Concord Grape Jack O’Lantern Punch

Makes 1 big pumpkin’s worth of punch

Ingredients

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

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2nd Ave Cocktail #2

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

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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
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice
PREPARATION
Combine all items [...]

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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
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice
Directions
Combine all items [...]

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Apple Cider Sidecar

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

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Apple Honey Cava

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

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Apple-Cranberry Bubbly

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

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Bangkok Buck #2

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

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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 stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness. Garnish [...]

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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 banana, ripe and cut [...]

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Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

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

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Blackberry Mango Mint Cava Granita

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

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Blackberry-Sage Fumé

Sweet and Smoky is the jest of this one. An intoxicating and powerful drink, its silky and sultry texture with its sweet and smoky vibe, allows one to forget the intoxication factor while experiencing summer’s luscious blackberry offerings.
Makes one drink
Ingredients
1 ounce tequila  blanca (*Espolon)
1 ounce mescal (*Del Maguey Minero)
1 ounce elderflower liquor
1 [...]

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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 and garnish with fresh [...]

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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 cilantro leaves.
Cactus Fruit Syrup
Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1-2 cactus [...]

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Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Lime Tequila Coolers

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

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Carambola Cel-Star

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

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

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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 between [...]

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Cava melon Sangria

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

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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 peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
DIRECTIONS
Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan [...]

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Cinnamon & Rosemary Plum Rose Spritzers

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

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Cinnamon Apple Pie Prosecco

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

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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. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for [...]

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Concord Grape Sparkling Rose

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

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Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

Makes a bunch of drinks

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

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

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Coriander-Chocolate Halva Liquor

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

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Cranberry & Thyme Sparkler

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

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Cranberry Gin & Tonics

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

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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
½ cucumber, ½ cup [...]

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Dried Cherry & Dried Blueberry Bubbly

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

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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 off heat and discard cinnamon stick. [...]

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Dutch Tarrazerac

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

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El Macau (Nicaragua)

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

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El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

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

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Fresh Apple Shrub

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

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FRESH 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 minutes. Drink warm or cool and serve over [...]

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Frozen Mango Margaritas

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

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Fume Y Flor (Mexico)

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

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Ger-Nis Herbal Pisco Sour

Makes one drink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Ger-Nis’ Herbal Mint Julep

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Ginger & Lemon Thyme Rye Mini Pesto Elixir

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

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Ginger 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 for about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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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 honey with ¼ cup hot water until emulsified. Cool.

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Ginger Pear Asian Martini Cocktail (The Gingy)

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

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Ginger-Beet Cava with Fresh Tarragon Orange Zest

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

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Ginger-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 peel off. Chop ginger up into small chunks, lime [...]

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Gingito (Dominican Republic)

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

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Grapefruit & Fennel 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 and water.  Bring to a [...]

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Grapefruit Fennel Salty Dog

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

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

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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 to grapefruit juice.
To serve, fill a glass with ice [...]

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Harissa & Preserved Lemon Mint Martini

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

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Herbal 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 for about 8 minutes. Turn off heat, cool and blend, strain. [...]

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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

In a medium sauce pan place the fresh herbs (leave the reserved herbs [...]

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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
In a medium sauce pan place the fresh herbs (leave the reserved herbs [...]

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Herbal Zaiquiri

©Zachary Sharaga, Louis 649, Alphabet City Manhattan

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

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

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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 fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large [...]

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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 boiling water over the spicebush leaves. Cover [...]

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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 lid and shake to combine. Chill and serve cold.
© Recipe [...]

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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 cheesecloth, and set this ginger essence aside. [...]

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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 the water is reduced by about one-half. Strain [...]

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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 in a blender and strain through a [...]

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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 simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and [...]

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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 into rocks glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish [...]

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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 about 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain, let [...]

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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, stir well.
Serve over ice with lavender wand.
Lavender Lemon [...]

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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, stir well. Serve over ice with lavender wand.

Lavender [...]

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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, orange juice, lemon juice and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place [...]

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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 continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes. [...]

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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 pan add 1 cup water, the myrtle tea, lavender leaves and vanilla [...]

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Le Pruneau Homme

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

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Le Pruneau Homme

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

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Lemon 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 and garnish with lemon thyme leaves.

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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 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
PREPARATION
In a medium saucepan, over [...]

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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 mashed blackberries to sparkling lemonade recipe
Ginger Grapefruit-ade
Substitute 1 cup of [...]

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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 Syrup
INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime zest
PREPARATION
In a [...]

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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 honey and stir until totally dissolved. Fill pitcher [...]

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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 into small pieces. Taste for sugar. Serve in tall [...]

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Mango Negroni

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

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Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

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

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Maple & 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 a baking sheet and roast for [...]

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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 chocolate, whisking continuously until all [...]

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Moroccan “Krak” Tea

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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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 about 10-15 minutes. Strain and serve in a glass [...]

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Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

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

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My Darling Lemon Thyme

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

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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 to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about [...]

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Negro Modelo Cocktail (Mexico)

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

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NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

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

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Orange Cinnamon Fennel Cava

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

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Orange 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 all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a [...]

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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 sliced oranges. Pour just boiled water over all [...]

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Peach Honey & Lavender Champagne

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

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Pear & Cranberry Bellini

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

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Pear and Cranberry Bellini

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

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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 a glass with ice, and add 3 to 4 [...]

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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 serve scrape with fork. Garnish with [...]

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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
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to [...]

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Pomegranate Ginger Champagne Cocktail

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

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Pomegranate Sage Manhattan

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

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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 a fine mesh strainer. Bottle and refrigerate.
*To [...]

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Quick Pickled Turnips

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

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Ramptini

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

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Raspberry Mint Daquiri

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

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Raspberry Sage Prosecco

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

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Raspberry Tingle

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

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

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Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Rose Berry Sangria

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

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Rosemary Cardamom Plus Coolers

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

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Rosemary Gin & Tonic

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

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Russian Rhubard Grass

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

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Salsify Orange Negroni

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

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Shaolin Shadow

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

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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 well.
Serve over ice with herb sugared lemon wedge.
Lemon Sugar [...]

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Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

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

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Spicy Figs & Honey Sparkling Wine

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

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Spring 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 simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool [...]

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Spring-Thyme Detox

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

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Strawberry 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 to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. [...]

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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 the strawberries, sugar, zest and basil until a smooth paste [...]

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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
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a medium heavy bottom [...]

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Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

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

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Strawberry 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, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiling [...]

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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 of choice.

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Swedish Apple-Rottabagge

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

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Sweet Delicate Friday

Makes one drink

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

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Sweet Potato Mash

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

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Tarragon Apricot Bubbly & Blueberry Tarragon Bubbly

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

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Tarragon 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 sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup [...]

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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 the mixture and allow to cool [...]

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The (Grape) Pickled Pepper

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

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The Beet Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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The Cinnamon Fig

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

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The Dirty Turnip

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

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The Gentle Bloody Mary

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

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The Puebla Cocktail

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

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The Pumpkin In the Rye

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

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The Spicy Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a large pitcher combine [...]

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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, coffee, milk & agave mixture. Shake well and serve over [...]

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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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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 combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow [...]

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