Smoky Cardamom Ginger-Molasses Cookies (& A Giveaway!)

Smoky Cardamom Ginger-Molasses Cookies (+ a giveaway!)

Hey guys! I hope everyone that celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had an awesome one. As I mentioned on Tuesday, I had a great giveaway (and cookies) in the works for Small Business Saturday. SBS became a thing a few years back as an alternative to the madness of Black Friday (which has apparently turned into Black Thursday this year — honestly, WHAT?), and encourages everyone to shop small and/or locally. If ever there was an admirable shopping holiday, it’s this one. And I am so excited to be featuring a giveaway this weekend from one of my favorite shops: Season with Spice!

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Burnt Whiskey Sour & A Giveaway!

** The giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winner: Amy! **

OK guys, are you more curious about the giveaway, or the word “burnt” in a cocktail? (Just kidding, I know it’s the giveaway! And if it isn’t, it should be, because it’s an awesome one.) Back in December, Kevin Liu of the geeked-out collaborative food blog Science Fare got in touch with me about a cocktail science book he was writing called Craft Cocktails at Home. We spoke a bit about my work with shrubs, and I even had a chance to take a peek through an early draft and provide a few tips on the layout of the book itself. As I was skimming through the text, I continually found myself pausing to read bits here and there because, frankly, the content is fascinating. I have been trying to think of a way to best describe this book, but I really don’t think I can do much better than the tagline on the homepage: “Think of it as your PhD in Drinking.” Seriously, this book covers it all. The basics you need to start your home bar. Breakdowns of the roles of flavor and mouthfeel in drinks. Filtering methods for homemade infusions. Making a DIY cold-smoker for $20. How to make crystal-clear ice. (I bet you never even thought about that one before, but now you really want to know, right?) The list goes on. (Oh, and[!] for those of you that are interested in DIY bitters, there’s an awesome section where Kevin and Eva of Adventures in Cooking taste-tested a variety of bittering agent extracts and gave their interpretations of the flavor profiles. Super-duper cool, especially if you want to experiment with building your own bitters instead of following a recipe.) And, of course, there are a variety of recipes for drinks, tinctures, and syrups. In short, this is one hell of a book, and a pioneering publication in the field of cocktail geekery. And I have one to give away to a lucky reader!

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Homemade Bitters Giveaway!

Hey, guess what — this is my 100th post! Shall we celebrate with free things? Yeah!

Bitters and cocktails are a relatively new interest of mine. While my parents didn’t care much for alcohol outside of social events, a few random bottles of beer could always be found in the basement fridge, along with the occasional half-empty, forgotten bottle of wine. Liquor, however, rarely (if ever) made an appearance. Long, twisty spoons, shiny shakers and their accompanying gadgets, pretty glasses of various shapes and sizes — all of these things were unknown to me.

Without a scotch-sipping grandfather or a cabinet filled with old, mysterious bottles to instill charm and intrigue during my childhood, my first impression of liquor/mixed drinks came from college. (College students in Albany, NY do not drink “cocktails,” they mix swill with more swill, and then they guzzle it. Lots of it.) In case you can’t already tell, my first impression was not a good one. Liquor was bleached-blonde, spray-tanned girls sucking down appletinis or cosmos in between attempts to out-screech each other. It was guys sporting double polos with popped collars, a pound of hair gel, and a suffocating amount of Acqua Di Gio elbowing me out of the way at the bar to order a round of panty droppers for the appletini girls and Captain ’n’ Cokes for the bros. It was drinking to get wasted. It was drinking to get so wasted that you just puke directly onto the floor of a bar, then nonchalantly stumble away while a girl screams about the vomit on her feet. (Yeah, I saw that happen. I bet that girl never wore open-toed shoes to a bar again.)

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