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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Agua de Valencia

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

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Almond Recovery Smoothie

Makes 4 cups INGREDIENTS ½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds 2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder ½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries 1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional) 1 banana, chopped 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt […]

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Almond Recovery Smoothie

Makes 4 cups Ingredients ½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds 2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder ½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries 1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional) 1 banana, chopped 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt […]

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Apple Cider Sidecar

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

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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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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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Basil Lime Sodas & Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

Makes 1 soda Ingredients Herbal melon ice cubes Juice of 1 lime 2 ounces basil lime syrup Soda water Melon ball ice cubes Directions Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a large glass filled with herbal melon ice cubes. Place 2 ounces of the basil lime syrup inside and fill with soda water and […]

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Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

Makes 3-4 milkshakes Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts. Ingredients 1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped 1 […]

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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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Blueberry Mint Cavatini

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

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Blueberry Rickey

INGREDIENTS 2 liters seltzer water 2 cups lime simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 T lime zest) 2 cups fresh blueberries Fresh mint leaves for garnish PREPARATION Smash blueberries in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a pitcher, add seltzer, lime simple syrup and smashed blueberries. Pour rickey over ice and blueberries […]

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Brandy Milk Punch

Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients 1 cup brandy 1 cup dark rum 1⁄3 cup white créme de cacao ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups whole milk Directions Place all ingredients in a large pitcher and put into tall glasses over ice! Recipe by Paul Clarke, seriouseats.com (adapted)

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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) Cilantro Lime Tequila Coolers

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

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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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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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Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

Makes 4 sodas Ingredients ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine 2 cups orange juice ¼ cup honey (optional) 4-6 carrots (medium sized) Ice Seltzer water Directions Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice […]

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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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Chai

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 2 cups milk 1 cup water 1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half 9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open 7 whole cloves A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks 6 black […]

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Cinnamon & Rosemary Plum Rose Spritzers

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

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Cinnamon Apple Pie Prosecco

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

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Citrus Thai Basil Iced Tea

Makes 4-6 drinks Ingredients 2 Thai tea bags 2 tablespoons orange zest ½ cup orange juice ½ cup thai basil leaves ½ cup turbinado sugar 4 cups water 1 cup coconut milk Ice Directions In a large sauce pan place the tea bags, orange zest, juice, thai basil leaves, sugar and 2 cups of water. […]

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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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Coriander-Chocolate Halva Liquor

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

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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 Gin & Tonics

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

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Detox Shots

Makes one shot Beet Basil Shot ½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme ¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves Lemon Ginger Mint ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint Cucumber Parsley Mint […]

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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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Dried Cherry Cola

Makes 4 colas Ingredients 2 tablespoons sucanat (raw unrefined sugar) 1 cinnamon stick 2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped ½ cup water Ice Seltzer Directions In a small sauce pan combine sucanat, cinnamon stick, cherries and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low heat and let simmer for about 3 -4 minutes. Take […]

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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 Macau (Nicaragua)

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

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El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

Ingredients 1 lemon, halved and sliced thin 1 lime, halved and sliced thin 1 orange, halved and sliced thin 1 mandarin, halved and sliced thin 8 kumquats, halved 1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed small 2-3 kaffir lime leaves 1 bottle Dorothy Parker Gin (New York Distilling Co.) *Rosemary Sugar Salt *Rosemary Syrup Fresh […]

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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 GINGER LEMON ICED TEA

Sometimes inspiration is sought, and sometimes inspiration appears before you and you must figure out what to do with it. I like both avenues in which it is delivered. Often the later is challenging, but and can also give witness to some of the best creativity one has to offer. We have recently begun to import Organic Ginger form Peru. We are proud to support local indigenous growers in and around the Amazon while they sustainably raise and farm ginger organically for export. Thus ginger has suddenly appeared in my life in large quantities than ever before. Suddenly I use ginger often in my life; I cook with it, bake with it, use it in drinks and even make some bath and beauty recipes with it. That being said I had never worked with it on a grand scale.
I recently brought to the culinary center a pretty substantial amount of ginger. The ginger is so fresh it drips when you cut it open, it is the yellow variety (there is also a white variety of ginger) and the skin is super soft as it is so fresh.
As we are generally against wasting, we can sometimes be found sitting around wondering what to do with all kinds of things and we found ourselves with ginger on the brain. It wasn’t a far stretch to come up with cool refreshing drinks, as its been hot out and we are all pretty thirty around here, and were looking for things that are truly thirst quenching as opposed to just wet. We were tired of lemonade and regular old iced tea. So I remembered the ginger lemon iced tea that I had when I was on the Island of Mauritius and that is where the inspiration began.
We decided we would experiment with ginger drinks; spicy & cooling and ultimately refreshing. The end result our Recipe(s) of the month!

