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Now that the 4th of July has passed, summer has truly begun in Seattle. The sun is shining, the BBQ is fired-up, and a wild game of badminton is underway. The players and onlookers are thirsty, and I’ve got just the thing. This refreshing lemonade is perfect for hot summer afternoons like these. The soothing taste of fragrant basil and the zesty flavor of ruby-red Aleppo pepper create a delicious, thirst quenching treat. The simple syrup can be used to make wonderful cocktails as well. Many thanks to our good friend Carol Peterman for sharing her recipe with us.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo like never before with this delicious cocktail. The hibiscus infuses a deep rich red color to this libation… Add a slice of lime and Sel de Mer to the rim of your glass and you have the colors of the Mexican flag! Almost cranberry in flavor, it’s got a “zing” that is enhanced by using silver tequila and the homemade spiced simple syrup. Tune in to the mariachi station on Pandora while you whip these up for an absolute fiesta!
The delicious comfort of drinking chocolate is ancient ritual. Both the Aztecs and Mayans believed cocoa to be a gift from the gods. This recipe may have changed a bit in the last 500 years, but the taste is still heavenly. Our Mayan Cocoa mix rests on a deep chocolate base with a mellow chile warmth alongside the intricate flavors of almond, true cinnamon and allspice.
Whisk together 2-4 tablespoons of Mayan Cocoa per cup of whole milk and heat to just below boiling. Hold at this temperature for a few minutes, then strain to remove any spice chunks. Sweeten to taste and enjoy!
Tasmanian pepperberries are simply delightful, offering a bold but fleeting flavor profile that ranges from floral and camphor to a tingly pepper bite. One of the best ways to capture their elusive flavors is in alcohol or vinegar infusions- the flavors of the berry just jump right in, along with an appetizing rosy-purple glow.
We like to use vodka for alcohol infusions, and a white balsamic or champagne vinegar respectively. The infusion technique is the same for both vinegar and alcohol- and once you have your infusion you can use it to make cocktails, shrubs, vinaigrettes or whatever else you can dream up! Simply crack the Tasmanian pepperberries in a mortar & pestle and add them to the liquid (alcohol or vinegar) in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Use 1-2 teaspoons of berries per pint of liquid, and allow them to infuse for at least 24 hours. The beautiful color will appear immediately, but allow them to infuse for a whole day to get the best flavor. Strain the berries out of the liquid using two nested strainers.
These exotic infusions also make great hostess or holiday gifts. DIY doesn’t get any easier, and then you get to enjoy this! A simple vodka tonic with lime is made all the more refreshing.