Yesterday we had grand plans of heading up to Central Park to take several hundred pictures of the leaves changing. It happened once, where we arrived at just the right time, where everything was perfect, and not again since. The weather had other plans, rain and cold air settled over the village. I feel like it's always like that, a constant rain cloud strung like a balloon directly above the apartment. We stayed inside all day, our one day off together, and pretended it was winter. For some reason whenever the weather gets like this I flash back to the day we walked home from Eataly in the snow, which is always an odd memory because it was December and I ruined a Christmas party later that evening. But for some reason, sipping wine standing in that crowded cafe area that felt more like a live lobster tank and finally finding a liquor store that stocked Highland Park 15 makes me feel happy, and reminds me of Amy Poehler for completely unrelated reasons.
Anyway, keeping with the gin theme.. I never thought of gin as a warm drink. It's always with ice and tonic water or something like that. Last week The Bee's Knees changed that for me and I thought it would be worth further exploring. I came across this recipe while looking for ideas on pinterest. It's simple and quick to make and has a bit of a bite to it thanks to the black pepper. It's also extremely easy to drink. You could spend hours sipping this one before you'd even notice what you were doing.
The Number Four
2 1/2 oz gin
1 oz honey
1 cardamom pod, crushed
In a shaker or larger glass crush a cardamom pod. Add gin, honey, and black pepper and shake with ice. Strain, serve, and enjoy. Garnish with more black pepper if you please.
Happy Friday, thank you for reading, and enjoy your weekend!