Food & Drink

Take a Page from "The Seasonal Cocktail Companion"

Recipes from Mixologist Maggie Savarino

the seasonal cocktail companion!

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.

A sampling?

Chamomile Liqueur
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.

Bottom’s up.

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

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