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  • When I first moved to NYC from Indiana over 7 years ago to start at @barkbox , there were only 2 other employees. One of those employees was the most darling human named Erin.  We worked for a few years together at BARK and then Erin moved back home to San Francisco. While I miss her terribly, Erin now works for a wickedly cool San Francisco-based startup called @endlesswest.
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Endless West's first product is a molecular whiskey called @glyphwhiskey that is made without the use of techniques like barrel aging-- instead, it's made in a lab. The scientists at Glyph mapped the molecules that give fine whiskeys their unique tasting profiles and then reconstructed their first spirit based on that information. (You can read more about their process in a profile in the Wall Street Journal!)
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I received a bottle of Glyph from Erin and the folks at Endless West to create a holiday cocktail using the molecular whiskey. Every year around the holidays, I make a cranberry sauce that I keep in a big jar all month and add it to everything from mimosas, to gimlets, to French 75s, to gin and tonics. I wanted to try it with whiskey as well and it turned out really well with the Glyph!
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🍋(Smoked) Cranberry Sauced🍋
🔸2oz @glyphwhiskey
🔸.75oz fresh lemon juice
🔸3 tablespoons of cranberry sauce (recipe below!)
🔸2 dashes Angostura bitters
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Add all ingredients to a shaker, muddling the cranberries in the sauce well. Add ice, shake vigorously, and serve over ice in a glass beaker. Under a glass bowl or cloche, smoke the cocktail before serving. Garnish with cranberries and a slice of lemon. .
🧣The Best Cranberry Sauce for Cocktails🧣
🔸1 lb fresh cranberries
🔸2 cups sugar
🔸2 cups water
🔸.75 cups apricot preserves
🔸.25 cups brandy (unflavored or apricot, can also use whiskey!)
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Cook cranberries with sugar and water until they pop-- about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in apricot preserves and brandy. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Makes 3 to 3.5 cups sauce.
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#gardencocktails #wintercocktails #cranberry #glyphwhiskey #endlesswest #imbibe #imbibegram #abmholidayspirit #abmhappyhour #cocktails #whiskey #whiskeycocktails #homebartender #homebartending
  • My friend Melissa gave me a bottle of @yellowbirdsauce Ghost Pepper Condiment and now it’s the most important ingredient in my updates house Bloody Mary.
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Also just had a ton of family in town for Thanksgiving and had so much fun kicking off Christmas in NYC. It’s one of the most magical times in this city and after 7+ years here it never gets old. ❤️
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🐤Yellow Birdy Mary (New House Bloody)🐤
-5oz tomato juice
-.5oz lemon or lime juice
-2oz vodka
-few cucumber slices, peeled and seeded
-splash of pickle juice
-dash of celery seed
-dash of Worcestershire sauce
-bit of Yellowbird Ghost Pepper Condiment, to taste
-black pepper
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Blend all ingredients and serve on ice. Top with a light beer like Heineken!
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  • Apartment update: Painted the wall green... and the cocktail book shelves are overflowing again. 📚 .
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#apartmenttherapy #apartmentliving #gardencocktails #harlem #nycapartments #jungalowstyle #thenewbohemians #bhghome
  • #ad Ground cherries are my favorite ingredients of fall. Right now these little sweet tomato family fruits are littering the ground of my cocktail garden and I’ve been scooping them up to add flavor to all sorts of cocktails. As part of my partnership with @MakersMark to make a variety of fresh bourbon cocktails, I made these ground cherry bourbon sours. #MakersMark .
Ground cherries are also called husk cherries and they’re easy to grow in containers. I start my seeds every February and I have a regular and plentiful harvest from July until October. :)
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🥃Maker's Ground Cherry Sour🥃
-2 parts @makersmark Bourbon
-1 part simple syrup
-1/2 part lemon juice
-Handful of ground cherries
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Blend your ground cherries, lemon juice, and simple syrup together. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out all solids. Add the strained ingredients and the bourbon to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve up in a coupe. Garnish with ground cherries and any edible flowers you have!
  • I've just pulled all my perennial plants inside, (😭😭😭) root vegetable season is upon us!  A few months back I made this cocktail recipe and took some cinemagraphs for the folks at Jose Cuervo. If I can't have edible flowers year-round, at least the beet makes a lovely color. :)
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ALSO-- I included a link in my stories, but I was on a podcast this week with my boss Henrik, talking about growing social things over at @barkbox and how we grew our channels to over 11M followers!
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🍁Skip a Beet🍁
-1.5oz beet-infused Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila -.75oz fresh lime juice
-.5oz 1:1 simple syrup
-.5oz tart cherry juice
-Salt for glass rim
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Infuse tequila overnight with freshly chopped beets. Strain beets. Add beet-infused tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and tart cherry juice to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve up. Garnish with a beet slice.
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#beetcocktails #gardencocktails #tequila #fallcocktails #tequilacocktails #abmhappyhour #cocktails #craftcocktails #craftcocktail #mixology  #imbibegram #instadrinks #thefeedfeed #feedfeed #f52grams  #eattheworld  #foodandwine #abmlifeiscolorful #flashesofdelight #livecolorfully
  • #ad One thing I love about experimenting in the cocktail world is whenever you get bored with a beloved cocktail, you can just switch the spirit to make a completely new drink! While traditional mule cocktails use vodka and ginger beer, I used @makersmark bourbon, ginger beer, and a splash of tamarind soda. The Maker’s Mule cocktail is super versatile and you can play with whatever sodas, herbs, and flowers you have on hand to make your own variations! #MakersMark
