Lavender Beet Sweet Vinegar Syrup

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Ingredients

¼ cup beet juice
1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers (1-2 teaspoons dried)
½ cup black current vinegar

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the beet juice, sugar, water, orange juice and zest and lavender flowers and bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and add in vinegar.  Simmer for about 8 minutes and bring to a low boil for 3 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain.


Spring Herbal Pavlova Cups with Rhubarb Rosemary Granita and Beet Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

pavlova

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For pavlovas

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

For granita

2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped fine


Directions


For pavlovas


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and herbs. Set aside. In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat. Continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating. For serving, place a little granita in a pavlova cup and drizzle a little lavender syrup on top. Garnish with some fresh herbs.


For granita


In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.


Beet  Lavender Flower Syrup


Ingredients


½ cup honey
1 cup water
1 medium beet chopped
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped


Directions


In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Orange Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 cup water
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

Crenshaw & Basil Frozen Ice

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 cups crenshaw melon, cubed in 1 inch cubes and frozen solid overnight (or other melon)
1 cup simple syrup (infused with basil a plus)
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and icy. Be careful not to over blend as the frozen honey dew will melt quickly. Make sure you chop the basil fine before placing in blender to avoid needing to over blend. Serve immediately, garnish with a basil leaf.

Stone Fruit Herbal Sodas

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces herbal stone fruit syrup of choice
Soda water
Stone fruit garnish of choice

Directions

Pour two ounces of the stone fruit herbal syrup on a large glass filled with ice. Fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness, stir and garnish with a piece of stone fruit or an herb leaf.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the rosemary, sugar, water and plums in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Syrup

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the rosemary, sugar, water and plums in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Blueberry Ginger Maple Syrup

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup blueberry puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In small saucepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Lavender Lemon Sugar Syrup

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons dried

Directions

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water, lemon zest and lavender flowers warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 let stand unrefrigerated for about 1-2 hours. Add soda water just before serving and serve either tepid or over ice, but do not refrigerate.

Red Basil Peach Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Red Basil Peach Syrup

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Greek Style Baklava

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the filling

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla

For the pastry

1 package phyllo pastry
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

For the syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a layer of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon oven baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.
Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Raspberry Tingle

May 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 raspberry puree (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini style cocktail or dainty low ball glass. No garnish!

Sweet Minty Raspberry Puree

Makes one cup

Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)

Directions

Place all the puree ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

May 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh strawberries, mashed
¼ cup fresh rhubarb, chopped
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium heavy bottom saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend and cool until ready to use.

Cinnamon Basil Syrup

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup syrup

Ingredients

½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water
½ cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves

Directions

Place water, sugar and cinnamon basil leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain out basil leaves. Bottle and refrigerate.

Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Herbal Simple Syrup

April 27th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 cup water
1 cup fresh herbs leaves & stems

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how potent you wish the syrup to be.

Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Lime Tequila Coolers

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup water
1 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat add cactus fruit, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Cool, blend and strain.

Lime Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup lime juice
1 cup sugar-in-the-raw
2 tablespoons lime zest

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add lime juice, sugar-in-the-raw and lime zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

Gingito (Dominican Republic)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces ginger black pepper infused dark rum, recipe below
1 ounce ginger red basil cinnamon syrup, recipe below
1 ounce lime juice
Ginger, clove, black pepper bitters
Lime peel, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine all items in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a martini style glass and place a few drops of the ginger, clove, black pepper bitters on top. Garnish with a lime peel.

Ginger, Black Pepper Rum

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

½ cup ginger, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
4 cups Dark Rum

DIRECTIONS

Spice all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 5-7 days. 5 days for less spicy, 7 days for spicier.

Ginger Red Basil Cinnamon Syrup

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup ginger, sliced
½ cup red basil
3 cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan place all ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Fume Y Flor (Mexico)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce cilantro jalapeño infused tequila Blanco, recipe below
1 ounce mescal
1 ounce elderflower liquor
½ ounce hibiscus honey syrup, recipe below
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agaves syrup

DIRECTIONS

Shake in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini style glass and garnish with a dried hibiscus flower leaf.

Cilantro Jalapeño Infused Tequila

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 jalapeños, deseeded and sliced thin
½ cup cilantro leaves and stems
4 cups tequila Blanco

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a quart jar. Let stand about 4-6 days. Less days for less heat, 6 days for the hottest!

Hibiscus Honey Syrup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup honey
¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan place all ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Peruvian Pisco Sour (Peru)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

1½ ounces pisco
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce mango puree, recipe below
½ ounce basil syrup, recipe below
1 egg white
Ginger, clove, black pepper bitters

DIRECTIONS

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker and strain into a martini style glass. Add a few dashes of ginger clove black pepper bitters.

Mango Puree

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 to 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
Water

DIRECTIONS

Place mangoes in blender and blend until smooth. If too thick, add water to make a thinner consistency.

Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup basil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan place all ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

El Macau (Nicaragua)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

1½ ounces of ginger infused white rum, recipe below
1 ounce mango juice
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce ginger syrup, recipe below
Lime peel, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Shake together in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a lowball glass with ice. Garnish with a lime peel.

Ginger Infused White Rum

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

½ cup ginger, peeled and sliced
4 cups white rum

DIRECTIONS

Place peeled and sliced ginger (sliced thin but not too thin) in a quart jar, fill with white rum and let infuse about 5-7 days. 5 days for less spicy, 7 days for spicier.

Ginger Syrup

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup fresh ginger, sliced
3 cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Caramelized Apple Buckwheat Crepes with Light Rosemary Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until cold before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used.

