Cooking with Anime by Emily Bushman
Has your 2017 been an absolute train-wreck like mine? Can I even count the times my life has fallen apart this year, only to have me try to spackle it back together with a thin layer of optimism and sheer desperation? Is that way too depressing? Ah well, so it goes. Thankfully, my optimism is eternal and I have high hopes for my 2018.
In any case, whether or not your overall 2017 experience was good or bad, I think we could ALL use a hug. According to Sora, Chi-chan's husband, a thirty-second hug can make people feel better when they are tired or stressed out. I mean, hello, how wholesome and adorable is that? This show is way too cute. Chi-chan spreads the love, too, by sharing a hug with her coworker, who then goes on to share the hug with her own husband. Has there ever been a more heart-warming message, especially in this holiday season? Spread love and caring, one thirty-second hug at a time. I mean, how cute is that?
(With all that said, please don't go around hugging people out of the blue- maybe stick to close friends and family. Chi-chan gives her coworker a hug, but please don't do that unless you're close with your coworkers. Thirty-second hugs are nice, but not if the recipient of the hug doesn't want you to touch them...)
This cocktail is the alcoholic embodiment of the hug we've been promised. The brandy has a wonderfully deep flavor, but then the honey and cream combine to mellow and sweeten the after-taste, leaving a pleasantly warm, melty impression on the palate. If you like creamy drinks, like Kahlua, this cocktail will be the drink for you, especially at this time of year. Brandy is a popular addition to eggnog and it has a similar effect in this drink- pleasantly warming without overpowering.
Give it with or without a hug, but enjoy it all the same- it's an inviting drink that will put you in the mood for spreading cheer and warmth to others this season! To start making your own, watch the video below for more instructions!
Ingredients for the Zoom Cocktail:
- 1.5 oz Brandy
- 3/4 oz Cream
- 3/4 oz Honey
To Make the Zoom Cocktail
1. Place all ingredients in a shaker full of ice.
2. Shake well to combine and chill.
3. Serve in a martini glass and drink immediately.