Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Southside

Because it is almost the weekend (and because I am finally finished with my Block Island posts), I will share with you my new favorite cocktail:  The Southside.

Elizabeth gave me a Vintage Cocktail book for Christmas last year and it is full of delicious gems.

The Southside is a very summery cocktail, in my opinion, but I'm sure it can still be enjoyed in the fall (wink, wink).  It calls for fresh lime juice and fresh mint.

You muddle together fresh mint, lime wedges, simple syrup and lime juice before adding the gin and giving the whole thing a good shake over ice.  

You then pour the contents of your shaker into a glass and top with soda.   

The Southside is simply delicious and totally worth the effort of the measuring and the muddling.  

The only bad thing about this cocktail is that it's not party-friendly.  The mint-to-drink ratio is one that requires you to start afresh with each glass and doesn't lend itself to a more crowd-pleasing pitcher.

That's not to say that I drank alone.  While I enjoyed my cocktail, Josie made herself a mocktail.

She squeezed lime juice, added simple syrup and soda.

Mostly she made a sticky mess, but it was fun nonetheless.

Cheers!  Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The First Two Hockey Games Of The Year

Josie and Henry both had their first hockey games of the season on the same day.  And as luck would have it, I got to go to both.  Henry and I went to watch Josie make her debut with the Islanders and then we hurried 20 minutes down the road to another ice rink, where Josie and I watched Henry and his team start their season.

This is Josie's first year playing hockey on an all-girl team.

Their home rink for games might just be the dirtiest, most disgusting rink in New England.  It was hard to take successful photos through the years of muck that has accumulated on the plexi-glass boards.

Josie played defense for this game and did a great job.  Her team won 4-1.

After Josie's game, we piled into the car and drove to another rink for Henry's game.  

I don't get to see many of Henry's games because Gordy is usually the coach or the assistant coach which means that he has to be there, leaving me to take either (or both) girls to their weekend activity.  

On this day, Gordy missed the game and his Assistant Coaching duty, since he was back at home, hosting a party / meeting with Georgia's soccer team, their coach and parents.  

We actually lucked out on this day.  It's not usual for the two hockey players to have back-to-back games in the same part of the state.  Dividing up the Sunday tasks was much easier than normal.

It's amazing the difference between nine year olds hockey and fourteen year olds.  

Both are enthusiastic and serious, but the teenagers win for speed and accuracy.

Henry's team won 8-0.

And so the hockey season begins.  

I've already gotten out my wool socks, ugg boots and down jackets.  I've done about five loads of hockey-related laundry and I've already driven hundreds of carpool miles.  

Yep.  It's begun.

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