drinks

New Columbia Distillers is bringing boozy to the District with small-batch gin crafted locally in Ivy City, NE. Soft winter wheat is mashed and fermented, then concentrated and clarified in copper pots before the final step of distilling “hand-selected botanicals”. The product, Green Hat Gin, is the first legally distilled liquor to be produced in […]

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Honey Lemon Soda

May 15, 2012

The idea for this refreshing house-made treat came from a new shop in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. Three Little Pigs is a salumeria of locally-sourced meats and pickled preserves. They also sell hand-crafted local salts, artisanal breads and delicious, sparkly drinks made with all-natural ingredients. Experimenting back at home, this is our version. We like that […]

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Abby offered this delicious treat at the end of a festive lunch. “Ooh! Ahh!“, we all proclaimed. “What a great idea!” Thanks for sharing this holiday treat. Good quality eggnog (try Trader Joe’s) 1 (1.5 fluid oz) jigger brewed espresso Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, optional Pour desired amount of eggnog into a steaming pitcher […]

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Inspired by a recent trip to Nashville – great name, great drink. Try it this weekend. Serves 1 In a champagne flute… 1.5 oz. bourbon 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice About 1/2 oz. honey syrup (honey thinned with boiling water) 1 crushed ice cube Sparkling apple cider Place first four ingredients into glass, then fill […]

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Coconut-Date Batido

January 13, 2011

From Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen by Amy Pennington. Serves 1-2 1 c. milk 6 to 8 dates, pitted and quartered 1/4 to 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened dried coconut Heaping spoonful of flax meal about 8 ice cubes Combine the ingredients in a blender and whiz on the […]

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Our recipe is featured in this month’s Flavor Magazine. Serves 6-8 6 c. cubed watermelon, deseeded 1 pint raspberries 1 Tbls. fresh ginger, grated 3 limes, juiced 1 1/2 qts. seltzer or soda water Fresh mint leaves Place watermelon, raspberries, ginger, and lime juice in a blender and whir until smooth. Strain into a pitcher […]

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Fresh Flower Tea

June 29, 2009

Nutritious. High in iron and calcium. This beautiful mix was found at the Portland Farmers’ Market in Maine.

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Madeira is a very robust, fortified Portuguese wine that is often underappreciated

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A nice serving tray with handles is a very practical item to have for entertaining

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Wine lovers (but not really connoisseurs), we had our first sips of vinho verde just last week over a poolside lunch. VV is a sparkling, Portuguese wine available in both whites and reds

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