Banana Ginger Granita

Temperatures in Seattle are set to soar into the low 80’s today… Across the city, people will be unearthing their short pants, pulling out the barbecues for an evening grill, and contemplating making their first warm-weather drinks of the season. May I suggest this banana-ginger granita recipe by Mark Bittman. (Note: You’ll need a frozen banana or two.)

Ginger Banana Granita
Ginger Banana Granita

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How to Make a Pimm’s Cup (Post-Paddle on Bainbridge Island)

We spent much of the long labor day weekend at our little cabin, in the salty, clear waters of the Puget Sound, floating on cheap floaties or paddling the canoe. Then we picked up ourselves and the dogs and went to Bainbridge Island to spend a lovely evening with some friends who recently moved there. With a house just a quick portage to the water, we of course ended up paddling with them, too. And after an evening of beautiful water time, we learned how to make a Pimm’s Cup. Here’s a tip – it’s super easy. And super refreshing. And now it’ll always remind us of late summer, paddling, our friends, and Puget Sound.

Pimm's Cup (with Freddy)
Pimm’s Cup (with Freddy)

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Sweet Peach Cocktail

Summertime means an abundance of sweet juicy peaches. Along with eating them for breakfast, we’re drinking them for evening cocktails. This vodka and peach drink tastes like sparkly sunshine.

Sweet Peaches
Sweet Peaches

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Cool as a Cucumber-Tarragon Gin & Tonic

The idea for this cocktail was inspired by the warm summery weather Seattle’s been enjoying, plus the beautiful green tarragon growing in our herb bed. After a long day at work, nothing’s more refreshing than an evening spent in a garden oasis drinking cooling muddled cucumber with a little gin and tarragon.

Cucumber Tarragon Gin & Tonic
Cucumber Tarragon Gin & Tonic
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Churchkey – The Official Summer Beer of the Seattle FoodShed

It’s official. Churchkey is the summer beer of the Seattle Foodshed. This light, easy-drinking pilsner has a lot going for it – A Seattle-Portland pedigree, a low alcohol content for summer sipping, and some pretty unique (new school/old school) packaging.

Churchkey Pilsner
Churchkey Pilsner

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Summer Thyme and Peach Vodka Cocktail

Summer and peaches go together so perfectly. And, right now thyme is flowering away in the garden. Sounds like a summertime cocktail, if we ever heard of one!

Basket of Summer - Fresh Thyme and Peaches
Basket of Summer – Fresh Thyme and Peaches

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Champagne Cocktails with St. Germain and Mint

Looking for a light, cool cocktail to enjoy in your summer garden? These Champagne cocktails with St. Germain and fresh mint are a light, bubbly, delicious revelation. They are also super easy cocktails to make, which is handy when you have a few extra guests over.

Friends in the Woods
Friends in the Woods

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