If you read blogs regularly, it's only a matter of time before you start to develop crushes on people. Not in an obsessive, unhealthy way (hopefully), but in a "gee, I'd really like to be friends with this person in the real world" way. Which always leads me to wonder whether people really are the way they portray themselves on their blogs.
Since discovering Sarah McColl's Pink of Perfection about a year ago, I've developed that strange feeling toward her. Like a reassuring chat with a very good friend, her site is an instant pick-me-up no matter what she is writing about—sewing projects, throwing happy hours at home, or confessing the all-too-familiar feeling of being down in the dumps. Her writing is immediately relatable without being overly confessional or annoyingly precious, a rare thing in the blogosphere.
Basically, she sounds like a fun girl to have drinks with. But since I don't know her in the real world, the least I can do is make a drink in her honor. The Pink of Perfection is sparkling and effervescent, sweet but not too sweet, and of course, the girliest shade of pink. Made with cherry-infused vodka and sparkling pink lemonade, I'd like to think this drink would be Sarah-approved. Here's to her and her lovely, always-inspiring blog.
The Pink of Perfection
I wanted this cocktail to be light and refreshing, but if you'd prefer something a little stronger, substitute the lemonade for rose wine, or if you want to be even more decadent, sparkling rose or prosecco. This recipe serves one but can easily be scaled up to serve up to four people at a time.
A large handful of ripe cherries, chopped, pits and stems removed
1 shot of vodka
2 ice cubes
Sparkling pink lemonade (about 1 cup, or more)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cherries until they are well-mashed and produce juice. Pour in the vodka and ice cubes. Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until the shaker gets cold and frosty. Pour the liquid into a glass through the strainer—it should be bright red. Fill the rest of the glass with pink lemonade and add the lemon juice. Stir and drink.