• I LOVE Green Chartreuse but it’s just so dang expensive. A few months ago my coworker friend @winnie.fka.mocha told me about a liqueur that he uses interchangeably with Green Chartreuse called Cloosterbitter. I picked up a bottle in my big @wine_com order and have been playing around with it in different drinks like this gimlet featured here.
While the Cloosterbitter is a bit of a pared back Green Chartreuse, it’s more than half the cost so I think it’s got a permanent spot in my home bar going forward!
For this gimlet, I realized that I’ve rarely played with parsley in a drink and wanted to give it a shot in an herbal gimlet!
🌱Cloosterbitter Parsley & Basil Gimlet🌱
🔸2oz gin
🔸.75oz fresh lime juice
🔸.5oz @boomsma.distilleerderij Cloosterbitter
🔸Muddled parsley and basil
Muddle the parsley and basil with the gin, and add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake, double strain with a fine mesh strainer, and serve!
#gardencocktails #winedotcom #quarantinecocktails #quarantinecooking #greenchartreuse #CraftSpirits #chartreuse #Spirits  #punchcocktail #Imbibe  #cocktail #cocktails #homebar #homebartender #mixology #cloosterbitter #artofdrinks #drinkstagram #cocktailbar #liquor #apartmentbartender #bareaders #huffposttaste #fwx  #gincocktail #gimlet #imbibegram #mixologyart #mixologist
  • Here in NYC every day feels more bizarre than the next so Sean and I have enacted “Airport Rules” which means if you want a beer at noon, you can have a beer at noon. I haven’t yet taken advantage of these new home guidelines, but with Sean going back and forth from the hospital, I’m sure an “Airport Rules” afternoon will soon come in handy.  For this cocktail, I used a new-to-me liqueur that I got in a big @wine_com  order I placed using their Stewardship program. (Like Amazon Prime, but for wine and spirits! gave me a free year of Stewardship and I’ve *definitely* been putting it to good use.) The spirits are only available in a few markets, but it’s something I’ve been really grateful for as we’re directed to stay inside.
I made up this recipe using the celery root liqueur from @Apologueliqueurs— I wanted to take an herby and American take on a Moscow mule. .
🇺🇸American Mule 🇺🇸
☝️Also works with: bourbon, vodka
🔸1.5oz Applejack
🔸.5oz Celery Root liqueur from @Apologueliqueurs
🔸.5oz lime juice 🔸Ginger beer to top
#gardencocktails #applejack #quarantinecocktails #quarantinecooking #celeryroot #CraftSpirits #Craft #Spirits  #punchcocktail #Imbibe  #cocktail #cocktails #bar #ttcocktails #mixology #nationalcocktailday #artofdrinks #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailbar #liquor #celeriac #huffposttaste #fwx #winedotcom #moscowmule #homebartender #imbibegram #mixologyart #mixologist
  • Oi. What a week. Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe-- feel like we're all going to get a bit deeper into home bartending the next few weeks. That and snuggling our dogs and vowing to never take for-granted simple things like carefree dinner parties with friends and family. ❤️
Last week as things were transitioning to more strict work-from-home policies, we had a team lunch that had a lot of leftovers. I took home a tupperware full of watery pico de gallo. One of my favorite cocktails on earth is the "Tomato Water Bloody Mary" from @food52's Genuis Recipes and since the recipe to make tomato water is super similar to the ingredients in pico de gallo, I figured it was worth a shot to use the excess liquid from the salsa in a drink.
Recipe below for the tomato water, or you can make a fresh salsa and use the liquid you'd normally discard in a bloody!
🍅 Tomato Water 🍅
🔸4 large beefsteak tomatoes, quartered
🔸1/2 serrano chile, coarsely chopped
🔸1/4 red onion, coarsely chopped
🔸one, 3-inch piece of lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed and coarsely chopped
🔸small pinch of sugar
🔸large pinch of salt
🔸1/2 lime
🔸1/2 lemon
🔸1/2 orange
🍅 Cocktail 🍅
🔸2 cups tomato water
🔸6 ounces citrus vodka
🔸4 cherry tomatoes, for garnish
1. To make the tomato water, puree the tomatoes, chile, onion, lemongrass, sugar, and salt in a food processor, until smooth. Line a large strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth, and set the strainer over a nonreactive bowl. Pour the puree into the strainer and refrigerate overnight.
2. Gather the sides of the cheesecloth up over the puree to form a large sack and squeeze gently to extract the last bits of water. Discard the cheesecloth and its contents. Set a strainer over the bowl and squeeze in the lime, lemon and orange juices. Stir well.
3. To make the cocktails, fill four highball glasses with ice. In each, combine 4 ounces of tomato water and 1 1/2 ounces vodka and stir. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.
#gardencocktails #quarantinecooking #imbibe #feedfeed #thekitchn #thirstynyc  #drinkstagram  #eater #cocktails #imbibegram #IGcocktail #mixologist #f52grams #quarantinelife #quarantined
  • Found some hot house rhubarb at the grocery store and decided it's time to bring back one of my favorite recipe inventions of all time to drink this weekend. :) 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
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!)
🎀 Rhubarb Simple Syrup🎀
🔸1 cup sugar
🔸1 cup water
🔸~2 stalks fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped
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.
#gardencocktails @cognac_official #cognac_official #cognac #cognacUSA #CraftSpirits #Craft #Spirits #Drink #Imbibe #cognacstyle #cognaclife #cognacLover #ExperienceCognac #VisitCognac #hercognac #CognacFrance #CognacCocktails #cocktail #cocktails #bar #ttcocktails #mixology #nationalcocktailday #bartender #cocktailbar #liquor #rhubarb #bareaders #huffposttaste #fwx
  • Yesterday I posted (and pinned as a highlight!) some stories with a bit of progress on how the cocktail garden is growing from seed! This is my 4th year of growing a rooftop cocktail garden and I feel like every year I learn more tips, tricks, and hacks to get these seeds to germinate and flourish.
If you plan to grow your own cocktail garden but are scared to do it from seed-- there is still time!! I order all my seeds from aka @bakercreekseeds and I love them. If you have any questions about seedlings, ask here in a comment-- I'll be watching this thread to make sure I can share all the things that have been shared with me. (Especially from my sister-in-law  @cmw497 and my friend @blackforager 😋🥰)
#gardencocktails #gardendesign #springgarden #nycgarden #harlemgarden #urbangarden #balconygarden #terracegarden #cocktailgarden #springgarden #seedlings #growsomethingnew #seedporn #gardenporn #heirloom #heirloomseeds #seeds #rareseeds #nonGMO #growyourown #growyourownfood #garden #gardening #greenthumb #bakercreekseeds #bakercreekheirloomseeds #urbangardeners #urbangardening #ediblenyc #backyardgarden #gardenersofinstagram
  • Ordered my 2020 batch of seeds from @bakercreekseeds , planted a whole crew of edible flowers, found the pepper seeds I saved from last year, turned on the grow lights, and now we wait! All the planting has made me anxious for summer dinner parties and pepper harvests. 🌿🌸🍄🌶
#gardencocktails #gardendesign #springgarden #bhggarden #nycgarden #harlemgarden #urbangarden #balconygarden #terracegarden
  • 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.
#beetcocktail #gardencocktails #tequila #tequilacocktail #valentinesday #hotalingandco #cocktails #booze #mixology #imbibe #craftcocktails #libations #cocktailporn #homebartender #mixologyart #imbibegram #brandy #feedfeed #cocktailoftheday #cocktail #thirsty #drinkstagram #bartender #cocktailculture #liqpic #valentinescocktail #artofdrinks #huffposttaste #supercall #drinkpunch
  • 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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How to Make Handmade Tiki Mugs from Clay