For the caramelized apples

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped super fine
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ apple cider

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add apples and cook for a few minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, rosemary and nutmeg. Continue to cook apples, until slightly golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add apple cider and turn up heat a bit until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

For the light rosemary cream

INGREDIENTS

½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon syrup from caramelized apples
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

To assemble crepes

Place a little bit of the apple mixture in a crepe and fold over. Spoon some light rosemary cream over the top.

Pisco Sour

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one drink.

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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.

Pisco Sour

NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Peach Tarragon Syrup
Prosecco or Cava

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of peach tarragon syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco or cava.
For the syrup place 1 fresh peach sliced thin & ½ cup fresh tarragon in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Ginger Beet Prosecco

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Ginger beet syrup
Prosecco

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of ginger beet syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco.
For the ginger beet syrup place 2 tablespoon grated & peeled fresh ginger & 2 medium peeled red beets cut into cubes in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Strawberry Mint Fizz

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 saucepan.
Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Blend and cool till ready to use.

Strawberry Mint Fizz

Sparkling Lemonade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water and lemon zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved.
Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Sparkling Lemonade

Limeade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water and lime zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved.
Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Lemonade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 medium-low heat, add sugar, water and lemon zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved.
Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Lemonade

Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes with Ginger Maple Syrup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-8 cakes

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, making sure to break up eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry along with grated ginger and stir. (Place all ingredients in a large measuring cup for easy pour). Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve with ginger maple syrup.

Ginger Maple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon grated ginger

PREPARATION

In small sauepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Red Basil Iced Tea

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

5 Bags Earl Grey Tea
8 cups water
1 cup Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Brew Earl Grey Tea in 8 cups of water, steep and cool. In a pitcher over ice, add tea and Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup.

Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup red basil leaves
1 tablespoon peeled ginger root, chopped

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm through until sugar is dissolved and red basil and ginger are infused. Take off heat and cool. Strain before using.

Red Basil Iced Tea

Red Basil Syrup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh red basil leaves

PREPARATION

Place water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.Reduce heat to medium.

Once all the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add red basil leaves.Cover your pan and steep to desired strength. Strain out your red basil leaves and cool. Bottle and refrigerate.

Strawberries in Basil Syrup

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
a pint of fresh washed and hulled strawberries
basil

PREPARATION

Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes (longer if you would like the syrup stronger). Take out the basil and add a pint of fresh washed and hulled strawberries.

Doce de Banana in Syrup

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of sugar
5 firm, but yellow bananas
a cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves

PREPARATION

In a heavy sauce pan dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 2 cups of water. Peel and cut five firm, but yellow bananas and add to the dissolved sugar. Add a cinnamon stick, about 10 whole cloves and cook for a couple of hours over low heat, stirring occasionally. Do not let the bananas dry out; add water if necessary. You’ll want to end up with a nice syrup. Let cool and serve.

Citrus Peel and Sage Syrup

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Try a few tablespoons of this added to your next vinaigrette.
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
3 3-inch peels of orange, lemon, and/or grapefruit
1 sage leaf

PREPARATION

In a small saucepan, make your basic simple syrup recipe and add your peels and sage leaf while it’s still hot. Cover your pan and steep to desired strength. Strain out your peels and sage, and allow to cool. Bottle and refrigerate.

Rosemary Syrup with Candied Rosemary Sprigs

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

For rosemary syrup, just add 1-2 branches of rosemary to a 2 cup batch of basic simple syrup.

INGREDIENTS

For the candied rosemary, you will need:
1 large plate
1 sheet pan/cookie sheet
1 small artist’s paintbrush
3-4 branches of your best looking rosemary
2-3 pasteurized egg whites
1 cup of white sugar (superfine will work best, but standard granulated is fine also)
1 sheet of waxed or parchment paper

PREPARATION

Set up a large plate with the sugar spread in a line to loosely follow the shape of the rosemary. Wash the rosemary in cool, running water. Dry completely on a clean cotton dishtowel or paper towels. Gently whip your egg whites to froth with a fork. Take each branch of rosemary and completely brush with egg whites. More of the sugar will stick if you can gently get into the crevices. Note: Do NOT dip the branches into the egg whites though; the branches will pick up different amounts of egg whites and the result will be a lot of inconsistency on each branch. Turn all sides of the branch in the sugar. You can repeat this two or three times to get more of the sugar to stick. Gently shake off your branch and place on the parchment paper. Turn your sprigs periodically to get all sides to dry.

Basic Simple Syrup

October 23rd, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water

PREPARATION

The universal ratio for basic simple syrup is 1:1, or one cup of water to one cup of granulated sugar. You can really play around with that proportion starting with a ½ cup of sugar and increase the sugar all the way up to two cups to suit your taste. The great thing about simple syrups is that once they are jarred in a clean bottle, they will last in your fridge for months. For the holidays, you can use them in cocktails, punches, fresh juices, teas, and even to brush over some of your favorite holiday cakes and breads. What about lemon verbena syrup over your Grandma’s poundcake recipe, basil syrup over carmelized oranges, or a quick cocktail of fresh orange and grapefruit juices, a dash of bitters, two shots of dark rum and some red basil syrup? It really is that easy.

Cranberry Thyme Syrup

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries, washed
1-2 sprigs fresh thyme

PREPARATION

Place water, sugar and cranberries in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Once all the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add thyme sprigs. Cover your pan and steep to desired strength. Strain out your thyme and cranberries, and allow to cool. Bottle and refrigerate.

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