Make Mine a Double


Y'all this weather sucks.  Seriously it's almost April.  It is time for some warmer weather.  It's time for some sunshine.  It's time for the cold gray to END!  

I was fantasizing about my past Caribbean vacations today as I pulled on my giant wool turtleneck and boots this morning to head into the sleet and snow.  When my family went to St. Croix a hundred years ago, this CD was in the stereo and I am quite sure we listened to it over rum drinks about 5,083 times that week.  In the gazebo no less.  

Looking at this view.

St. Croix, USVI
Yep.  That really was our view.  I know.  It's rather disgusting.  Especially today.  

St. Croix, USVI

This was the view when you turned around.  I'll wait here while you go puke.

I have learned some valuable lessons in the islands.  

Bimini, Bahamas

1. Mainland time no longer exists.  Dinner is going to take 2 hours for a fish taco and conch chowder that has been done since lunch.  Have a drink and shut up.  There will not be any taxis waiting anywhere.  It's going to take you 45 minutes to get service everywhere- including checking out at the grocery.  Have a drink and shut up.  Take your shoes off and put your toes in the sand.  Start a conversation with a local.  Have a drink and shut up.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

2. Rum makes everything better- especially if they make it locally.   This includes all times of day (why yes I will have a Bahama Mama with breakfast.  I believe orange and pineapple juices count as breakfast juices), all food (yes I believe I will have a rum soaked flan for dessert.  Sure!  Catching it on fire does make it better), and all activities (we just went swimming/scuba diving/took a nap- why yes I must need a mojito).

Bimini, Bahamas
3. I am completely blissfully at home in the water or under the water with an oxygen tank on my back.  The color of the Caribbean sea is beyond imaginable.  I have not seen anything fake that can replicate the color or sparkle.  Feeling the ripple of a ray's 10 foot wingspan as it swims over the top of you-close enough to touch- when you are 65' down is better than any drug I've ever taken.   Ever.

4. Rum makes everything better...did I mentioned that?

Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands

Obviously a drink recipe is in order.  Below is the recipe for one of my favorites, a Traditional Mojito.  

Traditional Cuban Mojito

1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 Tbs organic sugar
1/4 cup light rum
Juice of 1/2 Lime
Club Soda

Muddle mint and sugar in the bottom of a glass.  Add lime juice, mix, and allow to sit until sugar dissolves.  Add rum, ice, and finish with club soda.  Garnish with fresh mint and lime wedge.

Green Turtle Cay, Abacos Islands, Bahamas
Go to your happy place, friends.  Close your eyes and sip your drink as you play the video below and imagine yourself on your towel on the beach, eyes half closed, sun drunk, sweat running down your back, salt dried on your skin from the last dip you took to cool off, breeze blowing off the water, hearing the lapping of the water, trying to decide whether you want to finish the chapter you are reading or just close your eyes for a minute and take a little nap, wondering what sounds good for dinner, doing rock/paper/scissors to decide who is going in to mix the next pitcher.  

I just know this crap weather is almost finished.   Until then, play the following video- all four hours of it- and imagine warmer days.  


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  1. As soon as the snow is off my mint patch I will make a pitcher of these fine drinks....... So over the snow, cold and blow! This winter I have enjoyed a stiff Tom Collins while making dinner, what is it about limes in the middle of winter......

  2. Sandy they taste like hope and sunshine!!