This is my favorite recipe for gatherings, and a reminder that just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the everyday. This cocktail is fancy enough for any celebration without being complicated or precious. I like to serve it as people arrive along with a few simple bites, like a well-curated cheese plate or a little amuse bouche. It’s basically my happy hour favorite all dressed up for company: Hangar 1 Vodka, champagne, guava kombucha, a bit of citrus, and rosewater. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious. Mix a pitcher, chill, serve. Click through for the Rose Colored Glasses recipe!
Reflecting Through Rose Colored Glasses
2019 was a transformative year for me. In fact, it was for a lot of people close to me. The thing with transformation is that you can look at it one of two ways: positively or negatively. And that’s why this cocktail is called Rose Colored Glasses, to encourage us all to look through the “glass half full” lens instead of the “glass half empty” lens. As you start this New Year, my hope is that you’ll look back at the past decade as a gift, no matter what it held. You are wiser, stronger, and you wouldn’t be who you are right now if you hadn’t lived the exact life you have.
Some of the transformations you go through in this life are going to feel like a butterfly bursting out of its cocoon. And some are going to feel more like that little caterpillar must feel when it realizes it’s in a weird sarcophagus.
And that caterpillar doesn’t know how it’s going to get out; it doesn’t know it’s going to grow wings! So whether you’re butterflying out of 2019 or you’re like the caterpillar and not sure you’re going to get out because you can’t see your wings coming, know: you both fly. It’s all a matter of time and patience.
Set Intentions & Celebrate the Everyday
So many of us set New Year’s resolutions around this time of year, and I’m for that. But I’m also for really thinking about what you’re going to leave behind, not just what you’re going to pick up. The turn of the decade, the turn of a year, it gives us a moment to pause. To actually think about time instead of letting it wash over us. And to set intentions not just about where we are going, but about what we are leaving behind.
May this next year leave all you don’t need, teach you what you need to know and be spent with your rose colored glasses on celebrating the everyday.
Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail Recipe
- 3/4 cup Hangar 1 vodka
- 1 cup champagne
- 2 1/2 cups guava kombucha
- 1/2 cup of orange or blood orange juice
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- Grapefruit for garnish
- In a carafe mix all the ingredients (if you don’t have a long cocktail mixing spoon the handle of a wooden spoon works fine), keep chilled and serve with fresh slices of grapefruit.
This recipe was graciously sponsored by my friends at Hangar 1 Distillery. The opinions are, as always, my own.