Posts made in February, 2012

A Summer Drink in February. Because I Refuse to Wait.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Featured, Recipes | 4 comments

Frozen berries. Mint.  Lime.  Rum.  Not exactly a February drink.  And yet I could not resist. I told my cousin Helen that I’d make a special drink for her birthday when I was in Texas last week. But as it happened, she couldn’t make the drive from Austin to Dallas, which is understandable, what with her having a job and responsibilities and all.  So Helen, this is the drink I didn’t make for your birthday.  I should have just gone ahead and made the drink for the rest of the family, but time was short and I just didn’t get around to the liquor store and the...

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My Love is a Red, Red Cocktail

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 in Featured, Recipes | 4 comments

I know, I know.  Valentine’s Day!  Ick. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate lined with those weird paper doilies, a card that plays a song—who does that, anyway? It’s a strange holiday. Single people hate it or ignore it, happy old married couples don’t need it, and anyone in a new, untested relationship approaches it with terror. What’s needed is a smaller, more thoughtful, and more elegant gesture.  I’m thinking a sexy red drink, one that you can make for your beloved or—what the hell?  For your friends.  Or just for yourself.  One fabulous flaming red drink in the middle of...

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Niki Jabbour’s Inspired Cocktail Garden Idea

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Make This | 2 comments

Who cares if it’s February?  I want my basil mojito and I want it now.   Niki Jabbour, author of a new book called The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, offers these two brilliant bartender-inspired ideas for sheltering herbs and any other tender young green thing.  Modeled after the classic Victorian glass cloche or bell jar, these repurposed wine glasses do the job perfectly, creating a miniature greenhouse that keeps the plant warm and protected from the elements. And for larger plants:  the punch bowl!  Brilliant.   photos courtesy of Joseph De Sciose and The Year Round...

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Gardeners Who Drink, Drinkers Who Garden

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 in Botany, Featured | 6 comments

Turns out Martha loves them both.  Two of my favorite gardeners-who-drink are featured in Martha Stewart’s March issue:  the brilliant Ivette Soler of Germinatrix  (also author of a very hot book, The Edible Front Yard), and Marie Viljoen of 66 Square Feet, the Manhattan garden blog through which I live out my New York fantasies. New to me in this issue are Lee Clippard and John Stott of The Grackle. They all offer up their garden-inspired drinks–serviceberry!  Lemon verbena!  Heirloom tomatoes! –and by the time the issue hits the stands, I will be ready to plant all of...

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