Sometimes I think that the best destinations are the ones that are just far enough away that you can impulsively jump in your car and drive for a few hours and find yourself in a place that's new and refreshing, but still keeps home only an afternoon away. Long enough so that you forget all those things on your to-do list you left behind; short enough that you can sleep in and have blueberry pancakes and still make it in time to help with dinner. These trips are one-tank wonders.
For us, one of those places is Chicago. A weekend in the windy city celebrating the birthdays of Mr + Mrs R means a long drive in and out of cloudy counties, a table full of homemade baba ganoush and hummus and roasted feta, a reading of winter-themed fiction, and cocktails for everyone. The man of the house made me a whiskey thyme lemonade. It was delish.
Whiskey Thyme Lemonade
4 oz. lemonade + 2 oz. rye + 2 sprigs fresh thyme