Patsy Cline, Rocio Durcal, Morning Dew and Me.
My real name is Rocio not Rosie. I’m sure most of you are not surprised! It sounds like Ro.Se.O. The c is pronounced like an s. It means morning dew in Spanish but my parents were not hippies. Instead my mother loved the melodies of Rocio Durcal, a magnificent singer known by songs “Amor Eterno” (Eternal Love).
Rocio’s music reminds Latina women of being in love, of their heartbreaks and suffering. She is the equivalent of what Patsy Cline is to Americans. When I was a girl I didn’t know about heartbreaks or love affairs. I never understood why women cried listening to their songs or dance in the clouds reciting the words, clutching their chests, singing their lover’s name.
I watched both my Latina aunties and my Gringa aunties do this. Why did they “Fall to Pieces?”
Now that I’m a woman I clearly understand the lyrics of both Patsy and Rocio. I’m even more proud to have lived, loved, and maybe broken a few hearts of my own.
Why don’t we do this…
Let’s make some Morning Dew and invite your friends over, listen to some Patsy and Rocio. There is nothing wrong with reminiscing. Or maybe we’ll go on “Walking after midnight.”
Morning Dew cocktail recipe
Yield 1 punch bowl
- 8-liter Mountain Dew Citrus Soda
- 64 oz Orange Juice
- 1 Bottle Southern Comfort peach liquor
- Pour ingredients into a punch bowl and stir.
- Sing the lyrics “I fall to pieces” or “Walking after midnight.”
- Add cherries and grenadine.
- Stir and serve over ice. Drink, live and love.
Chef Rosie is the Chef Owner of Provecho Grill in Menifee, California and Xicana (coming soon). She is a two-time winner of the SoCal Chef Open and Farmer’s Market Flip, Season One, Episode One. She can also be found writing about food for Menifee Buzz and Valley News.
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