I try to be a pretty positive person. I really believe that you get what you give out into this world, so might as well make it happy. Might as well find a reason to smile even when it seems like everyone else has lost their minds.
A good friend used to always quote “the sun is shining somewhere, even when it rains.” I like that. I try to think of the sun shining while I’m sloshing through the puddles. It’s just the better way to spend my time. And I swear, the energy is contagious.
But man, every now and then you take your car in for an oil change two weeks before an exciting, big vacation you’ve been trying to save a tiny bit of money for, and – instead of just oil – your car needs a month’s rent worth of repairs.
Puddles. Big, muddy puddles. Maybe even without rain boots. Because who owns rain boots in Los Angeles?
After we authorized radiators and belts and whatnot, Brad hung up the phone and I made a decision.
It was officially happy hour.
The good thing (sunshine!) was we had also just gotten home from the market, where we had gone crazy buying all kinds of fruits, vegetables, cage free eggs, raisins, and pork. I figure we were stocked food-wise until at least vacation in a couple of weeks, so we would just have to live off of our bounty and spend our food budget instead on radiators…
I was starting the saving with my cocktail, going right for these giant, tart but kind of sweet blackberries that I had bought on a whim from my favorite cherry stand.
And then I muddled them up, because muddling always makes drinks feel more festive and happy. Yes, I used a blue Rolling Stones tongue glass as a shaker. Because why not? Mick Jagger makes me happy. This happy hour was all about finding happy.
I added some gin, some of my lavender simple syrup (lavender again for the win!), and a little bit of bubble, then I threw a berry and a sprig of lavender on top. By then, my drink was so pretty that I took it outside for it’s very own photo shoot.
And I stuck a purple/blue party straw in there…
Yep, this was definitely the cocktail to cheer up with.
Well, this cocktail, plus FaceTiming with the parents who were sitting on their screened-in porch during an actual rainstorm back home.
It was kind of nice to hear the rain behind them. I forget how much I love a good rainstorm – literal or figurative. The downpour brings growth, brings new life, brings the green to plants that grow delicious blackberries for cocktails…
And although the rain might just bring mud at first, things will dry up. That sun is still out there somewhere. It’ll be back. We will work things out.
Until then, pour yourself something festive, muddle it, shake it up, and find yourself a party straw in whichever color you’d like. Because nights at home being broke aren’t so bad when you have a lovely husband to make you dinner, a pup to give you kisses and cuddles, a fruity cocktail to keep you cool, and a million ideas and projects on the horizon to devote all of your energy into.
Thanks for being my rain boots, guys. 🙂
Blackberry Lavender Spritzer
2 oz gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
3/4 oz lavender simple syrup
3 large blackberries
2 oz soda water
In a shaker, muddle blackberries and lavender syrup together. Add gin and fill shaker with ice, shaking to mix. Pour into glass and top with soda water. Garnish with whole berries or fresh lavender sprigs.