Agua de Valencia

This Cava cocktail, straight out of the Valencia region of Spain, showcases the fresh sweet oranges of the region and makes a terrific addition to any Sunday brunch.

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Apple Cider Sidecar

Makes 1 drink
INGREDIENTS
1 oz apple brandy or apple jack
1 oz lemon juice
1 ounce Cointreau (triple sec, orange Curacao or Grand Marnier)
1 oz apple cider
1 dash cinnamon
Apple slices, for garnish
PREPARATION
Place first 5 ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini style glass or glass where the [...]

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Apple Honey Cava

Makes one cocktail
Ingredients
½ ounce apply honey syrup
Cava
Directions
Place the honey syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with cava. Stir and garnish with a teaspoon of apple pre soaked in honey syrup, chopped fine.
**apple honey syrup: place ½ cup honey, 1 apple, chopped fine and ½ cup of water in a sauce pan [...]

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Apple-Cranberry Bubbly

Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup frozen cranberries, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped fine
Directions
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add cranberries, apples, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Cool, blend and strain. Place 1-2 ounces in a champagne glass and add [...]

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Bangkok Buck #2

©Justin Briggs, Barbes, Park Slope Brooklyn
Ingredients
5-8 fresh Thai basil leaves
.25 ounces demerara-ginger syrup*
2 ounces Martinique Rum Agricole or Smith & Cross
.5 ounces Madeira Meio Doce (medium sweet)
1 ounce lime juice
Ginger beer
Candied Ginger
Directions
Muddle together in a mixing tin Thai basil leaves and demerara-ginger syrup. Add the rum, Madeira and lime juice and shake with vigor. Strain [...]

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Beef and Guinness Pie

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 pounds beef chuck, cubed into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 cup Guinness
Salt [...]

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Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

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Blackberry Mango Mint Cava Granita

Not quite a cocktail but still makes the cut on our list of spectacular summer herb & sparkling wine recipes and we just simply couldn’t leave it out!

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Blueberry Mint Cavatini

A delicious way to enjoy the summer blueberry season and get your drink on!

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Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Cilantro Lime Tequila Coolers

Makes 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS
1½ ounce tequila blanca
1½ ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce cactus fruit syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce lime syrup (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients into a strainer filled with ice, shake vigorously. Strain through fine mesh strainer. Serve over ice garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro leaves.
Cactus Fruit Syrup
Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1-2 cactus [...]

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Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Lime Tequila Coolers

Makes 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS
1½ ounce tequila blanca
1½ ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce cactus fruit syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce lime syrup (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients into a strainer filled with ice, shake vigorously. Strain through fine mesh strainer.
Serve over ice garnish with a lime wedge.
Cactus Fruit Syrup
Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1-2 cactus fruit, peeled and chopped
1 [...]

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Cava melon Sangria

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine
Directions
Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for [...]

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Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

Serves 12
INGREDIENTS
For the cake
2 cups Guinness
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
11⁄3 cups sour cream
For the icing
2 cups cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS
For the cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter [...]

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Cinnamon & Rosemary Plum Rose Spritzers

Ingredients
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 ripe plum, deseeded and chopped
1 bottle sparkling rose
Directions
Combine the rosemary leaves, sugar, water, cinnamon stick and plums in a medium saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and [...]

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Cinnamon Apple Pie Prosecco

Makes 1 drink
Ingredients
2 ounces apple pie syrup (recipe follows)
Prosecco
Directions
Place about 2 ounces of the apple pie syrup in a champagne flute (less for less sweet) and fill with Prosecco, garnish with a bit of grated fresh cinnamon, stir and enjoy!
Apple Pie Syrup
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
Directions
Place all [...]

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Concord Grape Sparkling Rose

Makes 1 sparkler
Ingredients
½ ounce concord grape puree
Sparkling Rose
Directions
Place ½ ounce of concord grape puree in a champagne class and fill with sparkling rose. Stir.

