaretto (optional, adds a je ne sais quoi)
- 1 oz bourbon
- sprinkle of nutmeg
Steep the peppermint tea, then stick it in the fridge or freezer depending on how much time you have. If you're in a super hurry, make your tea double strong and shake over ice.
Shake all ingredients together vigorously, except nutmeg, with lots of ice, until very frothy.
- Strain out the ice, and pour over some fresh ice, maybe even an artisanally large ice cube, and sprinkle nutmeg on top.
It's just so damn delicious.
Happy new year, everyone out there! Thanks for reading Spoiled Rotten Life in 2014. We had an amazing first year, and we think 2015 is gon be real fun.