While out shopping a few weeks ago, I passed by the floral department of my local grocery store and caught a whiff of the most delicious scent. Like a dog on the hunt, I flared my nostrils and wiggled my nose to determine where the smell was coming from. On a small table near the door sat a large selection of Easter lilies, just in time for the holiday.
My husband often surprises me with fresh flowers, but I rarely buy them for myself. Like many people, I feel flowers are a waste of money since they are just going to die anyway. Yet, the fragrance was so intoxicating I decided I had to buy a bunch.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the flower is actually symbolic of where I’m at in my life. Like a baby bulb, I’ve been growing in ways I never imagined. And, like the danger of frost at spring time, I passed through a difficult season of family illness, fear, unhappiness and uncertainty, and ultimately, blossomed.
More importantly, what I didn’t realize at the time of purchasing the flowers was that the Easter lily signifies hope; more specifically, the resurrection of Christ. Although my issues aren’t quite as religious, I feel like I’ve been lost for so long now that I’m suddenly coming back to life. I’m embarking on a new journey, one that will ultimately lead me in a different direction than I had ever planned. It’s an adventure that stretches my idea of comfort in ways I never imagined and to be quite frank, I’m scared sh!tless! It’s this idea of hope that allows me to put one foot in front of the other and take a gamble with my life. Hell, I’m from Vegas, right? And, like the life cycle of a flower, if things don’t work out, there’s always next spring time.
Once again, I teamed up with mixologist Wendy Hodges to develop a cocktail largely based on wine for all of my readers! Here’s the floral inspired recipe and her thoughts on creating The Flower Shop:
- 1 oz rosehip and chamomile infused La Diablada Pisco
- 3/4 oz Thatcher’s elderflower liqueur
- 1 tbsp rose water
- 1/2 oz Milagro agave nectar
- 3-4 drops Barkeep lavender spice bitters
- sparkling rosé
Directions: Put first 5 ingredients in shaker with ice and shake hard to incorporate the agave nectar. Strain into serving glass with fresh ice. Top with bubbly and gently stir to bring the base and bubbles together.
Garnish with an edible flower.