Botanical Beverages

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August 21

Raise a glass, it's Friday!

Going poolside this weekend? Continue celebrating National Peach Month with this fresh and fruity combination. The Peach Muscadine Sangria has the perfect hint of fragrant sweetness for a warm, summer afternoon. Vitis rotundifolia, muscadine, is a species of grapevine native to the southeastern and south-central United States. With their thick skins, muscadine grapes are more resistant to drought, disease, and insects. With many varieties of muscadines, some are better for fruit consumption while others are better for juice and wine-making. Our muscadine vines can be seen along with the arbors in Urban Home Garden. 

Ingredients:
 

1 (750 ml) bottle Landry Vineyards Peach Muscadine wine or semi-sweet white wine

1 (750 ml) bottle Italian Prosecco or sparkling white wine

1 cup peach white peach liqueur

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 limes, thinly sliced

3 peaches, sliced into wedges

1 bunch of mint

 

Directions:

 

In a large pitcher, add the muscadine wine and the sparkling wine along with the peach liqueur. Add the lime juice and stir. Place a few of the lime slices, peach wedges and mint leaves in the pitcher and reserves a portion of garnish. To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour the sangria. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a lime slice and a wedge of peach.

📸: Taylor Herndon


August 14

Hops, barley, & grains oh my! 🍺 

Ingredients: 
Your favorite local brew

Directions:
Chill and enjoy!

After a difficult week, sometimes we just need something simple and reliable like an ice-cold beer. Beer is a great botanical beverage with plenty of natural ingredients like hops, barley, and other grains. Beer is not actually made from hops but rather flavored with them. This strange, bitter vine is a part of the Cannabaceae family (Cannabis family). Hops migrated from China to Europe in the Middle Ages. In Bavaria, in 736 AD on one of the first known hops farms, brewing was left in the hands of the monks. Hops are responsible for making the brew last longer and they contribute more bitterness to combat the yeasty flavor of the malt. There are many hop varieties from aroma hops to bittering hops and ornamental hops can be grown right here. These flowers are usually at their peak in late summer and can be seen in our Herb Garden. Don't forget to grab a beer from your favorite local brewery to help support local!

📸: Taylor Herndon


August 7

Pretty as a Peach 🍑

Green Tea Cocktail
In honor of National Peach Month, this week's cocktail is the Green Tea Cocktail. Despite its name, the Green Tea Cocktail doesn't contain any green tea! Peach Schnapps adds a nice sweetness to this drink. Peaches are a part of the Rosaceae family (Rose family). Peach trees were cultivated and domesticated in the slopes of the Kunlun Mountains in Northwest China.
Peaches are rich in Vitamin A and can protect from lung and oral cancers. This fuzzy fruit is beneficial and delicious! Peaches are at their peak between July and August, so this is the perfect fruity addition to those summer cocktails. 

Ingredients:
1/3 oz Peach Schnapps
Splash of Sprite
1/3 oz Sour Mix
1/3 oz Jameson Whiskey

Directions: 
Mix all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve. 
Ingredients can be extrapolated to make a larger drink.

📸: Taylor Herndon


July 31

Coming in hot 🔥

Moscow Mule
If you are looking for something a bit more bold and spicy but still nice and cool, try a Moscow Mule this weekend. Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is one of the main ingredients in a Moscow Mule. Ginger is a member of a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric. This tropical plant's rhizome, a horizontal stem from which the roots grow, is the part of the ginger plant that is consumed and it is one of the world's oldest spices. Often used in ancient Chinese medicine and later adopted in Europe, ginger has been used to treat ailments such as colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. It has been used to flavor beer since the Middle Ages. The ginger adds a note of heat and spiciness to many cocktails. 

The Moscow Mule was invented by a vodka distributor in 1941 and was one of the first drinks to introduce Americans to vodka. Traditionally, this cocktail is served in a copper mug but there's no real rhyme or reason behind this. It was a marketing gimmick to sell copper mugs from the company that the bartender's girlfriend owned at the time. It was adopted as part of the recipe. 

Moscow Mule
1/2 lime
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 bottle ginger beer

Directions: 
Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice. Squeeze the lime over the ice and drop it in the glass. Add the vodka and fill the glass with ginger beer. 
For a sweeter taste, add 1 teaspoon of simple syrup. Mixture of equal parts water and sugar, heated to a boil to dissolve the sugar, then allowed to cool. 

📸: Taylor Herndon
 


July 24

🥂 It's the weekend, and we have the perfect Botanical Beverage for you to try!

Lavender Mimosa
A simple yet delicious cocktail...perfect for happy hour or the beloved brunch, a lavender mimosa is a sweet combination of lavender simple syrup, orange juice, and your favorite champagne. This drink will have you relaxing in no time. Lavender is a part of the Lamiaceae family (Mint Family). Lavandula angustifolia, or English Lavender, is sweeter than other varieties, making it better suited for flavoring in foods and drinks. Everyone will love this herb not only because of its usefulness when it comes to cocktails but also because the scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitos, and other pests from your garden. Lavender oil can soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and help to induce sleep.

1/2 ounce Lavender Syrup (recipe below)
4 oz Orange Juice
4 oz Champagne or Sparkling Wine (Sparkling Water for a non-alcoholic version)

Lavender Syrup
1 cup of water
3 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
2 cups sugar (white granulated)

Bring water and lavender to a boil. Lower temperature and add sugar. Simmer and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to steep for at least an hour (longer for a more robust flavor). Strain out lavender flowers and pour them into a bottle. Store in refrigerator. This will keep up to one week.

Directions:
Add lavender syrup to a champagne flute or coupe. Stir in orange juice. Slowly add the champagne and garnish with a sprig of lavender or orange slices.
📸: Taylor Herndon
 


July 17

Cheers to Friday! Let's make a Botanical Beverage from the Garden!



Gin and Junipers 🍸
A gin and tonic is the perfect summer cocktail. The unique, botanical flavor of gin comes from the “berries” of the Juniper Tree. Gin is made by adding the “berries” to an alcohol base. The juniper berry is actually not a berry at all but the cone of the tree with a fleshy coating that gives it the appearance of a berry. The tonic water used in your cocktail also has botanical roots! Quinine is derived from the bark of the cinchona tree. This is the same quinine that is used to treat malaria. But don’t think your gin and tonic is a cure-all! The amount of quinine in tonic water is minimal and has no medical benefits (although we think a good g&t is pretty beneficial! ). You can customize your gin and tonic with herbs or fruits for a different taste each time!

Gin and Tonic
5 oz Tonic Water
2oz Gin

Add in one or more to create your own custom cocktail:
Lime
Cucumber
Muddled Strawberries
Orange
Peaches
Rosemary
Basil
Lemon Balm
Lavender flowers
OR whatever is in season!

Directions: 
In a highball glass filled with ice pour in gin and top with tonic water. Gently stir in any additional ingredients as desired. 
📸: Taylor Herndon

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