Concord Grape Jack O’Lantern Punch

Makes 1 big pumpkin’s worth of punch

Ingredients

2 cups turbinado or raw sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh concord grapes, smashed
3 cardamom pods, crushed
2 cinnamon sticks, cracked
2 teaspoons nutmeg, freshly grated
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
Large Jack O Lantern, seeds removed and cleaned but not carved ( just top)
1 -2 liter seltzer water
Concord Grapes [...]

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2nd Ave Cocktail #2

INGREDIENTS
4 wheels of cucumber, 1 reserved for garnish
2 sprigs of dill
¾ oz honey syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
2½ oz gin
PREPARATION
In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber and dill with honey syrup. Next, add lime juice and gin and shake vigorously. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled cocktaile glass. Garnish with a cucumber [...]

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A Minty Twist to the Traditional Kir Royal

Toast to a happy New Year!

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Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake [...]

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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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Apple-Thyme Cider Sidecar

If you can believe it, there are several thousand varieties of apples, which can only mean one thing, more apples to choose from when designing your apple centric menu! These unforgettable seasonal recipes are made for entertaining guests, so turn on your oven, get out your peeler and start cooking up this seasons greatest menu!

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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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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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Blackberry-Sage Fumé

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 while experiencing summer’s luscious blackberry offerings.
Makes one drink
Ingredients
1 ounce tequila  blanca (*Espolon)
1 ounce mescal (*Del Maguey Minero)
1 ounce elderflower liquor
1 [...]

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Blood Orange Thyme Margarita

Makes four Margaritas

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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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Brown Sugar Ginger Rum Kumquat Mojito

Makes 5 cocktails
Ingredients

1 cup kumquats, sliced medium
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Ice
1 ¾ cups ginger infused dark rum (recipe follows)
Seltzer water
Directions

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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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Caipirinha

No meal in Bahia is complete without a Caipirinha

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Carambola Cel-Star

Ingredients
2 ½  ounces  fresh star fruit and celery juice ( 1 star fruit, 2 stalks celery, leaves and all)
2 ounces Titos vodka
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce lovage and lemon thyme syrup*
Star Fruit Garnish
Brooklyn Hemispherical Lemon Bitters
The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
Directions

In a large glass filled with ice, place the juice, vodka, lime juice and syrup [...]

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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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Citrus Basil Cocktail

Makes 2 drinks

This cocktail is an invigorating drink that will both dazzle and refresh the drinker.

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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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Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

Makes a bunch of drinks

Ingredients
1 cup concord grapes
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
Pear infused vodka
ice
Fresh lime juice
Concord grapes and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions
In a sauce pan combine and mix [...]

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Cranberry & Thyme Sparkler

Serves 6
Ingredients
½ cup cranberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 few fresh thyme sprigs
1 cinnamon stick
Sparkling water or sparkling wine
Cranberries and thyme leaves for garnish
Directions
Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, fresh thyme and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat to high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolved and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the [...]

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Cranberry Pear Thyme Champagne Cocktails

Makes 4 cocktails

Paired with a special meal like Cornish game hens and baked with citrus and herbs, these dazzling holiday cocktails set the scene for the evening.

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Cucumber Infused Gin

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
4 cups gin

Directions

Place all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 2 to 3 days.

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Dirty Texas Cowboy with Lime Pickled Jalapeno Garnish

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

For the red bell pepper infused gin
2 red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 quart gin
For the pickled jalapenos
Zest and juice of 1 lime
¼ cup water
¼ cup champagne citrus vinegar
Salt
2 jalapenos, seeds intact and sliced
For the cocktail
Ice
2 ounces bell pepper infused gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled lime jalapeno juice

Directions

For the infused gin
Place peppers [...]

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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 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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Fresh Apple Shrub

Ingredients
2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
Directions
Mash together the apples, sugars, and caraway seeds until a rough applesauce has been formed. Place the mixture in a mason jar and let sit over night in the refrigerator. Add the apple [...]

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Fresh Carrot Margarita

Ingredients

½ tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons smoked alder salt
Lime wedge
1½ ounce tequila (Centenario Rosangel)
¾ ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce fresh carrot juice
Blackberries
Mole Bitters (Brooklyn Hemispherical Blackberry Mole)*
Directions
Mix together the lime zest and the alder salt and place on a small plate.  Rub the lime wedge on the rim of a rocks glass and dip [...]

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Fresh Ginger Infused Dark Rum

Makes 1 quart
Ingredients

1 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin (does not need to be peeled)
1 quart dark rum
Directions

In jar place the fresh ginger slices. Add the dark rum and let infuse for about 4 days. Remove the ginger and store in a dark place for up to 3 months.