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Coriander-Chocolate Halva Liquor

Makes 1 liter
The toffe, praline, vanilla and dried fruit tones in the initial rush of tasting bourbon elixir and charred oak barrels give the Bourbon and spicy firmness that blends in well with this Middle Eastern inspired elixir!
Ingredients
1 tablespoon, coriander seeds, cracked fine
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked fine
1½ cups bourbon, Makers Mark 46 preferred
½ cup [...]

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Cranberry Gin & Tonics

Makes one drink
INGREDIENTS
1 lime wedge
4-5 cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon sugar
2 ounces gin
Tonic water
PREPARATION
Lightly crush the lime wedge, sugar and cranberries in a 10 to 12-ounce glass with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Next, add gin. Fill the glass with ice and top off with tonic water. Stir and serve.

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Dried Cherry & Dried Blueberry Bubbly

Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup dried cherries, chopped
¼ cup dried blueberries, chopped
Sparkling wine
Directions
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add cranberries, apples, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer gently for about 5 times. Cool, blend and strain. Place 1-2 ounces in a champagne class and add [...]

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Dutch Tarrazerac

©Regina Christiansen, Blueprint, Park Slope Brooklyn
Ingredients
25 ounces honey syrup*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Icelandic Bitters
2 small fresh tarragon sprigs
2 ounces gin (New York Distilling Company-Dorothy Parker)
Directions
In a mixing glass combine honey syrup, 1 full dropper of Brooklyn Hemispherical Icelandic Bitters and 1 sprig of fresh tarragon. Muddle gently in order to release the oils from the herb, making [...]

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El Macau (Nicaragua)

The Macau is the Nicaraguan national drink, typically made with Flor De Cana white rum and guava juice. We decided to put our own ginger mango twist on ti in light of featuring our Organic Fair-trade products.

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El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

Ingredients
1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
1 lime, halved and sliced thin
1 orange, halved and sliced thin
1 mandarin, halved and sliced thin
8 kumquats, halved
1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed small
2-3 kaffir lime leaves
1 bottle Dorothy Parker Gin (New York Distilling Co.)
*Rosemary Sugar Salt
*Rosemary Syrup
Fresh pink grapefruit juice
Aperol
For the Rosemary Sugar Salt:
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons [...]

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Frozen Mango Margaritas

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
3 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Zest of 2 limes
1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Juice of 15 limes
1½ cups Cointreau Triple Sec
2 cups tequila blanco
Coarse salt
Limes for garnish and taste
Directions
Puree the mangoes, lime zest, cilantro leaves and lime juice in a blender or with a hand held food processor until very smooth. Refrigerate [...]

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Fume Y Flor (Mexico)

Sweet and Smoky is the jest of this one. An intoxicating and powerful drink, its silky and sultry texture with its sweet and smoky vibe, allows one to forget the intoxication factor.

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Ger-Nis Herbal Pisco Sour

Makes one drink

Ingredients

2½ ounces Pisco
½ ounce herbal simple syrup
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 egg white
Bitters

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a 6 ounce glass and drop a few drops of bitters on the top of the frothed egg whites.

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Ginger & Lemon Thyme Rye Mini Pesto Elixir

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn
Ingredients
1 cup turbinado sugar simple syrup*
½ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
1 ounce New York Distilling Company Rye
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about [...]

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Ginger Beet Prosecco

Sweet earthy and spicy this recipe is sure to bring decadence back into your summer dinner parties with its exotic flavor and deep fusica color!

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Ginger Blackberry Sparkling Wine (Argentina)

Our beautiful blackberries are paired with ginger in this sweet & spicy sparkling wine, it’s both exotic and colorful and the spiciness of the ginger balances nicely with the sweetness of the berries. In Argentina, berries and sparkling wine go hand in hand!

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Ginger Infused Mulled Wine

Makes 1½ liters of mulled wine
INGREDIENTS
2 bottles dark red wine (Syrah, Zinfandel or Cabernet Franc)
1 cup pear brandy
1 medium Valencia orange, sliced
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup brown sugar
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Ginger Pear Asian Martini Cocktail (The Gingy)

Makes 1 cocktail
Using a sweeter fuller bodied gin similar to the Old Tom style is perfect for this cocktail highlighting spicy, black pepper and vanilla note. This cocktail is delicate and complex at the same time, like a true Gingy is.
Ingredients
2 ounces pear infused old tom gin
1 ounce Canton ginger liquor
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce [...]

