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The Kitchen Workshop: Summer Cocktails with Maggie Batista

maggie-battista-Eat-BoutiqueKitchen Workshop host Mary Reilly, publisher and editor of Edible Pioneer Valley, talks with Maggie Battista, cook, writer and traveler! Maggie is the proprietress of EatBoutique a website and artisanal foods emporium; and is the author of the upcoming book Food. Gift. Love.

Rhubarb Cordial

How to make fruit cordials

Limoncello

Making fruit vinegars

More recipes –

How to make a fruit syrup
Combine equal parts fruit, sugar and water (by volume) in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. When the syrup is brightly colored (this will take 5-10 minutes with softer fruit like blueberries or strawberries and over 15 minutes with less-tender fruit like rhubarb. Strain and let cool before using in a drink.

Here are the cocktails we made on the show:

Rhubarb-orange Sidecar

  • 1.5 oz  fresh orange
  • Juice 1.5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz brandy

Combine in an iced cocktail shaker. Shake hard until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass.

Strawberry-basil Cocktail

  • 1/2 ounce strawberry syrup
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Hendrick’s or a Plymouth style (use vodka if you prefer)

Combine in an iced cocktail shaker. Shake hard until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.  

Cheers!

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