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Fresh Lemon Grass Ginger Tea

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 tablespoon fresh lemon grass bulb, sliced thin 1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced super thin 2 tablespoons lemon grass (grass) 1 green tea bag 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar Directions In a large French press, place all ingredients and cover with hot (just before boiling) water. Allow to steep for about 8 […]

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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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Fume Y Flor (Mexico)

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

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Ger-Nis Herbal Pisco Sour

Makes one drink Ingredients 2½ ounces Pisco ½ ounce herbal simple syrup Juice of 2-3 limes 1 egg white Bitters Directions In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a 6 ounce glass and drop a few drops of bitters on the top of the frothed […]

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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 Ale

Sometimes inspiration is sought, and sometimes inspiration appears before you and you must figure out what to do with it. I like both avenues in which it is delivered. Often the later is challenging, but and can also give witness to some of the best creativity one has to offer. We have recently begun to import Organic Ginger form Peru. We are proud to support local indigenous growers in and around the Amazon while they sustainably raise and farm ginger organically for export. Thus ginger has suddenly appeared in my life in large quantities than ever before. Suddenly I use ginger often in my life; I cook with it, bake with it, use it in drinks and even make some bath and beauty recipes with it. That being said I had never worked with it on a grand scale.
I recently brought to the culinary center a pretty substantial amount of ginger. The ginger is so fresh it drips when you cut it open, it is the yellow variety (there is also a white variety of ginger) and the skin is super soft as it is so fresh.
As we are generally against wasting, we can sometimes be found sitting around wondering what to do with all kinds of things and we found ourselves with ginger on the brain. It wasn’t a far stretch to come up with cool refreshing drinks, as its been hot out and we are all pretty thirty around here, and were looking for things that are truly thirst quenching as opposed to just wet. We were tired of lemonade and regular old iced tea. So I remembered the ginger lemon iced tea that I had when I was on the Island of Mauritius and that is where the inspiration began.
We decided we would experiment with ginger drinks; spicy & cooling and ultimately refreshing. The end result our Recipe(s) of the month!

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Ginger Beet Prosecco

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

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Ginger Blackberry Sparkling Wine (Argentina)

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

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Ginger Infused Mulled Wine

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

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Ginger Mint Iced Tea

Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients 1 large bunch of fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ cup lemon juice ¼ cup fresh grated ginger 1 cup Honey Syrup* Water Directions Combine all ingredients except water in a pitcher and stir well. Add ice and then fill with water. *Honey Syrup – Whisk together 1 cup […]

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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-Lime Basil Coolers

Makes One Pitcher Ingredients 2 chunks of fresh ginger the size of a small sized hand each 2 cups fresh basil leaves 1 cup sugar 3-4 lime juiced 2 liters seltzer water 2 cups water Directions Wash and scrub ginger well, remove skin by scraping ginger with a spoon, not worrying too much about getting […]

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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 Frond Soda

Grapefruit Fennel Frond Soda Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine ½ cup sugar ¾ cup water 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice ½ cup fresh fennel juice (juiced with fennel fronds)  Ice Seltzer water Directions In a medium sauce pan combine the mint, ginger, sugar […]

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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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Grapefruit Tarragon Soda

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS ½ cup water 1 cup sugar 2 fresh tarragon sprigs 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice Ice Soda water DIRECTIONS In a small saucepan over medium heat, add water, sugar, and tarragon, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with tarragon. Strain syrup and cool. Once chilled, add tarragon syrup […]

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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 Lemonade

Makes 1 gallon Ingredients 1 cup herbal syrup (herbs of choice) 2 cups lemon juice 10 cups water 2 cups ice Herbs for garnish Directions Mix together the herbal syrup and the lemon juice and fill pitcher with ice and water, garnish with herb leaves!

