Und ihre Rosen in purpurner Glut, Bächlein, erquicke mit kühlender Flut

Raise a glass! You made it to 2012!

Lucy’s Purple Aura

juice of 1 lime
juice of ½ lemon
1 tablespoon grape jelly
1 teaspoon grenadine
1½ oz. gin
a decent handful of mint leaves

Shake it all with big chunks of ice until the jelly is liquefied and the mint is in confetti-like bits. Strain (keeping the mint, leaving the ice).

According to the same psychic who filled in the corners of my CV, my wife’s aura is, in fact, purple. For those not inclined towards gin (like, say, my wife), this makes for a good mocktail; just replace the gin with still or (better) sparkling water.

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