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Lemon Verbena Gimlet Cocktail

It’s 95 degrees out right now.

Real feel is something like 101.

Humidity is pretty awful.

Time for a gin drink. A GIN drink! With fresh herbs and citrus juice.

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Let’s get right to it:

Lemon Verbena (or any herb, really) simple syrup:

  • For the simple syrup
    • Equal parts sugar and water, plus several leaves (no stem) of herb of choice. I used lemon verbena leaves.
    • Add all ingredients to sauce pan over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain into jar, and put in fridge. Lasts up to a week or so.
  • A gimlet is:

Gin + lime juice + sugar (or simple syrup)

For this recipe I did:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz lime (this is very citrusy, which was great for the heat!)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • lemon verbena leaves and mint leaves as a garnish

Shake vigorously with ice, double strain, garnish.

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The herbs for garnish are not just for looks. When you stick your nose in the glass, your nose is overwhelmed with a lot of aroma. The smell is a big part of the cocktail experience. I used a toothpick because I plucked the leaves from the stem.

Enjoy, and stay cool. Drink lots of water!*

 

*A great thing I heard regarding drinking water right when you wake up: Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. Why? It’s been 6-8 hours of no drinking fluids. Wouldn’t you be thirsty otherwise? It’s a great, easy way to wake up.


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Habanero Lime Chocolate Chip Cookies… What?

This is a post about a particular time when I find a certain recipe that makes me react in the following ways:

“What? No way”

“Really? That goes together?”

“That doesn’t sound good at all.”

“I wonder if it tastes any good.”

For your sake, I will make this recipe that vexes me and test it. This is not really an experiment, per se, but more of a “let’s see if this crazy confounded idea of a recipe is actually any good!”

Today’s test: Habanero, lime, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies.

Let’s do this!

You can’t see it, but there is another world inside those cookies. A spicy Narnia, if you will.

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