Foraged Cocktails: Wisteria Blossom Syrup + Blueberry Wisteria Whiskey Sour Recipe

One of the most fragrant and beautiful of all the plants surrounding our house is wisteria. We have a trellis outside our sunroom that’s been taken over by wisteria and trumpet vines over the years, and this time of year, the gorgeous purple blossoms hang down from overhead, their clean, sweet scent wafting through the house.

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Pink Gin Lemonade + Saffron & Rosewater Syrup Recipe

Happy World Gin Day! There are SO many ways to celebrate, with all the brands and varieties of gin available these days. One category I’m just beginning to explore is pink gin. Originally a type of cocktail involving gin and Angostura bitters (which turned the cocktail a lovely hue of pink), today the term also applies to a wide variety of pink colored gins flavored with botanicals like rhubarb, raspberry, gooseberry, and strawberry.

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How to Make a Coral Tuile Garnish

A while back I posted a cocktail featuring a bright red coral tuile cookie garnish, and since then I’ve had a ton of people reach out and ask what the garnish was and how I made it. After much trial and error and practicing my technique, I’ve finally finished this tutorial on these tricky cookies and I think I’ve solved the mystery to making perfectly cooked coral tuiles every time.

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Foraged Forsythia Honey Syrup + The Yogi Bear (A Bees Knees Riff)

It's been a long, cold winter and the bright yellow blossoms of our forsythia bushes are an incredibly welcome sight to see. We actually had more snow last week, but somehow new life is beginning to emerge, the first signs of Spring peeking through the gray-brown New Hampshire landscape. I've been really interested in wild edible plants recently, and specifically, local, New England-native edible flowers I can forage for.

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May Flowers

This Spring-y cocktail features lemon poppyseed syrup - my new obsession! If you’ve ever made orgeat, it’s the same basic process, and instead of adding orange blossom water, I added the juice of a lemon. The result is a delicious syrup that tastes just like the muffins, and pairs perfectly with blackberry and lavender on a Spring afternoon.

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Summer of '92 - A Tequila + Ramune Soda Cocktail

Ever taste something, or smell something, that just instantly transports you to another time? I picked up some Japanese Ramune soda (strawberry flavor) the other day and the first sip was like stepping back into some long forgotten childhood memory. The hazy, hot days of a summer spent running through sprinklers, catching frogs, going to my brother’s little league practices, and guzzling those brightly colored little juice drinks that come in chintzy, barrel-shaped plastic bottles.

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Blueberry Watermelon Gin + Tonic

I’ve been taking a few days to unplug, do some spring cleaning, and find time for relaxing with the family. Even though it snowed here today, I’m winding down the weekend with a warm weather-inspired g&t featuring blueberry-infused gin and cold-pressed watermelon juice. And after clearing out my shoe collection today, and donating 50+ pairs to Goodwill, I think I’ve earned a drink!

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Grapefruit and Ginger Gin + Tonic

If you love books and cocktails, the Bad People Book Club is the subscription box for you! Each month they send a beautifully curated box with a novel and a recipe + ingredients for a cocktail inspired by the book. I had so much fun creating this month’s Bad People Book Club cocktail!

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Campari Rose

It’s finally April and Easter weekend put me in the mood for a fun rosé cocktail. I was inspired by my Bonne Maman marmalade to make something along the lines of a Breakfast Martini or the original Marmalade Cocktail, but one thing led to another and I ended up with this bittersweet blend of crisp rosé, lemon, Campari, marmalade, and orgeat.

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Tomato Nectarine Whiskey Smash

This cocktail is one of my 'kitchen sink' creations, which I make by finding inspiration with whatever is hanging around in my produce drawer and starting to look a little sad. Yeah, I know, tomatoes and nectarines won't be in season until at least May, but it's never too early to get a jumpstart on summer drinking plans!

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