Do you remember how the beginning of summer feels?
As adults, every season seems to flow seamlessly into the next–you know, kind of like sand in an hour glass. But just try to remember for the moment the feeling of waking up that first morning of summer break when you were in fifth grade. No responsibilities other than mom’s chore list. Those summers seemed to last FOREVER.
Summer on the farm is by far the busiest season for all of us. Just keeping up with mowing the lawn and tending to the vegetable garden can easily monopolize anything resembling a free moment, but last night as the sun settled beneath the treeline for its nightly slumber, I stepped out onto the back porch and inhaled.
Some scrupulous readers might ask what exactly I was inhaling…
The lilacs had a banner year at the farm, and the bushes that line the western porch are having their last hooray. (Walking out the kitchen door is not for those with super-sensitive olfactory abilities or those with allergies.)
For a brief moment I felt that thrill again–of a long summer full of anticipation, of long days, of sweating and swimming pools and laughter.
As quickly as it came, it escaped me.
I went inside and awaiting me in my email inbox was a message from my friend Garth reminding me that I had promised to come up with a summer cocktail idea for The American Hotel this summer. Wouldn’t it be nice to recapture that moment standing on the backporch amidst the lilacs?
With very little hesitation, an idea came to me. The Beekman Backporch Bliss will be served at the hotel throughout the season.
To a glass of champagne or prosecco add a splash of lilac simple syrup (the best summer cocktails are always simple).
For our simple syrup recipe, click here
A little champagne always helps to bring back those youthful passions!