This is what I do when I get bored at night at home:
Red wine for the lady and an apple cider cocktail for myself.
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Last night I had dinner and drinks at Brazill’s on Main in Westfield, N.Y.
It was my second time at the restaurant, and it was as great an experience as my first visit — if not better.
I had a rye Manhattan to start:
I also had a bourbon & cider drink:
Even though it’s within Chautauqua County, Brazill’s is a bit of a hike from Jamestown — and I don’t get there often enough because the place is open the same hours as when I’m usually working at my restaurant.
Last night was a bit of a surprise night off though, and I tried to make the most of it.
August is cooling down here in Western New York and although it’s not quite autumn yet, the fall flavors are already in full effect.
I love fall. It’s my favorite season. I love the cool temperatures and long sleeves, the pumpkin flavor and falling leaves — all of it! And I didn’t even mean to make a rhyme there!
Still, despite the fact that I love the fall, it’s hard to let the summer slip away so easily — especially when we’re still in the month of August.
And for that reason there’s this “Hold Fast The Summer.”
Hold Fast The Summer is a transitional drink, one part warm-weather nostalgia and one part acceptance of the changing seasons.
The recipe is easy — just Plantation’s pineapple rum, DeGroff’s pimento bitters and apple cider:
1 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
1 oz apple cider
1 dash DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
Stir equal parts Stiggins’ Fancy and apple cider over ice with DeGroff’s pimento bitters then strain and shoot — or double the recipe and enjoy over ice. Adjust the cider accordingly to suit your tastes and prepare mentally for the colder weather coming in the months ahead.