Too Early to be Spring

The temperature in Sonoma is all over the place! First it’s mid 60s, then drastically 80s for a week, and finally in the 50s! That 80 degree weather was frightening because it’s too early for spring let alone summer weather. This drink is my ode to the end of winter and my love of Middle…

Paris 1889

I have been on a serious Apéritif and Digestif kick recently! Hopefully I’m not alone in this love affair with these sweet, bitter, and herbaceous liqueurs. They add lots of complexity to a drink even with minimal ingredients. They are however one of those items that are hard to find “substitutes” for when it comes…

Clockwork Sour

Aperitifs are liqueurs drank before a meal to stimulate ones appetite. Don’t you just love the way Europeans think? There are so many ways to introduce pleasure in to ones life even as small as a drink to help increase the pleasure of a meal. Probably one of the most popular aperitifs is the Italian…

Yule log Flip

Happy Sunday! I chose to be a day late on Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails so that I could enjoy my younger cousin marry the love of his life. I wont go in to details about the ceremony, except the seeing my cousin trying to hold back tears of pure happiness as…

Christmas Cranberry Smash

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails! What kind of shopper is everyone? Personally, after working at the mall for 2 years when I was younger, I like to get shopping out of the way as soon as possible! Nothing kills the holidays for you like working at the mall and hearing Mariah Carey’s…

Noisette

Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails! If I haven’t said it before I am a bit of a Francophile! I dreamed of going to Paris my whole life and when I finally went I was blown away! I loved waking up every morning and walking about 10 feet from my AirBNB…

Apple and Rosemary Shrub

A shrub is similar to simple syrup except it uses vinegar instead of water for liquid. The first time I ever tried one was actually at this amazing Jewish Deli in San Francisco that was famous for pickles and advertised homemade soda. When I ordered a blackberry soda the owner warned me that it wasn’t…

Spiced Syrup

1 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Cup Water 2 Cinnamon Sticks 1 Star Anise 1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves 1 Teaspoon Whole Allspice 1 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg In a sauce pan on medium heat pour in all your ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes occasionally stirring, remove from heat,…

Habanero Syrup

-1cup Sugar -1cup Water -3 Habanero Peppers Remove stems and cut peppers in half. over medium heat place all ingredient in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Stirring consistently until sugar is melted and the mixture thickens (3 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat, let cool, and pour through a mesh strainer in…

LavendEr Honey Syrup

-0.5 Cups Fresh Lavender or 0.25 Cups Dried Lavendar -1 Cup Honey -1 Cup Water Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add all ingredients and bring to a simmer stirring regularly until honey is completely dissolved and you can smell the lavender. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool…