Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
An Irish Blessing
The cocktail is a combination of three drinks; a Mint Julep, an Old Fashioned, and a Manhattan. The ingredients were developed by my husband and me, and the name came from a friend we met for the first time that night at Mattar's. I wanted to include the colors of the Irish Flag, so I included the green mint and orange slice, and counted the ice as the white color. Of course you need to use an Irish whiskey on March 17th, but we usually make it with Maker's Mark. Okay, here goes:
2 ounces bourbon or Irish whiskey
2 tablespoons of mint infused simple syrup (I make my own - just throw a couple of mint leaves into the simple syrup while it cools)
4 dashes of bitters
1 orange slice
1 mint sprig
lots of ice - I think it tastes better as it gets a little watered down
Over ice, mix everything together in a glass - I used one of my Waterford crystal tumblers that was a gift from my mom. Serve immediately. Let me know what you think.
And, here's a real Irish Blessing for all of you.
May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.