Therapy, the Big Draw and Martinis

I believe if you live in Manhattan and are over thirty, you have a ninety percent chance of being in therapy. The other ten percent are simply learning disabled or in deep denial. Or so I tell myself every Saturday afternoon.

After my Saturday ritualistic mind cleansing, I will participate in The Big Draw at the Winter Garden. Everyone’s invited — so if you find yourself in Manhattan this Saturday, swing on by.

Afterwards I’m going to a Martini/Manhattan party — to celebrate my children returning to school. I guess that makes me a martini-loving, single-sorta, knitty-gritty, uptown-all-the-way housewife chick.

And because I’m cool like that and we chill like that — here’s a gift just for you:

Crazy in da Coconut martini


6 ounces of freezing Van Hoo vodka.

1 fresh Mexican vanilla bean. If you can’t find the Mexican variety, use Madagascar

1 tablespoon of cream of coconut.

1 teaspoon of fresh coconut flakes

The mix:

Add a few drops of the cream of coconut to 2 freezing martini glasses, and put them back in the freezer until called upon.

Carefully slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the insides into a shaker 3/4 full of cracked ice. Drop the vanilla bean into the shaker.

The remaining cream of coconut goes into the shaker.

A good full minute of shaking (stirring is not an option here – is it ever?).

Strain your martini into the glasses in which you’ve added the cream of coconut.

Top each glass with a few coconut flakes.

Put on the reggaeton, get a hot papi and enjoy.