Working on a fun project for the blog and wanted to share my first recipe out of the, “Drinking with the Saints” book from The Catholic Company. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is coming up this month, (August 15) to be exact. Let us toast to the Blessed Virgin Mary with a cocktail.
Traditionally the Assumption is one of the greatest feasts of the year, accompanied by grand processions and festivities. One custom is particularly interesting: the blessing of herbs and fruits, for which there is a detailed ceremony in the traditional Roman Ritual. In honor of Our Lady and this ancient tradition, it is time to break out any herbal or fruit liqueur from the cabinet. Plan B would be any cocktail with herbs or fruit in it. Or plan C adding your fresh fruit, like I have to your wine. And how about something with strawberry? In medieval art the strawberry is a symbol of, among other things, Mary’s fruitful virginity because the plant both flowers and fruits at the same time. Perhaps the most versatile recipe of all is strawberry Fizz, since you can choose what liquor you want in it. Gin or Vodka is probably your safest bet, although bourbon is surprisingly good. And of course, there are strawberry-flavored vodkas. On the other hand, make it a virgin drink (in this case, a Blessed Virgin drink) for your dry friends and little ones.
1 ½ – 2 oz. liquor of your choice
1 ½ oz. cream
1 oz. lemon juice
2tsp. simple syrup
1 or 2 strawberries
Put liquor, cream, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker filled with ice and shake forty times. Pour into a highball or Delmonico glass almost filled with ice. Slice and then gently muddle the strawberry or strawberries, and drop into the glass. Top with Soda.
Another tasty option:
1 ½ oz. brandy
1 oz. strawberry juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Put liquid ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake forty times. Strain into a cocktail glass and add the strawberry.
Toast of the day: “to our glorious Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary, taken up this day to Heaven body and soul: May she help keep us intent on heavenly things, and thus obtain a share in the glory of her Assumption.”
Beer and Wine
Abita Brewing Company’s Strawberry Harvest Lager or any strawberry beer or ale would be in keeping with today’s fruity theme. I have incorporated watermelon. Try Wurzburg, Bavaria wine.
Cheers and thanks for reading,
Kacie – P.S. today would be a good reading on the “Mary Undoer of Knots”
****this post is sponsored by The Catholic Company
“Drinking with the Saints” recipe book can be found here: https://www.catholiccompany.com/drinking-saints-sinners-guide-to-a-holy-happy-hour-i104644/?sli=3330987
all photography is by Anna Buller at via Instagram @stdo_underground
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