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Make This: A Dry Sparkling Cucumber “Spa Water” Mocktail

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Let’s Make An Orange Rosemary Gin and Tonic! Even If It Rains.

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Sometimes your best laid plans are all wet. Take my efforts to create another refreshing outdoor cocktail as part of my recurring drink series “The Slap-Happy Gartender.” I saw the most gorgeous orange colored rose outside, so I decided orange (not rose!) was going to play a role. So I put together a simple, refreshing Orange Rosemary Gin and Tonic. YES! SIMPLE! Because not every drink has to be a major production!
Then it rained. But I will not be discouraged or stopped! 😉
Without further ado, here’s my recipe for a quick cocktail IN THE RAIN!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Light and Lovely Butter Lettuce With Goat Cheese, Radishes and Lemon Vinaigrette

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The smoothness of butter lettuce and creaminess of goat cheese gets a snap of flavor from thinly sliced radishes. Sweet and tangy lemon vinaigrette make this a light, lovely salad.

This salad is a perfect, light starter to any meal. It’s crisp, fresh and just feels right.

For me, stronger flavors like onions and radishes are always better when thinly chopped or diced, ensuring that people aren’t blasted with just one intense flavor. This is about all the ingredients playing well together. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

Here’s how to make it!

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Six Easy Drink Garnishes Your Guests Will Love

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Garnishes are the ‘jewelry’ of a drink – they help make a statement, but a little can go a long way. 

Here are some easy-to-do accents for any beverage you’re serving.

ROSEMARY SKEWERED PEACH

When I look for rosemary at the grocery store, I always seek out the longest spears possible. (Even better, plant it in your yard! It smells amazing and grows to be sturdy and plentify.) In the case of this peach bellini mocktail, I used a chopstick to poke a small hole in a peach or nectarine slice, and pull the rosemary through! It always draws a gasp from anyone who grabs a glass.

APPLES, SLICED, SKEWERED AND SWIRLED

This is so easy. With the help of a skewer, just a simple twist of stacked apples turns into something simple, delicious and eye catching.

EDIBLE FLOWERS, TWO WAYS

Edible flowers can be bought online or at some grocery stores (I often see them in the herb section at whole foods.) Don’t by them from the flower section, as they often have insecticides on them.

Once you find them, drizzling a few on top (don’t overdo it – they’re more attractive than they are flavorfulor poking through a piece of dried fruit can take your drink to the next level! (Or, buy edible food glue (bake shops and amazon) and attach them to the rim or the fruit directly. In one case here, the drink is further enhanced with a crushed candy powder rim. The second drink, below is from Domingo in San Antonio, and it’s a delicious combo of tamarind soda, tequila, and more.


CUKES AND CUBES

When I really wanted to take spa water to the next level, I decided to cut a cucumber into squares, hence the name ‘cuke cubes’. But the simple stunner here is when you take an english cucumber (they’re long and wrapped in plastic at the store because their thing is skin and delicate – and use a vegetable peeler to create a long strip. Layer into a scroll and skewer it… carefully unfold it a bit and you’ve got an eye catching garnish!

HERB IT UP

There’s something beautiful about a sprig of a dry herb resting on a cocktail glass. In this case, thai basil, but a sprig of lavender or thyme also look distinctive resting on top of a foamy drink, plus a slice of lime, takes the drink to the next level. In this case, a partially salted rim rounds out the flavor profile. This cocktail is from the Weho Bistro and I won’t soon forget it.

I hope a few of these inspire you to try something new with your mocktails and cocktails!

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