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Herbal Lemony Iced Tea (Italian Style with Prosecco)

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

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Herbal Ouzo Lemonade

Makes one pitcher of lemonade Ingredients ½ cup fresh tarragon leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved ½ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved ½ cup fresh thai basil leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved 1⁄3 cup water 1⁄3 cup sugar 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup simple syrup 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1½ cups ouzo Ice Directions […]

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Herbal Ouzo Lemonade

Makes one pitcher of lemonade Ingredients ½ cup fresh tarragon leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved ½ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved ½ cup fresh thai basil leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved 1⁄3 cup water 1⁄3 cup sugar 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup simple syrup 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1½ cups ouzo Ice Directions […]

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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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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers ½ cup wildflower honey Lavender wands Champagne, Prosecco or Cava, cold Directions In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low. Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes. Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers […]

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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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Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

Makes 12 drinks Ingredients 2 cups rice 6 cups water 1 cup mango puree ¾ cup sugar 2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon 1 fresh vanilla bean Directions Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a […]

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Iced Spicebush Tea

Makes 1 quart Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves don’t dry well, so we only get to enjoy this delicately flavored iced tea during the growing season. Ingredients 6-7 fresh spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves 1 quart boiling water Honey to taste Directions Lightly crush the leaves and place them in a heat-proof jar or container. Pour the […]

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Indian Fruit Punch

Makes about 2½ quarts INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh raspberry juice 2 cups fresh strawberry juice 2 cups fresh mango juice 2 cups fresh banana-mango or other banana fruit juice 1 cup fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup 1 cup heavy cream DIRECTIONS Combine all of the ingredients in a large plastic pitcher with a […]

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Indian Lemonade

Makes 1½ Quarts INGREDIENTS 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 41⁄3 cup water 2 cups sugar 1 cup lemon, lime, or Key Lime juice, or any combination DIRECTIONS Combine the ginger and 1⁄3 cup water in a blender, and process to a paste. Strain through a very fine strainer or stainer lined with […]

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Indian Rose Milk

Serves 6 to 8 INGREDIENTS 1 pound unsprayed or pesticide-free, fragrant and dried rose petals, washed and drained 4 cups water 2 cups sugar, or to taste ½ cup rose water 4 cups chilled whole milk DIRECTIONS Combine the rose petals and the water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, and cook until […]

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Italian Fig Soda

Ingredients 5 ripe black figs, ripe, sweet and quartered ½ cup turbinado sugar 1 cup water Soda water Ice Directions Place water, sugar and figs in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Blend the mixture […]

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Jasmine Peach Iced Tea

Makes 1 gallon Ingredients 1 cup ripe peaches, chopped 1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar 1 cup water 2 jasmine tea bags Ice Water Peaches for garnish Directions In a medium saucepan combine the peaches, sugar, and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the tea bags in the syrup and let […]

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King’s Country Buck

INGREDIENTS Fresh ginger Fresh basil ¾ oz lime juice 1½ oz dark rum ¾ oz Madeira Ginger beer Lime wheels, for garnish PREPARATION In a mixing glass, muddle a thin strip of fresh ginger and 3 leaves of fresh basil with lime juice. Next, add rum, Madeira and icem and shake vigorously. Strain over ice […]

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Lavender Lemon Pastis

Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 cup water 1 tablespoon lavender flowers 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 cup sugar 2 ounces pastis (ricard) 4 ounces cold water Directions Make the simple syrup by adding the water, lavender, lemon zest and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for […]

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Lavender Lemonade

Makes ½ Gallon INGREDIENTS 1 cup lavender lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*) 1 cup lemon juice (10 to 12 big juicy lemons) 1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 5 cups water 2 cups sparkling water PREPARATION In a one gallon pitcher combine lavender lemon sugar syrup, lemon juice, lavender flowers, water, and sparkling water, […]

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Lavender Lemonade

Makes ½ Gallon Ingredients 1 cup lavender lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*) 1 cup lemon juice (10 to 12 big juicy lemons) 1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 5 cups water 2 cups sparkling water Directions In a one gallon pitcher combine lavender lemon sugar syrup, lemon juice, lavender flowers, water, and sparkling water, […]

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Lavender Orange Herbal Iced Tea With Orange Twists

Makes 1 large pitcher Ingredients ¼ cup fresh lavender flowers 1 tablespoon orange zest ½ cup orange juice 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar 1 cup water 2 earl grey tea bags Ice Water Orange Twists for garnish Directions In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, sugar, orange zest, […]

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Lavender Peach Soda

Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients ¼ cup fresh lavender flowers 2 ripe peaches, chopped 1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar 1 cup water Ice Water Directions In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, peaches, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and […]

