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Pear Basil Cocktail

I’m convinced I may never run out of new things that pair well with basil. It goes with everything! Vodka, gin, tequila… 😂 Seriously though, it really is an herb of a zillion uses. According to author and food columnist Dorie Greenspan in her Wall Street Journal Ode to Basil, it: “neither steals the show …

Creamy Elderberry Cocktail

Elderberry and clove are one of our favorite winter flavor combinations. If you’ve ever made your own elderberry syrup for cold & flu season then you’re familiar with the wonderful sweet-tart, earthy goodness of the antiviral and immune boosting tonic. Yum! You can find the recipe for the herbal “coffee” liqueur here.   Elderberry & …

Spicy Chocolate Margarita

On February 12, Linde and I did a live on Facebook where we shared a recipe for this awesome and tasty margarita. I usually wait until the day of the live to test my recipe, and most of the time they’re winners, but other times they’re a flop and really require some fine-tuning. I did …

Rose Lemon Drop Martini

In certain cuisines, the petals and hips of the rose are considered an indispensable spice. We’ve used rose hips in a number of our recent recipes, but today we’re turning our focus to the petals. For most of us, a long-stemmed rose is synonymous with love, romance, Valentine’s Day and matters of the heart. In Western …

Lemon Balm Liqueur

As an herbal remedy, lemon balm may be best known for its antiviral properties capable of tackling cold sores associated with the herpes simplex virus. Melissa officinalis is a hardy perennial of the Lamiaceae family with aromatic lemon-scented leaves. It has a long history of medicinal use in the Ayurvedic tradition, balancing the nervous system …

Blackberry-Sage Spritzer

One of the greatest joys of summertime is upon us… blackberry season! And with all that juicy, blackberry goodness, summer is also a great time for garden herbs. Depending on where you live, sage can be more of a fall/winter herb, but here in North Idaho, our sage goes strong all summer long. A humble …

Orange-Basil Wine Ice Cubes

Continuing our basil-in-cocktails theme this week, these impressive ice cubes pair well with our Orange-Basil Sangria recipe. A pretty edible flower adds an extra-special touch, and they keep your drink cold longer without watering down the flavor. Try using violas, chamomile, sorrel, citrus blossoms, apple blossom, borage, basil flower (yes, they’re edible), lavender, mint, lemon …

Lavender Lemonade Syrup

We love lemonade in all its delicious forms, but you just can’t beat the combination of fresh lemon and fragrant lavender in this elegant variation! Besides smelling amazing, lavender (Lavandula spp.) promotes relaxation, can take the edge of anxiety and can help you get a better night’s sleep. Keep reading to learn how to make …