It was early Sunday morning. While filling the coffeepot, I was hazily trying to decide if I was still dreaming. Eventually, my first cup of coffee and I vaguely decided to go for a wander in the garden.
As I slowly stepped outside – it was still many minutes before I’d remember to infuse caffeine into my bloodstream – the world suddenly doused me with all the signs of life and gifts of a gentle, early Spring. The crisp air made my cheeks tingle and smelled of fresh greens; the cloudless blue sky was bright and captivating – at 8 a.m.!
Forms of life once hidden away, protected from the harshness of winter, were shooting up from the dark, cold ground and from stark, gray branches. Young plants I didn’t think would survive the winter flashed their bright new petals in defiance. Older plants I thought were on their last gasp were boldly unfurling, with the promise of a comeback stronger and bigger than ever.
It was growth, rebirth, and rejuvenation all around me. And it was exciting!
I eventually took my first sip of morning coffee.
It was a bit early for a cocktail at the time I wrote this post, but later I had the Aviation Martini, which is beautiful to look at and tastes sweet like Spring rain, fresh like a Spring morning.
2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce Crème de Violette
1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake with ice, serve neat in a martini glass. and sip while dreaming of possibilities.