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Fresh Strawberry Black Pepper-Balsamic Cocktail

Ingredients

1 ½ ounce gin
1 ounce fresh strawberry puree
1 ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce basil syrup*
1/2  ounce Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar*
Rose sparkling wine
Black Pepper Dried Strawberry (recipe follows)
Directions

Place the gin, strawberry puree, lemon juice, basil syrup and shrub in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain [...]

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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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Gazpacho Spaniard with Lemon Cucumber Garnish

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 tomato cut in half
1 quart vodka
For the lemon cucumbers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup vodka
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cucumber, sliced (skin on)
For the cocktail
Ice
2 ounces cucumber-tomato infused vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled lemon cucumber juice

Directions

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka
Combine [...]

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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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Ger-Nis’ Herbal Mint Julep

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Lemon mint brown sugar (recipe follows)
4-5 fresh mint leaves
Crushed or shaved ice
½ ounce lemon mint herbal syrup (recipe follows)
2 ½ ounces bourbon (Makers Mark is our preferred choice)
Crushed or shaved ice

Directions

Wet the rim of a old fashioned or low wide mouth glass with a lemon wedge, dip [...]

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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 Citrus Basil Cosmopolitans with Citrus Basil Sugared Rims

Serve herbal sugars on the rims of fancy drinks, sprinkle over fruits or fruit salads, sprinkle on meats, vegetables and seafood before grilling to enhance cartelization, scatter on top of fresh butter cookies or pound cake, serve in little bowls for tea, or make your own flavored whipping cream by adding herbal sugar to heavy whipping cream before blending.

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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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Ginger-Thai Rhubarb Tequila Spritzer

Ingredients
1 ½  ounces tequila
1 ounce Ginger Thai Basil Syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Seltzer
Basil Sugar Lime Wheels*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters
Directions
Place the tequila, ginger basil syrup and lime juice in a tall Collins glass filled with ice and stir.  Fill the glass with seltzer and stir again.  Garnish with a basil sugared lime [...]

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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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Grapefruit Fennel Salty Dog

Ingredients
Grapefruit Zest  Pink Rim Salt*
Ice3  ounces vodka
4 ounces fresh grapefruit fennel juice ( 1 grapefruit, ¼ cup fennel, handful of fennel fronds)
Directions

Place the zested salt on a small flat plate, moisten the entire circular rim of a highball glass and then gently dip the rim in the salt until the salt is [...]

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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 Simple Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 cup water
1 cup fresh herbs leaves & stems

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how potent you wish the syrup to be.

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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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Holy Basil Nectarine Sparkler

Ingredients
1 ripe nectarine
½ cup water 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons holy basil laves ¼ cup elderflower liquor Cava
Basil Sugared Nectarines*
Directions
Make a simple syrup but thicker like a puree syrup with the nectarines water and honey, let cool.  Blend with fresh basil, lime juice [...]

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
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 at [...]

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Jalapeño Mango Margaritas

Makes 1 large pitcher

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Lavender Lemon Sugar Syrup

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons dried
Directions
In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water, lemon zest and lavender flowers warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.
*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply [...]

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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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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 & Bay Leaf Prosecco

Ingredients

1 ounce bay leaf simple syrup*
Prosecco
Bay Leaf
Directions
Place 1 ounce of bay leaf syrup in a champagne flute and fill with prosecco.  Stir and garnish with a bay leaf place inverted in the flute so that about 1 ½ inches sticks out of the top as it floats, stem side down.
*Fresh Bay Leaf [...]

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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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Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine
Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

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Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water
Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to [...]

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Mango Negroni

2 ounces mango infused gin*
1 ounce campari
1/2  ounce sweet vermouth
Mango slice garnish
In a rocks glass stir together the gin, campari and sweet vermouth.  Fill with ice and garnish with a slice of mango.
*Mango infused Gin-Place one ripe mango (chopped)  in a mason jar and fill with gin and allow to infuse for 3-4 days.

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Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

Ingredients
2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, then toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet [...]

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Maple Sage Manhattan

Makes 4 Manhattans

Paired with any steak meal this dressy drink is the perfect start to a simple yet sophisticated dinner party.

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Mexican Samurai

Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces (really good quality) Anejo Tequila
½ ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquor
1 ounce Ginger, Mango & Chili Syrup*
Juice of 1 Lime
Sake (ice cold and preferable a floral dry type)
Chili Pepper Cilantro – Lime Garnish*
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, ginger liquor, syrup and the lime juice and shake vigorously.  [...]

