With October firmly in its second half, the days are decidedly getting shorter. Our New England foliage is beginning to feature some lively licks of color, and the morning chill no longer allows for a sleeveless stroll to the mailbox. That the official end of summer is still several days off is of little solace to those lamenting the approach of winter.
I used to be one of those lamenters. I'd get all gloomy at the first hint of fall; pumpkins depressed me... so did chrysanthemums and cornucopias. Especially cornucopias. An irrational dread of what the winter might bring had left me unable to appreciate the unique awesomeness of fall.
It was a desire to extend the abbreviated Connecticut golf season that finally led me to stop sulking and embrace Autumn. Once I did, I found myself looking forward to this season on steamy summer days. I now relish the last months of each year; for the spectacular changing colors, the cooler temperatures... and the less crowded golf courses. There's also the prospect... once Autumn is well underway... of an Indian summer, bringing us a final taste of warmth before winter takes hold for good. This endearing weather singularity is quite common in New England, and it's the inspiration behind a unique drink I developed for our annual fall golf classic. It's a blend of the season's most delightful ingredients and the end result is both sweet and savory, just like the special season that inspired it: The Watermelon Gazpacho Cocktail --> Get the Recipe.