Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine and a Summer Spritzer Recipe

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I so rarely feel instantly at home in a new-to-me restaurant. If the host isn’t warm and eager, like they’ve been waiting for just me all day, then I’m not at ease straightaway. If the server doesn’t immediately feel like all is well with the world now that I’ve sat in their section, well, I may have a great meal but I still won’t feel like I’m home.

It’s a hard bill to fit, no doubt, and certainly not one I expect most restaurants to achieve. It’s super hard to make anyone feel like they’re the only guest that matters right this very second, but I promise, it’s worth a shot and mutually meaningful.

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Here’s what happens: once I do feel totally accepted in a new environment, you’ve won me for life. I want to be in your restaurant all the time. I want to eat up your entire menu – filled with food that tastes nothing like I could make at home, but I get excited to try anyway. I want to tell the world about you, sweet restaurant – that’s the sort of impression you leave on me, lucky us.

(What does it take for you to feel 100% comfortable and at home in new restaurants?!)

There are a couple handfuls of restaurants that have made me feel like I belong exactly where I am. I now add Earth at Hidden Pond to that short list. Every check box was checked, every smile was genuine, and those drinks, wow. I snuggled into a table with their take on a Summer Spritzer and a lively stream of dishes, familiar and fresh and tasty. In the end, they even offered warm donuts and a sunset.

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Summer Spritzer // eatboutique.com

Summer Spritzer // eatboutique.com

I suppose the sunset was completely random, but the super friendly experience was entirely purposeful, made for me and all the other customers. Summer isn’t quite summer without a signature cocktail and Earth left such a mark that their Summer Spritzer is now all mine. With the recipe below, you can make it at home now, too.

I’ll be back at home, err, at Earth at Hidden Pond for Halloween Weekend 2015 when two fun things happen. First, I’ll teach a food gift workshop featuring homemade chocolate truffles and bubbly. And, just so you know, Earth’s big Halloween Bash is an event you cannot miss. Book it soon, and let’s drink – and truffle! – it up that weekend.

But tell me to shut up about Fall already. Go make this Summer Spritzer while you can, friends.

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Summer Spritzer

This recipe has been featured courtesy of manager Danielle Walker of Earth at Hidden Pond.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 ounces Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub
  • 1/4 ounces St Germain liquor
  • 2 to 3 drops Urban Moonshine Joy Tonic
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3 ounces sparkling wine (like a Cava)
  • 1/2 lemon wheel, for garnish
  • Straw, for serving

Directions:

  1. Combine shrub, St. Germain, tonic, and lemon juice in a mixing tin and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain the liquid over fresh ice into a wine glass. Top with Cava. Garnish with lemon wheel and straw.
Photos by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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  • Oh I am reliving my meal there a couple weeks ago…can’t wait to go back!