Posts Tagged "borage"

The Herbarium

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 in Drink This, Recipes | Comments Off

The Herbarium

1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin .5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur 3-4 chunks lemon cucumber 2-3 sprigs basil ¼ lemon Club soda Borage blossom or basil leaf for garnish Squeeze lemon into cocktail shaker and combine all ingredients except the club soda.  Muddle cucumber and basil, then add ice, shake, and strain into a tall, skinny Collins glass filled with ice.  Top with club soda and add garnish. Like...

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Borage

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Plant This | Comments Off

Borage

People say that borage leaves taste like cucumber, but if that’s the flavor you’re after, why not just eat a cucumber? Use the leaves if you want—some people pick small, young leaves for salads or cook them with other greens—but it’s the flowers I’m interested in.  The dazzling bright blue color isn’t found in many flowers, particularly edibles, and the fact that they hold their color when frozen means that you can do a very elegant little ice cube trick with them:  Fill ice cube trays halfway, freeze, and then set a flower on each half-cube of ice. Refill with water and...

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Grow Your Own: The Old Tom Gin Collection

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 in Drunken Botanist Plant Collection | Comments Off

Grow Your Own:  The Old Tom Gin Collection

My cocktail-loving friends at Log House Plants have put together a collection of plants based around the flavors in gin. They’re a wholesale nursery, so they’re growing the plants for sale at retail garden centers and gourmet grocery stores on the West Coast.  Look for them in your local indie garden center/grocery store, or order them online from the Territorial Seed Company, who has joined in this effort and put together a great collection of cocktail-friendly plants and seeds.   Here’s what’s in our Old Tom Gin Garden collection:   Cucumber Mexican Sour...

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Drink Your Flowers

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | 3 comments

Drink Your Flowers

Not every flower belongs in a cocktail glass. But these do.  They’re easy to grow and totally worthwhile. Check it out: Borage. People say that borage leaves taste like cucumber, but if that’s the flavor you’re after, why not just eat a cucumber? Use the leaves if you want—some people pick small, young leaves for salads or cook them with other greens—but it’s the flowers I’m interested in.  The dazzling bright blue color isn’t found in many flowers, particularly edibles, and the fact that they hold their color when frozen means that you can do a very elegant little ice...

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