What is a martini, anyway? Is it just something clear or semi-clear that you pour into glass shaped like an upside-down triangle? Is it based on vodka? gin? pisco? all of the above? none of the above? Continue reading Spiker’s Lavender Mint Cowboy Hoof Martini
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.
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
More versatile and varied than a balsamic reduction, our fruity shrub drizzle is ideal for cheese plates, salads, and beautiful platings. Any flavor of shrub can be used. Although bitters are optional, they expand the range of your drizzle to something decadent.
We love the look of the cheese with an artful drizzle of shrub over the top. But to expand the plating options, you can serve the drizzle in a little saucer so guests can dip cheese, fruit, bits of sausage or other nummies in the shrub reduction if they choose. Continue reading Spiker’s Shrub drizzle for cheese and more