Feb 062013
Ginger Lemonade

Ginger Lemonade

I am obsessed with Twinings Lemon Ginger tea. I go through a box about every two week. Since I enjoy it so much I thought I should make Ginger Lemonade. Homemade lemonade is one of my favorite memories of childhood, picking lemons at my Aunt’s house followed by making fresh lemonade.

Twinings Tea I LOVE

Twinings Tea I LOVE

1 Cup of Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Cups of Sugar

2 Inches of Fresh Ginger Root peeled and sliced

In a saucepan put all of the ingredients over medium heat and cook until sugar has dissolved.  Pour the syrup into a container and let cool completely. Leave the ginger in the syrup for a few  more hours.

I like to use sparkling water, the portion I use is 4 parts water 1 part lemon. But that is a preference on your part as how sweet you like it!

Yes, done by hand!

Yes, done by hand!

Nov 292012

For Thanksgiving I wanted to serve something special and fun to start the evening. When perusing Daniel Boulud Cocktail book, I came across this Pumpkin Smash. I thought it couldn’t have been more perfect. It does take some preparation but well worth it. (The Spicy Simple Syrup needs to steep overnight) Comments made about the cocktails “It tastes like pumpkin pie in a drink but better!”

Pumpkin Smash Ingredients

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

1.5 oz Appleton Estate V/X Rum (  I used just a dark rum I had)

3/4 oz of spice syrup

1/2 oz of lemon juice

1/2 oz pumpkin puree

1 drop of The Biter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter bitter

1 Cinnamon Stick

3 Cloves

In Shaker, combine liquid ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with a 2″ square ice cube. (i just used regular ice) Garnish with cinnamon stick and cloves.


Bring to a boil 2 cups of water with 2 cups of white sugar, 8 cinnamon sticks, 8 cloves, and half a ground nutmeg. Let steep in the refrigerator for a day, then strain mixture into a clean, sealed container. Can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.