Milestones are epic moments in life that are unforgettable. Whether it is the birth of a baby, high school graduation, college graduation, first real job, marriage or buying your first house – they are all milestones. Milestones are locked in your memory forever and pave the way through this journey we call life.
Several weeks ago, we celebrated a milestone birthday with our neighbors. Their daughter Bridgett turned 21. We first met Bridgett when she was just seven years old. Our court was newly built and each neighbor slowly moved in and we all became friends. As time passed, those friendships evolved and changed. Some got stronger, some dissolved and some remained simply neighbors. This progression is quite interesting to reflect upon.
Ours with Bridgett and her family became stronger. We are affectionately known as Auntie Lisa and Uncle Charles to her and her brother. Not having children ourselves, except for the furry type, we are both very honored to have this special relationship with our wonderful neighbors and good friends. Going back to celebrating the milestone birthday for Bridgett, I wanted to do something memorable. Why not throw a cocktail party in her honor and create a signature cocktail aptly named – “The Bridgett”. Let the planning begin.
A couple months ago, I was on vacation for a wedding in
and was introduced to Aperol and Tito’s Vodka – those two libations would be my
inspiration for the signature cocktail.
What is a cocktail party without some great appetizers? I created a special cheese platter complete
with my homemade Balsamic Fig Jam.
Along side the cheese plate was Oven Roasted Grape Crostini’s, Caprese Bites,
Avocado Toasted with Reduced Balsamic and Bourbon Apricot Meatballs. Of course no birthday celebration would be
complete with that perfect cake. Since
Bridgett is a chocolate lover, I made my Chocolate Espresso Cake – a crowd
pleaser for sure.
All in all, a fun night celebrating a milestone – cheers to you Bridgett!
The Bridgett Cocktail
2 oz. Tito’s Vodka
2 oz. Fresh Squeezed
½ oz. Aperol
Couple dashes of Orange Bitters
Orange Peel for garnish