Posts Tagged "cucumber"

Mamani Gin & Tonic

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 in Drink This, Recipes | 2 comments

Mamani Gin & Tonic

1.5 oz gin 2-3 fresh jalapeño slices (or, if you prefer, a milder pepper), seeds removed 2-3 sprigs cilantro or basil 2-3 chunks cucumber 1 chunk celery stalk 4 oz high-quality tonic water (Fever Tree or Q Tonic) 1-2 cherry tomatoes, along with a basil or cilantro leaf, on a pick for garnish Ice   Fill a mason jar, Collins glass, or short tumbler with ice.  In between the ice cubes, layer in a slice or two of pepper, a sprig of cilantro or basil, and a cherry tomato. In a cocktail shaker, combine the first five ingredients. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to gently crush the vegetables...

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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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The Farmers Market

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

The Farmers Market

1.5 oz vodka (Try Glacier Potato Vodka from Idaho) 2-3 ‘Mexican Sour Gherkin’ cucumbers 1-2 stalks ‘Red Venture’ celery 2-3 sprigs cilantro 2-3 slices small spicy or mild peppers 6 cherry tomatoes or 1-2 slices large tomato Dash of Worcestershire sauce (try Annie’s for a vegetarian version) 3-4 oz Q or Fever Tree tonic water   Reserve a celery stalk, cherry tomato, or cucumber for garnish.  Combine all ingredients excep the tonic water in a cocktail shaker and gently crush the vegetables and herbs, making sure to release the tomato juice.  Shake with ice and strain into a...

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Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 in Botany, Plant This | Comments Off

Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber

This is not actually a cucumber. It’s a close relative, Melothria scabra, native to Central America and Mexico, with a bright, tart flavor a bit bolder than a cucumber—but the flavor isn’t the only reason to grow this one. The fruits themselves are only the size of a grape, but they resemble miniature watermelons, with a mottled green and white skin. They’re the perfect size for a drink garnish. (get them here) Look for them in garden centers, but if you can’t find them, grow them from seed. They’ll get up and running quickly, they’ll tolerate cold better...

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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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I’ll Have What She’s Having.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 in Recipes | Comments Off

I’ll Have What She’s Having.

Gin.  (vodka if you must, but really–gin.  Hendrick‘s would be a fine choice.) Basil and cucumber, muddled. Squeeze of lime juice. Splash of Dry Cucumber Soda Happy Wednesday!

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