Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin With Rose

Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin with Rose

"Infusion" is one of those words that sounds more complex than it really is. Infused spirits are all the rage right now at cocktail bars, but you don't need to go out to enjoy them. You can make your own infusions with your preferred ingredients at home. There are three main ways to do infusions: Classic immersion method: Mixing the ingredients in a glass gar and letting them sit for a few days to a few weeks in the dark at room temperature. Better for fruit and herbs. Heat infusions…

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Radish Cilantro Slaw

Radish Cilantro Slaw

Do you have a bunch of radishes that you don't know what to do with? Try making this delicious topping for your next batch of tacos. I came up with this after buying a container of beautiful radishes from the local farmers' market, only to return home and discover that we already had a full bag in the fridge. After making a batch of quick pickles out of them, I came up with this to put on our tacos. Amanda and I liked it so much that we ate it two…

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The Half-Pound BLT

The Half-Pound BLT

We take sandwiches very seriously in the Grimmett household. We are picky about the ingredients and the way they are arranged. Admittedly, sometimes we take things a little too far, but as our friend Thomas says, "If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing." We agree. BLTs (I'm referring to bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, not one of the other 105 possible meanings of that acronym) are really good. If you are just starting to learn how to cook, start with something simple and delicious like the BLT. It will taste great,…

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Tipple Tuesday: Mount Gay & Tonic

Tipple Tuesday: Mount Gay & Tonic

It is hot here in NY, and by looking at the map, it is pretty hot in most of the US. I can't think of a better time to sip our favorite simple, refreshing summer cocktail, the Mount Gay & Tonic. You can make it in under a minute and it is so good that you'll keep the ingredients around precisely for hot days like this when you don't have the energy to make anything else. Before we get to the recipe, here is a fun fact: Mount Gay is…

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Tipple Tuesday: Mayan Mule

Tipple Tuesday: Mayan Mule

Put down your tacos and skip the transformation photos. Have a drink instead. The Mayan Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule. Instead of the flavorless vodka, we use Reposado tequila, which has a nice balanced of agave and wood. This cuts the lime and ginger beer, making a balanced drink. For making crushed ice, I highly recommend the Neat Ice Kit by Studio Neat. (Thanks for ours, Sean!) It is the best way to make perfectly clear ice at home. It contains an ice mold, wooden muddler, steel chisel,…

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A Year Of Kombucha Experiments

A Year of Kombucha Experiments

Here are my notes from a year of experimentation with making, flavoring, and drinking kombucha. If you haven't heard of kombucha, you'd better get to searchin'. Tea types Regular black tea This is the first base I tried. It makes your standard, run-of-the-mill kombucha. This is also what keeps the SCOBY happy with the nutrients it needs. Creme Maurice Creme Maurice is a fine broken-leaf tea with strong vanilla notes, which come out in the final product. This is my favorite base tea so far. Irish Breakfast While I can immediately tell the…

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