Apple Brandy Hot Toddy
No ice cubes for me these days. All I've been hankering for lately are hot drinks. And specifically, a hot toddy in the evening. My latest triumph is the Apple Brandy Hot Toddy. I infused brandy with apples, cardamom and cinnamon for the last month. It's so simple, and so good! Add equal parts apple brandy and hot water to a mug. If you want it sweeter, add a little honey, or for more tart, a squeeze of lemon. I garnished the toddy with some of the brandy-infused apple pieces that were strained from the infusion.
Apple Brandy Hot Toddy
2 cups ...
Cranberry Liqueur with a Twist
This Cranberry Liqueur is quick to make, has spectacular color, and delivers on the flavor. Cranberry and orange flavors are a long time favorite combination. I added a sprig of lemon verbena, but rosemary or sage would be swell possibilities. For the sweetener, I went with a nice quality maple syrup, which gave it instant depth. I used vodka for the spirit. The Cranberry Liqueur can be enjoyed in small glasses as an after dinner drink, or mixed with club soda for a quickie cocktail.
This gorgeous infusion is ready in two weeks, so you can even get some Cranberry Liqueur ...
Easy Bottle Gift
The next time you are gifting a bottle of something special, it's easy to take it to the next level. Tie a pretty orphaned glass from the thrift store onto the bottle neck with a ribbon. Simple and eye-catching.
Delicious Way to Use Amaro
Making my own amaro liqueur each season, from what is available in our cocktail garden, has produced some remarkable results. Besides enjoying glasses of these bitter and herbal liqueurs on their own, I am using them as ingredients in cocktails. This Amaroni is a variation of a Negroni, a classic cocktail, which is equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth. My Summer Amaro replaced the Campari. Here is another Amarino version, using my Spring Amaro. So easy to make, and even easier to drink!
1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth (I'm currently loving Bonal Gentiane - Quina for this component)
Holiday Bartender’s Garden
Here's a sneak peek of my upcoming show and tell demo - Holiday Bartender's Garden. I'd be delighted to have you join me at Swanson's Nursery in Seattle on Sunday, November 10 at 11 a.m. No registration required, and it's free!
I'll be sharing fun and easy ideas for creating your own Hot Toddy Brandy, Lime Bitters with Spiced Rum, a non-alcoholic Holiday Herbal Sparkling Water, cordials and more—all using the bounty from your herb garden (with a little help from your stash of spices). Lots of how-to tips and recipes for making these sensational sips for entertaining and gift giving. It’s gartending—a fun ...
Hot Toddy Brandy
Here is an easy way to make a Hot Toddy in a jiffy - spice up your bottle of brandy with this easy recipe. When it is Hot Toddy time, pour your serving of Hot Toddy Brandy into your cup, and add your hot water, tea or apple cider. For even more flavor, float a slice of lemon on top. You've got a Hot Toddy in a hurry.
Hot Toddy Brandy
2 1/2 cups to 3 cups brandy
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
slice of fresh ginger
Place everything in a ...
This jar of luscious garden ingredients is my Fall Amaro infusing away. Back in January, I decided to make an amaro for each season, using ingredients from our garden. Amaro is the Italian word for bitter. I am smitten with these herbal liqueurs, which have varying degrees of bitterness. They are lovely to sip on their own, and make intriguing additions to cocktails.
My Winter Amaro ended up borrowing a few ingredients from the spice drawer and the peel of an orange, because the pickings were quite slim out in our garden in the depth of winter.
The Spring Amaro had 16 ...