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I made these drinks for my brother and sister-in-law when they were in town from Atlanta. Was both fun and embarrassing to have them take part in a little cocktail shoot with all of the different stage directions I have for hands and garnishes and glasses. 🤓 (Thanks for participating, Dylan and Tracey! 😂)
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🥃Maker's Mule🥃
-1-1/2 parts @MakersMark Bourbon
-Cold ginger beer
-Cold tamarind soda (Optional!)
-Muddled herbs, I used a bit of sage
-Squeeze of lime juice
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Fill glass or mule cup with ice. Pour in Maker's Mark. Add splash of lime juice. Fill to the top with ginger beer, or mix ginger beer and tamarind soda. (Tamarind soda is sold in bodegas around NYC or in specialty groceries that carry Caribbean ingredients.) Lightly stir and garnish!
  • Every time I open @66squarefeet's Forage Harvest Feast book, I learn something new. I've been making sumac vodka to keep through the winter and made this drink from page 406 to test out the flavors. If you have any interest in getting into foraging, I cannot recommend this book enough. 😊
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Sumac is SUPER sour and makes liquids the most lovely cranberry color..You can still find sumac on the trees now, but the flavors might be a bit diluted. You can also find dried sumac in Mediterranean grocery stores!
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🌳Sourpuss🌳
-3oz gin
-1.5oz Sumac Vodka
-.5oz lemon juice
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Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain and serve up or over ice. Garnish with sumac!
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🌳Sumac Vodka🌳
-4oz Sumac drupes stripped from the stalk
-2tbsp sugar
-2 cups vodka
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Pack the sumac into a glass jar and add the sugar and vodka. Shake to dissolve sugar. After 2 weeks strain through a double-mesh sieve and again through cheesecloth.
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  • #ad  When it comes to bloody marys, I've always been extra ambitious with flavor experimentation. I've done bloodies with Indian spices, bloodies with everything that goes on a pizza, bloodies with different base spirits, bloodies with alternate vegetable juices... But I've never made a bloody mary with bourbon.
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As a part of my partnership with @makersmark to make a few bourbon cocktails and a bourbon bloody was on the list. I had the idea in my head that tomatoes would not pair well with the woody caramelly taste of bourbon, but I was wrong! This bloody further proves my philosophy that tomatoes are a completely underrated cocktail fruit. :)
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🌱Bourbon Bloody Mary🌱
🔸1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
🔸4 parts tomato juice
🔸1/4 part Hot Sauce
🔸4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
🔸2 dashes celery bitters
🔸2 wedges lemon
🔸1 wedge lime
🔸1 tsp. salt/pepper/paprika mix
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Fill a wine glass with ice. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher with ice, stir, and pour over your glass! Garnish with everything lovely you can find in your house.  #MakersMark #cocktailsforcleanups
  • Sad days coming here in the Harlem cocktail garden. I harvested most of the last tomatoes, I’ve been clearing out the dead flowers, and am prepping the apartment so that it can support plants inside. .
I *DID* find some winter cabbages and kale on sale at the grocery store though- I love planting these around this time because they can survive freezing temperatures and will usually last until January!! (Watch out for some kale and cabbage cocktail garnishes when everything else dies. :))
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#homebartender #cocktailgarden #harlemgarden #harlem #nycgarden #nycgardens
  • With two trips to Spain this summer, Sean and I have gone DEEP on the gin & tonics the last few months. I recently bought @craftandcocktails new book, Celebrate Rosé and found a rosé variation of a g&t to try.
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So happy for Ashley and this awesome book- I told my mom about it and she bought it too!! 😎
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🌸Rosé G&T🌸
-2oz gin
-1oz Lillet Rosé
~3+ oz good tonic
-Squeeze of citrus
-many flowers for garnish .
Build the drink in a large wine glass with ice. Garnish aggressively. 💫
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#Roséallday #celebraterosé #rosécocktails #pinkcocktails #g&t #ginandtonic #gintonic #lillet #gincocktails #imbibegram #gardencocktails
  • Every February, when I am getting depressed by the cold and gloom of winter, I go on RareSeeds.com to order the seeds for my summer cocktail garden to give me a little bit of hope. I grew these itty bitty purple peppers this summer from seed and they're one of my favorites of the cocktail garden so far. (Already harvested and dried some seeds for next year!) I've worked hard to get these little peppers to harvest, but they would not be possible without the pollinators who have been visiting the Harlem terrace all summer long. It's only fitting I added a few spicy pieces of the bees' hard work to kick off #BeesKneesWeek from @BarrHillGin from Sept 23-29!
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During this week at participating bars and restaurants across the country, $1 from every Bee's Knees cocktail sold at participating will be donated to a nonprofit bee & pollinator organization that works to educate the public on these issues.  Celebrating the bees and The Bee’s Knees cocktail is an important mission for Caledonia Spirits, as raw northern honey is the backbone in each spirit it produces, including @Barrhillgin.
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🐝Spicy Bee’s Knees🐝
-2 oz Caledonia Spirits @barrhillgin
-3/4oz honey syrup (prepare just like simple syrup)-Pepper slices, for muddling (I used my purple pepper but you can use any pepper you like!)
-3/4oz lemon juice
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Muddle the peppers with the gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a honey bear over ice. Garnish with peppers! #RaiseYourBarr #barrhillpartner
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About Garden Cocktails

