Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca with a Muddle of Mint

When life gives you lemons, you may well find it turns out to be a good thing. You could, for example, trade them in for limes and make this refreshing strawberry lime agua fresca. With a cool, tart, slightly sweet drink in hand, you’re all set to take on the world… and the next heatwave.

Strawberry lime agua fresca

Continue reading Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca with a Muddle of Mint

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

Continue reading Banana Ginger Granita

Dru Bru’s Winter Ale + Ginger Molasses Cookies: We’re Sharing With Santa

Santa gets plenty of milk and cookies on Christmas Eve. But when he swings by our house, we’ll be offering Dru Bru German Winter Ale. This dark-roasted ale features sweet caramel and coffee notes and a hint of spice, for a warming drink that goes so nicely with ginger molasses cookies and a sleigh ride.

Dru Bru Winter Ale & Cookies
Dru Bru Winter Ale & Cookies

Continue reading Dru Bru’s Winter Ale + Ginger Molasses Cookies: We’re Sharing With Santa

White Wine Sangria Spritzers

Seattle’s near-tropical weather is inspiring all kinds of refreshing drink-making. We have a lot of strawberries and cherries on hand, and thanks to the heat, we really didn’t feel like doing much more than sitting around the garden, watching the birds and chatting, with a dry, refreshing drink in hand. This is super fast to make, and you can tailor the serving sizes for just you and a friend, or for a larger party… What a perfect way to celebrate a relaxing summer evening.

Summer Perfection
Summer Perfection

Continue reading White Wine Sangria Spritzers

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
Continue reading Cool as a Cucumber-Tarragon Gin & Tonic

Make Your Own Baileys Irish Cream at Home

Baileys Irish Cream is part of the essence of winter coziness. Add this to a drink, sit down by the fire with a friend, and you have a lovely evening ahead of you. And if you need a gift basket idea, this recipe is so easy to make, you’ll have plenty for your friends AND yourself.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Continue reading Make Your Own Baileys Irish Cream at Home

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

Continue reading Churchkey – The Official Summer Beer of the Seattle FoodShed