Better Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla_Extract

With all that holiday baking and homemade gift giving I’ll bet you ran through a fair bit of vanilla extract. Good news! If you start a new batch now it will be absolutely perfect for the 2015 holiday season. Homemade vanilla extract is about as simple a DIY as you could hope for, and the [Continue Reading…]

The Rosemary Gin Gimlet

Rosemary_Gimlet

On New Year’s Eve I went to one of my favorite restaurants with my favorite people and drank a Gin Gimlet. (Okay, okay, three Gin Gimlets. You know me so well.) It was nice to get reacquainted with the Gimlet – it’s an old friend I haven’t quaffed in a long while. The Gimlet is [Continue Reading…]

Grandpa’s Cold Cure Cocktail

Cold_Cure

At this time of year, no one would blame you if you were a bit partied out. From Thanksgiving to New Years tends to be a glutton-fest of rich food, sweets and frequent libation. I’m eager to revive the ol’ Friday Cocktail Tradition around here, but sympathetic to folks who may be feeling like a [Continue Reading…]

Homebrewing Basics, Hops For Aroma, Carbonation Techniques and More

Four Steps Of Homebrewing

Today on Grow Edible I talk homebrewing with NW Edible’s very own Homebrew Husband. Nick covers the four basic steps of homebrewing and talks about how to use hops to get your ideal blend of aroma and bitterness. He explains the importance of temperature control in mashing and how brewers select for short chain or [Continue Reading…]

Chocolate Mint Mojito

Chocolate Mint Mojito

Mint isn’t just mint. There’s peppermint, spearmint, ginger mint, apple mint, pineapple mint, chocolate mint, lime mint and on and on. (Anyone ever seen Best in Show? Yeah, varieties of mint are kinda like the “I can name all the nuts” scene.) Different mints have different levels of super potent compounds that give them their [Continue Reading…]

The Marmalade Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Inspiration, Part One I picked up a bin of what I thought was “chicken scraps” from my local yuppie-hippie market a few weeks ago and found myself in possession of a lot of free organic citrus. Since my chickens don’t eat citrus, and since I hate food waste, I made marmalade. My dad used to [Continue Reading…]

The Apple of My Eye Cocktail

Apple of My Eye Cocktail

Do me a favor. Don’t call this an Apple-tini, ok? Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Happy Valentine’s Day! Make this drink for the apple of your eye and prepare to impress. It has all the flavors of a luscious, juicy slice of apple pie without being cloying. The Apple of [Continue Reading…]

The Naughty Belle Cocktail: How Ladies Who Lunch Drink Bourbon

Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Ah, The South. Where the women are elegant, the peaches are juicy and the booze is Bourbon. Let a Southern Belle loose in the pantry and she might very well develop this cocktail. It’s strong balanced with sweet, homegrown, and very easy to love. Just like a Southern woman. I’m going to assume that every [Continue Reading…]

Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop

Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop

The Rosemary-Lemon thing has been mainstream for awhile now. Lemon Cake with Rosemary Glaze, Rosemary and Lemon Roast Chicken, Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies, Rosemary Lemonade…need I go on? The piney qualities of rosemary and the bright spark of lemon are just a winning combo. This drink is no exception. Seasonal Meyer lemons and still-verdant rosemary [Continue Reading…]

The Bee Smoker Cocktail

The Bee Smoker Cocktail

What happens when the light and lovely classic cocktail The Bee’s Knees goes to the dark side? You get this – The Bee Smoker. The Bee Smoker is a cocktail for big, peaty Islay Scotch lovers who want something a little more playful than a finger of Highland Park 25, or who are trying to [Continue Reading…]

The Fennel Bailey Cocktail

Fennel Gin Cocktail

Gerald and Sara Murphy were rich ex-pat Americas living la Vie de Bohème in 1920s Paris. They threw fabulous parties for their artist and writer friends – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter and other luminaries – who lined up to enjoy the expertly mixed (and fully hosted) drinks developed by Gerald. The [Continue Reading…]

The Boeing Cocktail

The Boeing Cocktail

It’s Friday! Time for the possibly-soon-to-be-regular feature Cocktail of the Week! Tonight, a house variation of a very old school cocktail called The Aviation. The combination of gin and cherry brandy or maraschino liquor (no relation to those God-awful bleached-and-died cherry things) is better than it sounds. Our house variation is a bit sweeter, but [Continue Reading…]