libations

fun cocktails, whimsical drinks, new twists on old faves.

Irish strawberry liqueur recipe

Irish strawberry liqueur recipe


I love when blog traditions emerge, whether it is taking the month of August off (like the Italians) or making sure to herald Halloween cocktails each year. Some annual events/topics stick around, while others—like Centerpiece of the Month or Brown Bag Blues—go by the wayside (the centerpieces took way too much time to manage, and my brown bag blues blog finally slid into the snacks… [more] category of Talk

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homemade ginger tea

homemade ginger tea

I have been reading and cooking and learning about Indian food lately. And one of the passing comments in Meena Pathak’s Complete Indian Cooking [book] caught my attention: I don’t like to waste anything so I use the ginger peels—they have a lot of flavor.
I am always looking for ways to maximize my use of ingredients and minimize waste. Like buying whole chickens: I fabricate them and use the… [more]

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Pure Leaf Tea & watermelon cocktail.

Pure Leaf Tea & watermelon cocktail.

You heard me right. I was messing around with pure leaf tea, and chanced a cocktail that screamed of summer: fresh brewed iced tea and watermelon. It is refreshing and light and watermelon forward. It worked. Here is how you too can imbibe on a bit of summer:
Watermelon Tea Cocktail… [more]
Vodka
watermelon
Pure Leaf Tea (sweetened)
Put a large wedge of watermelon in your blender—roughly 1 cup of watermelon

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dandelion mojito

dandelion mojito

It is true that in the midst of everything—and there is a LOT of ‘everything’—I venture off the farm long enough to forage for urban weeds. Dandelion is one of the most pervasive weeds, and therefore easy to plunder. Did you know dandelion’s roots used to be used for a coffee-like tincture? No doubt you have heard of dandelion wine and a million other dandelion uses. You can eat the… [more]

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a new year’s toast: new york style (think manhattan).

a new year's toast: new york style (think manhattan).

I wanted to like whiskey. bourbon. rye. blends.
And thanks to a brilliant Manhattan made at Elemental in Seattle: I was finally ushered in the door. I finally ‘got it.’ And for a gal who claims to wield martinis, well, earning my bourbon badge was a high priority.
Suffice it to say, Manhattans have topped my personal chart: they are now my favorite go-to martini, complete with homemade brandied cherries.… [more]

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blackberry lemon drops

blackberry lemon drops

I made these recently. They might be bursting with summer flavors, but the deep reddish hue screams of fall/winter. Besides, you can make it with frozen blackberries and perhaps with a sprig of rosemary—or floating cranberries—it will look just like Christmas. For Halloween I made these in a large batch, put 1-2 drops of black food coloring to darken it—added licorice legs that hung over the martini’s edge—and it became… [more]

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How to make Brandied Cherries

How to make Brandied Cherries

2 cups simple syrup
6 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
2 cups vodka
2 cups brandy
1 vanilla bean
1 large cinnamon stick
4-6 whole cloves
4-6 whole allspice

Makes 1 quart Brandied Cherries… [more].
Bring sugar and water to boil, then boil 1 minute. Place cherries, vodka, brandy, 1 cup of the simple syrup and allspice, if using, in glass/ceramic storage container of at least 4 quart capacity. Cap

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Fancy, summer water.

Fancy, summer water.

In my mind I hear the comedian, Jim Gaffigan (our family favorite) joking about ‘bottled’ water: ‘It’s more watery than regular water’ he remarks, as he forks over well-earned money for this bottled novelty. We mention him often in our day-to-day conversations, whether it is because we are eating bacon (yet again), cracking up about hot pockets or camping… [more].
Comedy is always welcome; we are big believers in

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Barefoot Bubbly, coffee and tequila… piqued your interest?

Barefoot Bubbly, coffee and tequila... piqued your interest?

I am a liquids girl. While spending time on my computer, I like to have a beverage nearby. A coffee… [more], a water, some tea. In my car is no different: a coffee or water nestled into a holder. At home, dinner time and with guests: some wine, a cocktail, an aperitif. Even in college and grad school, I would make myself huge lattes—while plugging my way through homework. Plus

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12 drinks of Christmas

12 drinks of Christmas

Merry Christmas! … [more]Normally this time of year, we would be waking up to seam-stretched stockings, whip-cream smothered hot chocolate and everyone wearing their coziest slippers—all curled up on the couch. We would each slowly open our gifts, taking our time to stretch out our Christmas morning. We would be filled with Christmas music, bacon and eggs, big smiles and cheery surprises. Our living room would be a mess and ripped

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