Wild Drinks & Cocktails Blog Tour

Wild Drinks & Cocktails

Today is an exciting day! I’m announcing the wonderful bloggers and content creators who are participating in the Wild Drinks & Cocktails Blog Tour.

Over the next month you can visit these sites to see recipes from the cookbook, read and listen to interviews with yours truly, and enter cool giveaways.

Plus, these sites are amazing and you’ll want to check them out, anyway…

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Wild Drinks & Cocktails Blog Tour Lineup

Meet the tour hosts! My deepest gratitude to these talented people whose websites and projects continually inspire me in the realm of food, drink, herbs, foraging, wildcrafting, and gardening.

When their posts pop up, I will link to them here so you can follow along. You can also follow the tour on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, where I’ll be posting links daily.

11/4: Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne of Root Simple. One of the most inspiring couples I know, Kelly and Erik are mavens of DIY living and the authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It. They’re prolific bloggers and podcasters and I always learn something new and practical from their work. I enjoyed getting to know them when Erik and I were classmates in the UC Master Food Preserver program. It’s an honor to be on their podcast!

listen to the podcast

11/5: Colleen Codekas of Grow Forage Cook Ferment. Colleen’s blog captured my heart from the moment I saw the title. Whether she’s making elderberry mead or foraging for chanterelles, she has a knack for making homesteading and permaculture endeavors approachable.

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11/6: Alissa Walker of Gizmodo. I admire Alissa‘s tireless curiosity and advocacy in service of making our city of LA – and other cities around the world – a better place to live. If you care about urbanism, design, living car-free, and walking (with a side of gelato), then you already know Alissa, or you want to.

read the post + recipe for Rye and Pine Old-Fashioned

11/9: Amber Shehan of Pixie’s Pocket. I adore this herbalist and homebrewer’s pixie spirit and fun recipes, like this recent Spiced Chai Wine. Plus she’s really thoughtful, as demonstrated in her excellent post on conscious drinking.

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11/10: Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars. Marisa is the illustrious blogger and author of Food in Jars and Preserving by the Pint. But she’s also, I’ve learned, incredibly kind and generous. Besides writing, she teaches live and online classes that’ll turn anyone into a confident canner.

read the post + recipe for Classic Switchel

11/12: Michele Graham of Cider & Rye. I met Michele on Instagram, where she posts beautiful, pensive photos of nature, the seasons, and drinks. How could I not fall in love?! Every recipe of hers makes me gasp in delight, from Purslane Lemonade Margaritas to Elderberry Ginger Sours.

read the post + recipes for Rose Hip Syrup and Rose Hip Whiskey Smash

11/13: Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison of Well Preserved. “Make Something, and Share it!” is Dana and Joel’s mission, and this talented and creative couple do so much to inspire and teach folks about food, preserving, and sustainability. I eagerly await the release of their Batch cookbook!

read the post + interview

11/18: Jayme Marie Henderson of Holly & Flora. What can I say, Jayme’s work is simply gorgeous. She’s a professional sommelier, creative cocktail crafter, and urban farmer. Any time I need a dose of inspiration, I look at the fresh, colorful images and recipes on her blog and Instagram.

read the post + recipe for Hazelnut Orgeat

11/19: Kristy Gardner of She Eats. Kristy isn’t just an advocate for local, organic food. She’s a funny and snappy writer, she’s a fabulous food stylist, and she loves bourbon. And did I mention she has a forthcoming book called Cooking with Cocktails?!

read the post + recipe for Fire Cider Hot Toddy

11/23: Autumn Giles of Autumn Makes & Does. When I met her at an herbalist conference, I knew that writer, food preserver, gluten-free cook, and cocktail crafter Autumn Giles was a woman after my own heart. Her forthcoming cookbook Beyond Canning is going to be amazing.

read the post + recipe for Hawthorn Cordial

11/23: Kate Payne of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. I really admire how Kate empowers people to be self-sufficient, creative, and confident in the home and kitchen. Her blog and books (The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen) are filled with her friendly voice, practical advice, and budget-minded tips. She’s also my awesome co-conspirator at the Food Swap Network.

read the post + recipe for Winter Gin

11/24: Elana Lepkowski of Stir and Strain. Elana’s seasonal and classic cocktail recipes show you that it’s totally possible to make impressive and fun cocktails at home. Her Smoky Sage Punch is a personal favorite. And every Monday she offers up a great roundup of Booze News.

read the post + recipe for Hazelnut Orgeat

12/1: Jennifer Aikman & Danielle Prohom Olson of Gather Victoria. I have a list of places I want to visit, and one of them is Victoria so I can meet Jennifer and Danielle and experience one of their magical events in person. Until then, I drool over the stunning recipes on their blog.

read the post + recipe for Douglas Fir Liqueur

12/2: Linda Ly of Garden Betty. As a new gardener, I sometimes find gardening blogs and books intimidating, but not Linda’s. Her work is infused with such a friendly, fresh spirit that it inspires me to get my hands dirty. And I’ve learned so much from the no-waste recipes in her cookbook, The CSA Cookbook.

12/3: Kami McBride of Living Awareness Institute. Kami has a gift for helping people bring herbs and remedies into daily life, through the pleasures of cooking. I love her book, The Herbal Kitchen, which is filled with recipes for herbal drinks, honey, vinegar, cordials, and more.

12/4: Quarto Cooks. Quarto is my fabulous publisher and their blog is a great spot to check out recipes and photos from the books in their stable.

Plus more to come! I have a few more bloggers and websites that’ll be joining the tour and I’ll add them as we go along.

More from around the web:

Book Review – Fellow Workers Farm Apothecary
Book Review – Eat the Weeds with Green Deane
Book Review – Planet Veggie
Book Review – Taste the Wild
Book Review – The Good Life
Book Review + Vin d’Orange Recipe – Kavey Eats
Book Giveaway – KCET Food
Cranberry Mors Recipe – Imbibe
Book Review – The Essential Herbal
Gift Guide: Best DIY Books of 2015 – Punk Domestics
10 brilliant non-alcoholic cocktails for designated drivers this Christmas – The Telegraph

p.s. If you’re a website owner and you review Wild Drinks & Cocktails, please let me know via email or Twitter. I’ll try to include everyone’s links at the bottom of this post. If you’re a brand or blog with a large audience, feel free to email me inquiries about reviews, features, or interviews. Thank you!

Upcoming Classes: Descanso Gardens

herbal remedies

Have you been to Descanso Gardens? It was one of the first places I visited when I moved to LA, and I fell in love with the Oak Woodland and California Natives gardens, where you can learn about local landscapes and plants. So I’m excited to be partnering with People’s Pop-Up to teach two classes at Descanso this month:

On Saturday, October 17, I’ll be teaching Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season. Learn how to make honeys, syrups, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, vinegars, and steams using everyday ingredients found in your kitchen or garden. Leave the workshop with a bottle of your own elderberry syrup and a jar of personalized fire cider.

On Saturday, October 31 (Halloween!), I’ll be teaching Make Your Own Bitters. Delve into the fascinating history and present-day use of bitters in cocktails, herbal remedies, and cooking. Learn about the essential ingredients, tools, and processes for making bitters, and craft your own bitters blend to take home.

Hope to see you there!

A Good Mail Day

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Two exciting things arrived in the mail today: An advance copy of my cookbook! That I can hold in my hands!! Plus wildcrafted hawthorn berries from Traci — fitting not only because there are hawthorn recipes in the book (Hawthorn and Rose Elixir, anyone?), but because I attribute much of my courage in writing it to hawthorn plant medicine. ♥

p.s. Pre-order your copy and get your bonus ebook here