You’ve been married to that vodka cranberry since college, Nancy No-Change. Shake up your drink routine with help from former booze columnist and current master mixologist (Madison Park Conservatory) Maggie Savarino.
In her new book, The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: 100 Recipes and Projects for Four Seasons of Drinking, you’ll find twists on the classics, DIY liqueur and infusion recipes (red pepper tincture, Nocino), plus other tasty activities.
Makes three cups
1½ c. chamomile flowers, highest quality
2¼ c. vodka, at least 80 proof
1 c. lemon coriander syrup (recipe below)
1. Combine flowers and vodka. Seal and stir or swirl daily for 4 days.
2. Remove flowers; add syrup.
3. Strain and transfer liquid to a sterilized jar or bottle.
4. Get the book for ideas of drinks to make with it.
Lemon Coriander Syrup
Makes about one cup
2 c. water
The zest of 3 lemons
1 tbsp. coriander seeds, lightly crushed
1 c. sugar
1. Combine water, zest, and coriander; bring to a boil. Stir in sugar.
2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until volume is reduced by half.
3. Remove from heat, strain, and store in a sterilized, airtight jar.
The Seasonal Cocktail Companion is available at The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com), $19.
Copyright 2011 by Maggie Savarino. All rights reserved. Excerpted from The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: 100 Recipes & Projects for 4 Seasons of Drinking by permission of Sasquatch Books.
Photo: Courtesy of Sasquatch Books