The Cherry on Top

22 Dec

I’m certain you are trying to get everything ready for the holidays. Don’t panic, but add a stop at the liquor store to your list… because I have a present for you!

Nobody would ever call me old-fashioned, but I have developed a crush on Old Fashioneds, and have learned to make them and share them. Now my friends are as excited about them as I am.

img_0394This drink has been around since 1880, and has been credited to a bartender who brought the recipe to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar from a private social club in Louisville, Kentucky. I want to share my version with you.  If you like bourbon, and want to indulge yourself and your friends, the Luxardo cherries I use elevate the cocktail to new heights!
I balked when I saw their cost for the first time, but like diamonds and caviar, they cost what they cost – and there is no substitute.

I love to serve them in my sweetie’s leaded crystal rocks glasses, inherited from his Dad. The weight of the glass, their design, the caramel color of the bourbon, and the almost-black Luxardo Cherries, which taste of almonds,  make it a sensory delight. Perfect for celebrating any special occasion!

For each, into a cocktail shaker:
2 oz. smooth bourbon (our fave is a local one, Treaty Oak’s Red Handed)
1/2 oz. fresh simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar)
2 splashes Angostura Bitters,  2 splashes Orange Flower Water (optional).
Shake two or three times, gently, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Add a slice of orange to the rim.
Retrieve a Luxardo cherry from the jar (allowing some syrup to come along with it, so it may settle onto the drink with it’s cherry)  then decorate your cocktail.

img_0397Hand this beauty to your holiday guests and be prepared for lots of compliments. I wonder how I ever lived without the luxury of these Luxardo cherries? They are heavenly.

Happiest of Holidays to you all!
XO Donna

 

Peace and Quiet

15 Dec

It is just past 8:00 am and the neighbor’s stereo as been blaring for the last 45 minutes.

 

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Going, Going, Gone

8 Dec
Madrid, not Spain

Madrid, New Mexico. by Donna O’Klock

 

Big trips are so much like cooking a holiday dinner – you plan for weeks, the day finally arrives, and it’s all over in a flash! Continue reading

Afternoon Light

18 Nov

IMG_0073.JPGI’m sitting in the very cool afternoon light, beside a lake. A million miles away, seemingly, from an address like 1010 Park Place, and all that conjures.

That’s where you’ll find my latest post about a very special birthday card. I look forward to seeing you there!

www.1010parkplace.com

XO Donna ❤️

Dream Come True

5 Nov

What an exciting weekend this is going to be. What an exciting year it has already been! Where do I even begin…

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Home, Sweet Home

23 Oct
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Misty sunrise. Lake Georgetown, TX

It was a busy week; writing, blogging, reading, walking around a lake in a beautiful park.  I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

My new articles are here: 1010ParkPlace.com and here: http://damnedgypsy.com/

Thank you for coming on my travels with me, I loved reading your comments!

XO Donna

 

Busy Signal

9 Oct

imageThis week was my week to post on two other sites. If you’d like to visit them and catch up with me, you can click here:

http://damnedgypsy.com/2016/10/07/fixing-a-hole

Or here:

http://1010ParkPlace.com.

Just look under VOICES for my attest article, “Sick and Tired… & Sexy.” Browse a bit while you’re there, so many great writers! And, as always, I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

 

XO Donna