Posts Tagged ‘cocktails’

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Dandelion Shrub

August 2, 2013

Dandelions are everywhere.  Every year I plan to make dandelion wine and every year I miss my chance.  So this year I made a last minute mad dash to forage the yellow blooms before the summer heat took over, but I only had 4 cups of petals, not nearly enough for a proper batch of wine.  So I made a shrub instead. My gin and tonic will never be the same.

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