Strawberry Shrub

Shrubs are so easy and so yummy! You can mix with sparkling water for a super refreshing beverage or spike it if you need something stronger. I used my own very sweet berries so I cut the sugar in 1/2. If your using frozen or store bought, I would increase it by 1/4 c.

1 c apple cider vinegar

1 c strawberries

1/2 c sugar

2 inch strip of lemon rind

Combine strawberries, sugar, vinegar and lemon zest in a medium nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain into an airtight heatproof container. Refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours or up to 1 week.

Chartreuse Gin Daisy

 

I found this cocktail recipe on F&W  – it called for yellow Chartreuse, which I did not have so I used green Chartreuse instead. The perfect cocktail for the first day of spring.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 oz London dry gin
  • 1/4 oz Chartreuse
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice

1/4 oz agave nectar

  • Dash of orange bitters

Ice

  • 1 brandied cherry, for garnish


Combine in a cocktails shaker. Shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Serves 1

Casino Cocktail

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I love this cocktail – a little sweet a little tart and perfect for a Saturday Night.

Ingredients:
1 (1-by-3-inch) strip orange peel
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon and orange twists, for garnish

Twist the strip of orange peel to release the aromatic oils, and place in a cocktail shaker. Add all remaining ingredients except the lemon and orange twists and fill with ice.
Shake well and strain into a m

Champagne Jello Shots

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It’s NYE so I thought is would do something fun, and what is more fun than jello and champagne??

Ingredients:
10 oz plus 5oz champagne
1 TBSP sugar
3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin
Turbonado sugar

directions:
Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.

Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into a loaf pan and chill for at least an hour.

To release Jello, dip the pan into warm water and use a knife along the sides to gently release the Jello. Use a sharp knife to cut squares. Before serving, dip the tops in the sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.

Martinique Cocktail

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In honor of Bastille Day I’m breaking out my favorite liqueur St-Germain – Vive La France! This one comes from Chow.com with a change – I was out of limes so I used meyer lemon instead. Its perfect for a hot summer day, come on what says summer more than rum?

Ingredients:
4 oz elderflower liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
1 1/2 oz light rum
Ice

Combine in a shaker. Add ice, shake and serve!

Makes 1.