Posts tagged ‘Triple sec’

August 14, 2011

Persephone’s Drinks Cabinet | Fig Margarita

Several years ago, before Cherub was born, I bought my mother a fig tree.  For years she had longed for a tree like the one that grew in the backyard of the little house in Austin where she raised her two little girls.  She always loved feeding me peeled figs when I was tiny and just beginning to enjoy my first tastes of  real food.  This was something she hoped to recreate with soon-to-be-born grandbabies.  She needed a tree in the ground early, she told me, so the harvest would be ready when I got around to having one.

Ahh, how she forgot what a harvest she would have from just one, abundant tree.  Now in its prime, at peak season, she picks five and six pounds of figs a day from that little tree.

The babies, that so recently mashed just-picked and peeled figs between soft pink gums, now grab branches and haul themselves up to climb to the places Demeter can’t reach.  And she has lots and lots of figs.

I still love them.

When she visited, she brought me a couple of bottles of fig syrup.  Because to make a moderate amount of syrup you need lots and lots of fruit.

I am more than a little grown up now, and I enjoy figs in all sorts of ways.  Most recently in the form of a fig margarita.  This margarita would be equally enchanting with fruit syrups of any kind (raspberry, certainly strawberry, peach).  Just give some thought to what spices on the rim might marry best with the fruit you choose.  This cocktail is all about celebrating a bounty in unexpected way.

Aggie Lane Margarita, makes one

For the rim:

1/2 t brown sugar

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June 15, 2011

Persephone’s Drinks Cabinet | Sugarplum Soother

Mama said there’d be days like this.  And when there are,  you might consider adding a bit of lemon balm to your evening cocktail.  It’s been used since the middle ages to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote sleep.  Plus with a lovely lemony scent, and pretty toothed leaves, it makes a gorgeous garnish.  Sometimes, I’m all about the pretty.

This evening’s local cocktail was a sweet combination of the juneberries (a.k.a, sugarplums) from our generous next door neighbor muddled with the lemon balm that so generously reseeded itself along the patio edges.   After a tough day (read: extra loud, bossy Cherub), this is exactly the cocktail I want in my hand.

Sugar Plum Soother, makes one

Small handful of juneberries

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