Huge thanks to everyone who came out to NightLife at the Academy this evening! For those of you who were not able to make it, or were and want a recap, here's what we covered.
First of all, infusions and liqueurs are a fun and easy way to capture the essence of many ingredients. I taught a few classes on it at 18 Reasons a couple years back. For one springtime class, I nabbed some amazingly fragrant, perfectly ripe strawberries and plonked them into some vodka. A few days later, during the class, I opened the jar, and the room instantly filled with the sweet aroma of strawberries. The students audibly sighed.
Infusion is simply the process of imparting flavor into a solvent, like alcohol, water or acid, by way of steeping ingredients. Liqueurs are basically just infusions that have been sweetened. In the case of the strawberry infusion, no further sweetening ws needed. But in the case of things like limoncello, made from lemon zest, or amaretto, with bitter almonds, sweetening can be desirable.
Tea cocktails are becoming trendy right now, but you don't have to drop a Jackson to enjoy one. You can make your own tea liqueur at home, and use it to make your own clever cocktails. And unlike some other liqueurs, which can take days or even weeks to make, tea liqueur can be made in just a few hours.
In the dead of winter, no fruit brings a beam of sunshine better than the bright sweetness of oranges. Whether you're working with bitter Sevilles, sanguine blood oranges or sweet-tart cara caras, we've got a bushel of ideas on putting up everyone's favorite citrus.
Happy New Year to everyone in the Punk Domestics community and family! Now is a great time to reflect, looking back on the year that was. Here are the 10 most popular topics on the site for the year.
Wait, Christmas is when? Don't panic. If your canning pantry is paltry, there's still time to bang out a few DIY food gifts that will delight your giftee. Best of all, each of these can be done in mere hours, requiring ingredients that are readily available this time of year.Read More >
Lovely lemons bring a ray of sunshine during the cold, dark winter months. If you're lucky enough to have a neighbor with a tree, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the bounty. (If you don't, be sure to order some fragrant meyers from Lemon Ladies here in the Bay Area, trust.) Here's a bushel of ways to put the lemons by.
Homemade liqueurs and infusions are fun and easy to make, and are always a welcome gift. Here's a handful of our favorites, just in time to get a few batches started for holiday gift giving.
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st amendment, repealing Prohibition. Celebrate your American right by dabbling in a few DIY delectations of the libationary variety. (And all can be made as holiday gifts!)
Even the most hardcore DIYer needs a little assist now and then. There are tools that make our work feasible, or at least easier. Or maybe you know someone who's just getting in to the game, and you want to give them a starter kit. No matter what your reasons, this is an excellent season to stock up on the goods that we'll reach for again and again when summer's bounty bursts upon us. Best of all, our pals at FARMcurious are offering a discount to all Punk Domestics readers!Read More >