The twist of lime in this elegant cocktail gives a nod to the Emerald Isle. The splash of Champagne and lemon juice lightens a drink which might otherwise be heavy with the rich weight of Irish whiskey.
Best Spiker’s Shrubs for this recipe: Berry Amour, Raspberry Bergamot, Very Strawberry or Sour Cherry Plum. (In season: Crangerine, Rio Red Grapefruit, Peach Rosemary.)
A regular Manhattan uses bourbon, but try this recipe with Irish whiskey instead. (For local flavor, try the artisan-crafted South Boston Irish Whiskey made by Grand Ten Distillery.)
Try different shrub flavors to impart a different flavor profile to your salmon. Our friends and family are partial to Ginger Bite, Pineapple Basil, and Apple Crisp.
Raspberry Bergamot shrub — a rich, plum-red infusion delicately scented with Italian bergamot oil — creates a heavenly spritzer when blended with Japanese Sencha green tea. The unique method of cold infusing (described below) was adapted from Sebastian Beckwith’s inspirational web site and description of tea traditions.
Did you know that vinegar helps prevent pasta from sticking together? Just a splash — 1/2 tsp or so — in your cooking water will do the trick. This is such a great concept that we tried it with our shrubs and it worked great…especially with pasta salad. Continue reading Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Fruit, Nuts, and Shrub Vinaigrette
Looking for a recipe for the perfect romantic drink for Valentine’s Day? This is it: the French 75. Crafted with Champagne, gin or cognac, and lemon juice, the cocktail usually includes a splash of simple syrup. But our elegant shrub, Raspberry Bergamot, is a beautiful replacement.
Continue reading Raspberry French 75 Cocktail
‘Tis the season to start thinking about holiday entertaining. Our new recipe for a Merry Margarita features fabulous seasonal flavors – tangerine, ginger, pomegranate – in a gorgeous and festive cocktail. We’re handing out the recipe this Sunday, November 22, at the North Shore Emporium. Tickets are free to this celebration of the best locally crafted food, but if you reserve online you will not have to wait at the gate. Continue reading Make a Merry Margarita
Take a bite out of your holiday shopping angst by swinging by the gorgeous Willowdale estate in Topsfield on November 22. This is not a holiday craft fair. Think of it more as a vibrant marketplace nestled in the rooms of an historic New England mansion. And Spiker’s Shrubs will be there with bells on. Sample our new shrubs … stock up on stocking stuffers including our newest mini shrub sampler … and meet other artisan food producers who share our passion for fresh, locally made products. Continue reading Sensational stuff made locally – a holiday emporium
It’s Mocktail Monday, and we’re on an alliteration kick. Mmm….Moscow Mule fits the bill. This vodka-based cocktail is making a resurgence, and we have found that it can easily be tweaked into a fabulous alcohol-free drink. Continue reading Moscow Mule Mocktail
Our own Brussels sprouts won’t be ready to pick for at least another month, so while we’re waiting we decided to indulge in a special treat that’s showing up in produce departments at supermarkets and local farm stores. Shaved Brussels sprouts are tidy packages of thinly sliced buds which save you plenty of prep time. They cook quickly in a cast-iron skillet. Pan-searing gives them a slightly roasted sweetness plus the speed of a stir-fry. Continue reading Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shrub