Posted in WINE Cocktails on 10. Apr, 2013
While out shopping a few weeks ago, I passed by the floral department of my local grocery store and caught a whiff of the most delicious scent. Like a dog on the hunt, I flared my nostrils and wiggled my nose to determine where the smell was coming from. On a small table near the door sat a large selection of Easter lilies, just in time for the holiday.
My husband often surprises me with fresh flowers, but I rarely buy them for myself. Like many people, I feel flowers are a waste of money since they are just going to die anyway. Yet, the fragrance was so intoxicating I decided I had to buy a bunch.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the flower is actually symbolic of where I’m at in my life. Like a baby bulb, I’ve been growing in ways I never imagined. And, like the danger of frost at spring time, I passed through a difficult season of family illness, fear, unhappiness and uncertainty, and ultimately, blossomed.
More importantly, what I didn’t realize at the time of purchasing the flowers was that the Easter lily signifies hope; more specifically, the resurrection of Christ. Although my issues aren’t quite as religious, I feel like I’ve been lost for so long now that I’m suddenly coming back to life. I’m embarking on a new journey, one that will ultimately lead me in a different direction than I had ever planned. It’s an adventure that stretches my idea of comfort in ways I never imagined and to be quite frank, I’m scared sh!tless! It’s this idea of hope that allows me to put one foot in front of the other and take a gamble with my life. Hell, I’m from Vegas, right? And, like the life cycle of a flower, if things don’t work out, there’s always next spring time.
Once again, I teamed up with mixologist Wendy Hodges to develop a cocktail largely based on wine for all of my readers! Here’s the floral inspired recipe and her thoughts on creating “The Flower Shop“: