Friday, April 2, 2010
Pisces & the Lilacs
What's your sign?
I'm a Libra, but today I'm a Pisces because it's a sign of the times. According to the tropical zodiac the sun is no longer in Pisces, however, if we look to the sidereal zodiac (just learned this...hope Wikipedia hasn't led me astray) the sun is currently in Pisces. Not sold? Alright, how about this for a try: fresh berries, vanilla, spices and violet petals -- also known as Crème Yvette, the 100-year-old violet liqueur that makes 'the Pisces' the cocktail of the season.
In last month's Living, Martha Stewart briefed her readers on this exceptionally refreshing apéritif. The recipe inspired Sarah to shake it up for a dinner party. Here's the concoction:
1 ounce violet liqueur, preferably Crème Yvette
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 ounces Prosecco
1 lemon-peel twist
Mix violet liqueur, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a small glass. Top with Prosecco.
Serve with a lemon-peel twist.
The sunset purple tint intoxicates, so botanical, so light. And don't you just love how her nails match the plate, match the drink. You'd think it's almost planned...and, for maybe the 1st time ever, herb cheese becomes obsolete.
The lilacs below hint at the Pisces, but they are from a different night. Same Spring, different night.