This year, my family is taking a week long vacation in the Hamptons. A whole week! We usually go for four or five days so this is a real treat.
Of course I've been busy as a bee getting ready for the trip. Making dinner reservations, buying SoulCycle Hamptons classes (can't use your NYC classes out east) and mentally packing.
My mom and I were talking about the trip the other day and she said, "What will we do out there for a whole week?"
So if you've met me or my family, you've likely deduced that we're not exactly a laid back bunch. Relaxing doesn't come naturally or easily. When I recently visited Nana, she described my dad as, "hyper, always running around, can't sit still. You're like that too. Thank God I'm not."
Alright, so we're a bit high strung. That's why this week-long escape is especially enticing. I need to disconnect and let go. I've just been thinking too much recently, and I'm ready for a break.
And so I have made two activities mandatory for our Hamptons vacation: walks on the beach in the morning and happy hour in the evening.
Obviously happy hour requires much more preparation, and I've been thinking about what to bring out. I still have a bunch of baby Patrons left over from #teddiseven, and a good bottle of Sauv Blanc goes without saying. A few years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to Target white sangria in a box and it is AMAZING - unfortunately it is not sold in the state of New York. If you live near a Target in another part of the country - do yourself a favor and pick up a box today. I wish I could.
Another libation I'd like to create or rather recreate is the Strawberry Fields cocktail from Stanton Social that Perri and I both love so much. I do worry slightly about muddling strawberries, but the rest of it - Grey Goose Citron, Riesling, fresh lemon - sounds easy enough. Definitely something to think about.
Any easy summer cocktails to suggest for me?
Is it vacation time yet?