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Vegetable Infused Pimm’s Cocktail

All it takes is one random comment.

I read about cocktails often. I had a bottle of Pimm’s and was figuring out what to do with it. A Pimm’s Cup is just fine (Pimm’s, ginger beer/ale, with cucumbers and mint), but I wanted to do something different with it.

While reading about variations on the Pimm’s Cup, in the comment section of this particular post, I came across someone who said the following:

“So the best Pimms Cup I’ve ever had was in New Orleans at this super old bar that I can’t remember the name of. The bartender had been working there for like 15 years and we talked Pimms. She infused her Pimms with cucumber, celery and carrots for 4 weeks and mashed the veggies in then double strained the liquor. She used a good ginger ale, and if you were nice she would throw in a rosemary infused gin topper.

Without a doubt one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Just wanted to throw in another idea of what you can do.” [Emphases added]

I knew I needed to try this! I couldn’t find any other recipe similar to this description on Google.

Below is this unnamed cocktail that I just made, and it indeed amazing, like this commenter said. This is not my idea, but this my recipe.

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How to Throw a (Pumpkin) Beer Bracket Party

Every year I throw a gathering that focuses on pumpkin beer and tasting it. Since that is not fun enough, I usually throw in some assessing activities (ranking, voting, etc). The past two years, which you can read about here, and also here, focused more on evaluating each beer through many criteria (pumpkin spice taste, overall flavor, drinkability, etc).

This year, however, we kept it simple: two beers match up against each other! The voters are blind to which beers are matched up against one another! Winners progress through a bracket format!

And I enjoy food themed brackets.

It’s the 2015 Pumpkin Beer Blind(ish) Bracket!


Organizing it and implementing it requires a bit of work, but it is very fun in the end.

Read below to see how to organize your very own food/drink bracket party.

Go to the bottom to see the winners of this year’s pumpkin beer bracket!

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Easy to Make Hollow Ice Spheres

I re-blogged a post earlier today because I thought what this guy or gal did with a hollowed out ice sphere was really cool.

Then I thought…I have that sphere ice mold at home (it’s actually a Death Star mold), I can do this too!

And I did!

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Hollow Ice Sphere’s

Originally posted on drinkandbrew:

So what better way to serve a cocktail but inside the ice. Your guests can then break the top of the ice sphere in order to release the cocktail.

You will need the following:

  • Sphere Ice Mould I bought mine from here
  • Syringe/Turkey Baster/Jug with very steady hand
  • Straws or Small watch hammer
  • Cocktail of choice

Fill your mould to the top and put in the coldest part of your freezer, mine has a super freeze button which I use.

After about 1 hour 15 mins you should see that the very top of the sphere is frozen. Once the top has frozen, turn upside down and return to the freezer.

Leave for a further 1hr 30min to 2hrs. (You might need to alter the times depending on your freezer.)


Remove from freezer, make a small hole in the top with a metal screwdriver or skewer (heat up the end…

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Do you want a quick, easy, healthy snack?!!?

Hey, shut up for a second and listen to me, because I have your answer!

Make this granola!!

It can even be put into bars! Maybe! I don’t CARE!




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Homemade Bitters

This summer’s project is homemade bitters.

The best way I’ve seen bitters described goes something like this: You can have all of these great ingredients and amazing flavor combinations in a cocktail, but the addition of bitters makes you come back for me.

I’m not sure where I read that, but I enjoy the sentiment and agree; bitters in a cocktail add a depth to the drinking experience that is enticing.

I made four bitters:

  • House bitters
  • Coffee-Pecan
  • Charred Cedar
  • Apple


Everything is taken from this great book by Brad Thomas Parsons called Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas. Check it out.

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Shrubs: Strawberries and Plums

Shrubs are vinegar, sugar and fruit. Shrubs are delicious and easy to make.

They are delicious, they quench your thirst (the Gatoraid of the 1800s) and they add a great twist in cocktails. They are a great addition to hot summer parties and a non-alcoholic alternative.

Shrubs are more tart/acidic because of the vinegar, and that tends to scare people away. But it is surprisingly refreshing when added with the right things.


Add any shrub to soda water and lots of ice with a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice, and you’ll see this drink disappear during your summer parties.

I highly recommend this book with tons of recipes for shrubs and shrub-based drinks: Shrubs – An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times by Michael Dietsch.

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