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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Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca (Spiked with Gin)

Makes 1 pitcher

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

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

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Fresh Carrot & Lime Sodas

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 carrot juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
Ice
Seltzer water
Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the mint, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer [...]

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Fresh Mango Margarita (Rocks)

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

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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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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 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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Holiday Cocktails!

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

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Indonesian Heat Healer

The herbal flavors of Indonesia for me are the most thirst quenching of all the herbal combinations.  There is something amazingly soothing about combining mint, cilantro, thai basil and lemon grass together in a drink!
Ingredients
1 cup pineapple core simple syrup*
2 mango black tea, tea bags
2 tablespoons  fresh thai basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh [...]

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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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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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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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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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Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Makes 1 margarita
Perfectly simple and delicious, a fresh strawberry margarita says summer like few other things do. With eh addition of the strawberry lime salted rim this drink becomes exquisite
Ingredients

2 ounces tequila (white or pink is best)
1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or grand marinier type)
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of [...]

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Strawberry Sodas

Makes 1 soda
A lovely and seasonal option for sugary sodas, kids and adults won’t be able to refuse this sweet delightful drink that will forever be reminiscent of summer to your palette.
Ingredients
2-3 ounces strawberry puree (recipe follows)
Seltzer water
Ice
Directions
In a glass filled with ice combine the strawberry puree depending on sweetness either 2 or 3 ounces [...]

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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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The Dirty Turnip

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

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The Reformed Presbyterian

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

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

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Watermelon Agua Fresca Slushy (Spiked with Tequila)

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

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Watermelon Singe

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

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