Every summer, I make copious amounts of garden fresh salsa to freeze. I grow my favorite varieties of habeneros, heirloom tomatoes, tomatillas, onions, garlic and cilantro just for salsas. It freezes beautifully, but when thawed I must drain away the liquid that has separated during freezing. I saw a post featuring a Caprese Margarita from the always inspiring Barbara of Creative Culinary at exactly the moment I was wondering what I could do with my wonderfully tasty “salsa juice.” Hold on to your sombreros, mis amigos, me gustaría introducir: LA SALSITA MARGARITA (muy bonita!)
2 oz. tequila
2 oz. lemon/lime simple syrup (1 part lemon juice, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts water, 4 parts sugar)
2 oz. salsa juice, drained from thawed homemade salsa
Fill shaker with ice. Add all ingredients, shake till thoroughly chilled. Pour into margarita glass. Drink. Repeat.
ROSEMARY’S BABY… This martini will make your head spin!
Two wonderful things came together last week, creating a third wonderful thing… hence the theme “Rosemary’s Baby!” First, I found a really special recipe for rosemary-infused simple syrup from Creative Culinary, one of my favorite food bloggers. Second, I received complimentary bottles of Kanon Organic Vodka. I can find this in Manhattan, but it is not yet distributed in the Lehigh Valley. Kanon is a top-shelf Swedish vodka and its entire production process is not only organic but totally sustainable. So, happy hour is saving the planet! yay!
I always like to suggest interesting drinks to the chefs who use my Fieldstone Farm apple cider (I take quality control very seriously) and I made a really fantastic martini-style drink. Please meet: Rosemary’s Baby!
1.5 oz. Kanon Organic Vodka
1.5 oz. rosemary syrup
1T. fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon, squeezed)
3 oz. Fieldstone Farm apple cider
garnish with lemon wheel & rosemary sprig
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass. Float a lemon wheel with a sprig of rosemary on top to garnish.
The lemon wheel with rosemary sprig garnish made me “lol” – it actually spins around on top of the drink… the devil made me do it! You can see I made this on the weak side – my head happens to spin around and around very easily – but you can adjust the ratio to your liking. This drink is incredibly fragrant, beautifully colored, and tastes like a breath of heaven on a crisp day. Rosemary redeemed…I pray you enjoy it!