Time to Spice Up Your Lemonade
Many of my best party food memories are from Sunday BBQs when the kids were growing up so when the weather changes and it begins to get hot outside I start thinking about those BBQs and fun get-togethers. Then I try to figure out what would be a good adult-beverage for an afternoon outside with my friends and family now that everyone’s grown up. This adult lemonade will fit the bill perfectly this summer. It’s easy to make, isn’t too sweet (even with the St. Germain) and has bubbles which automatically make anything fun. Muddling is a bar technique used to release the essential oils from herbs and fruits to deliver the maximum impact on the drink. It’s basically gently crushing (with what amounts to a wooden pestle) the items against the glass – press and give a ½ turn of your wrist. This was created by Alison Roman and published in bon appétit June 2013. This recipe serves 6.
- 10 large sprigs tarragon
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup gin
- 3/4 cup St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- (1) 12-ounce can club soda
Muddle tarragon sprigs, lemon slices, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add gin, St-Germain, lemon juice, and club soda. Add ice and stir to combine. Serve over ice.
There are only three types of glasses that you absolutely need in your bar at home:
The old-fashioned short, squatty, wide base glass, that typically holds about 6-10 ounce drinks.
Then there’s the highball glass (often referred to as a tumbler) that will serve a an 8-12oz drink. These are taller than the old fashioned glass squat ones.
And the Martini glass – think James Bond here). An inverted cone bowl with a slender stem and wide flat base. This one can be anywhere from 6oz to the HUGE Margherita glasses you find at your neighborhood Mexican restaurant with a busy Happy Hour.
One thing I know is that sometimes the food that I’m craving is not at a restaurant close by – wherever I am. It doesn’t matter what city I’m in, whether I’m traveling or at home, this holds true. There are a lot of Italian restaurants close to where I live, including my favorite that is within walking distance from my house. But if I want Indian cuisine, I get in my car and drive about 15 minutes away to a favorite place in Culver City. If I want to try the newest American place, it might be downtown or Santa Monica or in one of the beach cities- all perhaps at least 30 minutes away. And, here’s the kicker, if I want great Dim Sum I drive over an hour.
That’s just the deal. Good food is worth the travel miles – it’s worth the gas and the traffic. If you want good food in a particular cuisine, you might need to drive. Just be prepared to do it. You can’t always find what you’re looking for close by. I’ve found that the drive is part of the whole dining experience. Gather your good friends together who are up for an adventure and GO. You won’t regret it. At least, I never do.