Spirit of the Season: May 2017
She comes in all shapes and sizes. She inspires musicians to write songs, producers to make movies, and scientists to conduct studies. She has been compared to various members of the animal kingdom–bears, tigers, and elephants. Restaurants, boutiques, and novels are named after her. She is all at once, warrior, nurturer, and manager. Merriam-Webster defines her as “a female parent… a woman in authority… source or origin… something that is an ultimate example of its kind.” She is all of those things and more and so warrants a holiday in 46 countries around the globe. A few hundred synonyms exist for her, but in the South, she’s simply known as “Mama.”
Most mamas, biological or chosen, fall in love with their babies as soon as they know about them and expend a lifetime of energy and resources caring for them. Over the years, mother-child relationships evolve, and grow, from caregiver, to mentor, to friend. Mamas unapologetically sacrifice so much for the benefit of their families and the world.
But of all mom’s contributions, her most cherished gift is her priceless counsel. Mamas cry countless tears and talk you through your best and worst moments. No matter the situation, she always has just the right words to make it all better. Ask any southerner for advice, and they’ll be quick to share something “Mama always said.” So, while she usually only gets one day, this year, let’s extend the celebration. Listen when she speaks, send her hand-written notes, take her out to eat. And for heaven’s sake, call your mother!
1 ½ cups Tito’s Handmade Vodka
½ cup Dolin’s Blanc Vermouth
½ cup sage syrup*
1 pint of fresh strawberries
Slice strawberries and muddle in the bottom of the pitcher. Pour in vodka, vermouth, and sage syrup. Add sparkling water to taste. Chill and/or pour over ice. Garnish with sage leaves.
*Bring equal parts of sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add a handful of fresh sage, and let the mixture continue to boil for another minute. Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool/steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a re-sealable glass container (like a mason jar) and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Photography by Liesa Cole.
Ingredients courtesy of Lou’s Pub & Package Store