Posts made in September, 2012

Blooming Cocktails

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | 1 comment

Last month I looked at flowers that can be used to decorate cocktails—borage and pansies and the like—but this month, we’ll consider a few flowers that actually flavor drinks.  Some of these have been used for centuries to make not just liqueurs, but boozy medicinal potions as well. Elderflower.  Cordials and sodas flavored with elderflowers are a very British thing, but it took an American distiller to recognize their potential. Rob Cooper, a third-generation distiller, tasted homemade elderflower syrup in a London bar and decided to create a liqueur from the flowers.  The result is...

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A Humboldt-Inspired Beer Cocktail

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Recipes | 1 comment

When the North Coast Journal asked me to suggest a cocktail for its “Best of” issue, I thought, “Humboldt in a glass. What does that taste like?” Well, it has to taste like our fantastic local beer. It just so happens that beer cocktails were all the rage this summer at Tales of the Cocktail, the big annual booze industry extravaganza in New Orleans. A recipe first published in Imbibe magazine puts Humboldt’s hoppiest brews to good use. The hops add just the right note of bracing citrusy bitterness, and the beer gives it a little fizz. The Lost Coast Fizz 1 ¾ oz Hayman’s Old Tom...

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