Our family loves warm weather and being outside, so we are absolutely delighted that spring is finally here! People tease me because I have been counting down the days until spring ever since December (maybe even sooner). I am so happy that Mother Nature decided to cooperate today and deliver us a big dose of sunshine, blue skies, and warm air. We were outside without jackets today… and to think on Monday we were building snowmen!?
In honor of the changing seasons, and the anticipation of the warmer days to come, today I am highlighting some of my favorite “signs of spring”. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our Chesapeake paradise!
Oh, and of course we’re celebrating spring Blue Crab Martini style- with a drink we’ve dubbed The Spring ‘Thyme’ Sipper. It’s bright, zesty, and highlights the fresh flavors of spring. So grab a glass and let’s toast to the official start of spring, cheers!
Little ladybug catching some rays on our front porch.
According to Shaun, this is a “Dwarfed Daffodil”. Daffodils are my FAVORITE. Can’t wait for these beauties to bloom!
The Spring ‘Thyme’ Sipper
2 sprigs of fresh Thyme (one for the drink, and one for garnish)
3 slices of navel orange (2 for the drink, and one for garnish)
Juice of 1/2 navel orange
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
8oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Aromatic Bitters (we use Angostura), about 4 dashes
1/4 tsp Triple Sec
Ice, enough to fill shaker
1. To the shaker, add two orange slices, bitters, sugar, one sprig of thyme, and ginger. Muddle thoroughly.
2. Add ice, enough to fill the shaker.
3. Pour in bourbon, Triple Sec,and juice from 1/2 naval orange, shake until combined and chilled.
4. Garnish with additional thyme and orange slices.