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Mixed Herb Bloody Marys

Makes 1 qrt Bloody Mary Mix

Heartier fare is needed for this drink so a brunch of steak and eggs is the perfect dazzler for any Sunday morning.

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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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Muddled Minted Cucumber Gin

Makes 4 Drinks

These drinks are cool and refreshing and are great paired with sushi type appetizers for any happy hour occasion.

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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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Oven Dried Salsify Sticks

Ingredients
2-3 salsify roots, scrubbed but not peeled
1 tablespoon cynar
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest
½ tablespoon coarse sugar
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 225°F. With a vegetable peeler, peel off thin long layers of the salsify root. Mix the salsify root peels with the cynar, the orange juice, the orange zest and the sugar until all [...]

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Parsley- Mint Lemon Prosecco

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
1 cup mint 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, mint, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. [...]

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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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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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Quick Pickled Turnips

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups water
¾ cup white vinegar
3 tablespoon kosher salt
2 fresh bay leaves
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, cracked
3-4 turnips, peeled and chopped
1 turnip, peeled and sliced in wheels
1 red beet slice
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin
Directions
In a small sauce pan combine the water, vinegar, and salt and heat until the salt dissolves. To the [...]

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Rampatini

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 [...]

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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 Mint Daquiri

2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup*
Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf and fresh raspberry.
* Fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup – Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest [...]

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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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Raspberry Tingle

Makes one drink
This zippy little drink is sure to refresh and enliven the pallet. The freshness of the mint, parsley and fresh lime, combined with the tangy fresh raspberries, makes your mouth tingle with completeness!
Ingredients

Crushed ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)
1 ounce sweet minty [...]

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Red Basil Summer Fruit Sangria

Makes 1 large pitcher

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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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Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Tequila Cooler

Ingredients
2 ounces tequila reposado (Centenario Rosangel)
1 ounce Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Seltzer
½ ounce Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
Lime wheel
Pink Peppercorn Cilantro Sugar*
Rhubarb Bitters
Directions
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, rhubarb syrup and lime juice and shake vigorously.  Strain into a highball glass filled with ice [...]

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Rose Berry Sangria

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
½ cup raspberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup blueberries
½ cup chopped strawberries
2 bottles of rose wine
1 bottle sparkling water
1 cup citrus herbal simple syrup
Directions
To make the herbal citrus simple syrup place a handful of herbs of choice, 1 lemon sliced, 1 orange sliced, ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan and boil [...]

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Rose Sparkler with Sweet Cilantro Syrup

Ingredients
1 ounce strawberry puree
Rose sparkling wine
Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
Directions
Place one ounce of pureed strawberries in a champagne flute and fill with rose sparkling wine.  Stir and squirt or spoon a little Sweet Cilantro syrup  on the top.

*Sweet Cilantro Syrup-In a blender blend ½ cup simple syrup, the juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 [...]

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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 Crantini

Makes 4 Crantinis

These crantinis are perfect for a sophisticated and simple evening alongside Ginger Apple Crusted Pork Loin as the main course.

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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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Sorrel French 75

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ½ ounces Fresh Sorrel Lemon Syrup*
Sparkling wine
Lemon wheel
Directions
In a shaker combine the gin and the sorrel syrup and shake vigorously until cold about 15 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned champagne glass and fill with sparkling wine.  Garnish with a lemon wheel.
*Fresh Sorrel Lemon Syrup – Combine 1 [...]

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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 Daisy

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce strawberry rhubarb syrup
1 ounce herbal syrup (parsley mint)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Lemon slices

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a low-ball glass and place a lemon slice like a lid over the drink.

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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 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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Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Ingredients

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Swedish Apple-Rottabagge

Ingredients
1 bottle of aquavit
1 rutabaga, cubed (about 2 cups worth max)
Lemon juice
*Caraway Syrup
Fresh Apple Shrub
Soda Water
Apple Slice Garnish
For the Caraway Syrup:
2 tablespoons caraway seeds, toasted
1 piece lemon peel
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
Directions
In a large mason jar, combine the aquavit and the rutabaga. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week [...]

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Sweet Delicate Friday

Makes one drink

Ingredients
Ice
1 ounce gin
1 ounce elder flower liquor
1 ounce tarragon ginger syrup (recipe follows)
Grapefruit juice (fresh)
Fresh ginger slice
Directions
Fill a medium glass or a wide mouth low glass with ice, pour in the gin and the elderflower liquor. Next add the ginger syrup and fill the glass with the grapefruit juice. Stir and [...]

