This month we will concentrate a bit on herbs and strawberries. Strawberries are in season now at your local farmers markets and stands. Herbs are always in good supply. We are also highlighting cucumber since it is light and refreshing and we are in a drought. Pairing cucumber with a ghost pepper tequila may surprise you, but it is refreshing, bright, bubbly with a hint of heat on your lips. It will cool you off!
I also want to take the time to have you taste my simple syrup made with Stevia leaves instead of sugar. It is completely natural and sugar free. If you are trying to cut sugar out of your diet and especially your “extra” calories that come from cocktails- be sure to have that conversation with me.
So here we are again… Gardening season, spring, our bodies are starting to wake up and lean towards the warmth of the sun- FINALLY! With that we start up our Thirsty Thursdays again. May brings the beginning of many flavors. This week we highlight Basil, Strawberries, Rhubarb, Blueberries and Lemon Verbena.
Thirsty Thursday is back on December 1 for some tasty Christmas inspires cocktails. How much do you LOVE the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree? Have you ever wished you could taste it? Well now you can! We will be sampling a Balsam Shrub cocktail. Its made by making a simple syrup out of your Christmas tree needles, mixed with gin and cranberry juice. So cool right? Swing on by Thursday night from 5-7 for the recipe and a taste. We will also be mixing up cranberry Moscow mules, an apple cider sangria and plain ol apple cider.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of cucumber this month! But isn’t that always the way? Here are the following drink/cocktail recipes we will be serving up at Scenic Roots on August 18th. Remember the Garden Center will be open from 5:30-7:00 pm to sample cocktails inspired and made right from your gardens and for you to shop at will 😉 This is a FREE event!
•1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine
•3/4 cup gin
•2 tablespoons superfine sugar
•1/2 honeydew melon, cubed
•1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced
•1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
•1 cup sparkling water or club soda
Here are the following drink/cocktail recipes we will be serving up at Scenic Roots on July 28th, 2016 for Thirsty Thursdays. Remember the Garden Center will be open from 5:30-7:00 pm to sample cocktails inspired and made right from your gardens and for you to shop at will 😉 This is a FREE event!
• Ripe seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes (about 3-4 cups)
• 2 limes, juiced
• 4 ounces good quality white tequila
• 2 ounces orange flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
• Ice (2-3 cups)
• lime, for glass rimming and garnish (optional)
• course sea salt
• simple syrup (optional)
Rub lime around rim of glasses and dip in sea salt.
Fill half a blender with the cubed watermelon. Add about 2 cups ice. Add the tequila, liqueur, and lime juice. Blend until watermelon is pureed & the ice is crushed.
Fill salt rimmed glasses with ice, pour the margarita over and garnish with lime (if desired). If your watermelon is not particularly sweet you can add some simple syrup, or superfine sugar to the blender.
• 1.5 oz Hendricks’ Gin
• .5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquer
• 3-4 chucks of cucumber
• 2-3 sprigs basil
• ¼ lemon
• Club Soda
• Basil leaf for garnish
Squeeze lemon into cocktail shaker and combine all ingredients except the club soda. Muddle cucumber and basil, then add ice, shake, and strain into a tall, skinny Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and add garnish.
• One big handful of fresh lavender. Can be stems, leaves and flowers.
• 4 lemons
• Frozen concentrate of lemonade or limeade
Place lavender and cut slices of lemons into bottom of big serving pitcher and pile half a bag of ice onto top of lavender. This crushes the lavender and releases the oil. Let melt over night. Add lemonade concentrate the next morning and mix with water per instructions on can. Add water to taste. Serve over ice.