The Ramble

The Ramble is a tall drink full of wild green leaves, with a lemon garnish.

One lovely side effect of the pandemic has been the connections we’ve forged. Sometimes that’s meant continuing a connection in a new way, or even completely reconnecting with someone from the past. I’ve found this to be intensely sweet.

Three of my friends from NYC invited me to join their biweekly happy hour. We hadn’t seen each other together as a group in forever. Only one of us still lives in New York, and we’re spread out now in three different geographical locations across the US.

It was great to see each other, and although there was some catching up to do, we mostly picked up right where we left off. We reminisced about some of our old adventures, and told each other we all looked exactly the same (I was telling the truth!).

It’s been unexpectedly powerful for me to see the paintings that hang on the wall in my friend Nicole’s house. They used to hang above the table in the NYC apartment she shared with our friend Tammy (also on the call). I remember those paintings very well. I love looking at them while we talk. I’m not sure why I find them so touching, but I do.

Elizabeth made this drink for me before our first “NYC Girls Happy Hour”. I called it The Ramble because it looked almost as wild and leafy as the eponymous area of Central Park.

Ingredients

  • Gin

  • Limes and lemons – several!

  • Mint, mint, and more mint

  • Lemon slice plus more mint to garnish

Directions

  • Juice the limes and lemons; add with gin to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Place mint leaves in a tall, beautiful glass. Pour cocktail over them.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon slice. Cheers!
Enjoyed on August 20

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