WriNoes Do NaNo 2019

Hello intrepid WriNoShores!

We have made it through two fifths of the month, so far so good! Several of you have crossed the halfway mark, congratulations. A lot of you are somewhere between the daily goal and 10k…me for one. And, I noticed a few of you stagnating in the weeds. What’s up writer friends?

It is hard to get going some years. Life interrupts with its endless demands on your attention, work calls, children get sick, you lose interest. It’s all okay. This event is fun, and we sometimes take it seriously, but it’s not life and death. It is not crucial to your well being. Do not stress about not getting your word count in this year, there’s always next year, or this spring…Hello Camp Wrino! If you’ve only managed a few thousand word, well that’s more than you started with, hooray you!

And your writing isn’t tied to NaNoWriMo. It’s yours. You can pick it up and drop it when ever you need or want to. We are here all year, not just for November. January through October, four times a month the WriNoShore’s get together to support each other’s writing time. The second, and fourth Tuesdays with me in Haverhill, and the first, and third Sunday’s with Julia in Beverly.

Don’t let November be the only time you find the magic of writing. Make a commitment to yourself and your creative spirit to come write with us. Or carve out your own time, even if it is only once a week for an hour or two. Get yourself out of the house or office, wherever you spend your time, and get a fresh perspective. Find a coffee shop a few towns over. A library you’ve never been too. A bench in the park, a waiting room in a hospital, a hotel lobby. Any place you can sit undisturbed and have some personal time to pursue your passion.

Back to this year…I’m falling behind my word count and that’s okay. I’m really enjoying my story and the research. I’m not quite so competitive anymore and don’t have the overwhelming drive to come in first in the word count (incoming whine…not that you can easily see who is ahead anymore with the new website).

I’m happy to be toiling away in the company of my fellow writers. Loving the variety of stories and cast of character that we are. And though it is still early, I’m looking forward to the TGIO and Reading on December 1st.

The Kick-Off Party and All-Night All-Write were a blast. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported those endeavors.

As promised here are the three beverages I developed for our cocktail hour this year.

The 2019 All-Night All-Night Cocktail Recipes

These recipes were developed for the 2019 All-Night, All-Write. George, a rock hound was the jumping off point for thinking about drinks. Then I poured over websites and books looking for literary themed drinks titles. I had a few things in mind then had a conversation with Cyd.

Cyd’s Pen Pal

Cyd, who was joining us for the first time this year, mentioned liking Jack Daniel’s, and its connection to mining country. Hence, I was inspired to utilize whiskey and bourbon. I was also looking to use Averna, an amaro, since I’d used an amaro last year and wanted to try this one.

This is my rif on a Pen Pal, found here…https://punchdrink.com/recipes/pen-pal/

1 serving

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

3/4 oz dry vermouth

3/4 oz Averna Amaro Siciliano

Add ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and stir to chill.

Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. 

Garnish with a strip of lemon zest.

Crash Of WriNoes

Paul was reading about rhinoceri and mentioned that a group of them is called a crash. Since the WriNoes “crash” at our house for the All-Night, this drink was born. It is my rif on this Cold Toddy… https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cold-toddy

8 servings

2 med oranges, remove zest from 1 orange w/vegetable peeler, and juice (should be 1/4c)

5-6 med lemons, zest 1 lemon w/vegetable peeler, juice enough lemons to make 1 cup juice

3, 3” cinnamon sticks

6 tea bags (I used cinnamon apple chamomile, you can use an English Breakfast, Earl Grey, even a Lemon Ginger)

15 whole cloves

2/3 cup maple syrup

1 3/4 c cold water

2c rye whiskey or bourbon 

1 tsp orange or reg bitters

Cut 2nd orange into slices and cut in half for garnish.

Place zest in a small saucepan. Whack cinnamon sticks with the side of a chef’s knife to break up, add to saucepan with tea bags, cloves, and 1 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat; let sit 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, then stir in maple syrup; let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Strain tea mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher and add rye/bourbon, bitters, and reserved orange juice and lemon juice. Add 2 cups ice and stir until ice is melted and toddy is very cold.

Pour toddy into Collin’s glasses filled with ice and garnish with 1/2 orange wheel.

Smooth as Satin

My third cocktail is a thank you to my self-proclaimed, personal driver, Satin. I  developed this homage to her qualities, something smooth, a little sweet, earthy, with a hint of tart. Originally a ginger ale and ginger syrup concoction I tailored this to be more alcohol less fizz, with an earthy nutmeg rather than ginger.

1 serving

2oz Bourbon

2 oz Goya Pear Nectar

1/2 oz lemon juice

1 oz nutmeg simple syrup (see recipe below)

Combine bourbon, pear nectar, lemon juice, and simple syrup, in shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with pear slice.

Nutmeg Honey Simple Syrup

1/2 c honey/

1/2 cup cold water

Whole nutmeg (never previously ground)

Combine water and honey in small saucepan, bring to simmer stirring until honey dissolves. Remove from heat. Grate about 1/4 of a whole nutmeg into the syrup and let steep 20min. Strain through a coffee filter or fine sieve. Refrigerate.

Comments

  1. Awww, you didn’t tell me how you came up with my drink. I love that description!

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