Mint-Infused Water

When I lived in Paris, there was this wonderful Indian restaurant down the street that always put long sprigs of mint inside their carafes d’eau. I loved it because the subtle minty flavor was a nice palate cleanser between bites of their spicy curries. I started growing mint in my Aerogarden, and it’s really taking off. I have a few other plans for the mint, but this water infusion is definitely the easiest. Just fill up a water jug, clip … Continue reading

Iced Coffee Redux

I’ve shared my method for cold-brewing iced coffee with you before, but let’s do it again, this time with better pictures and better coffee! My sister brought back a bag of delicious, sense-tickling coffee beans from Costa Rica. Their powerful smell perfumes the air, begging us to indulge. In order to combat DC’s oppressive heatwave, I’ve been grinding these coffee beans before bed, brewing them overnight, and pouring the dark elixir over ice to keep my spirits high during my … Continue reading

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

If you happen to have bought some bourbon to make cheesecake, then I have just the way to use it up. This cocktail is perfect for fall, but it has a spicy zap that will keep you warm in winter too. To make it, fill 4 glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. To the shaker, add 6 ounces of bourbon, 1 cup of apple cider, 4 teaspoons of lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Shake the ingredients … Continue reading