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Every April at Augusta National, golfers from around the world are invited to participate in a tournament tailored to the athlete with the right mindset, skills, and determination to come out as the winner.  That person is then crowned champion and given one of the most recognizable awards in all the sports: a green jacket.

A couple of years ago I was EXTREMELY fortunate to get on the grounds for the Sunday of the tournament and what I saw was absolutely breathtaking.  The entire course from the tops of the trees to the blades of grass was cut with such precision, and the entire landscape is a color of green that cannot be described.  I also remember the pimento cheese sandwiches.

I wish I had an actual picture of the sandwich that I enjoyed on that cloudy Sunday morning.  While cell phones aren’t allowed past the front gate, I could only take a mental photo of the delicious tradition that has been part of that tournament for so many years.  I’ve always liked pimento cheese, but this particular sandwich seemed to just dissolve in my mouth after each bite.  This made it extremely easy to eat multiple sandwiches…which I did.  They were light, fluffy, and packed with the energy that was needed to walk an entire golf course while also drinking delicious beer.  Aside from watching one of the greatest moments in all of golf and sports, I was also enjoying the best sandwich in the history of sandwiches.  The only thing that was missing was enjoying a refreshing Azalea.  It’s considered the official cocktail of the tournament.

I made this on the eve of this year’s tournament.  Gin, pineapple juice, lemon juice, grenadine and garnish with a lime.  The Azalea, because azalea’s are everywhere on the course and in Augusta in general, is quite refreshing and smooth to drink.  It tops off some of my favorite traditions about this time of year.  It’s basically my second St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but that’s a whole other blog.  Watch below on how to make The Azalea!