I know. I know.
If you didn't go to BlogHer this year, your probably wondering when those of us who did are going to stop talking about it. And I will...eventually. There's just so much to share about the conference and the connections and Hello MultiCulti!
I am still getting over the Did That Actually Happen feeling about being asked to host the party with Ananda Leeke and Dwana Delacerna. Both women are amazing and I am so grateful planning it all brought us together. As for the MultiCulti itself? People came! People Danced! People told us repeatedly what an incredible time they were having! And that?
Totally made up for high school.
The success of the MultiCulti cocktail I dreamed up -- with The Husband's help, of course -- was just the icing on the proverbial cake that I'm probably allergic to. The cocktail, actually, is the reason I'm writing this. You see, I didn't just throw alcohol in a glass and ice it without thought before tossing it back and calling it good. (Although that's not entirely a bad idea.) No way, y'all. The MultiCulti was all about celebrating all that makes us who we are and the cultures and cultural identities we call our own. The cocktail had to reflect that. And then it had to actually taste good.
Here's what I came up with:
BlogHer MultiCulti Cocktail
* Coconut Water
* Pomegranate Juice
* Blueberry Juice
* Apple Juice
* White Grape Juice
The Breathalyzer Version?
* Add two splashes of Malibu Rum
So why this particular mix? So glad you asked, Internet.
* Coconut Water is and has historically been a popular drink in the tropics, especially India, the Brazilian Coast, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean.
* Pomegranates are considered to have originated in the vicinity of Iran and have been cultivated since ancient times. Today the pomegranate is also grown throughout the Mediterranean, Africa, parts of southeast Asia, and in Arizona and California here in the United States. It's also important to note that the pomegranate was introduced to Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
* Blueberries and are native to North America with Michigan and Maine coming out on top.
* Apples originated in Central Asia and have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. The saying "As American as apple pie" didn't exist until European colonists showed up on American shores. Apples also have a major role in Norse, Greek, and Christian traditions and mythology.
* Grapes have a pretty impressive history dating back up to 8,000 years ago in Western Asia. And the oldest winery was found in Armenia dating to around 4000 BC. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics show grapes cultivated for wine, and historians tell us that Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans grew purple grapes for both eating and wine production. Eventually, grape cultivation made its way to other regions in Europe, North Africa, and North America.
* Rum has a hefty history and plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland. It's been associated with The Royal Navy, the principal naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces, as well as piracy. Rum also was used as a form of currency to help fund organized crime, slavery, and even the American Revolution. Today rum is produced everywhere from Belize and Colombia to Australia, Canada, and Fiji.
And that, girls and boys is your history lesson for the day.
Thank You, Sheraton Chicago, for spectacular service. Bartenders Manny & Carolina were incredible and Food & Beverage Group Sales Manager Doug Leuthold is my new best friend.
And BlogHer? My inner-teenager is still preening. [slideshow_deploy id='5393']