• In addition to making cocktails with super seasonal ingredients, I love experimenting with obscure spirits and liqueurs in cocktails. Living in New York, this is easier than most places, but it's still a bit of an adventure and trek to track down all of the things I'd love to try.
The folks at @wine_com just launched a spirits section on their site in New York, New Jersey, Florida and they gave me a free year of their StewardShip program to try out the process. (California coming soon!) Usually shipping wines and spirits is heavy and expensive, but the StewardShip program is like Amazon Prime. For my first order, I picked up a Dutch bitter called Cloosterbitter that is said to be like a "poor man's green Chartreuse," an aquavit that we always use at our @barkbox Danish Christmas lunch, a celery root liqueur, and some @chinola passion fruit liqueur. (See my stories to see all the bottles!) I tried adding the passion fruit liqueur to a salty dog yesterday and it was the perfect antidote to a dreary February morning.
🐕Passionate Salty Dog🐕
🔸1.5oz vodka
🔸1oz @Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur
🔸4oz Grapefruit Juice
🔸Rim glass with  salt and powdered hibiscus
Add all ingredients except salt to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain and serve over a large ice cube.
#vinetobottle #winedotcom #gardencocktails #wintercocktails #punchcocktail #vodkacocktail #passionfruit #cocktails  #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations  #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #passionfruitcocktail #citrus #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch @thefeedfeed.cocktails
  • I went through a phase of making shrubs a couple years ago and just rediscovered them recently as a way to add fresh fruits and rooty flavors to cocktails. This winter has been a lot of experiments with celeriac, but I thought beets would be good for February. 🙃
Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! Sean is working a 24-hour shift so I’ll be doing some pottery hand building in my apartment with @pimmpup. 🤓
❤️Heart Beet❤️
🔸2oz tequila
🔸3/4oz homemade beet shrub
🔸1/4 oz lime juice
🔸1:1 Salt & Sugared rim for garnish
🍒Beet Shrub🍒
🔸5 beets, cut into small chunks
🔸½ cup apple cider vinegar
🔸½ cup distilled white vinegar
🔸1 cup granulated sugar
🔸1 tsp. black peppercorns
🔸1 tsp. kosher salt
🔸Tools: blender, rubber spatula, mesh strainer
Add the beets and both vinegars to a blender and purée. Using a rubber spatula, press the purée through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl; you should have 2 to 3 cups of liquid. Add the beet-vinegar liquid, sugar, peppercorns and salt to a nonreactive container; cover and let steep for 1 day at room temperature. Taste for seasoning; if you prefer the taste to be more peppery, let the mixture steep for another day. Strain through a mesh strainer and bottle; store in the refrigerator (the flavor will fully develop after a week), and use within 2 months.
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  • Last Sunday Sean and I did a bit of a taco tour in East Harlem and found some tacos that were Mexico City street-style. 🙏✨🙌 After our taco tour, I went into one of the groceries in East Harlem and picked up these fresh guavas to use in cocktails. I am perpetually grateful to live in a city where I can find such a diversity of produce and ingredients to play with in drinks. When I looked in the @theflavorbible to see what pairs well with guava, curry came up so I added it to the drink. Definitely a do-over!
🍈Fresh Guava Curry Margarita🍈
(Also works with rum, cachaca)
-2oz tequila
-.75oz lime juice, or Meyer lemon!
-.75oz simple syrup
-1 guava, peeled
-splash of orange juice or pineapple juice
-Dash of curry powder
Add peeled guava and tequila to a blender and blend. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out all the solids. Then add the remaining ingredients with a handful of ice back to the blender and blend! Serve frozen in a lowball or rocks glass rimmed with pink peppercorn and salt.
#gardencocktails #wintercocktails #punchcocktail #tequila #guavacocktail #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #tequilacocktail #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #guava #citrus #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch @thefeedfeed.cocktails
  • My terrace garden is totally depressing right now, but there ARE still fresh and seasonal ingredients alive outside right this moment. 🙏🙌Spruce and pine have green tips that come out in the spring and they make the most delicious syrup but cedar in the winter is still quite good. I used cedar from my backyard in Indiana in this drink but spruce, Douglas fir, and pine all make wonderful syrups in the same process. Make sure that your tree has not been treated with chemicals!!! (!!!!!)
🌲Backyard Cedar Collins🌲
Also works with: Vodka, whiskey
-2oz gin
-1oz cedar simple syrup
-.75oz lemon juice
-.75oz white cranberry juice
-Soda to top
