Baby-Squash

Small Size Big Impact

Baby vegetables hit French cuisines in the 60’s for their novelty and then made their way to the retail scene in the mid 80’s. Today, bite-sized vegetables are widely showcased for their miniature size and flavor but also for a healthy snacking convenience.

Spicy Thai Basil Cucumber Cocktail

INGREDIENTS 8-10 leaves Thai basil2 Tbsp organic sugar1/2 lime quartered2- 1/8 inch slices fresh jalapeno2- 1/8 inch slices banana pepper2 oz cucumber juice from muddled cucumber2 oz white rum DIRECTIONS: In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle basil, lime, sugar and peppers. Add cucumber juice and rum and muddle again. Add ice and shake. […]

Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade

INGREDIENTS 10 large sprigs tarragon2 lemons, thinly sliced2 tablespoons sugar3/4 cup gin3/4 cup St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)1/3 cup fresh lemon juice1 12-ounce can club soda DIRECTIONS: Muddle tarragon sprigs, lemon slices, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add gin, St-Germain, lemon juice, and club soda. Add ice and stir to combine. Serve over ice. SERVES: 6 […]

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

INGREDIENTS 1 cup sugar1 cup water4 fresh rosemary sprigs1-1/2 ounces grapefruit vodka3/4 ounce grapefruit juice1/2 ounce lime juice1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup DIRECTIONS: For rosemary simple syrup – add sugar, water and rosemary sprigs to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow […]

Pink Peppercorn and Thyme Soda

INGREDIENTS 8 whole star anise2 tablespoons whole pink peppercorns plus additional for garnish1 tablespoon whole cloves3 cups water1 cup sugar1/2 cup fresh thyme sprigs plus 8 additional sprigs for garnishIce cubes4 cups chilled club soda DIRECTIONS: Toast anise, 2 tablespoons peppercorns, and cloves in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic, stirring often, about 2 […]

Prescription Mint Julep

INGREDIENTS 10 mint leaves1 tablespoon Simple Syrup3 tablespoons VSOP Cognac2 tablespoons rye whiskey4 mint sprigs DIRECTIONS: Lightly muddle mint leaves and Simple Syrup in a mixing glass. Stir in Cognac and whiskey. Fill a Julep cup or glass with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Stir until frost forms on outside of cup. Add more crushed […]

Gin with Lemon & Sage

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 ounce Tanqueray Gin3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice4 fresh sage leaves (3 for simple syrup and 1 for garnish)1 ounce sage infused simple syrup1 egg white DIRECTIONS: In a small pan, bring a 1/2 cup of water and a half cup of sugar to a boil. Add the sage leaves and […]

Cucumber Mint Basil Soda

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups Simple Syrup1/2 large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise, plus 12 slices for garnish24 fresh mint leaves plus 12 sprigs for garnish12 fresh basil leaves6 cups soda water, divided DIRECTIONS: Bring 1 1/2 cups simple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove pan from heat and add cucumber […]

Blackberry Gin Fizz

INGREDIENTS 1 6–ounce container blackberries1/2 cup sugar2 cups gin1 cup fresh lime juiceClub soda8 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil DIRECTIONS: Purée blackberries and sugar in a blender. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher (there will be about 3/4 cup); discard […]