Tequila and Limes!

Okay, so it might be a little foggy and chilly today on the North Coast–but I'm still thinking about margaritas.  Tequila, lime, a double jigger–it's a happy moment. 5 x 7 oil on board.  Click here to bid. Go here to see other paintings on...

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Drink This

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...

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I Srsly Love This Gin. Not Just Because It Was Free.

by Amy Oh, the product samples we get!  Screw the garden gloves; I want to drink me some gin!  So a big GardenRant salute goes out to Tru Organic Spirits, makers of a damn fine organic, low-carbon-footprint gin that also happens to be really tasty and oh-so-botanical. If you need to know how eco-friendly these people are, what with the tree planting and the lightweight bottles and the organic ingredients, go here and read it for...

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The Vodka Taste-Test

  Because my next book involves plants and booze, I am required to spend a lot of money at liquor stores buying unusual spirits.  It’s terrible, I know, but this is the sort of grueling research writers must put themselves through.  My husband is no help:  as a rare book dealer, he has that obsessive collector’s mentality that makes him want to acquire one of everything so as to have a complete...

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A Lovely Gin

There are no recipes this time. Amy and I drank our Esprit de June straight. But we do recommend a look at this post and this site and these pictures to learn more about the wonderful Sonnenberg Gardens. Here's the live experience: > More to come! Look for future episodes of our adventures during Amy's Central NY speaking tour. And a cocktail hour with fellow bloggers Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening, Dee/Red Dirt Ramblings, and...

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Hibiscus Champagne Cocktails

In which Elizabeth gets all dressed up for a gala botanical garden event, while Amy drinks vodka straight out of a mason jar and talks to her chickens. Topics include Champagne, hibiscus flowers in syrup, raspberry-infused vodka, a certain Black & Decker home appliance, and–once again–hyacinths. Special guest appearance by Amy's Buff Orpington, Ladybird. If you'd like to drink along with us, you'll need: Champagne...

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Hot Toddies!

In which Elizabeth broadcasts live from her bulb bunker and Amy drinks from a Pyrex measuring cup for lack of more suitable barware. Here's Elizabeth's hot toddy recipe: Bourbon hot toddy  2 parts hot lemon mix  (using 2 cups water, 1/4 cup sugar rubbed with lemon peel, juice of 2 lemons, boiled until dissolved)  1 part American Honey (from makers of Wild Turkey bourbon)  Pour into heavy rocks glass (Ed: ...

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Limoncello

Or at least use some of your lemons for limoncello. There’s something about limoncello. It’s not exactly a subtle or complex taste. But—for many of us, anyway—everything about a bottle of limoncello radiates a hot day in Amalfi, where you’re surrounded by jasmine, wisteria, lemon trees, and stores that are open ten minutes a day. It's easy to make. As you’ll see in this video, Amy already has, along with a lot of other homemade...

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Dickens Punch

In what has to be our all-time favorite Cocktail Hour to date, Amy invites Gen Schmidt of NorthCoastGardening for a celebrity guest appearance, and Elizabeth tries to set her newly-remodeled kitchen on fire. First, the recipes: Elizabeth's Dickensian punch, adapted from Splendid Table's adaptation.  Do we really have to give one of those silly warnings explaining the obvious to anyone who attempts this recipe?  That lighting...

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