When we want to “get away” but really can’t get away, we often find ourselves on a Saturday or Sunday morning heading west out of Kansas City, across the state line, through a stretch of farmland and into Lawrence, Kansas. Home to the University of Kansas and some serious Civil War history, it was where we lived for one year after leaving New York City.
In retrospect, going from NYC to Lawrence, KS was much harder than we anticipated. We went from the constant buzz and frenetic energy of NYC, to evenings where crickets filled the otherwise quiet air.
It was a jarring transition at first. Unbeknownst to me, I had trained myself so well to keep up with the pace and the intensity of the city that suddenly it was gone and I didn’t know how to make sense of it. To cope with what I can only describe as a feeling of loss, Heath and I dove into exploring our new home. What we found was an artistic, funky college town, full of great live music, wonderful food, and the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
On a recent Sunday morning jaunt to Lawrence, I ordered an earl grey spritzer at one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants. If you follow me on Snapchat you may have seen it! (Can we be friends on Snapchat?! Find me at salted plains). I was smitten with the flavors, and of course, the bubbles were an added bonus.
The earl grey honey simple syrup comes together easily, and instead of using Cointreau, I opted for a splash of fresh orange juice. Top it off with cava or sparkling wine of your choice, and you have a cocktail worthy of brunch or happy hour.
- 2 tablespoons earl grey simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
- Cava, very cold
- Earl Grey Simple Syrup:
- ½ cup water
- 2½ teaspoons loose leaf earl grey tea or 2 tea bags
- ½ cup honey
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add earl grey and allow to steep for 4 to 5 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves (or remove tea bags) and return water to saucepan. Return to medium heat and add honey, stirring occasionally until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- To assemble spritzer, add 2 tablespoons of earl grey simple syrup to a champagne flute. Add orange juice and top with Cava.