Today is a very special day.
Today is my dear, sweet friend Elise’s birthday.
This woman came into my life five years ago and has done nothing but brighten it and believe in me.
She is smart, hard working, gentle, and honest. She is strong and sure of herself in a way most people in their 20s are not (hey, yeah, that includes me).
Elise is also generous beyond measure. Last month, I had tickets to a show in Chicago over Labor Day weekend. Elise was headed back East to spend the holiday with her family. She made time to have dinner with me and leave her house key for the weekend so I had somewhere warm (and free) to stay before catching her flight, lugging her suitcase downtown all the way.
A few more things about Elise: she loves to knit, the show NCIS, the color pink, and delicious food. Her sense of style is impeccable and her family ties are strong. She is a skilled baker in her own right and loves soft pretzels and her dog with equal measure.
She is an original.
As is this drink.
Or, at least, it’s original to the steakhouse where I plied the bartender for the recipe. I’ll be taking her there tonight to celebrate this auspicious day. The day when the world was given the gift of Elise.
The drink is not unlike her – warming the heart like time spent with her. It is unique, strong, and, of course, pink. So here’s to you, Elise. Happy Birthday!
Lillet Rosé Martini (makes 1 drink, recipe from a gracious bartender at Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf)
2 oz. Lillet Rose
1 oz. vodka
¾ oz. St. Germaine
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Pour all liquids in martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Rub rim of martini glass with lemon rind before pouring contents of shaker out.