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serves 4-5 INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1 lemon myrtle tea bag or 1 tablespoon lemon myrtle tea 1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves 1 vanilla bean, split open ½ cup light brown sugar 4 cups milk 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine Lavender leaves, for garnish Bee pollen, for garnish (optional) DIRECTIONS In a large sauce […]

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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 Thyme Coolers

Makes 4 coolers Ingredients 1 cup Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup 1 tablespoon lemon zest Juice of 2 lemons Ice Seltzer Lemon thyme leaves Directions Place ¼ cup lemon thyme simple syrup in a tall glass, add ½ teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice fill the glass with ice and then seltzer, stir well […]

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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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Lemonade

Makes 1 Gallon INGREDIENTS 2 cups lemon sugar syrup, recipe below 2 tablespoons lemon zest 2 cups lemon juice (20 big juicy lemons) 12 cups water PREPARATION In a one gallon pitcher combine lemon sugar syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice, and water, stir well. Serve over ice with lemon wedge. Lemon Sugar Syrup INGREDIENTS 1 […]

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Lemonades – Creative Ideas

Here’s your chance to get creative. Blueberry Lemon Sparkle Just add mashed blueberries to sparkling lemonade recipe Raspberry Mint Lemon Sparkle Just add mashed raspberries and chopped mint to sparkling lemonade recipe Tropical Mango Limeade Just add pureed mango to limeade recipe Waterme-lemonade Just add pureed watermelon to lemonade recipe Blackberry Fizz Lemonade Just add […]

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Limeade

Makes ½ Gallon INGREDIENTS 1 cup lime sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*) 2 tablespoons lime zest ½ cup lime juice (10 to 15 juicy limes) 7 cups water PREPARATION In a half gallon pitcher combine lime sugar syrup, lime zest, lime juice, and water, stir well. Serve over ice with lime wedge. Lime Sugar […]

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Lo-Cal Milkshake

Serves 6 Ingredients ½ cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped (optional flavor choice) 2 tablespoons chocolate powder (optional flavor choice) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups low fat milk 1 cup ice ¼ cup honey 1 pinch of salt Directions Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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Mango Agua Fresca

Makes 1 gallon INGREDIENTS 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and pureed Zest and juice of 2-3 limes ½ cup honey or light brown sugar 1 cup hot water Gallon of ice cold water DIRECTIONS In a gallon pitcher combine the pureed mangoes, the lime juice and zest and the hot water, add the sugar or […]

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Mango Lassi

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 3 cups plain yogurt Juice of ½ lemon 1 cup canned mango pulp (preferably Ratna Alfonso brand) ½ cup cold water 20 ice cubes ¼ cup sugar, or to taste DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process until the yogurt is frothy and the ice is is crushed […]

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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 & Roasted Parsnip Soda 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 Soda Water Directions Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on […]

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Minted Iced Cocoa

Makes 4 iced cocoas Ingredients 4 cups skim milk ½ cup fresh mint leaves ¼ cup sugar 4 ounces dark chocolate Directions In a medium sauce pan combine the milk, mint leaves and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Remove mint leaves and add dark […]

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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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Mulled Hot Apple Cider

Makes 1 quart INGREDIENTS 1 quart fresh apple cider 1 cinnamon stick 3 cloves 1 star anise 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated 1 to 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced thin (peeled or not peeled) PREPARATION Place all items in a large pot on high heat. When mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for […]

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Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

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

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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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Natural Cola

Makes many colas Ingredients 3-4 cloves 1 cup molasses 2 cinnamon sticks ½ cup sugar ½ cup water Seltzer water Directions In a sauce pan combine cloves and molasses and simmer for about eight minutes, take off heat and cool, discard cloves. At the same time combine the cinnamon sticks, water and sugar and bring […]

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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 Cinnamon Fennel Soda

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of fennel seed syrup with 2 ounces fresh orange juice and fill with seltzer and stir! Fennel Seed Syrup Makes 2 cups of syrup Ingredients ¾ cup sugar 1½ cups water ¼ cup orange juice 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed Directions Place […]

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Orange, Ginger, Mint Honey Tea

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups) Ingredients ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon dried orange peel (optional) 2 slices fresh orange slices 1 slice fresh or dried ginger 3 tablespoons honey Hot, just boiling water Directions In the French press or another tea pot, place fresh mint leaves, ginger and orange peel and […]

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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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Pear and Cranberry Bellini

