Garden-to-Glass Cocktails Workshop at west elm

Garden-to-Glass Cocktails

Garden-to-Glass Cocktails Workshop
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 1-4 pm
west elm, Santa Monica, CA

Join me as you learn how to make delicious and creative cocktails using herbs and fruits from your garden, farmers’ market, or CSA box. (I will also share tips for locally foraged ingredients!)

In this hands-on workshop, we will cover:

• How to use the tools of the trade
• Flavor pairings with spirits, herbs, and fruits
• How to make infusions, bitters, and syrups
• Essential cocktail formulas & how to add your own twists

We’ll roll up our sleeves, muddle, shake, and stir cocktails and sample them in class. By the time you leave, you will have the skills to make easy yet elegant cocktails with fresh, seasonal flavors. You’ll also take home a jar of your own unique infusion and a recipe handout.

Class size is limited to 20 students. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included.
$65 early bird ticket / $75 regular ticket

Secure your spot: Garden-to-Glass Cocktails Workshop


Nasturtium and Grapefruit Paloma

Nasturtium and Grapefruit Paloma

Last week Gregory and I moved into a 1930s treehouse nestled in a wild canyon of Mount Washington in Northeast Los Angeles. After living in tiny Silver Lake apartments for 13 years, it’s an adjustment to no longer call that neighborhood home, but we’ve quickly fallen in love with the fact that we now have a real backyard. Each morning I wake up early and head outside to greet the elder, walnut, oak, and citrus trees, and to watch the comings and goings of squirrels, skunks, and Western scrub jays. And, naturally, I’ve been scoping out the yard for cocktail inspiration, like this nasturtium and grapefruit paloma, which I’m sipping on this Cinco de Mayo.

Nasturtium and Grapefruit Paloma

Margaritas may get all the attention, but the paloma is actually the more popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. La paloma is Spanish for “dove” and this sweet and tart drink is typically made with grapefruit-flavored soda. Since I’ve been blessed with a white grapefruit tree in my new backyard (seriously, I can’t stop marveling over this!), I decided to use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. (You could also use fresh pink grapefruit instead of white.)

I also muddled in a small handful of flowers and leaves from the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), one of the most prolific and tasty invasive weeds in California. Peppery in flavor and full of vitamins A, C, and D, the nasturtiums give this cocktail a fun little kick.

Some good resources for identifying and foraging nasturtiums:
Eat the Weeds
The Horticult

If you don’t have wild nasturtiums in your neighborhood, you might also find them growing in gardens or sold in edible flower packs at grocery stores.

Nasturtium and Grapefruit Paloma

Lime wedge
Fleur de sel or Kosher salt
Small handful nasturtium flowers and leaves (torn into pieces if large)
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 ounces blanco tequila
Ice cubes
Club soda, chilled
Grapefruit wedge and nasturtium flowers, for garnish

Moisten the outer rim of a Collins or highball glass with a lime wedge and coat with salt. Muddle the nasturtium flowers and leaves, agave nectar, and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the grapefruit juice and tequila. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass. Add ice, top off with club soda, and stir. Garnish with the grapefruit wedge and nasturtium flowers.

Makes 1 drink

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Wild Drinks & Cocktails

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You can order your copy of Wild Drinks & Cocktails anywhere books are sold:

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