Autumn Colors, Autumn of Life and Autumn Sunsets…All to be Enjoyed

Without a doubt, Autumn is my favorite season.  Just start with all of the colors that can be seen in many different venues…the trees, the sky, the sunsets…they all represent a colorful gift of the season.  And it doesn’t stop there…

The crisp air brings a welcomed respit from the summer’s heat.  But a quick splash of “Indian Summer” can bring the temperatures back into the 70’s or upper 60’s.  Then the evening is a perfect setting to sit outside by a firepit relaxing with friends and family, enjoying a laugh and a drink…hot or cold.

Another great aspect of the season is the clothing…sweaters, jackets, blazers…even a cap or a hat works well this time of year.  Tweeds, flannel, different types of material and wearables that become a welcomed friend you haven’t visitied with in about 8-9 months or so.  Dress up.  Dress down.  Add some flair to your wardrobe and to your life.

Autumn also brings the World Series.  Great baseball…especially if your team is playing.  Just something about baseball played in the crispness of the night air, but the excitement of your team being in the World Series is enough to keep you warmed up…although you can still find other ways.

In addition to sweaters, jackets, colors, World Series and cool air, the Season also escorts in memories of the boys playing soccer, Our Anniversary (and the actual day of the wedding, ceremony, reception, honeymoon, etc.), early evenings/sunsets, the smell of the furnace the first time you turn it on, Apple Pie Day…also known as Thanksgiving in some circles, Lazy Sunday afternoons, Football games and Natures Last Smile.

If you look at it like that, it is a gift.  I guess that is one reason I like St Louis so much.  Because all of what Imentioned here is based on my Autumns in the Lou.  I know that most of this also takes place in other locations around the world…but that is not from my perpective.

As the above picture illustrates, Autumn is also a time for reflection.  Contemplation.  Preparation.

Appropriately, my birthday is in the Autumn.  And as I hit another “milestone”, it becomes even more appropriate relative to the time in my life.  No longer am I in the Spring or even Summer of life.  I have lived that and loved it.  The experiences that life brings you at each step are wondeful.  Although sometimes it takes a bit of distance to realize it.  Time and space can do a lot of things.  Providing an appreciation of what life gives you is one of those things.

So, here I am in the Autumn of life.  Looking at things a bit differently.  Not better, not worse.  Facing a different set of challenges.  Dealing with a different set of feelings and emotions.  (Like the AARP mailings I get.  At first I thought it must be a mistake…then I realized…crap!)  Changes.  Realizations.  Growth.  Differences.  Disappointments.  Surprises.  Urgency.  All of the things previously experienced, just now from a different perspective.  Sometimes they are good.  Sometimes they take a little longer to digest and deal with…but you do.  Just differently…because you need to.  Because that is what life is about… adjusting and making the most out of every day.

I was recently told by a friend, “Life is full of challenges and temptations, it is how you deal with them which makes the difference”. How true this is.  It is our choice.

Someone also recently said, “Meaning of life is simple…LIVE.” And this could not be any truer.  Regardless of what is before us, we must choose to live and live life well…with those we love.  Love and be loved.  Eat, Drink and be Merry…or something like that.  Take in the experiences.  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Speaking of having a drink, and since this post is about the Autumn, I would be remissed if I didn’t share a drink that I had this week end.  We went to a restaurant in  St Louis, Sanctuaria.  The Bar master, Matt Seiter, has created a fantastic cocktail that seems perfect for this post…or just perfect for this time of year.  It is called an Autumn Sunset.  And the flavors will take to this time of year regardless of when you drink one.  One sip and you can feel the warmth find it’s way down your throat as it soothes you and prepares you for the sensation.  Color…perfect.  Flavor…perfect.  Aroma…perfect.  So, now that I hyped it up a bit, here is the perfect drink for this time of year…Autumn.

Autumn Sunset

  • 1½ oz  Bourbon (I prefer Buffalo Trace for quality and price point)
  • ½ oz Red/SweetVermouth
  • ½ oz  Dry Vermouth
  • ¼ oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • ¼ oz Benedictine liqueur
  • 1 dash fresh lemon juice
  • ice
  • 1 slice orange peel

Mix all of the ingredients except orange peel and ice in a shaker. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Bend the orange peel to release the oils and rub around the rim of a martini glass. Flame the peel and float in the drink and enjoy.

The restaurant serves this “neat”.  I have made this “on the rocks”, and it is also very nice.  It creates a slightly different type of cocktail.  It just depends upon the situation which you are having the drink.

If you are planning a cocktail party for the Holiday Season, this would serve very well as one of the cocktail options.  I would not make this the sole offering, but it would pair well with a “Poinsettia” or some wine.

So as the sun sets on the year.  And the colors abound and remind us of Nature smiling upon us, enjoy the sunset…the drink and the view.  Both are pretty perfect and definately special.  Just as our lives are and the time we are together is.   Here’s to us.

Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Might want to make a couple gallons for Thanksgiving, we might need it!


  2. dude, you should work for a company called Maritz, they need good copy writers!!!!


    • Who? Never heard of that company…!?!?! What is the pay like?


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