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White Negroni


Photo by John Mortimer

from The Three-Tier Roadblock to barroom creativity

Courtesy of St. George Spirits

2 ounces St. George Spirits Terroir Gin
1.75 ounces Lillet Blanc
.75 ounce Suze

Stir, strain over ice, and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Savory Lemonade


Photo courtesy of Roshni Kavate

By Roshni Kavate

1 cup lemon juice
2 cups water
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon panch phoron
6 mint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a blender, saving a few small sprigs of mint as garnish. Serve chilled.

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Anthony Keels’ Yellow Doll Cocktail

  • ¾ ounce Yellow Doll Watermelon Syrup (made with 2 parts Yellow Doll watermelon juice and 3 parts simple syrup)
  • 1¼ ounce CapRock gin
  • ½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • Sparkling wine (your driest) 

Place all ingredients except the sparkling wine in a shaker with ice. Shake and then double-strain into a martini glass. Top with a floater of sparkling wine.

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Weedy Green Lemonade

If you have a juicer, try making this mineral-packed tonic. You can make use of mature or bolting weeds, which have more enzymes and nutrients than young ones have, and the larger stalks will give you plenty of juice. If you pull the roots, you can juice those too. Drink on an empty stomach for best results.

1 bunch celery
1 cucumber, and/or 1 head of romaine lettuce (optional)
3 apples
1 or 2 lemons (with skins)
Several bunches of any type weedy greens
1 or 2 bunches of parsley or cilantro (optional)
1 to 5 inches fresh gingerroot (optional—start with small amount and work up to more if it suits your system)

Juice the celery (and cucumber or romaine, if using), alternating it with the apples and lemon, and pour into a 1-quart mason jar. Juice the greens and herbs.

Add to the celery mix, to taste. (The more weed/herb juice you add to the celery mixture, the greener your juice will be. Make it as dark green as tastes good to you. Over time you will crave it greener.) Finally, juice the ginger and add as much as tastes good.

Drink your juice right away. If you have any Weedy Green Lemonade left over, freeze it in ice cube trays.… Read More

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Tea made of nettles promotes radiant skin and hair, as well as prostate health. I always make extra nettle tea to use as a superfood additive for smoothies or for botanical preparations.

You can freeze the extra tea in icecube trays to keep it available for other uses. Heat up a pot of filtered water to just under boiling. (It is important not to boil if you want to maintain the active enzymes in the nettles.) Turn off the heat and add several stalks of nettles. Cover. Steep for 5 minutes or longer. Strain and serve. If the tea is too strong, add hot water to dilute. The first few times you drink nettle tea, it’s best to keep it weak and observe how it affects your body.

• Nettle Ginger or Ginger-Mint Tea: Add several sprigs of mint and/or a few slices of ginger along with the nettles to steep.

• Sweet Nettle Water: If you add honey or stevia to tea before cooling and freezing, you have the beginnings of a healthful and refreshing cold summer drink. To a tall glass of filtered water, add ice cubes made from nettle (or nettle/mint/ginger) tea and serve.

• Nettle Skin Toner or Spritzer: After washing face, apply cooled and strained nettle tea with cotton balls as a toner, or splash on face.… Read More

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