The Acceptance Letter is a spicy, fruity applejack cocktail to help you through the hardest part: waiting.
Ugh. This week. I started strong and was super motivated to stick to my two-posts-a-week goal. Then, late Monday afternoon, I got an email letting me know that NYC Public School High School acceptance letters would be coming home this Friday.
And my brain exploded.
The only things I’ve been able to accomplish since are 1) clean my stove and 2) bring you this cocktail.
My son is in 8th grade and he and I spent this past Fall touring high schools and attending interviews and auditions. Then in December, we ranked our choices 1 through 12, handed our application to his guidance counselor and it became the NYC Department of Education’s job to match him to one (and only one) of our twelve choices.
Now, apparently, that match has been made. Hopefully.
I don’t think this is going to happen BUT there is a chance he could be matched to a school that’s not on our list. Or no school at all.
Like I said, I don’t think that will happen but I still sprouted a cold sore overnight. I don’t do this well. I can hear you thinking all sorts of Buddhist thoughts to share with me but I am physically incapable of hearing them. I would be 100% better off having no idea this stupid piece of paper was on its way. Ignorance would definitely be bliss in this scenario.
It’s enough to make a gal need a drink.
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And then, since my ability to worry knows no bounds, I started thinking about all the people around the world who are waiting for acceptance letters right now. Tons and tons of people have no idea what September holds for them. Or even this summer. Will they get into college? Or get that scholarship? Will they have an internship? A job? And where? Will they have to move?
So, like the dutiful mixologist I imagine myself to be, I’m bringing this smooth, spicy, fruity cocktail to the virtual waiting room of the world. It’s the least I can do.The first thing you’ll notice is the sweet, fruitiness of the applejack and the cherry liqueur. That’s swiftly followed by a wave of sophisticated spiciness from the allspice dram and orange bitters. This drink is super smooth. It declares its presence without the slightest hint of show-off-iness. It’s like sipping on confidence. I’m taking that any place I can get it this week.
- 2 oz applejack
- 1/2 ounce cherry liqueur
- 1/2 ounce allspice dram
- 1/4 ounce Vermouth di Torino
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- garnish with orange twist
- Chill a rocks glass.
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
- Combine all ingredients in shaker.
- Stir well.
- Strain into chilled rocks glass.
- Garnish with a twist of orange.