Drinking Vinegar Shrub

Shrub, or drinking vinegar, has been utilized as a health tonic and culinary ingredient for centuries. Today shrub is used in everything from craft cocktails and cuisine to household cleaning supplies and spiritual tools.  What is Shrub? Shrub is a vinegar flavored with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, and sometimes sugar. It is the natural biproductContinue reading “Drinking Vinegar Shrub”

The Drunken Botanist Book Review

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart is one of my most dog-eared books. In this book, Stewart covers the history and horticulture of 160 different plants related to the production and consumption of alcohol.  She expertly combines scientific fact with cultural whimsey to explain how and why the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages came toContinue reading “The Drunken Botanist Book Review”

How to use Coconut Coir to Start Seeds

If you’ve ever had a seed starter kit or explored the idea of mixing your own seed starting soil, chances are you’ve come across coco coir. Some people like it, some people don’t. Before I could make my own opinion on the unusual dirt discs that came in the mail with some seeds, I askedContinue reading “How to use Coconut Coir to Start Seeds”

How to make Green Cardamom Syrup

While exploring interesting ingredients for original cocktails, I experimented extensively with green cardamom. I tried to infuse gin with it; I tried adding it to shrubs; I tried to use cardamom tea as a replacement for Pimm’s; the list goes on. What I found is that the most effective and logical way to use greenContinue reading “How to make Green Cardamom Syrup”