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  • I took some photos for the folks at @josecuervotequila a month or so ago and had some fun experimenting with cinemagraphs. (The app Loopsie is amazing! Much easier than Photoshop.) 😊
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This drink is a riff on a Paloma, served in these lovely pink glasses from a Mexico City flea market. ❤️
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🌱Sage Advice🌱
▫️1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila ▫️2oz grapefruit juice
▫️.5oz 1:1 simple syrup
▫️.25oz lime juice
▫️Sage for muddling
▫️Soda water to top
▫️Edible flower for garnish
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Muddle sage with tequila. Add grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and lime juice to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve over ice. Top with soda water and garnish with an edible flower.
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  • Usually my mother-in-law’s enormous punch bowl only gets pulled out of the attic for Christmas, but it came out of hibernation when the whole family was home for a wedding. I got picked on a bit for taking longer to make the cocktails than others took to make their dinner dishes... but it’s not often you get to make 16 cocktails at once with an Indiana summer garden. One of my favorite summer things to do is walk around the yard picking things to make floral arrangements in cocktail glasses. 😊🌱❤️🌽 Photos by my sister-in-law @kateruthphoto
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🐛Strawberry Rhubarb Bourbon Bubble Punch🐛
▫️2 parts bourbon (1 cup= ~5 drinks)
▫️1 part fresh lemon
▫️.75 parts 1:1 rhubarb simple syrup
▫️Top with soda water, I used a lavender soda instead - you can use strawberry, pomegranate, anything you want!
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🎀 Rhubarb Simple Syrup🎀
🔸1 cup sugar
🔸1 cup water
🔸~2 stalks fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped
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Directions: Add the sugar, water, and chopped rhubarb to a saucepan on low heat. Simmer the syrup until the rhubarb gets soft and the syrup turns pink, about 20 minutes. (If you want it to be extra pink, feel free to add a pinch of hibiscus tea!) Chill and store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
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  • Last week in Indiana I was harvesting some rhubarb from my in-laws' garden and remembered one of my favorite cocktail inventions with rhubarb and cognac. Cognac was a bit intimidating at first but once I started thinking of it as a smooth bourbon or whiskey, cocktail inventing got a lot easier. :)
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Pro Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to make rhubarb ribbon garnishes! .
🌼Rhubarb Daisy🌼
🔸1.5oz cognac V.S.
🔸1oz chilled rooibos tea
🔸.75oz rhubarb simple syrup
🔸.75oz fresh lemon juice
🔸Edible flower and rhubarb ribbon for garnish
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Directions: Add cognac, rooibos tea, rhubarb simple syrup, and lemon juice to an ice-filled shaker. Shake, strain, and serve in an ice-filled collins glass. Garnish with a flower 
and a rhubarb ribbon. (Tip: use a vegetable peeler to get beautiful, uniform rhubarb ribbons!)
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🎀 Rhubarb Simple Syrup🎀
🔸1 cup sugar
🔸1 cup water
🔸~2 stalks fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped
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Directions: Add the sugar, water, and chopped rhubarb to a saucepan on low heat. Simmer the syrup until the rhubarb gets soft and the syrup turns pink, about 20 minutes. (If you want it to be extra pink,
feel free to add a pinch of hibiscus tea!) Chill and store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
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  • I made this cocktail last weekend when I was home in Indiana. My mom has so many different kinds of flowers all spring, summer, and fall long which makes garnishing cocktails at home so much fun. :) I especially liked playing with the columbine flowers because they have their own built in pinch to hold the other flowers on the glass rim.
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I also included a few photos of my mom’s garden and herb garden. It’s amazing what you can grow when you don’t have to put everything in pots! 🙌
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🍑Summer Peach Bourbon Sour🍑
▫️2oz bourbon
▫️1/4 of a peach
▫️.75oz lemon juice
▫️.5oz simple syrup
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Add bourbon and peaches to a blender and blend until smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain away any solids. Add simple syrup and lemon to the bourbon peach mixture and shake with ice. Strain, serve, and garnish generously.
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  • Making some progress on the Harlem terrace garden. ❤️ I was a bit stumped on how to lay out the space but once I started making hanging planters for the pots, everything started to make a lot more sense. One thing I’m really excited to try over the next week is installing an irrigation system. Hopefully it works and I don’t have to spend *as* much time each day watering plants in the hot summer sun. 🌞 .
