Seize the day. Last Friday, I had my day all planned out. I was baking to fill some tart orders, had a meeting to attend and errands to run when I received a text from my friend, Diane, of the Turtle Club Restaurant (PR gal of their family business, The Vanderbilt Beach Resort where the Turtle Club is located) asking me to come down within the hour to photograph the Turtle-tini, their signature cocktail, for a piece to run in a national magazine. She had a noon deadline to make so I grabbed my camera and hopped in the car. What an exciting turn of events for my typical Friday.
The Turtle Club Restaurant is a absolute gem situated "smack dab" on the beach. It's one of those few places that upon arrival, I feel as though I am on a distant tropical vacation (actually, some of the fellow diners probably are). I adore going there in the evening and watching the most spectacular sunsets while sipping their refreshing cocktails and wines and dining on their superb food. So you can understand why I dropped everything and ran to the beach to help a friend in need. (wink)
Oh, and Diane is the great mind who thought up the man-tini that I wrote about here. I think there is a pattern developing here, Diane-tini.
When I arrived, the bartender whipped up two gorgeous brilliant pink Turtle-tinis, my models to be photographed. I quickly got to work and arranged the photogenic cocktails on a beach front table for their close up. As I was working, the sun was beating down and beads of sweat formed on my forehead, making the Turtle-tinis even more desirable with each moment. At the end of the shoot, my friend, Diane, showed up and suggested we have a seat and enjoy the Turtle-tinis together, as it would be a great waste to toss them. (And you know how I hate waste!) So there we sat mid-day at a beachfront table, sipping refreshing tropical cocktails, two friends chatting and enjoying an impromptu moment together... Carpe diem!
2 ounces Bacardi "O"
1/4 ounce Triple Sec
2 splashes pineapple juice
1 splash Grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker, then chill on ice, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh fruit. Relax and enjoy!
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