Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day After Birthday Cocktail - Strawberry Mimosa

As some of you may know, my birthday was this weekend. Yesterday to be exact. A little anti-climactic as Charles is quite sick with the flu, but we can't always plan these things. And I am older, and I don't really need to celebrate.. but it was one of those birthdays that end in a zero. That leaves you feeling different. And old. Yesterday it took some getting used to. There were tears. My own, of course. But at the risk of sounding over-dramatic - I have been a birthday crier since the beginning.

But I was in good company. Even though Charles was down for the count for much of the day, I had Jack, above, and Leonard, below. Two very comforting fellows.

I can listen to Leonard for hours on end. Light candles and incense - nag champa is perfect. Patchouli and sandalwood are also appropriate. Close the blinds and settle into an over-stuffed chair and stare into the flickering light, moving only to bring the Jack to your lips as Leonard washes over you.
The puppies understand. They lay, unmoving, on the couch. Lulled by the troubadour's tones. Charles understands too. He can sit, and stare, and wait. For me.

And then.
It is the next day. And the pressure is off. And I can celebrate and be lighter. With bubbles. And strawberries.

Strawberry Mimosa
8oz freshly squeezed orange juice
10 strawberries, stemmed
3 ice cubes
Sparkling wine - I used Cava. Prosecco, or champagne would also be excellent.

Blend orange juice, strawberries, and ice until puréed. Pour halfway up two chilled champagne flutes. Top with sparkling wine. Feel your spirits getting lighter already.


girlichef said...

That's a bummer, but at least you had these other two guys to help you through ;) These cocktails are gorgeous, too...mmmm! Happy Birthday to you...hmmmm, ends in zero, aye?

Megan said...

Let me guess - you turned 30, right? C'mon, you're just a pup - not old!

Kim said...

Sorry to hear that Charles wasn't feeling well. I'm sure he'll make it up to you:) Meanwhile, these cocktails are a great way to welcome a new year!

P.S. I cried on my birthday too and couldn't wait for the next day when the pressure was off. I don't know why I feel pressure, but I always do.
Sounds like I'm not alone in that.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Megan - yah, 30! Oops, my adult children might give me away.. ;-)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Kim - he's actually been spoiling me for months - but you know how it is - nothing can get through when you are in that kind of mood. I am so happy that you understand. ☺
By the next day we were having lots more fun. (Even though he is still under the weather)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Heather - have you had acquaintance with Jack and Leonard? They make a great team. ;-)
The mimosas were great - I drank most of them.. ☺

Margarita said...

Natashya~ I finally have had an opportunity to absorb your blogs in more detail and more than that your "about me" section. Okay, you have dogs but your life hasn't gone to the dogs ... I hope that you realize just how wonderful what you are doing is? You are also able to be involved in something that you love and not a lot of people can say that!! I can also honestly say that I know my "go to" person when it comes to cooking or baking and I also trust your opinion. This road you travel is one that you are followed and cheered on!! Blessings to you always. :-)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Margarita - you say gone to the dogs like it is a bad thing!
Thanks for the support, Chica.