Add your spirit, cedar simple syrup, lemon juice, and cranberry juice to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Top with soda water, garnish with a cedar twig. TIP: Freeze cedar + cranberries in cubes for an extra garnish.
🌲Cedar Simple Syrup:🌲
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup water
Generous handful of cedar twigs with healthy greenery
Directions: Heat water, sugar, and cedar in a small pot until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and steep cedar until cool. Strain solids and store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
#gardencocktails #wintercocktails #punchcocktail #gin #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #gincocktail #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #gincocktails #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch #cedarcocktails #cedartree #gin
  • This week I learned people will listen to my mini TED talk on the history of ice and my lecture on kumquats and citrus if you serve them their drinks AFTER you’re done talking. 🤓
Had a blast making the Kumquat Collins (recipe in previous post!) while @apartment_bartender made Cinnamon-Smoked Old Fashioneds to share the wonder that is the @lgusa Instaview Refrigerator with Craft Ice. Elliot’s recipe is below, and be sure to swipe through the gallery to see the little smoking hut he was using all week. 😊
💨 Cinnamon-Smoked Old-Fashioned 💨
-2oz Cognac
-.25oz simple syrup
-1 dash aromatic bitters
-1 dash orange bitters -1 LG Craft Ice Sphere
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with Craft Ice and stir. Pour over a Craft Ice sphere. Put the entire glass in a smoking hut or a smoking cloche and smoke. If you don’t have a smoking cloche, no problem! Just char a piece of cinnamon on an old plate or a piece of untreated wood and place your glass on top to trap the smoke. ✨
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  • Today I'm mixing some wintry kumquat cocktails at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show with the folks at @lgusa to showcase the InstaView Refrigerator with Craft Ice! The last time I worked on some cocktails with LG was back in the summer for their event in NYC, but it's an honor to come out to Las Vegas to mix up some cold-weather drinks using the dreamy ice rounds. (Seriously have pined for this refrigerator every time I squelched out a large ice cube from my silicone molds while making cocktails this fall.😂)
My cocktail for KBIS centers on kumquats because I wanted to celebrate the diverse varieties of citrus that are in season right now. Citrus is such a quirky category of fruit, I love playing with its ranges of color, acidity, odd shapes, and sourness. For this drink, I paired kumquats with elderflower and rosemary... because even winter cocktails deserve to be a bit extra.
If you're at KBIS, be sure to pop by the @lgusa booth to check out the #lgcraftice and also taste @apartment_bartender ‘s smoked cocktails! #ad
🍊Kumquat, Rosemary, and Elderflower Collins🍊
-Also works with: Vodka, rum, whiskey
-3 Kumquats for muddling
-1.5oz gin
-.5oz elderflower liqueur
-3/4oz fresh lemon juice
-Rosemary sprig for muddling, 1 sprig for garnish
~2oz club soda
-Sliced kumquats, rosemary sprig, edible flowers for garnish
Directions: Muddle kumquats and rosemary in the gin. Build drink in a highball with LG Craft Ice Rounds, top with soda. Garnish aggressively, citrus is only in-season so long! :P
  • Whenever we get Harry and David gift boxes at work around the holidays, I love swiping the pears. Especially the heirloom Royal Riviera pears wrapped in gold. It wasn’t until I learned about these pears that I started to realize not all pears are created equal- kind of like farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes vs grocery store tomatoes. HUGE difference in flavor!
This cocktail uses puréed pears from the farmer’s market and it is so much better because of them. :)
🍐 Golden Pear 🍐
-Also works with: Gin / Tequila / Whiskey / Vodka
-2oz white rum -1oz lemon
-.5oz simple syrup
-1oz fresh pear puree with a pinch of fennel and/or thyme
Directions: To make the pear puree, blend a quartered pear with a bit of water and a pinch of fennel and/or thyme. Strain puree through a fine mesh strainer, using a spoon to stir the pulp and speed up the process. Add 1 ounce purée, your spirit, lemon, and simple syrup with a handful of ice to a shaker. Shake, strain, and serve over ice. Garnish with thyme and a pear slice.
#gardencocktails #wintercocktails #punchcocktail #gin #pearcocktail #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #rumcocktail #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #rumcocktail #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch #sharemore
  • I went to the Morningside Heights farmer’s market last weekend to see what was available to make a winter cocktail with winter produce. (Other options were carrots, oysters, lots of pickles. 🤓) I used @theflavorbible book to check which flavors pair well with celery and settled on apple, allspice, and lemon.
This is one of those drinks where I asked Sean to take a sip and he said, “Whoa- you made this up?? What did you do?” 😂
