NoMoCO: Cheers!. A Poem, a Holiday Drink Recipe for… | by Mary L. Holden | No Crime in Rhymin’ | Dec, 2021

A Poem, a Holiday Drink Recipe for People in Both Hemispheres for the 2021 Winter/Summer Solstice, and a bit of a memoir….

Thanks to pixabay and Katzenfee50 for this colorful celebration of beverages!

From one who knows
powers of ink
this recipe
inspires drink!

Vegetable broth
is rich in love
from sun, rain and
gardener’s glove.

Take it in and
feel appeal to
all the ways that
it can heal you.

So, to your health
in ’21!
Increase heart wealth —
imbibe with fun!

This is a beverage meant for celebrating everything about the Earth, in any season, on any day — but it is meant for celebrating the idea of The Days of COVID-19 Past (or No More COVID-19).

1 cup vegetable broth
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. honey (optional)
¼ cup sparkling water
Dash of ground pepper
3 slices cucumber, sliced thin
1 whole cherry tomato, cut not quite in half and seeded
Sprig of mint, rosemary, parsley, or basil for garnish

Heat vegetable broth and bring to boil. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in lemon juice, honey, pepper, and an intention for health to become widespread throughout all humanity. Place cucumber slices into a beverage glass, add ice; pour broth mixture over the ice and cucumber then add sparkling water to top. Place your choice of a leafy garnish into the slit you cut in the tomato and place on rim of glass. Add a straw and make a toast to your own, and to worldwide health!

NOTE: This recipe was published in the final issue of the magazine I’ve been editing for the past two years: In the Limelight with Clarissa. Clarissa Burt is a dear friend with a life story I love: she was a supermodel, an actress, and an American in Italy for many years. When she returned to the United States, she started a media company with a goal to empower the voices of more women and to facilitate lifestyle information based on her philosophy of Feel Good, Look Good, Be Good, and Greater Good. Her media company still exists, but the magazine will morph from a dedicated, self-contained publication into blog posts from the writers who’ve contributed to the magazine since it was born in the summer of 2019.

I love short-form journalism and have adored magazine formats since I was a child with the good fortune to have had access to subscriptions to National Geographic, Arizona Highways, Time, Newsweek, Highlights, Seventeen, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and many others. When I was a sophomore in high school, I fulfilled a group project in an English class to create a magazine…with apologies to the three other students on that group project, I took over and produced a single issue of a magazine titled Curiosity. Construction paper was the medium, and that issue contained pop-ups and fold outs and puzzles and articles on topics that seemed to me would spark curiosity in readers. If a grade was given on that project, I do not recall what it was…and it would not have mattered to me had it been an “F” because it was one of the most fun homework projects I ever completed!

Anyway, I appreciate the opportunity Clarissa Burt gave to me, and I wish happiness and joy to all readers who’ve gotten this far, and to all non-readers, I wish health, happiness, and so much more joy in life in 2022 and beyond.


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