Boozy Concoctions & Drinks Archive

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 ›

Lemongrass Vodka

October 31, 2015

Every year I grow lemongrass, but Minnesota winters are to cold for the perennial grass to survive the hard frosts.  In past years I’ve only used it seasonally during the summer, but this year I had a better idea.  I infused the stalks in vodka. Read more ›

Small Batch Bloody Mary Mix

September 4, 2015

I can a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms are know for being a bit watery, so after canning the tomato flesh, I am left with loads of juice. What’s a girl to do? Make Bloody Mary Mix, of course. The mix is super easy. Just combine juice with seasonings Read more ›

Black Walnut Nocino, Two Ways

June 13, 2015

For many years I’ve watched with envy while several of my favorite food bloggers in France, Italy and California harvest green walnuts in June to make classic Nocino (Italian) or Liqueur de Noix (French).  The liqueur is like bittersweet walnut extract.  Poured over ice it makes a lovely aperitif, and it’s also yummy served over ice cream. Read more ›

Pineapple Shrub and a Daiquiri Cocktail

May 25, 2015

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a class at GYST in Minneapolis.  GYST is a fermentation bar specializing in, you guessed it, all things fermented, like wine, beer, cider, cheese, chocolate, pickles, kraut, charcuterie, kombucha – you get the idea.  My class was on making Shrubs. Read more ›

Dandelion Wine

April 30, 2015

Spring is finally upon us! And the dandelions are on the move, taking over lawns, one sunny flower at a time. My partner Christopher fondly remembers his family’s tradition of making Dandelion Wine, so last year we convinced (bribed) our neighborhood kids to pick as many of the bright yellow flowers as they could find. Read more ›

Fruit Kombucha

March 28, 2015

I’ve been brewing kombucha for a few years now and have my system down pat. I make two gallons at a time in sun tea jars with taps at the bottom. The thick and healthy mother (scobys) in each jar churn out a gallon of kombucha in one to two weeks. Read more ›

Green tea and cane syrup kombucha

My Kombucha

March 21, 2015

A few years ago I started making my own kombucha.  Kombucha is very trendy right now, selling for several bucks a bottle at the store, but it’s a very old concoction. Dating back at least B.C., originating somewhere in northern China,(1) many claim kombucha has all sorts of health benefits.   Read more ›

Sunny Meyer Lemon Limoncello

March 1, 2015

I need a heavy dose of sunshine, preferably the kind accompanied by a beach, a tan and a handsome Italian cabana boy asking me what I’d like to drink. Sadly, I’ll have to settle for a sunny bottle of homemade limoncello, a southern Italian lemon liqueur.   Read more ›

Grapefruit Infused Gin

December 15, 2014

Grapefruit infused gin is a favorite libation at my house.  It only takes two ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes.  Citrus fruits are one of the few perks of winter and big juicy grapefruits are popping up all over in the grocery stores right now.   Read more ›