It is a blur but somehow between severe headaches, stress, and old masochistic tendencies, I decided to give up alcohol for Lent. I know - why? I am not religious. I'm more 'food' than 'wine,' but still love a the right wine pairing with the right dish. I lust over a clever mixed drink. Rational reasons aside, I decided and I found myself too invested to stray from my commitment. God knows I am stubborn enough to spite myself for 6+ weeks.
46 days of not drinking (not that I was counting or anything) proved to be more difficult than the 7ish months of no alcohol while I was pregnant. Now I have a toddler and need a drink. But that was not all. This time, I literally didn't taste alcohol at all. Not one sip. Not a sniff. Nothing. And all the while I found myself at some of the most tempting culinary events, some of the best dinners, and some of the hottest bars. Ironic.
But the wait is over and make-up for lost time can be sweet. To keep with the religious theme, from now until June 12 - Pentecost Sunday- it will be a party, complete with weekly mixed drinks and lots of blurbs on wine, beers, and spirits. It is ON.
First up, the Easter Egg - eggs everywhere beware! Row 14, a new and promising restaurant and wine bar in the heart of downtown in Denver, generously shared this recipe. The food is fun, the wine list exquisite, and the talented Tyler French can mix you this pretty adult beverage and many more.
Easter Egg, courtesy of Row 14.
Ingredients: 2 juicy strawberries (one whole, one sliced); 1.5 oz Oronoco Rum; 0.5 oz fresh lime juice; 0.5 oz simple syrup; ice; the egg white from 1 egg; 3 tablespoons superfine sugar; another squeeze of lime; and a drizzle of Peychauds bitters.
Muddle one strawberry in a pint glass. Add the rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and a few cubes of ice. Shake and strain into a cold martini glass.
Combine the egg white with the sugar and a squeeze of lime. Shake until foamy and spoon on top of the drink.
Top off with thinly sliced strawberries and drizzle with Peychaud's Bitters.
Makes 1 serving. So- make more. Happy Easter!