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Sweet Herbal Mimosas (Lemon Thyme Orange & Basil Tangerine)

Makes 1 mimosa

Ingredients

1 ounce herbal syrup (lemon thyme or basil), recipe follows
2 ounces fresh juice (orange or tangerine)
4-6 ounces champagne, prosecco or cava

Directions

In a champagne class combine the herbal syrup and the citrus juice and fill glass with champagne, cava or prosecco.

Herbal Simple Syrup
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 [...]

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Sweet Minty Raspberry Puree

Makes one cup

Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)

Directions

Place all the puree ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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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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Tarragon Beetini

Makes 4 drinks

The beetini is a super funky and unusual drink for a super funky crowd.

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Tarragon Persimmon Bellini

Makes 4 Bellinis

Make a Sunday brunch a little bit more spectacular with these herbed up bellinis that go magnificently with eggs Florentine.

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The (Grape) Pickled Pepper

Ingredients
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cup aged white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water¾ cup turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon pink salt
1 ½ cups red or black grapes
1 ounce fresh red or black grape juice (juicer)
2 ounces Brueckelen Distilling Glorious [...]

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The 007 with Herbed Olive Garnish

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the 007
2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce herbed olive juice
Ice
3 herbed olives, for garnish
For the herbed olives
Garlic stuffed olives
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

For the 007
In a shaker combine [...]

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The Beet Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

5 red beets, washed and scrubbed
3 carrots, washed and scrubbed
1 large bunch parsley
2 cups water
1½ tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Smoky Salt
Vodka

Directions

Using a juicer, juice the beets, carrots and parsley. [...]

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The Bollywood with Star of Anise Vodka with Curried Grape Garnish

Makes one cocktail
Ingredients

For the star of anise infused vodka
5 whole star anise
1 quart vodka
For the curried grapes
½ cup anise syrup (sugar, water and star anise into a simple syrup)
¼ cup vodka
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup of whole black or purple grapes
For the cocktail
Ice
2 ½ ounces anise infused vodka
1 ½ ounce curried grapes [...]

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The Bourbon Beet

Ingredients
2 ounces bourbon (Four Roses)
½ ounce crème de violet
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce Lavender Beet Sweet Vinegar Syrup*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Blueberry Bitters (optional)
Edible Flower Garnish (violets or pansies)
Directions
Combine all ingredients (except edible flower garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail or old fashioned champagne glass. Garnish with an [...]

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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 Gentle Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix
Ingredients
4 cups tomato juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon celery salt
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon white pepper
Dash of citrus champagne vinegar
Smoky Salt
Vodka
Directions
In a [...]

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The Halle Berry with Lemon Zested Frozen Blueberry Garnish

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the raspberry infused vodka
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 quart of vodka
For the lemon blueberries
½ cup vodka
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh blueberries
For the cocktail
Ice
2 ounces raspberry infused vodka
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce blueberry juice

Directions

For the raspberry infused vodka
Combine the ingredients in a quart container and [...]

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The Lavender Beet

Ingredients
1 ounces of vodka
½ ounce lillet blanc
1 ounce lavender beet syrup*
¼ ounce fresh orange juice
½ ounce lemon juice
Orange Peel
Lavender Flower
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, lillet, beet syrup and citrus juice and shake gently until the mixture gets cold.  Strain into a low ball glass [...]

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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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The Pumpkin In the Rye

Makes a few drinks
This sweet and spicy cocktail is not for the meak and meager, bold flavors with a hint of sweetness showcases the hip comeback of ryes.  Unlike bourbon sweet disposition and scotch’s smoky temperament, rye is all about being bold and spicy, this drink is perfect for a crisp fall evening amongst friends, [...]

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The Reformed Presbyterian

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

A few fresh mint leaves
1½ ounces bourbon
¼ ounce Gran Classico
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh ginger syrup (turbinado sugar)
1 cup sugar
2 ounces seltzer
Lime peel & fresh ginger sliver garnish
Directions
Muddle a few mint leaves in a shaker. Add all other ingredients except for garnish into shaker, [...]

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The Spicy Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

4 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1½ tablespoons fresh horseradish grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press (juiced)
2 tablespoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Smoky Salt
Vodka

Directions

In a large pitcher combine [...]

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Watermelon Singe

1.5  ounces Jalapeño Infused Tequila*
.75  ounce Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
1 ounce  ounces watermelon agua fresca*
.5 ounces fresh lime juice
Watermelon Slices (thin and round)
Sugared Jalapenos*
Place all the ingredients except the watermelon slices and sugared jalapenos in a shaker filled with ice and shake.  Strain into a coupe or martini style glass. Garnish [...]

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Whiskey Citrus Basil Smash

Makes many drinks

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