Boozy Concoctions & Drinks Archive

Barcelona Sangria

February 5, 2017

I’m still dreaming about Barcelona. Food, wine and art saturate the place, making it my perfect destination. If I want to evoke Barcelona with no effort? I open a bottle of cava. A little more effort? I make sangria. Read more ›

Earl Grey Kombucha

August 26, 2016

Earl Grey is my new favorite tea for making kombucha. While the tea is just a black tea blend, it’s the addition of bergamot orange oil that makes it especially lovely. Read more ›

Naturally Fermented Lime Ginger Ale

August 25, 2016

Want to try your hand at wild fermentation? Ginger ale soda is an easy first step. Made from freshly grated ginger, lime zest and juice, sugar and water, fermented ginger ale works with wild yeasts and bacterias present on the ginger and in the air. Read more ›

Fermented Dill Pickles

August 23, 2016

I’m a dill pickle girl all the way. My mother’s dill pickles are the #2 thing I can in the house after tomatoes. So imagine my surprise when I found a fermented version that almost rivals my mom’s? Read more ›

Lemon Basil Gin and Tonic Cocktail

July 30, 2016

I’m not gonna lie. I need a gin and tonic, stat! It’s been pretty hot this summer in Minneapolis. 90+ degrees Read more ›

Rhubarb Vodka & Cocktail

June 18, 2016

Rhubarb is the first fruit-like produce on the scene after winter.  And while it’s around for a few months, I always forget to preserve it for winter.  Vodka and gin are a lovely way to capture that distinct essence of rhubarb.   Read more ›

Mandarin Orange Grapefruit Liqueur & the Four Muses Cocktail

February 7, 2016

One of my favorite ways to preserve citrus is by making boozy concoctions (you may have noticed) because the alcohol really captures the essence of the fruit flavor.  That, and if I am forced to by crappy or ridiculously expensive Triple Sec in July, I may loose my mind. Read more ›

Preserving Winter Citrus

January 16, 2016

The dead of winter is where we’re at. Heading for -25 windchill tomorrow and I, for one, need as much sparkle in my life as I can muster.  The irony is that citrus, the sunniest of fruits, is in season in the middle of winter. Read more ›

Vin de Citrus

January 10, 2016

Vin de Citrus is a fortified wine infusion that takes the whole fruit, peel and all, and turns it into boozy liquid sunshine. French Vin de Orange can be found in historical documents as far back as 15th century. Read more ›

Barrel Aged Vodka

December 20, 2015

Aging your own spirits is pretty darn simple.  Oak barrel aged vodka and gin are all the rage right now, and you pay a premium price for it, too.  So if you love cocktails like I do, do yourself a favor.  Get a bourbon barrel. Read more ›

Coffee Liqueur Cures What Ails You

November 27, 2015

Winter officially arrived on Thanksgiving this year with a inch of wet snow. The kids busted out their snow pants and boots, and the adults busted out their cozy cocktails. I’m making coffee liqueur so we all have a steady supply of soul-soothing mixers for our long, long winter’s night. Read more ›