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SPRING MARTINIS for the 1st Day of SPRING!


Your Martini Excuse #14
IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
March 20th - March 21st, The Vernal Equinox

Celebrate the Beginning of Spring with my
Traditionally those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have celebrated the First day of Spring on March 21st, however astronomers now say Spring usually starts one day earlier, on March 20th.  According to the Farmer's Almanac,
"the earth’s elliptical orbit  is changing its orientation (skew), which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction, called precession. Since the seasons are defined as beginning at strict 90-degree intervals, these positional changes affect the time the earth reaches each 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun."
On those years when we have that extra day (think Leap Years here) Spring may fall on March 21st!

All I know is that sometime in the middle of March flowers are starting to sprout, the weather is warming up and all sorts of wonderful seasonal fresh fruits and veggies are showing up in the local markets!  That, of course, means they are ending up in my cocktail shaker and martini glasses!

Spring is a time for rebirth, renewal and regrowth and the bounty of the earth at this time of year is particularly good for refreshing and renewing the body after a long winter.  I like the idea of bringing all that fresh Spring goodness to my martinis - a healthy martini is yet another excuse to have a martini, right?

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