Blackberry Holy Basil Rose Summer Sparkler

Ingredients

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

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

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

Makes  1 small mason jar of mix

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

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

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Cinnamon Basil Grilled Plums and Sichuan Pepper Ice Cream & Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

Serves 6-8 , makes 1 quart
Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh cinnamon basil, chopped fine
2-3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons  Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon pink salt
2 pounds red flesh plums, halved
½ cup of honey or cinnamon basil syrup  ( Field Apothecary)
2 cups heavy cream
Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble
Directions

On a large plate [...]

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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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Holy Basil Nectarine Sparkler

Ingredients
1 ripe nectarine
½ cup water 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons holy basil laves ¼ cup elderflower liquor Cava
Basil Sugared Nectarines*
Directions
Make a simple syrup but thicker like a puree syrup with the nectarines water and honey, let cool.  Blend with fresh basil, lime juice [...]

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Indian Summer Ratatouille

This version of the traditional fresh Provencal vegetable stew is both easy and tasty as well and utilizes the best of the late summer/early fall bounty!

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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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Middle Eastern Frozen Lemonade

Makes enough for your freezer to make a few pitchers

This is a take on the classic Middle Eastern frozen mint lemonade that is found throughout all parts of the Middle East, fresh and cold and always delightful.  This recipe allows for ease in the summer as you through the ice cubes in the blender [...]

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Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

INGREDIENTS
1½ cup (6 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until [...]

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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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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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