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Ginger-Beet Cava with Fresh Tarragon Orange Zest

Ingredients
2 orange beets, peeled and chopped
1 sprig of fresh tarragon, a few leaves reserved
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon of orange zest
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
1 navel orange for garnish
Directions
Combine the beets, tarragon, orange juice, zest, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and [...]

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Gingito (Dominican Republic)

Another sweet and peppery addition to the mix. Ginger and basil combine well in this deep dark powerful vixen of a drink!

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Harissa & Preserved Lemon Mint Martini

Ingredients
3 ounces gin
½ ounce mint infused dry vermouth (recipe follows)
½ ounce preserved lemon liquid (recipe follows)
2-3 drops harissa (recipe follows)
Preserved lemon garnish
Mint leaf garnish
Directions
In a glass filled with ice place the gin and the vermouth and stir. Add the lemon preserved liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one preserved lemon segment and a [...]

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Herbal Lemony Iced Tea (Italian Style with Prosecco)

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup parsley leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
½ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 lemon sliced in rings
1 bottle prosecco
Directions
In a medium sauce pan add basil, parsley, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. Turn off heat, cool and blend, strain. [...]

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Herbal Zaiquiri

©Zachary Sharaga, Louis 649, Alphabet City Manhattan

Ingredients

2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh sorrel simple syrup*

Directions

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a chilled flure glass. Garnish by inserting a blade of sorrel vertically into flute. (Break stem off of sorrel blade so that an approximately 1-inch tip sticks [...]

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Holiday Cocktails!

The holidays are a time for celebrating and getting all snazzed up while we mix and mingle with family & friends.  As with everything in the Ger-Nis kitchen, we want creativity to soar while keeping our work minimal and flavor maximized.  Here are some of our favorite cocktail recipes, some are indeed a bit weird [...]

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Lavender wands
Champagne, Prosecco or Cava, cold

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low. Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes. Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard. Let the lavender infused honey [...]

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Le Pruneau Homme

Ingredients
2 ounces prune infused gin (recipe follows)
2 ounces hum liquor
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cardamom ginger black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
Sparkling Wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar (recipe follows)
Gin Infused Prunes
Directions
In a shaker filled with ice, place the gin, hum liquor, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini style glass and [...]

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Lemon Verbena Basil Cava Cooler

This exotic and intoxicating cooler will wow you and it stronger than it tastes so look out!

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Moroccan “Krak” Tea

Ingredients

3 ounces Kraken rum
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce orange juice
2-3 mint leaves
1 ounce orange peel black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
2 ounces homemade ginger ale
Sparkling wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Candied Kumquats (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix together the kraken, lemon juice, orange juice, mint leaves, ginger ale and syrup and pour into an old fashioned or short class. Fill the glass [...]

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Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer
Ingredients
Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused [...]

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My Darling Lemon Thyme

©Brendan Casey, Quarter Bar, South Slope Brooklyn
Ingredients
1½ ounce gin (New York Distilling Company-Dorothy Parker)
½ ounce Carpano Antica Vermouth
2 drops of lavender infused green chartreuse*
½ ounce lemon thyme
½ ounce lemon thyme brown sugar syrup*
Lemon peel
Directions
Add all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and double strain into a chilled coupe or martini style glass. Garnish [...]

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Negro Modelo Cocktail (Mexico)

For the beer drinkers who can’t decide between beer or a cocktail, we offer a house favorite, it’s like a heavy meal with a spicy and boozy kick! Highlighting our fresh cilantro and homemade Tabasco.

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NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

Local never tasted so good with this delightful classic brunch cocktail!

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Orange Cinnamon Fennel Cava

Ingredients
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce fennel seed syrup (recipe follows)
Cava
Cinnamon dusting
Directions
Place one ounce of the orange juice and one ounce of the fennel seed syrup in a champagne glass and fill with cava. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated cinnamon.
Fennel Seed Syrup
Makes 2 cups of syrup
Ingredients
¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon [...]