I’m also in Indiana right now for a wedding so I’ll take some photos of my mom’s crazy garden and post them tomorrow. :)
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  • Just got back from a trip to Spain and in addition to the 13 bottles of sherry and vermouth we stashed away, I’ve already ordered a 5.2 lb vat of Castelvetraño olives. 🙃
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Going to work on a drinking guide to Madrid + Seville over the next week, but right now just sitting on the couch flipping through all the photos with Sean and thinking about vermouth cocktails. ❤️ Photos here are of my favorite bar in the whole world, La Venencia in Madrid. It’s an old dusty bar with 5 sherries (and only 5 sherries) on the menu. In our two trips through Madrid we’ve visited this bar 5 times. 🥳🌟 (3 on this trip. 😋)
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  • Sean and I just landed in Madrid and we are about to go on a tapas journey to get to my favorite bar in the whole world... This dusty sherry bar called La Venencia. 🤤 But first wanted to share a cocktail to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo!
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I first tried an avocado margarita in Austin a few years back. It was such a surprising flavor profile, making a refreshing margarita buttery yet light at the same time. In posting this recipe I am trying to remind myself to make it more often because it’s a do-over-and-over-and-over. 🌟
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🥑 Avocado Margarita 🥑 ▫️2oz tequila
▫️.75oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
▫️1 oz fresh lime juice
▫️.25oz 1:1 simple syrup
▫️Couple spoonfuls of fresh avocado
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Add all ingredients to a blender with a couple ice cubes. Blend and serve in a rocks glass on ice. Garnish with some herbs, a leaf of a green, and add a sprinkle of cayenne!
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  • For this cocktail, I dug through my fridge to try and make a drink that tastes like pure spring. 🌱🐣🌸 I took some inspiration from  @66squarefeet’s “Forest Harvest Feast” and made a variation of the milkweed cocktail from Marie’s book. The drink uses a milkweed cordial I made last summer where I pick the milkweed blossoms and then let them sit in sugar until the sugar extracts all the moisture and flavor. Then I make a 1:1 syrup with the milkweed sugar, bottle it, and let the  mixture ferment in the fridge all winter. Come January, the syrup becomes this funky effervescent cordial to use in everything from margaritas to gimlets! If you want a more detailed recipe head to my site GardenCocktails.co. :)
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Also- it’s almost milkweed season, time to do the whole process over again! ❤️
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🌸Spring Flowers🌸 ▫️2oz gin, I used @barrhill’s honey gin!
▫️.75 oz milkweed cordial
▫️.75oz dry vermouth ▫️.5oz lemon juice
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  • Slowly making some progress on the Harlem cocktail garden. :) I spent last weekend recycling last year’s soil with some compost, vermiculite, and perilite while Sean built a new tomato box. I’m a little worried that this new terrace is a bit too windy for some of the more delicate plants, but fingers crossed it is just a feisty spring. .
Also making some more progress inside the apartment. Still haven’t figured out where to put all of the artwork, but all of the pottery and tiki mugs have a home. 🌱🥵
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Excited to make some cocktails this weekend and play around in the new kitchen. Feels like it’s been forever and there is a bottle of last summer’s milkweed cordial calling my name. ❤️
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  • 🍻It’s #NationalBeerDay! In honor of this, I've got one more cocktail as a #birradelborgoPartner with the folks at @birradelborgo. :) #ad
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Lately I love topping cocktails with beer when I’m making gimlets, margaritas, or super citrus-forward drinks. It sounds strange but the beer cuts the acidity and mellows the drink to make the taste more layered. I served these drinks at our first big dinner party in the new Harlem apartment and got a thumbs up from our most critical cocktail friends. ;)
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🍺Duchessa-rita🍺
▫️1.5oz mezcal, or tequila
▫️.5oz pomegranate juice
▫️.75oz lime juice
▫️.5 oz simple syrup
▫️Muddled blackberry and cilantro for garnish
▫️Top with @birradelborgo Duchessa .
Add all ingredients except for the Duchessa to a shaker with ice. Muddle a blackberry in your glass and add ice. Strain shaken ingredients over the ice, top with Duchessa. Garnish and enjoy!
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  • The apartment is coming together and I am so happy to be gardening on the terrace. A perfect afternoon = pottery+ planting primroses + simple spritzes. This year I’ve got more edible flowers, some shiso, and some really unique tomatoes in the works thanks to @bakercreekseeds. 🍾🌱🐕
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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.

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  • 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
      Stacie
      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! http://www.sukkahhill.com/find-us/

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