Last week, I was summoned to jury duty. That was my first jury duty, because I didn’t become a US citizen until 3 years ago. For most people, jury duty probably is a painful job. For me, this is something incredible, because I feel like I am part of the society and I can contribute.
For a long period of time, I felt that my identity was lost. I am a Hong Konger, but I don’t live in Hong Kong. I was out of touch with the current events and politics in Hong Kong. I have never voted either. I didn’t feel like I was a member of the society. Even though I was in the States, I was just an international student or an US resident. For 12 years, there were many things happened around me that I cared about, but I was not allowed to have a say by voting. When I finally voted 2 years ago, I no longer felt like I was only “someone” who lives in the United States. I am a proud citizen of the United States and I get to express my opinions and speak my mind. That opportunity doesn’t come easy, so I cherish every citizen duties I get. I’m looking forward to casting my vote this presidential election. We decide our future and we should voice our opinion when we can, because not everyone gets to do that. 🙂
Back to the jury duty story last week, I ended up being pre-selected and had potential to be on a case. But before the jury selection process, the case was settled outside of the court and we were dismissed. Oh well… There is always next time.
Now to celebrate the arrival of spring, get ready for cocktail hour!
Remember the blackberry ginger syrup from last week? This cocktail is created to let the berries and ginger shine. It is very easy and there are only 5 ingredients. Bryan and I decided to go with Aviation gin. It is a smooth gin with a mild juniper note. It doesn’t overpower the syrup, but brings a nice flavor combination of floral, citrus and spices. Syrup, gin, club soda, and ice cubes. This is a wonderful drink to enjoy on a sunny afternoon in front of a green yard (or for me, a clear window). Cheers to spring!
Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktail
– 2 ounces Blackberry-ginger syrup
– 1½ ounces gin (like Aviation gin)
– 5 ounces club soda
– 5 ice cubes
– 2 fresh blackberries (optional for garnish)
- In a medium serving glass, add the syrup, gin and club soda. Stir to mix. Add ice cubes. Garnish with fresh blackberries. Serve immediately.
- You can use any gin you like, but I say it is better to go with something milder.