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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A lovely drink for the transition seasons when you need to use up all the edible flowers before they 💐☠️🥀!
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Today I've got another recipe video from LG!  I've been working with @LGUSA to celebrate the launch of their new InstaView Refrigerator with Craft Ice. (It's an amazing fridge that makes the large, clear, ice rounds.) Last video I made a cocktail with persimmons, but I made this drink for the fall transition season we're in right now. It's light and citrusy, but the cocktail has some dimension and spice with the cayenne and Lillet.  #LGcraftice #ad
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🌶Spicy ImaGINation 🌶
🔸2oz Gin
🔸.75oz lime juice
🔸.5oz 1:1 honey simple syrup
🔸.5oz Lillet Blanc
🔸Pinch of salt
🔸Half of a clementine, muddled
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Muddle the clementine with the gin, add the rest of the ingredients. Shake with ice, strain over a large LG ice round. Garnish with an edible flower, sprinkle top of drink with cayenne.
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ALSO! Be sure to check the link in my bio to RSVP for the LG event on Saturday!  There is going to be a multi-room home experiential cocktail / mocktail / snack party with @raelpetit & @apartment_bartender here in NYC and it's free to attend!
  • Tapped into my milkweed reserves to make this milkweed daiquiri in some of the first tiki mugs I ever made. 🗿(Check gardencocktails.co to see how to make some!)
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If you don’t have milkweed reserves, you can use a syrup with any tea or flower you’d like! Just steep the tea or flower in 1:1 simple syrup.
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🌸Milkweed Daiquiri🌸
-1.5oz white rum
-.5oz milkweed simple syrup (or whatever syrup you want!)
-1oz lime juice
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Shake with ice, strain and serve up in a coupe or in a tiki glass if you really want to use your collection. Garnish with flowers.
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  • In my journey of cocktail making, I've made many mistakes and have created some questionable concoctions. (One time I even accidentally served my friend a cocktail with a basil flower that turned out to have a drowsy bee tucked in the blossom! 🤭😬🐝) But one of the worst cocktails I've made was when Sean and I went camping in the Catskills... Watch the vid to see why. 💎 @LGusa #LGCraftIce #ad
  • All summer long, the Harlem Cocktail Terrace is FULL of bees and pollinators. And every year around this time I’m so thankful for them as I pick all the ground cherries, peppers, tomatoes, and blueberries to put into drinks.
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In the cocktail world, the bees’ hard work is being celebrated by @BarrHillGin and a bunch of bars and restaurants across the country during #BeesKneesWeek starting September 23. 🐝🌻 $1 from every Bee’s Knees cocktail sold at participating restaurants will be donated to a nonprofit bee & pollinator organization that works to educate the public on these issues.
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For this cocktail, I used some of my ground cherries in a bees knees variation. Ground cherries are my LOVES in the fall, they’re my milkweed of autumn. (But don’t worry, I have a gallon of milkweed syrup to break out in December. ) If you don’t have ground cherries on hand, you can use any sweetish cherry tomato. Seriously— just trust me. :) .#RaiseYourBarr #barrhillpartner
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 🐝Ground Cherry Bee’s Knees🐝
-2 oz Caledonia Spirits @barrhillgin
-3/4oz honey syrup (prepare just like simple syrup)
-3/4oz lemon juice
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Blend the gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker. With a fine mesh strainer, strain out the solids. Shake cocktail with ice. Garnish with ground cherries.
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  • A cocktail for the most sacred ingredient of fall: the PERSIMMON! 🍾
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It's my first recipe video with LG! Like I mentioned last week, I've been working with @LGUSA to celebrate the launch of their new InstaView Refrigerator with Craft Ice. I've got my first recipe pinned on my highlights, but this is the first recipe video with my favorite cocktail ingredient of fall-- persimmons! #LGcraftice #ad
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My grandparents owned an antique shop in Indiana called “The Persimmon Tree” and I named my dog Pimm, short for Persimmon. Because of this, persimmon season is one of the most sacred cocktail times of the year for me and the fruit is one of my favorites to use for recipe development. This is an amazing cocktail to drink in the fall, and it works perfectly for Thanksgiving especially if you replace the honey with a scoop of cranberry sauce!
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The Persimmon Tree
🔸2oz Martell Cognac infused with overripe North American persimmons, Asian persimmons from the grocery if you can’t find the North American variety
🔸.75oz lemon juice
🔸1 tsp honey
🔸Rosemary for muddling
🔸Top with champagne
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Serve in a lowball with a large LG Craft Ice Cube, garnish with rosemary OR a leaf of sassafras if you know where a tree grows. :)
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ALSO! Be sure to check the link in my bio to RSVP for the LG event on Saturday, September 21st.  There is going to be a multi-room home experiential cocktail / mocktail / snack party here in NYC and it's free to attend!
  • We are having a Spanish dinner tonight on the Harlem Terrace with a few friends and we’ve been working on tapas + carbonated gin and tonics with homemade syrup all day. (Sean got the c02 tank refilled! Now we can carbonate cocktails again and also make seltzer with the Sodastream. 😎)
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I love how the gin and tonic in Spanish culture is such a PROCESS. And no one makes a better g&t than Dave Arnold. I included his recipe in the gallery because the instructions are way too long for IG. Also included a pic of my new favorite Spanish book that we’ve been using a ton. :)
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  • A few weeks back I had the chance to film some cocktail recipe videos with the folks at @LGUSA to celebrate the launch of their new InstaView Refrigerator with Craft Ice. This fridge is 🍌🍌🍌 because it has a special ice maker that makes the large, clear ice rounds. I even called my mom and told her that there's a new fridge that makes the big ice rounds, haha. Nothing makes a cocktail sadder than that cloudy half-moon ice that comes out of normal ice makers, and I HATE making round ice in the silicone molds in our tiny NYC freezer... To the point where a few years ago Sean said to me, "I don't think I've ever seen you make a tray of ice." (He is correct, I have not. 😏*Unless the ice has flowers in it.*)
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Over the next couple weeks I'll be sharing videos and stories of this partnership and then on Saturday, September 21st there is going to be a multi-room home cocktail / mocktail / snack party here in NYC! It's free to attend so you can sign up for the afternoon or evening session with the link in my bio. The event sounds a bit like Meow Wolf but with cocktails... Hope to see folks there! #LGCraftIce #ad #gardencocktails

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May Day: Gin, Aperol, Champagne, Lemon

May Day Cocktail with Aperol and gin

Just ordered a book on wild edible plants because I told my friend that petunias are edible. (They’re not.) 😲🌸😲🌸😲 (we’re fine. 😋) This cocktail is a perfect balcony drink no matter what flowers you use to garnish.

May Day Cocktail


Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • .5 oz gin
  • .5 oz Aperol
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • 3 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • Champagne to top

Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredients except champagne and pour into a chilled coupe. Top with the bubbly stuff! Garnish with a garden flower!

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