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

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Persian Lime-Ginger Soda

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed 1½ cups sugar 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced Ice Soda water DIRECTIONS In a small saucepan over medium heat, add lime juice, sugar, and ginger, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with ginger. Strain, and cool. To serve, fill […]

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Peruvian Pisco Sour (Peru)

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

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Pisco Sour

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

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Pomegranate & Tangerine Granita

Makes 3 cups. INGREDIENTS 1 cup fresh pomegranate juice 2 cups fresh tangerine juice, pulp included ½ cup honey PREPARATION Whisk together honey and about ½ cup of the tangerine juice until honey is dissolved, add remaining juice. Pour into a metal pan with sides and allow to freeze, scraping with a fork occasionally. To […]

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Pomegranate Black Pepper Soda

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of pomegranate black pepper molasses with 2 ounces fresh pomegranate juice and gill with seltzer and stir! 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 […]

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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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Prosecco with Lovage Syrup

Ingredients ½ cup lovage leaves and more for garnish 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Sparkling wine Lemon peel Directions Place water, sugar and lovage leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain through […]

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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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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 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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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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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 Gin & Tonic

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

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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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Sparkling Lemonade

Makes 1 Gallon INGREDIENTS 2 cups lemon juice (20 big juicy lemons) 1 tablespoon baking soda 2 cups lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*) 2 tablespoons lemon zest 6 cups water 6 cups sparkling water PREPARATION In a one gallon pitcher combine lemon juice, baking soda, lemon sugar syrup, lemon zest, and water, stir […]

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Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

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

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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 Sorrel & Lemon Soda Pop

Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ cup lemon juice 1 large bunch fresh sorrel leaves 4-6 cups seltzer water Lemon wheel garnish Directions Combine water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and […]

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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 Basil Fizzy

Makes 1 pitcher Ingredients ½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine ½ cup sugar, chopped fine ½ cup water Zest of 1 lime or lemon Juice of 1 lime or lemon 2 cups ice Seltzer water Directions In a small saucepan combine strawberries, basil sugar and water and bring […]

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Makes 1 Large Pitcher INGREDIENTS 1½ cup of sugar 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered 10 lemons, halved and seeds removed 1 tablespoon lemon zest ¼ cup fresh basil leaves , chopped fine 15 -20 cups of water PREPARATION Juice the lemons with a hand juicer, set aside. In a medium wooden bowl mash […]

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Strawberry Mint Fizz

Makes 1 serving INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons strawberry syrup, recipe below Juice of 1 lime 3 tablespoons roughly chopped mint 1 cup chilled sparkling water PREPARATION In a tall glass muddle strawberry syrup, lime juice and mint. Fill glass with ice and sparkling water, stir well and serve. Strawberry Syrup INGREDIENTS ¼ cup fresh strawberries, mashed […]

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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 Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups) Ingredients ¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced) ¼ cup fresh thyme leaves 1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger ½ lemon sliced 2 tablespoons honey Hot, just boiling water Directions In the Fresh press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, […]

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Summer Berry Coolers

Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 ounce lemon juice 2 ounces berry syrup of choice (simple syrup with berries) Seltzer water Ice Berries for garnish Directions In a 10-12 ounce glass filled with ice pour 1 ounce of lemon juice and 2 ounces of berry syrup fill with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a berry […]

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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 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 Peach Herbal Iced Tea

Makes 1 pitcher Tarragon and mint have a history of being a truly refreshing duo in the dead of summer’s heat. The addition of summer sweet peaches only makes for a sweeter ad perhaps more sultry experience! Ingredients ¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves ½ cup fresh mint leaves ½ cup sliced peaches 1 cup turbinado […]

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Thai Iced Tea

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cup thai tea leaves 3 cups water, hot but not boiling ¼ cup turbinado sugar 2 cups sweetened condensed milk Directions Place the tea leaves and sugar in a bowl and place the 3 cups of hot water over the leaves. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until steeped. Strain […]

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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 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 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 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 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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Vanilla Spiced Ice Coffee with Agave

Makes 4 Ingredients 4 cups leftover coffee 2 cups of ice 1 teaspoon agave syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon allspice ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ½ cup almond milk Directions In a small ramekin mix agave, vanilla & spices until they are all combined. In a martini shaker place a few cubes of ice, […]

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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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Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS ½ cup honey 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent) ¼ cup citrus zest 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine DIRECTIONS Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well […]

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