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Orange Date Chmpagne Cocktail

Don’t worry I would never leave you without options for drinking your dates! This one is not the prettiest drink but is quite deliciously sweet and special! First make some date & honey puree, chopped dates boiled with some honey and pureed into a puree. Place about 1 ounce of date puree in a high [...]

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Peach Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Peach syrup
Lavender wands
Cold sparkling wine
Directions
In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low. Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes. Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard. Let the lavender infused honey stand [...]

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Pear & Cranberry Bellini

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prosecco
Directions
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add pears and cranberries and cook until soft; 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add to blender. Blend until smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Pour a small [...]

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Pear and Cranberry Bellini

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prosecco
PREPARATION
In a small saucepan, add pears and cranberries and cook until soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add to blender. Blend until smooth and strain through fine mesh strainer. Pour a small amount of strained pear/cranberry [...]

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Peruvian Pisco Sour (Peru)

Many of our products this time of year are coming from Peru including the mangoes, in light of this we thought we would add a little mango & basil to our pisco sours and top it off with some ginger bitters!

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Pisco Sour

This Peruvian specialty also has roots in Chili. Pisco is liquor distilled from grapes, namely three varietals of white grapes, including the Muscat. The Peruvians take great pride in their Pisco sour, which they keep like their ceviche, simple. While the Chileans have few different varietals of the Pisco Sour including the mango Pisco Sour and the green Chile version. Either way all Pisco sours have a few things in common: Pisco, simple syrup, lime juice (Persian variety, and egg whites and bitters).

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Pomegranate Black Pepper Sparkler

Ingredients
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Pomegranate seeds for garnish
Directions
Pour one ounce of pomegranate black pepper molasses in a champagne glass and fill with champagne. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
5 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
Directions
Place all the ingredients in [...]

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Pomegranate Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
4 tablespoons light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
Prosecco, Cava or Champagne
DIRECTIONS
In a small saucepan, combine pomegranate juice, ginger, and sugar. Bring to a boil, making sure that all sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes or until [...]

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Pomegranate Sage Manhattan

Makes 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS
For cocktail
2 sage leaves
1 ounce rye or bourbon
½ ounce sweet vermouth
Dash of angostura bitters
1 pomegranate bourbon dried cherries, for garnish
For the pomegranate bourbon dried cherries
1 cup pomegranate juice
½ cup sugar-in-the-raw
½ cup rye or bourbon
1 cup dried cherries
DIRECTIONS
Rub and crinkle one sage leaf (to release the oils) and rub it around the inside of [...]

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Ramptini

Makes one cocktail
INGREDIENTS
2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.
Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. [...]

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Raspberry Sage Prosecco

Deep aromatic sage blends in an amazingly masculine way with the femininity of the tart raspberry, sure to make a hit with the crowd.

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Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup red basil peach syrup (recipe follows)
2 bottles white wine, sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc or white table wine
1 cup Cointreau
1 peach, sliced
1 apricot, sliced
1 plum, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
¼ cup raspberries
2 cups soda water

Directions

Combine the red basil peach syrup, wine, and cointreau in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit and [...]

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Rosemary Cardamom Plus Coolers

Makes 1 cooler
Ingredients
2 ounces cardamom infused bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces honey plum syrup
Seltzer
Rosemary Sugar
Ice
Cardamom garnish
Directions
Place the gin, lemon juice and plum syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour entire contents into a tall glass rimmed with rosemary sugar and fill with seltzer. Garnish with a cardamom pod.
**Cardamom infused gin: place the [...]

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Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Makes 1 drink
INGREDIENTS
1 lime wedge
1 3-inch fresh sprig of rosemary
2 ounces gin
Tonic water
PREPARATION
Lightly crush the lime wedge and rosemary in a 10 to 12-ounce glass with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Next, add gin. Fill the glass with ice and top off with tonic water. Stir and serve.