Welcome to Garden Cocktails, the decidedly unprofessional tinkerings of an urban balcony gardener. Here you’ll find foraging reports from Central Park, imbibing opinions from Chinatown, and NYC tips on all the ridiculous and enjoyable ways to craft cocktails in a kitchen the size of a bathroom.

In 2012 I moved from Indiana to NYC with my best friend in a cargo van full of hand-me-down furniture and my most prized possessions: a thrifted owl lamp, some vintage suitcases for storage, and a set of antique lowball glasses. That first year in the city we shared a 250-square-foot apartment with my (now) husband and completed a self-guided crash course in all the cheap and dweeby delights that New York City has to offer to starry-eyed Midwesterners.

My favorite exploration activity quickly became visiting the innovative bars that have come to define New York’s reigning spot in cocktail history and culture. Because all those tinkly evenings in dark speakeasies don’t come cheap, I started taking the DIY approach to booze by making cocktails in my kitchen. A hobby grew out of frugality and I started posting some of my cocktail creations on Instagram in the beginning of 2016.

By day I work as the head of content at Bark,   the company behind BarkBox, BarkShop, and BarkPost. I live in Yorkville on Manhattan with my dog Pimm (Short for Persimmon), my husband Sean, and a balcony garden full of strawberries, tomatoes, and three types of basil.

(Coming to Yorkville? Be sure to check out Glaser’s, the 114-year-old family-owned bakery and Heidelberg, the timeless German Biergarten.)

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Not my dog, this is Grumpy Scout, Bark’s first office dog. You can find my dog here. 😛

Not my dog, this is Grumpy Scout, Bark’s first office dog. You can find my dog here. 😛