Photography and Styling by. Bernadette Mira
So far this year has been an interesting one. I’ve realized that I have spent more time stressing about things that are out of my control, rather than taking care of myself and focusing on the positive things in my life. As humans, I find we tend to focus on the things that we don’t have. Constantly craving for more and never being satisfied with what we have. Obviously, I shouldn’t/can’t speak for everyone out there, but it is something I have noticed in myself and it something that I want to change.
I am always trying to strive for success and this year, I have been turning my wheels by always applying/searching for jobs. Even applying for jobs that I don’t even REALLY want to do. What sense does that even make? I’m currently shaking my head at myself and letting myself know, it’s okay to take a breath once and a while.
One of the most important things that I feel that I have put on the wayside when it comes to constantly applying for jobs and searching for ways to make money, is putting time into my blog and into my cooking. I seriously miss it! I miss taking the time going out to markets, especially the fresh market at Union Square NY. It’s always buzzing with people and the atmosphere is always sweet with the smells of fresh produce and goods. I finally took a day and just sat myself down and said, “Bernadette, grab that blood orange over there and make something!” So, I made something.
Blood Orange Cocktail
1-2 oz of blood orange simple syrup
3/4 oz of orange juice
1/2 oz of sparkling seltzer water
1/2-3/4 oz of good gin
Served with a big ice cube
Blood orange simple syrup
juice from 1-2 small blood oranges
1/2 cup of water
2-3 tbsp. of granulated sugar
- To make blood orange simple syrup (can make the day before) add the juice from two blood oranges, water and sugar into a medium sauce pan on low to medium heat.
- Then, stir in the sugar until it dissolves and let it set on low to medium heat for five minutes.
- After creating the simple syrup, pour it into a small container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.
- To create the cocktail add the ice cube first, simple syrup, orange juice, gin and then seltzer water last. After seeing the sunset effect the cocktail makes, gently stir together. Then simply enjoy and take time to take care of yourself.