Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE + EASY NEGRONI COCKTAIL RECIPE


The Beetle Shack team

New Years Eve has arrived! Whether you like to greet the New Year with a bang or prefer a glass of something nice and an early night at home it can be a time for pondering and planning what you would like to get out of the coming year. Type 'New Years Resolutions' into google and you'll get a plethora of articles and too many top 10 lists to comprehend. We've read our share over the years and here's what we've learnt... Be realistic and be kind to yourself! Although top of the mind can be health and fitness goals from what we've read (and experienced) you're better off aiming for an increase of overall wellness in the New Year. This will likely include a combination of amping up your fitness regime, choosing whole foods and home grown over mass-produced etc but they say you don't want these specifics to be the focus as it can breed competitiveness, a sense of failure if you don't nail it first go and let's face it diets just aren't that fun! 'Eat well and move often' might be a better mantra?

One of the best things we've read is 'Tipsy or Drunk resolutions do not count'. Amen and enough said.

Another enlightened thought is to aim for 'two-years resolutions' – so many worthwhile goals will take time and potentially money so why not spread your goals out to be a short to mid term ones and cut yourself some slack in setting out to achieve them. Take learning a language for instance, while you can set out and squeeze a lot of vocab in with lessons and apps initially, to become truly fluent we expect it will take a long time if not a lifetime to really tick this goal off the list (this is one of ours that will be continuing into 2016. Mindsnacks app here we come!)

Overall they say to give yourself a few goals (spread the chance of your achieving them out a bit) and to try not to recycle goals from the previous year. In the end it's human nature that you'll give your time and energy as best you can to the things that really count so this seems to make sense.

While you're pondering all of the above and (we assume) so much more, try this darling Negroni recipe that's become a regular favourite over here – it's easy, fun to make and inspired by a perfect European Summer Soiree. Enjoy.

Happy New Year!!!!

Classic Negroni Recipe

Serves 1
30ml Campari
30ml sweet vermouth
30ml gin
Flamed orange peel for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients in a short glass filled with ice and stir.

Run the flamed orange peel around the edge of the glass, lightly squeezing to express the oils. Drop the peel into the glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes: a plain orange peel works just as well here.

OUR TIP: use a decent gin with a citrus fragrance to really revel in this Italiano drink!

Original recipe & images found at the kitchn here.
Illustration by Dry Well Art found here.



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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em