Jan 012019

Winter Syrups and Liqueurs: Part 1

A more aromatic limoncello variant, incorporating black tea and peppercorns for a winter sipper that’s perfect when the weather is excessively blustery. To make use of the bounty of lemons the tree provided this year – and just because I wanted to – I started making some liqueurs this year. But since it’s me, I couldn’t stick to a simple limoncello or even doing one recipe at a time. So we got a lemon and black tea liqueur and a pomegranate spice liqueur (I had some pomegranate arils that need to be used). But then I realized I hadn’t done…Continue Reading

Jun 212018

Lemongrass Basil Lemonade and The Tomato Tipple

With California getting incredibly high temperatures this weekend, we definitely need some good cooling beverages. I picked up some lemongrass at the farmer’s market last week which makes a great syrup to add flavor to both cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshers. So I present to you one of each using other fresh vegetal flavors. Print Pin The Tomato Tipple Servings 1 Ingredients3 cherry tomatoes cut in half1 ¼ oz blanco tequila I used Espolon1 oz lemon juice¾ oz lemongrass simple syrup3 barspoons CynarGarnish: Cucumber spear skin onGlass: rocks InstructionsMuddle tomatoes into tequila. Add remaining ingredients and shake well. Double strain into…Continue Reading

May 172018

Under-served Herbs

I finally have had time and space to do some gardening (beyond a couple plants) again this spring. I now have the beginnings of a vegetable garden, some herbs started, and I’m starting to get rid of the pesky lawn. I really hate mowing the lawn. But this does mean that now I have an assortment of fresh herbs to muddle into or garnish cocktails. While these plants are still starting to grow I have to resist taking too much off, but a small sprig here or there adds a nice fresh note to cocktails. Like most of what I…Continue Reading