handmade tiki mugs

When I first started taking pottery last year at the studio around the corner on the Upper East Side, one of the first things I made was a little set of tiki mugs. My tiki love started when I found a photo of a tiki mug on Instagram and fell down a rabbit hole of gorgeous ceramic stoneware.

how to make tiki mugs greenware

A few of my more recent creations. 🙂

As a complete novice when it came to pottery class, I made a lot of wonky little cylinders in the process of learning to throw on the wheel. Turns out, tiki mugs were the perfect solution to hide the imperfections from my mediocre pottery skills.

how to make tiki mugs

Learning about all the different kinds of playful tiki mugs was the gateway for me to get into tiki drinks and culture. Before I dug into the history of tiki, I’d always thought the sweet, alien-colored tiki drinks were everything that is wrong with cocktail culture. They represented the world of pre-made mixers, overly-sugared syrups, and unnatural colors.

how to make tiki mugs

Turns out I was completely misguided and good tiki drinks are full of fresh juices and clever flavors that you don’t find in other genres of cocktail-making. I LOVE making tiki drinks in the spring and summer when my edible pansies, marigolds, and nasturtiums are blooming on my balcony garden. 🙂

tiki mugs

How to Make Tiki Mugs Out of Clay:

To make a set of stoneware tiki mugs for yourself, it’s really not that difficult. The first thing you need to do is find a local ceramics studio that offers multi-week classes. I go to a private studio but there are also local rec centers and YMCAs that offer classes, too. After a couple sessions and a handful of YouTube tutorials, you’ll have all the skills you need to make tiki mugs!

Step 1:
The first thing you need to do is weigh and wedge identical amounts of clay for your set of tiki mugs. I’ve found that 1.25 pounds of clay is a perfect amount for a good tiki mug.
how to make tiki mugs wedging clay

Step 2:
Next you need to throw simple cylinders on the wheel! I use my pin tool to measure the height and width of my mugs to make sure that the sets are all the same size.

Step 3:
After you complete your cylinders and allow them to become leather-hard, it’s time to map out the face that you want to hand build on your mugs. I’ve taken simple cylinders and carved into them and I also make a simple tiki face. (Like the one below.) The parts pictured below are for a forehead, nose, lips, and ears.

Step 4:
After you’ve got your face shapes constructed, it’s time to slip and score the back of the little pieces as well as your tiki cylinder.
how to make a tiki mug

Step 5:
Adhere all of your pieces to the cylinder and smooth the edges. I use some slip and a paintbrush to make everything clean.
how to hand build tiki mugs

Step 6:
After you’ve added all of your facial features, cover your mugs in plastic and let them sit for 12-24 hours. After that, you can uncover them and let them dry.

Step 7:
Then it’s time to bisque fire your greenware!

Step 8:
After the bisque, it’s glaze time. I like to make all of my mugs crazy on the inside, but white on the outside so that I can make lots of different patterns, shapes, and sizes while keeping everything somewhat uniform. I also dip my tiki rims in a glaze we call sin sin at the studio. It adds an iridescence to the top part of the mugs.

I love the feeling of bringing home a new piece of pottery, and there is something extra delightful about adding another goofy set of faces to my already-ridiculous collection of cocktail accoutremant.

Many mugs I’ve made over the past year were gifts for friends and family members…

…And then there were many experiments that I wanted to keep for myself to add to my collection of wacky faces.

I’m taking a little break from my stint of pottery classes to focus on balcony cocktail gardening this summer, but in the fall I’ll get back to the clay. 🙂

Also check out my article on how to make juice without a juicer!

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