After touring the gorgeous home and garden of P Allen Smith, at Moss Mountain Farm, our neighbors new home, a friends re-model and anothers new home, then all the fabulous homes on the Washington School Tour of Homes - I tried to come back to my own place of residence and look at it with a discerning eye - to determine what to love and what to change. Drawing on a little of the Serenity Prayer, and the wisdom to know the difference.
My husband realizes, every time I go on a home tour, it's going to cost him a lot more than the ticket price - but for today, it was enough to sit out on our back deck, enjoy the fresh spring foliage, and a cocktail.
CLASSIC WHISKEY SMASH
Muddle 7 fresh mint leaves, 1 lemon half, quartered lengthwise, and 1 tablespoon agave nectar in a 16 ounce mixing glass or cocktail shaker, 4 to 5 times, just to release juices and oils.
Add 1/4 cup bourbon. Transfer to an old fashioned glass. Fill half way with ice, stir. Garnish with mint.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, August 2012