Blackberry Holy Basil Rose Summer Sparkler

Ingredients

½ cup blackberries
½ cup water
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons holy basil laves
¼ cup elderflower liquor
Sparkling Rose
Lemony Basil Sugar*
Directions

Make a simple syrup but thicker like a puree syrup with the blackberries water and honey, let cool.  Blend with fresh basil, lemon juice and zest, strain and chill.  In a [...]

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Blackberry Sage Agua Fresca Sparkler ( Spiked with Elderflower Liquor and Linoncello)

Makes  1 small mason jar of mix

Ingredients
¼  cup blackberry puree
¼ cup blackberry sage syrup*
½ cup lemon juice
¼  cup limoncello
¼ cup elderflower liquor
Sparkling RoseLemony Sage Sugar*
Sage Leaf
Directions

Place all the ingredients except sparking rose and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.  Strain and chill.  Place ½ ounce of the puree in a champagne [...]

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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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Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca (Spiked with Gin)

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients
1 cup Serrano simple syrup*
2 cup waters
3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1/2  cup lime juice
2 tablespoons mint
Zest of 2 limes
Pinch of salt
Ice
1 ½ -2 cups Farmers Organic Gin
Cucumber Slice Garnish
Minted Lime Salt Garnish ( optional)*
Directions

Place the simple syrup, cucumbers, zest, mint, water [...]

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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 Mango Margarita (Rocks)

Makes a few cocktails….
Ingredients
3 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup hot water 
tequila Blanco
Coarse salt
Limes for garnish and taste
Directions
Mix together in a blender ( or with a hand held emulsifier) mangoes, lime zest and juice, orange [...]

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Holiday Cocktails!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Watermelon Agua Fresca Slushy (Spiked with Tequila)

Makes 1 pitcher
1 ½ cup  jalapeño Infused Tequila*
1/2  cup  Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
2 cups  frozen watermelon chunks
1 cup water
½  cup fresh lime juice
Sugared Jalapenos*
Place all the  ingredients except the Sugared Jalapenos in a blender and blend until smooth and slushy.  Pour into a glass and garnish with a Sugared Jalapeno
*Jalapeño Infused [...]

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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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Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
15 medium yellow tomatoes cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
15 shrimp, tail on and cleaned
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro pesto, [...]

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