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Russian Rhubard Grass

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn
Ingredients
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 ounces gin (New York Distilling Company – Dorothy Parker)
½ ounce Gran Classico
1 ounce Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Honey Nectar*
½ ounce lemon juice
Lemon wheel garnish
Pink Peppercorn Parsley Sugar*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters
Directions
Gently muddle about 10 mint and 10 parsley leaves [...]

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Salsify Orange Negroni

Ingredients
1 ounce Seneca Drums Gin (Finger Lakes Distilling Co.)
1 ounce Cynar
½ ounce *Salsify Orange Syrup
½ ounce Amberthorn Dry Vermouth (New York Astby Co)
Oven Dried Salsify Stick Garnish
For the Salsify Orange Syrup:
2 salsify roots, chopped
1 cup water
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange
½ cup sugar
Directions
In an old fashioned glass filled with ice place the gin and [...]

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Shaolin Shadow

INGREDIENTS
3 leaves of fresh sage
2 oz bonded rye
¾ oz aperol
½ oz Curacao
Angostura bitters
PREPARATION
Rub sage leaf around the rim of a cocktail glass and muddle that same sage in your mixing glass. Next, add the first 3 ingredients and ice, stir for 30 seconds and strain using julep strainer into chilled cocktail glass with sage rim. [...]

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Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

Makes one gallon
INGREDIENTS
1 gallon fresh apple cider
1 tart apple, sliced horizontally
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-2 cups dark rum (can be omitted for non-alcoholic version)
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Spicy Figs & Honey Sparkling Wine

Ingredients
1 ounce Spicy Bourbon Fig Honey (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Black Peppercorn Garnish
Directions
In a champagne glass place 1 ounce of the syrup and fill with sparkling wine. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg dust and a dried fig.
Spicy Bourbon Figs Honey
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
½ cup bourbon
½ cup dried figs, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon freshly grated [...]

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Spring-Thyme Detox

©Rafael Hasid, Wolf & Deer, Park Slope Brooklyn
Ingredients
6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce wiki-dandelion puree*
1 ounce lemon thyme & mint syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Lemon peel
Meyer Lemon Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters
Directions
Muddle the mint leaves in a shaker until all the oils are released from the mint. Fill the shaker with ice, kiwi-dandelion puree, vodka, lemon thyme [...]

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Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Makes 1 margarita
Perfectly simple and delicious, a fresh strawberry margarita says summer like few other things do. With eh addition of the strawberry lime salted rim this drink becomes exquisite
Ingredients

2 ounces tequila (white or pink is best)
1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or grand marinier type)
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of [...]

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Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn
Ingredients
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
3 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the [...]

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Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
1 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey
*Balsamic Syrup
*Black Pepper Sugared Pecans
For the Balsamic Syrup:
½ cup balsamic vinegar (high quality)
For the Black Pepper Sugared Pecans:
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup pecans
1 tablespoon raw or turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons black pepper, cracked
Directions
In a large mason jar, place the sweet potato, vanilla [...]

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Tarragon Apricot Bubbly & Blueberry Tarragon Bubbly

Makes several bubbly drinks
Ingredients
½ cup fresh blueberries (smashed) or fresh apricots (chopped)
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
½ cup raw or unprocessed sugar
½ cup water
Cava, champagne or prosecco
Blueberries for garnish
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine the apricots or blueberries, tarragon, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off [...]

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The Cinnamon Fig

Ingredients
3 ounces bourbon
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cinnamon stick black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce sweet cinnamon vinegar (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fig compote (recipe follows)
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
Cinnamon Black Pepper Syrup
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 [...]

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The Dirty Turnip

Ingredients
3 ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled turnip brine
Pickled Turnip Wheels
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Directions
In a glass filled with ice, add the gin and vermouth and stir. Add the turnip brine liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one pickled turnip wheel to float on the top with a cilantro leaf on top of [...]

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The Puebla Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
Cilantro
¼” strip of fresh jalapeño pepper
¾ oz lemon juice
¼ oz agave nectar
3 oz jalapeño-infused tequila
PREPARATION
Muddle the cilantro in your mixing glass with jalapeño pepper, lemon juice and agave nectar. Fill glass with ice. Add tequila. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and serve.
© Recipe courtesy of Justin [...]

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