Sweet Herbal Mimosas (Lemon Thyme Orange & Basil Tangerine)

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 mimosa


1 ounce herbal syrup (lemon thyme or basil), recipe follows
2 ounces fresh juice (orange or tangerine)
4-6 ounces champagne, prosecco or cava


In a champagne class combine the herbal syrup and the citrus juice and fill glass with champagne, cava or prosecco.

Herbal Simple Syrup

Makes 2 cups


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


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.

Tangerine Basil Soda

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher


For tangerine basil syrup
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon tangerine zest

For soda
2 cups tangerine juice
2 cups soda water


For tangerine basil syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat, place all 4 ingredients and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Strain and set aside to cool.

For soda
In a large pitcher, combine tangerine basil syrup with tangerine juice. Top with soda water and serve over ice.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


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


Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Pomegranate & Tangerine Granita

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups.


1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
2 cups fresh tangerine juice, pulp included
½ cup honey


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 fresh pomegranates seeds.

Tangerine & Basil Yogurt Granita

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup tangerine juice
½ cup basil leaves, chopped
1 cup plain Greek style yogurt


Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar, water, tangerine juice and chopped fresh basil. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. Whisk together simple syrup and  yogurt until a smooth texture forms. Pour into a low dish and freeze. Using a fork, scrape puree every 20 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Keep frozen dish covered while freezing. Freeze and scrape until desired consistency.

Citrus Basil Cocktail

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 drinks


1 orange
1 tangerine
1 grapefruit
1 lemon
1 lime
1-2 tangerines
2 T chopped basil
the zest of one lime
4 oz vodka


This cocktail is an invigorating drink that will both dazzle and refresh the drinker. It takes advantage of winter and the exorbitant amount of seasonal citrus fruits available during this season. The cocktail is best paired with a sitcom. Juice one orange, one tangerine, one grapefruit, one lemon, one lime, and 1-2 tangerines. Place the juice in a shaker with 2 T chopped basil, the zest of one lime, and add 4 0z vodka. Shake and serve!

Flowering Thyme Citrus Vinaigrette

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Mix ¼ cup of olive oil, the juices and zests of one lemon, one tangerine and one lime, one chopped shallot, ¼ cup chopped flowering thyme, and salt and pepper. Add one teaspoon of tahini paste if you want the dressing to be thick. Toss over a salad, grilled fish, shrimp, or roasted carrots.

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