🥬Winter CeleryBration 🥬
🔸 Also works with: Rum, London Dry Gin, tequila
🔸 2oz celery root-infused vodka
🔸 .5oz lemon juice
🔸 3 oz fresh, unpasteurized apple cider
🔸 .25oz Allspice dram or 4 dashes Angostura bitters
🔸 .25oz 1:1 honey simple syrup
Infuse celery root in spirit for at least 3 hours. You must use celery root, it has a depth of flavor that is more earthy than the fresh celery and it works so well in this drink. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve on ice with a rim of allspice
#gardencocktails #booze #mixology #mixologist #imbibegram #craftcocktails #celeryroot #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #feedfeed#cocktailoftheday #cocktails #thirsty #drinkstagram #weirdcocktails #cocktailculture #liqpic #vodka #artofdrinks #abmhappyhour #supercall #drinkpunch
  • One of the best things about doing this cocktail Instagram is that I get to try some really unique spirits and flavors from around the world. I received a bottle of @drinktrakal, a Patagonian spirit made with native maqui berries, murta berries, sauto berries and a long list of Patagonian foliage and herbs.
Over the last few days I've started listening to the Great Courses lecture on "Food: A Cultural Culinary History" by @kenalbala, so tinkering and testing cocktails with this spirit full of new-to-me flavors has been really satisfying as this course describes so many ingredients and processes I've never encountered. There are so many extinct herbs that were a part of previous civilizations... At least we are lucky enough to try some flavors from different parts of the world we live in now!
Also for this drink I used some fresh-pressed cider from my in-laws house at Christmas in Indiana.
🍎Patagonian Cider 🍎
☝️Also works with: gin, preferably one with berry flavors... But if you can get ahold of @drinktrakal it's like few things I've tasted.
🔸1.5oz @drinkTrakal Patagonian Spirit
🔸.5oz fresh lemon juice
🔸4oz fresh apple cider
🔸Black pepper rim for garnish
Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve in a lowball with a rim of black pepper. (I use a dollop of honey to get the coarse pepper to stick to the glass in a square design!)
#gardencocktails #wintercocktails #punchcocktail #gin #drinktrakal #trakal #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #gincocktail #applecider #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch
  • In honor of NYE, today I’ve got a spicy punch to celebrate the end of 2019 with frozen festive ice molds. 🎉 When I was working through rounds of recipe testing, my dear friend Logan asked me if this recipe was one by Julie Reiner who opened the beloved Clover Club cocktail bar in Brooklyn. A higher compliment cannot be given to a drink so I decided it was finished and named the drink after her bar.
🥥Coconut Club🥥
☝️Also works with: light Rum
🔸2oz tequila muddled with a small slice of serrano pepper
🔸.75 orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, etc.)
🔸1oz lime juice
🔸.25oz simple syrup
🔸1oz coconut water
🔸1oz coconut milk (Beverage like Califa Farms, not from a can)
🔸Small splash of cranberry juice
If you’re making a single cocktail, add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake, strain and serve. If you’re making a punch, just use cups instead of oz and build your drink in a pitcher and chill the ingredients before adding to punch bowl with floating ice molds.
#nyecocktails #newyearsevedrinks #nyedrinks #punchcocktail #tequila #coconutcocktail #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #wintercocktail #tequilacocktail #citrus #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #cocktailculture #tequilacocktail #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch #craftedmixology #cocktailsforyou #feedfeed
  • Been using my mother-in-law’s enormous punch bowl this week and filling it with recipes from @maggiejhoffman’s Batch Cocktails. (I love this bowl!!!) Also by request of my mom, I made some Rudolph nose garnishes a la @craftandcocktails on one of the drinks this week. 🦌 🤓
Pics by my talented sister-in-law @kateruthphoto ❤️❤️❤️
🍒Sneaky Peat🍒
-2.25 cups of Scotch
-2.5 tablespoons of Angostura bitters
-2 cups chilled oolong tea (6 tea bags + 2 cups water steeped 8 hours)
-1 cup plus two tablespoons chilled cranberry syrup
-.5 cup water
-.75 cup fresh lemon juice
🍒Cranberry Syrup🍒
-1 cup water
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
-1 tablespoon Scotch
(Makes 12 servings) Add all ingredients to a punch bowl and stir. (For even better results, add all ingredients in a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator up to 2 days.) Serve in punch cups garnished with cranberries. For even better results, make an ice ring with garnishes and place the ring in the punch bowl.
#scotch #scotchwhisky #scotchcocktails #punch #punchdrunk #punchdrinks #batchcocktails  #imbibegram #punchbowl 
#cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #homebartender #mixologyart #wintercocktail #feedfeed#cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #artofdrinks#huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch

