Category Archives: drinks and cocktails

PICKING (WINE) GRAPES IN HEALDSBURG

Picking (Wine) Grapes in Healdsburg

I have always been so intrigued by the annual grape harvest. There’s so much ritual around it: the picking of the grapes at night, or at dawn – cooler weather is ideal for the sugar content of the grapes, I learned. A rainy day will affect the sugar content of the grapes too. So much […]

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CHAI

Chai

When I was nineteen, I launched my very first entrepreneurial enterprise: I started a very tiny chai-making operation. I made it in my mother’s kitchen, bottled it in gallon-size milk jugs, and delivered it in the basket of my old, avocado-green Schwinn bicycle to my single client: the coffee shop where I worked at the […]

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SPARKLING CRANBERRIES

Sparkling Cranberries

I have a thing for this time of year – starting this week and sweeping all the way through to the end of December. All of its sparkly, wondrous, glittering, cozy magic. If I had my druthers, I would lay for hours beneath a Christmas tree, inhaling its piney aroma, listening to old Christmas records, […]

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ELDERFLOWER SYRUP

Elderflower

Last week, one of my goals driving home was to gather enough elderflowers to make something – a syrup, perhaps, or an infused vodka. The cream-colored clusters of flower heads were everywhere; it was only a matter of finding a shoulder wide enough to pull over without tumbling into a creek. The small tree is […]

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CONCORD GRAPE SHRUB

Vinegar shrubs are just about the neatest thing ever. While there is apparently a long and noble tradition of diluting vinegar in water with a little honey for a refreshing drink, the shrub seems to have risen to popularity during temperance movements in the nineteenth century, when respectable ladies sought satisfying alternatives to strong drink. […]

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