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 ( […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 together the concord grapes, sugar, water, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 & […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Whiskey Citrus Basil Smash

Makes many drinks

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