Get excited because I have a fantastic cocktail recipe to share with you today. Fortunately, I was able to book America’s next top model and canine for this very profesh photo shoot…
We have been juicing frequently here. And when the mood strikes us we make cocktails using the fresh juice as a mixer. The Drunken Botanist has had quite the influence on me. I am in love with this book and all of the garden-to-cocktail concoctions it describes. I have been considering which edible plants I want to grow this year based on the recipes and knowledge in this book.
Our new favorite cocktail is refreshing and fruity and sparkly. Yum! Plus it warms you up during these remaining winter days. It’s called The Valencia.
Have you ever heard of it? It’s an old time-y cocktail that has been around for ages. Apparently there are different versions out there. We use Apricot brandy and bitters combined with freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne.
1 1/2 ounces apricot liqueur
3/4 ounce orange juice
4 dashes Citrus Medica bitters
Shake all of the ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with champagne and garnish.
We now carry an assortment of bitters at The West End Garage including Citrus Medica. For those of you who are not familiar with bitters, they are essentially herbs with a bitter flavor processed into a liquid. Bitters are traditionally used in both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks like tea. Less traditionally, bitters can be used to add flavor to salad dressings, soups and more. They have therapeutic qualities and can help with digestion.
The New Jersey cutting board pictured was a wedding shower gift that we just love. When we’re not using it, we display it on the wall. You may have caught that in an earlier kitchen post.
It inspired us to stock the Made in the USA bamboo New Jersey cutting boards at West End Garage too. On each one, Cape May is highlighted with a heart, star or home.
Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm around our shop news at The West End Garage! Now, who is shaking up The Valencia tonight?
Or today? No judgement here!