The rotund character from Studio Ghibli inspires us all with his adorable “Totorobics” workout. Out of all the loveable characters created by animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, it’s the large forest-dwelling grey-and-white Totoro from the film My Neighbour Totoro that continues to be one of the most beloved. Charming audiences with his cat-like face and plump white belly, Totoro has…
In Death Parade, an excellent anime that I highly recommend, the bartender and arbiter of the afterlife, Decim, mixed a drink called a “Memento Mori.” As you can see from the picture, he says that “memento mori” means “remember that you must die.” A memento mori is a reminder that you must die, but it is also a reminder of the sweetness of life. It is a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life; a reminder to value what is before you because it is not forever.
I was enchanted with the beautiful drink, unfortunately, it isn’t a real drink, until now… Inspired by Death Parade, here is my version of the Memento Mori.
2 parts Gin
1 part Elderflower Liqeuer
1 part Creme de Violette
1 part White Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice. Pour and garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.
If you’re worried that it is a bit too purple, half the Creme de Violette. My Memento Mori is pictured below. Please forgive the poor photographic skill and the use of a coup glass instead of a martini glass. I tend to use them interchangeably.
Today I was thinking about our visit to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I am so thankful that Paul’s parents took us there. It was stunning. Happy Independence Day!!!!
Some animals were just born to be models…
Justonecookbook.com has great recipes covering everything from how to make the perfect rice to how to make the perfect dango for spring. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to follow her blog with the wordpress reader. 😦 Despite that, it is a super blog and I cannot suggest it strongly enough.
I was experimenting with Aperol last night and came up with a drink that I have named an Italian Lemonade.
1 part Aperol (Campari could also work)
1 part Vodka
2 Parts Lemonade
Put the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake, pour, and enjoy!
I saw an albino squirrel on the way to the bank the other day. I felt so inspired that I just had to invent a cocktail in its honor.
1 part Vodka
1 part Elderflower Liqueur (I used St. Elder)
2 parts White Cranberry Juice
Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker feels frosty. Strain into a martini glass or a coup glass and enjoy!