Blushing Bride

May 31, 2010 (Day 121) — Blushing Bride

“The course of true love never did run smooth.
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.” — William Shakespeare

Okay, I hate schmaltz just as much as you guys do. The egoism inherent in most couples — that no one has ever felt this way about anyone else, you’re something special, etc. — is pretty insufferable. And no one likes to see people making googly eyes in public places. And to me, it’s always felt a bit disingenuous, the attitude that a couple truly in love will never have rough patches. That the ideal that we hold up as the perfect couple is perfectly unattainable never seems to enter our minds.

Today, is Jenn’s and I’s second anniversary of our marriage. As of May, we’ve been together for six years.

Do we fight? Of course we do.

Do we get on each others nerves? Multiple times a day.

Have we gone to bed angry? We try not to, but of course it’s going to happen.

And yet, I wouldn’t haven’t any other way. We still love each other, despite the things that drive us batshit insane.

It’s all the little quirks that drew me to Jenn  in the first place, and it’s those quirks that keep me as madly in love with her as I was when we first fell in love. I can’t say when we first met. That’s a lie too. First we fell in lust, then we fell in love. If it works out for you, it’s one hell of a way to do it.

I digress from my marital musings, however. I’m here to give you a very special cocktail. An anniversary cocktail. It’s supposed to be for newlyweds, but I figure if two years later you’re still in your honeymoon period, this works just as well.

The Blushing Bride

1 oz peach schnapps

1 oz grenadine

Champagne for topping

Build this drink in a chilled champagne flute, then pour the champagne over the top. Don’t stir, as the carbonation in your wine will help mix up the flavors well enough. Now, as you’ll note above, this recipe is technically supposed to be made in a champagne flute. However! I got Jenn these martini glasses for our anniversary, so I’m going to go ahead and build them in these puppies.

It’s good to use a brut or extra dry sparkling wine here, unless you like syrupy sweet drinks. The sweetness of the schnapps and the grenadine is more than enough to balance out the dryness of the wine. It’s a delicate flavor, but very good. Not an every day drink, just from the pure fanciness of it. I could easily see this being a themed cocktail for your wedding party. Not that I’m in any spot to advise people on weddings. I suggested by groomsmen wear velour track suits for the wedding. That suggestion didn’t go over to well.

This one’s for Jenn — who’s going to have to put with my goony ass for the next four decades. Trust me. I’ve lived with myself for the past 25 years. She’s got a long few decades ahead of her. She’s strong. She’s up for it.


— Mark and Jenn

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