Spring Break has officially ended. It’s back to school and back to work today, which is why I plan on escaping to a deserted island this afternoon and sipping a cocktail with a little umbrella in it. It’s hard not to be happy when a little umbrella is popping out of your martini glass. We had a fabulous and much needed break ~ not setting an alarm for nine days was heaven!
I’ve already checked the calendar and there are 10 1/2 weeks until school’s out. I have never wanted summer as much as I have this year. I’m in public education in California ~ need I say more. For the past five years or so, I have been told that my position may be eliminated. This year my position is safe. I know this should seem like victory, but it’s not in this educational climate. I am no longer in the classroom, but still a teacher working in more of an administrative role overseeing a state funded program. My job involves supporting teachers, parents, and advanced students. So here’s the kicker, the teachers in the district may vote to strike at any point in the near future. It has been an unbelievably stressful situation. Without getting into all of the politics, can I just tell you that teachers are NEVER overpaid.
So, as I am thrown back into the politics and uneasiness of it all, I will keep forging ahead to that happy hour. Today, I’ll be shaking up this Hpnotiq martini. The bottle has always intrigued me, but it wasn’t until recently that I splurged on one. The liqueur is this amazing hue of blue. It’s not the bottle playing tricks on you. Hpnotiq combines vodka, cognac, and a whole bunch of tropical fruit juices. I was a bit surprised at how tart this tasted. I was expecting a shot of pure sweetness. Pineapple juice is a great mixer to sweeten this up a bit (if you have a need for sweet, like I do!).
The Hpnotiq website has a ton recipes. They also sell it in little sample-sized bottles. I often opt for these miniature bottles on the first try. It makes it affordable to try, without investing a ton of money.
Cheers to a diving into a crazy week, knowing that there is always a little umbrella available when you need to take cover.
1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
Splash(es) of pineapple juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake… Pour… ENJOY! (and don’t forget that little umbrella!)