May 19th, 2010

cap, captain miss america

Three Cocktails and a dessert

The first two of these are similar drinks that were made with fresh herbs from the garden along a similar theme, the second one is…not!

1)Fairy Time

Ingredients for two drinks
6 oz D H Krahn gin
1/2 oz absinthe
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/4 cup fresh thyme
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1 Meyer Lemon

Reserve 2 half-moon slices of lemon
Put lemon juice, syrup, and thyme in shaker with ice, muddle until thyme is bruised
Add gin & absinthe, shake
Coat 2 chilled cocktail glasses with vermouth, pour out excess
Strain contents of shaker into glasses
Add lemon to garnish

2) Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Ingredients for 2 cocktails

6 oz Miller’s Gin
1 oz Acacia Honey
1 oz Lavender Syrup
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 Meyer Lemon
2 tbs cup fresh parsley plus two sprigs
2 tbs cup fresh sage
2 tbs cup fresh rosemary
2 tbs cup fresh thyme
1/4 oz St Germain

Reserve 2 half-moon slices of lemon
Cut remainder of lemon into wedges
Put fresh herbs, honey, syrup, and lemon wedges in shaker with ice and muddle until herbs are bruised
Add gin & vermouth, shake
Coat 2 chilled cocktail glasses with St Germain, discard excess
Pour contents of shaker into glasses, garnish with lemon and parsley

3)Strawberry-Chili Margarita

Ingredients for 2 drinks
7 oz tequila
2 oz cointreau
2 limes
5 medium-large strawberries
1 chili pepper, or 2 halves of 2 different chili peppers
Margarita salt (1 Tbs salt, 1 Tbs sugar, 1 sprinkle chili pepper)

Slice pepper into rings. Set aside some rings for garnish.
Set aside 2 half moon slices of lime for garnish
Put remaining peppers in tequila over ice, let sit 5 minutes
Cut up 3 strawberries into small chunks, add to tequila and peppers and stir well
Add cointreau & lime juice, stir well
Rim 2 chilled cocktail glasses with margarita salt
Strain contents of pitcher into glasses, add strawberries, lime slices, and pepper slices for garnish.

And now, DESSERT!

Rhubarb Bread Pudding (Thanks, [info]shinyredtype with homemade Rhubarb Ice Cream with Cream

Ingredients for Bread Pudding
4 cups plain white rolls or bread cut into cubes
2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb boiled in 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar until syrupy
1 1/2 cups chopped raw rhubarb
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla


Layer a 2″ deep 8×8 pan with bread
Add 1 Tbs butter in pieces
Sprinkle 2 Tbs brown sugar
Add rhubarb and cooked rhubarb evenly
Mix the eggs, milk, remaining brown sugar and vanilla and pour on top
Add remaining bread to top
Let soak for 1 hour
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes

Ingredients for Ice Cream
3 stalks rhubarb boiled with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup 2/3 light cream
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla

Chill cooked rhubarb mixture
Put rhubarb mixture in food processor and process until smooth
Add cream
Whip eggs to stiff peaks
Fold eggs gently into cream & rhubarb mixture
Add to ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker instructions.


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