Autumn…A Beautiful Time of Year…Full of Change…Embrace It

This is definitely the best time of the year.  My favorite.  Autumn.

All the beautiful changing colors…gold…orange…scarlett…yellow…just magnificent.

I can recall  the kids’ soccer games when they were younger.  Parents cheering, coaches coaching.  Kick it Jimbo!  Boot it!

Indian Summer.  Pumpkin patches.  Corn stalks, bales of hay and gourds of all shapes and sizes…wierd sizes with bumps and all.  Colors galore.

Our Anniversary.  Diana’s birthday.  All of the boys birthdays.  My birthday. Celebrations…and smiles.

Turkey roasting.  Hmmmm, love it.

Natures last smile…before the end of the year and another change in the weather.

A slight chill in the air.  Sweaters.  Jackets.  Sweatshirts.  A fire in the pit outside.  Leaves falling.

The smell of the furnace the first time you turn it on.

Apple Pie Day…also known as Thanksgiving in some circles.

Scotch on the rocks.  A little bourbon.  Or some apple cider.  Sip it.  Savor it.  Relax and take in the feeling of autumn.

Lazy Sunday afternoons.  Colorful sunsets and sunrises.

Change is all around us…the colors…the leaves falling off the trees…temperature…even our thoughts and feelings.  So it is strange that I would enjoy this time of year so much.  I’m not fond of change.  Really, few of us are.  Hell, babies with dirty diapers don’t seem to like change.  Change brings on a different feeling.  A new way of doing something…we have become accustom to doing it a certain way…and now…the unknown is upon us…

I have often said, “Change is good as long as it doesn’t affect me”.

I am dealing with a few changes right now, myself.  Not easy.  Wish I wasn’t.  But…(sigh)  Oh, well.  Life and time moves forward, so I guess I will follow along.  Beats the alternatives.  Besides, I am loved and have support.

But just like Autumn, there are so many other joys that come about…with the change and all.  All the colors, all the opportunities to get together and enjoy life…all the celebrations, big and small…it touches our senses in a special way.

Another thing I enjoy in Autumn is a drink, a cocktail that takes the warmth of the alcohol down your throat and settles in your belly.  You can feel it all the way.  Here are a couple of recipes you might try on a Saturday or Sunday early afternoon while watching a colorful sunset, or sitting outside by the fire pit, or just your choice of scenery…

Autumn Roses

  • 1.5 oz Four Roses bourbon
  • .5 oz Carpano Antica
  • .5 oz Punt E Mes
  • .5 oz Maple Syrup (the real thing)
  • .25 oz Allspice Dram (St Elizabeth’s, but .25 oz of Tiki bitters works nicely also)
  • Mix all in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice to mix the syrup.
  • Serve chilled in a coupe or over one large ice-cube in an Old Fashion glass with an orange twist.

And on a slightly lighter note I saw a recipe, and of course tried it, from St. Louis’ own Ted Kilgore using Larceny Bourbon:
Stone Cold Larceny

  • 2 oz Larceny bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Apple Juice (Apple Cider provides a little more spice)
  • 1.5 oz Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale (the ginger ale goes better with the apple cider; and ginger beer with the apple juice…my thoughts anyway)
  • Mix in a mixing glass and pour into a highball glass with one large ice-cube.
  • Add a lemon twist and serve…

So there is another change…a change in a drink for you.  I would be surprised if you have tried either one.  And if you serve it for guests, they just may stay a little longer.  Which can be a good thing. Enjoy.  Have fun.

Make it a good thing.  We need to take the time to appreciate one another…just a little more than we do.  Not saying you don’t, or that I don’t…just saying “let’s do more of it”.  Appreciate each other.  The day.  The colors and smells of the season.  Life, and the changes that life can bring to us…

So, Pull Up A Chair…enjoy.

Did I mention my birthday???

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