It’s October. Are you as surprised as I am?
Fall is my favorite season. I know a lot of you feel the same way. What is it about fall? I think it has something to do with childhood memories and the start of a new school year. The most significant events of my life all happened in the fall. And as each fall rolls around, I feel like magic can happen.
That said, this fall has been less than magical. Fires raging through California weigh heavily on my mind. We’re not directly affected but watch helplessly as our friends, former neighbors and co-workers are forced to flee their homes (again). Wonderful wineries, restaurants, hotels and other businesses that hold cherished memories are threatened and have burned to the ground.
The entire Bay Area is again choked by smoke and if that’s not enough temperatures soared into the triple digits. Watching fire crews in their heavy, protective gear in this blistering heat, breaks my heart. And, I wonder … how do these men and women summon the courage and fortitude to get out there day after day. Thank goodness they do … they’re certainly are made of stronger stuff and we’re grateful.
So, it’s Friday … the weekend … and I feel like all this heavy talk calls for a more substantial cocktail. Which brings me to the Bourbon Spritz.
A fall cocktail for challenging times.
Without further ado …
The Bourbon Spritz
Isn’t it pretty? Here’s the recipe from Maker’s Mark:
- 1 1/2 ounces Marker's Mark Bourbon
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 3/4 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Splash Simple Syrup
- Orange Wedge
- Fill a classic tumbler with ice
- Add Marker's Mark Bourbon
- Add Aperol
- Add lemon juice
- Add simple syrup and stir
- Top with Prosecco
- Garnish with orange wedge
This week at Snowberry our landscaping project made serious headway. Our backyard fire pit and water feature are working. So is our BBQ. I can’t wait to show you. Our niece brought us a marinated tri-tip from Swingle Meat Company in Jackson, California. She swears it will be a life changing experience. We’ll find out on Saturday night when Jim fires up the BBQ for its inaugural run.
Last month I went shopping to pick up a few new things for Snowberry’s fall decor and wandered into Anthropology. They have an incredible array of seasonal home decor … including live plants … and adorable clothes too. Am I the last person to know about this? Anyway, I fell in love with their navy, print dress. It’s so comfortable and a great summer-to-fall transition piece. I’ve been living in floaty dresses lately. The Covid-15, Covid Cushion … whatever you want to call it … is responsible for this shift. These cute, nude slip-on sandals came from my nieces online shop, Stock Boutique. I’ve been wearing them non-stop … even without a pedicure. Good news on that front. Nail salons have reopened in our area. Next week will be my first professional mani pedi since February. I can’t wait!
As always, I appreciate your visit and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until then, Cheers from Snowberry!
Photos in this post by Monica Vargas Photography