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Ginger Gimlet Recipe

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It’s not always easy to remember that ailments are temporary: sore throats, aches and pains, sobriety.

Last week was Patrick’s first week back to school, and he was suffering from a pretty serious sore throat. Friday night we had friends coming over and didn’t want his throat to be a burden, so I picked up a handful (or so) of fresh ginger and a few lemons to brew a throat-easing remedy.

While boiling ginger and lemon makes for a soothing throat potion, it doesn’t do much good (or taste that great) if you aren’t sick or into crazy amounts of ginger. So, what should I do with all of this extra ginger? Enter: a trip to the liquor section.

Mind you, I do not suggest buying random ingredients and liquors if you don’t already have a recipe in mind. And it doesn’t always work for me either, but this time was a success. And thus, I present the Ginger Gimlet, a slightly spicy and floral take on a classically tart cocktail.

Ginger Gimlet Recipe

The typical gimlet recipe is made with gin or vodka, lime juice, and some kind of sweetener (sugar or simple syrup). Vodka gimlets have always been one of my favorites because they are simple, sweet, and tart (yum, lime juice).

To spice things up a little, I knew I wanted to make a ginger simple syrup with the leftover ginger. I also grabbed a couple limes and some fresh rosemary (you should always have some on hand anyway).

After perusing the liquor section, I grabbed a bottom of St. Germain, and declared my cart full and wallet empty.

And this is what happened:

Ginger Gimlet incredients:

  • 1.5oz Vodka or Gin (I used Tito’s because it’s Patrick’s fave. Also successful with rum or whiskey.)
  • 1.5oz FRESH, HAND-SQUEEZED lime juice. Trust me on this.
  • 0.75oz Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe to come)
  • 0.25oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (one for mixing, one for garnish)
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Steps:

  1. Measure & pour all ingredients over a handful of ice in a Boston shaker (This is the one I have.)
  2. Shake vigorously for 5-7 seconds
  3. Strain & pour over fresh ice in a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig

Variations:

Gimlets are traditionally served up (without ice) in a martini glass, but for this fresh and floral take, I preferred it over ice.

As I  mentioned, I tried this drink with rum and whiskey, and those turned out really great as well. And if lime isn’t your thing, fresh lemon juice works as well! (Just don’t call it a gimlet anymore ;). )

 

There you have it! We had friends over to play DnD when I was testing out the recipes, and the fresh cocktails turned out to be a big hit. We ended up making them every day this weekend. Whoops!

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How To Quit Your Job by Scott Curry

How To Quit Your Job

This week I did something terrifying for the first time in my life: I quit my job. 

This is/was my first “big boy” job with a salary, benefits, and all of that. Even quitting serving jobs was never easy, so how the hell was I supposed to not have a panic attack before/during/after putting in my notice?

The company I’m leaving has been working closely with a business veteran who specializes in being a badass. Not only is she one of the most business savvy people I’ve ever met, she’s also incredibly caring and compassionate. So naturally, I went to her for guidance, and this is what she told me. 

1. Don’t Apologize

It’s hard to think that you’re not going to upset people by leaving your job – and I’m sure you will – but you should never apologize. (This one was hard for me.)

Chances are, you are taking a new position to continue growing in the direction that’s right for you. The money and the perks are probably better, sure, but growth is equally (if not more) important. 

People come and go, and businesses adapt. There’s genuinely nothing to apologize for. I’m not sorry for leaving. I’m actually really, really excited for the new chapter. 

2. Keep It Positive

I’m not your everyday Negative Nancy by far, but I’ll be damned if I’m not a people pleaser. I try to keep everything as neutral as possible in hopes of keeping emotions low, when it fact, I should be focusing on the positive. 

Sure, you leaving creates some gaps, but it’s more exciting than anything else. And the position you’re leaving helped prepare you for your path forward. 

So just remember. This is all very positive, so keep it positive. 

3. Stay Strong, Don’t Compromise

Like I’ve said, you’re going somewhere for a reason. And chances are, you might be offered an incentive or two for staying. 

These offers will be enticing, yes, but the purpose of finding a new job is to take off in a new direction, not the same one with a different set of glasses on. 

4. Keep Secrets

It’s not so much that you need to keep secrets, but it is absolutely within your rights to keep some information private until you are ready to share. 

No matter what anyone says, it is not important for your current company to know where you are going, what the pay difference is, what the new company does, or the new perks involved. 
This one is easier said that done, but please have faith knowing that it truly is 1000% acceptable to keep some information to yourself.

Just keep reminding yourself and whoever is asking that the decision has been made, and you are moving forward in your career. (And remember not to apologize along the way.)

5. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

One tactic that helped me stay positive was giving credit where credit was due. 

“The bad news is that I have accepted a position at a new company. The good news is that it better aligns with my career path, and it would have absolutely not been possible without this opportunity and all of your help along the way.”

That’s nearly verbatim how I handled it. 

6. Keep Your Head In The Game Until The Game is Over

It’s going to be easy to mentally check out while you round out your final days / weeks. 

You have to not do that. You owe a lot to your current position, even if it was just the paycheck that kept you going. 

But you gotta keep your head in the game until the end. You owe your company and the person(s) fulfilling your role that respect. Don’t leave anyone hanging. 

(And trust me. Your two weeks will go by MUCH faster this way.)

Whew

So that’s how I quit my job. I’m not sorry. And I’m extremely excited for this new chapter in my life. 

What about you? Have you ever had a GOOD experience with quitting a job?

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Journeys


The part of me that has always craved adventure has been mingling with my newfound yearning for “home.”

With “home” comes a new appreciation for just sitting still and being stagnant, which is all very new and unusual to me. 

I get buzzed off of adventure, a weird fuzzy high, to the point where I often can’t remember the little details.  The general perceptions and feelings stick with me, but images — of the fields and mountains and lakes and rivers and rapids — rarely stick. I try to freeze them, to lock them in, in hopes of storing them until I need to escape, but alas.

And as I grow older, I realize it’s more the journey I crave than the adventure itself. The high I get will always be great, but the journey gives so much more to me.

I’m not concerned about remembering the minor details of every journey. I capture what I can with my camera, and the rest of the time I keep my eyes and ears wide open. It’s the lessons and the conversations I’m after. It’s the connections with the locals they help make the experience. 

Adventures create stories you’ll want to tell over and over again, like the time we surprise road tripped from LA to San Francisco or when we randomly played frisbee in a parking lot with Young the Giant until 3 a.m. 

Adventures keep you young. Journeys help you grow. 

Journeys are for your soul. Sure, they create stories and can be an adventure in and of themselves, but mostly they are for you and you alone. Like getting away to Michigan for the weekend with some close friends. Leaving the itineraries behind, the goal is to relax and experience. The goal is to sit still somewhere else. 

On journeys, you always know you’ll be coming back home. 
As I get older, the difference between adventures and journeys become more and more clear. They don’t mean the same to me anymore, and that is perfectly fine. 

I learn. I grow. I find peace. I willingly come back home.

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