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Why I Grow an Urban Balcony Cocktail Garden

UES balcony cocktail garden

Two years ago when sean and I moved to our current apartment, one of the things I was most excited about was the possibility of a garden. I grew up in Indiana in the country with tons of land and my parents who took master gardening courses and it definitely showed in the flowers, veggies, and herbs they grew each year.

After living in NYC for over 5 years, I feel like there is this current of productivity and energy that I’m constantly riding. I’m not the type of person who can sit still for very long so most of the time the NYC energy is refreshing… but it does have its limits. I’ve noticed that when my mind starts to feel a little buzzy and busy, the best thing for me to do is find a project to work on with my hands. No podcasts, no screens- just some music and something tactile.

garden bloody mary

These days those tactile projects present themselves in the form of pottery class in the winter and cocktail gardening in the spring and summer.

cutting herbs with a barebones herb snipper

Gardening in New York City is not the efficient money-saving endeavor that it is back home where I grew up in Indiana. If I calculated the time and prep costs that go into the flowers, herbs, and tomatoes that I grow each summer it probably comes out to be as expensive as buying all the ingredients at he grocery.

rooftop garden in new york city

But gardening on the balcony is, of course, not *at all* about money.

It’s about watching little seedlings emerge in the early spring when summer still feels too far away.
growing seedlings for a garden

It’s about having an abundance of pansies both in color and quantity to use for cocktail garnishes.
pansies on balcony garden in NYC

And petunias!
petunias in balcony garden

And marigolds!
marigolds on a balcony garden with a bee

It’s also about having 10 times the amount of sage or oregano or nasturtium that you need for cooking. Of course you never *need* an enormous pot of thyme, but it sure is nice having a ton to make a giant summer dinner party. On most summer days, Sean makes herb omelets in the morning. On perfect summer days he’ll continue that by making herb potato salad in the afternoon, and a fresh herb salad for dinner. I’ll be in charge of the garden cocktails and the odd pickles, pesto, or jelly. (REALLY into onion jelly right now with peppers and lots of garlic.)

Eating a summer dinner on an UES NYC balcony

There are so many exciting profits of the balcony garden each summer, but my favorite thing of all is growing new-to-me varieties and things you can’t find in the grocery. Last summer I grew simple cherry tomatoes, some pear cherries, and 1 heirloom variety.

tomatoes harvested from balcony garden

This year I’ve got 6 different kinds of tomatoes growing with some ground cherries on the side.

nyc tomato garden

I’m also attempting to grow some scarlet runner beans from the lower balcony all the way up to the roof garden. So far I don’t have any beans to harvest just yet, but the beans are getting taller.

scarlet runner beans nyc balcony

At the end of the day, this garden is not a negligible amount of work. But it is my favorite spot to be in the city. And it’s the best place to unwind around the plants with a cocktail and our Pimmpup.


  • Reply
    Adina Applebaum
    September 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Hey! New reader here – and I loved this post. Dying to know where you got your etrog liqueur! Was that a NYC find, or did you buy it abroad?

    • Reply
      September 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Hey Adina! I received a bottle from the folks who make Sukkah Hill Spirits to include in some cocktails! They’re available in many spots around the country and in NYC, though!

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