Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost 2015? How did that even happen? It’s crazy to think about, but in 2015 I will…
- Turn 29
- Be in my fourth year at my current law firm
- Celebrate my 2-year wedding anniversary (with Dan, duh)
- Reach my 10-year dating anniversary (also with Dan)
- Enter my 5th year of blogging
- Help my parents (and also Dan’s parents, maybe?) celebrate 30 years of marriage.
- Have owned a home for 5 years
- Have been out of college for 8 years (ugh)
- Have been out of law school for 5 years (what!)
I cannot believe where the time has gone! Can you???
It’s funny, but when I was 10, I thought that by the time I was 25, I would be married with kids (adorable, of course), a partner of an Important Law Firm, living in a giant mansion (location unknown) full of expensive stuff purchased with some of the millions of dollars I would definitely have in my bank account. I would also be 4 inches taller and have a perfect model figure.
Are you laughing? I am!
By the time I actually hit 25, I had accomplished exactly zero of those goals, and I was OK with it. Now that I’m almost 30, I’m a little closer to achieving baby Tina’s dreams, and I’m still OK with it. Things are great! I have two adorable cat babies, a wonderful husband, a job that I like, parents who love me, and plenty of material possessions (Dan would say too many) that make me happy .
And, I’m still constantly learning and growing (not in actual height, unfortunately) and evolving and improving (maybe?), and I think that’s exactly the way it should be.
Just so you know, all of the above nostalgic rambling was a set up so that I could smoothly segue into today’s blog post, which is a delightfully boozy concoction known as “Metamorphosis”.
- the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
- a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.
See what I did there? You thought I was being all introspective and talking about personal growth, but what I was really trying to do was craft a compelling reason for everyone to make a cool-sounding cocktail. Heh heh heh…
But OK, let’s talk about this cocktail. I got the recipe from my friend Brad, who got it from a restaurant in Boston called The Eastern Standard. He made it once for a cocktail party, and I fell in love with it immediately. I request it almost every time we go to his house for drinks now.
Not only is it amazingly delicious, but it’s also spectacularly simple. Only three ingredients are involved (four if you’re being super technical): lemon juice, a sweet syrup made from clover honey, and a Czech liquor called Becherovka. Combine all of the above in a shaker filled with ice, shake well, and voila! An incredibly tasty (and lethal) cocktail that tastes sort of like a Lemon Drop with a kick.
Maybe not magical or metamorphosis-inducing in a literal sense, but I guarantee that you’ll want to do some crazy things after tossing back a few of these. I had one and a half of these after dinner last night and definitely felt it. Drink responsibly, my friends.
Thanks for sticking with me all year, guys – this blog wouldn’t exist without you readers (and your awesome comments/messages/pins/tweets/etc.)! Here’s to many more delicious recipes in 2015! Happy New Year 🙂
- 2 oz. Becherovka (A Czech liquor that can be found at most specialty liquor stores)
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz. clover honey syrup (Heat 1 cup clover honey and 1 cup water in a pot on low until honey is no longer thick/viscous, and you have a thin syrup...allow to cool, then use what you need for your cocktail(s), and store the rest in a sealable jar/bottle.)
- Combine ingredients in ice-filled shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain cocktail into a clean glass.
- Garnish with a lemon peel/twist.
Carla (@charliesue) says
Baby Carla was going to be married by 25 too! 25 was SO OLD, right? ANCIENT.
(I’m 33. Not married. No kids. But I have a fun job! And two degrees! So.. yay!)
Happy New Year 2015!
YES! 25 was sooooooooo old in my mind back then. And now I’m like “what was I thinking?!?!?”
Your 33 years sound pretty great to me 😀
Happy New Year!!! See you in 2015??
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
These photos are GORGEOUS Tina! How do you do it?! I wish you lived closer so I could take pictures and learn from you! I hope you have a wonderful 2015! xoxoxo my friend!
Thanks, girl! You are too sweet – I’m the one that needs to be taking lessons from you 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
I always wanted to be married and have kids by the time I was 25 also. I’m now 32, married with no kids, and still no clue what the future has in store for me. One day I’ll grow up all the way, one day.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
I wonder why we all thought “25” was such a magic age??? But yeah, some day I will be a grown up too…maybe. Happy new year!!!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Wow 2015 holds so many milestones for you! And what a delicious cocktail to celebrate the New Year with too.. I never have seen Becherovka before but I definitely need to keep my eye out for some.
Yup – just ask your liquor store if they have some! It’s pretty good 🙂
Maya @ Treats and Eats says
I’ve had this drink so many times at Eastern Standard (I’m in Boston) and I love it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m so glad to know how to make it. Love your photos!
Thank you! Hope it tastes as good as you remember 🙂
Kelley @ Chef Savvy says
Great milestones for 2015! Looks like you have a wonderful year ahead of you! As for the cocktail it looks amazing. Love the combo!
Thank you! 🙂
Just had this drink tonight at the Eastern Standard and was looking for the recipe when I came across this blog. Loved it. I was introduced to Becherovka a few years ago when in Prague and fell in love with it. We used have shots but this such a good summer drink. It’s going to be my go to from now on.
Yay! I haven’t made this in a while but was just thinking the other day I need to get some more Becherovka…. 🙂