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Lavender Lemonade

27 May

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Summer in a glass. Refreshing and delicious, the light floral notes compliment the sweet and tart so nicely.

Time: 10 minutes                Serves: 7

Ingredients


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender buds
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon pulp
  • 5 cups cold water

How to make it


  • Combine water, sugar, and lavender buds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisk, then reduce and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Strain lavender syrup into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice, pulp, and cold water. Stir and serve over ice.
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Plumcot Cocktail

24 Aug

A refreshing cocktail that can be made using any stone fruit or in a non-alcoholic version. Plumcots a.k.a. Pluots are a cross between plums and apricots.

Time: 5 minutes             Serves: 2

Ingredients


  • 1 plumcot, pitted and cut into chunks (or other stone fruit)
  • 3 oz. vodka or light rum
  • 3 oz. club soda
  • 3 oz. limeade or lemonade
  • 8 mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • slices of plumcot & mint sprigs for garnish

How to make it


  • Divide fruit chunks and mint leaves into two glasses and muddle. Top with ice cubes.
  • Combine vodka, soda, and lemonade in a martini shaker filled with ice and mix well. Strain and divide between the two glasses and garnish.

Refreshing Mint Iced Tea

21 Jun

Our favorite deli serves this during the summer and it we cracked the code & now can enjoy it at home anytime 🙂 Perfect for a hot & steamy day like this one!

Time: 10 minutes +chill          Serves: 8

Ingredients


  • 12 cups water
  • 1 bunch mint leaves (about 100-120 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (optional, more/less to taste – may sub honey or agave nectar)
  • optional: fresh squeezed lemon juice, mint for garnish

How to make it


  • In a pot that can be covered, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint leaves, tearing roughly as adding. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain leaves out. Add simple syrup. Mix well & allow to cool at least to room temp before pouring over a tall glass of ice.