September_17 Thirsty Thursday Cocktails

Here are the recipes for our September Thirsty Thursday cocktails:

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz
Author: Brandon Matzek
Serves: 1
Ingredients
1 1/2 oz. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade*)
1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. apple cider
1 1/2 oz. ginger beer

Instructions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.
Notes
*To make your own pumpkin puree: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds and strands. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes. The texture of the pumpkin flesh should be soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool a bit. Scoop flesh into a food processor and puree until smooth.

Fall Harvest Sangria
For the Spicy Apple Cider…
2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
1 inch slice fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or allspice
For the Sangria…
2 cups spicy apple cider
1 bottle of sauvignon blanc (or pinot grigio, chardonnay, or your favorite dry white)
1/2 cup ginger brandy or bourbon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Honeycrisp apples, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 pears, chopped
1 cup club soda
Instructions
For the Spicy Apple Cider…
Combine ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain.
For the Sangria…
Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving, but at least overnight to steep for best results. Add club soda just before serving, so you don’t lose the fizz!
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Fall Perennials

Fall is by far our favorite season here at Scenic Roots. Not only for the cooler nights, less traffic, quieter beaches, but the colors… The colors and variety of plants available on the market, now make the fall the number one preferred season to plant. We have whittled down our fall perennial favorites so not to overwhelm you. I have a handful of other favorites, and I will save those for when you come in to visit our shop. Continue reading “Fall Perennials”

Inspiring Fall Containers

Get Creative, Be Bold, Be Bright

All of us here at Scenic Roots believe the fall is the best season.   We rework our lawns, transplant shrubs, create new landscapes and dress up our containers and window boxes in shades of yellows, reds, orange and browns.   BUT we realize that you may not feel the same way.  Have you totally given up on gardening?  Has the summer exhausted you that you don’t want to be creative?   The fall is a better season than spring.  We feel the industry fails you by putting things on sale and shutting their doors.  We specifically plant mums later in the season so they are in bloom for you at the end of October into November.  We have all sorts of annuals for window boxes and planters that will extend your season into November.  Don’t give up- the fall truly is the prettiest time of year.  Come see us and get inspired.  Here are a few pictures to inspire you.

Droopy Hydrangea?

Is your hydrangea droopy?  Are the flower heads kissing the ground?  I will tell you this… The majority of the time it isn’t about the lack of water and most likely you are over watering thinking it will help perk up those lovely hydrangea heads.  What is really going on is the fact that the hydrangea blossoms are too heavy for the young pliable stems of your plant.   Over time your hydrangea will age (as we all do) and become a stronger version of our younger self- able to carry heavy loads under added stress.   What I am trying to say in the garden world-  the stems over time will become woody and stronger, allowing the stems to hold up the heavy flower heads.   So, give the plant some time to mature and grow.

In the duration, you could always stake up a few of the stems to make the plant more presentable.

July_2017 Thirsty Thursday Cocktails

I LOVE the summer heat and a cool refreshing cocktail.  What says cool more than a cucumber?  Certainly not the back side of your pillow!  Yes, cucumber is the theme this month along with crisp soda water, lemonade and my favorite; lemongrass.  Here are the recipes for Thirsty Thursday :

Siam Sip
2 shots Hendrick’s Gin
1 Large handful of ice cubes, plus more for each glass
8-10 large leaves of Thai basil cut into chiffonade, plus two stems for garnish
12-14 slices of English/Persian cucumbers (8 for shaker)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 can San Pellegrino orange soda
Add a handful of ice, gin, basil chiffonade, 8 slices of cucumber, and lemon juice to a shaker. Shake vigorously.
Add a few cubes of ice to two glasses. Pour half of the San Pellegrino into each glass, and top with half the icy strained goodness from the shaker. Garnish with a sprig of thai basil and a few slices of cucumber. Admire, then stir, sip, and be cooled! Continue reading “July_2017 Thirsty Thursday Cocktails”