Last night, I made my final creation for my 365 project. Since it was New Year’s Eve, I decided that a fancy beverage would be the perfect thing so I whipped up a batch of Elk’s Own cocktails. I followed the recipe in my Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide but added a bit more sugar so as to mimic the drinks I’ve had at establishments like The Whistler and Scofflaw in Chicago. They turned out pretty good–impressive considering it was my first time ever even using a cocktail shaker–and the port wine in the recipe gave the drinks a lovely color. See below for the recipe.
Here’s Jim enjoying his Elks’ Own and looking rather dashing in his suit.Christina was celebrating the night (which was New Year’s Eve and her birthday!) by dancing around with the flowers her husband gave her. She also wore the party hat I made for her all night. Yay!
To maintain some semblance of order, Christina wrote our name on all of our drinks. Here’s mine next to Jenny’s drink. She’s my roomie now, but she’s moving out at the end of January. I’m going to miss her!
Annnnyways, it was a fun night and a nice way to end a good year. I had many good times with friends and family over these past 12 months (examples: a lovely March campfire in my parents’ backyard, Sunday dinners with friends, an amazing birthday party), and I also feel like I achieved a lot with my 365 project. I made so many things, learned so much, and really proved to myself that I could take on such a difficult challenge.
Thanks so much to all my friends, family, and blog followers for all your support this year! You’ve been wonderful!
Elks’ Own Recipe
1 and 1/2 ounces rye whiskey (I used Old Overholt)
3/4 ounces good port wine
Juice of 1/4 lemon
2 teaspoons of simple syrup
1 egg white
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously until a soft foam forms. About 30 seconds.
Sunday was so fun! Six friends came over for a German-style breakfast and clothing exchange at my place.
For breakfast, I used this recipe to make brötchen, which are traditional German breakfast rolls, and then did what the Germans do—took everything possible out of the refrigerator. Of course, my guests brought lots of delicious things, too. We ended up have lots of tasty cheese, cold cuts, jam, fruit, pickles, coffee cake, juice, and probably a few things I’m forgetting. It was a great breakfast—and it didn’t even matter that I woke up late and didn’t have enough time to let the rolls rise all the way. They were still good.
Afterwards, we had an amazing clothing exchange. Everyone brought all the clothes they didn’t want, which amounted to a LOT, and then everyone walked away with lots of great new-to-them clothes, including me! I got several new shirts, a dress, workout clothes, and even a new pea coat. It was great!
One of my co-workers is definitely going to give me crap about doing another photography post this week, but I couldn’t resist! My friends invited us to a spontaneous evening barbeque in celebration of the magnificent weather, and I really wanted to try out my new camera in the dim light. I must say that it performed really well. I’m impressed!