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DIY Thyme Gin

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We LOVE a good cocktail over here, and one day while searching for delicious new recipes to try we saw that gin is essentially made from distilled alcohol and botanicals (mainly juniper berries). That got us interested because a) so many cocktails call for gin, and b) that made us realize we could made our own and add whatever botanicals we wanted!

Here’s som fun facts you may not know about gin:

  1. It isn’t meant to be consumed on by itself, it’s an alcohol designed for cocktails!

  2. There are more classic cocktails made with gin than any other spirit.

  3. A martini was originally always with gin, not vodka! It wasn’t until a campaign from Smirnoff in the Mad Men days, that vodka became the main spirit for a martini

  4. It can be medicinal depending on what is inside, especially the juniper berries.

  5. Gin is flavored vodka.

As you know with different gin brands, you get different types of botanicals like florals, citrus, herbs and more that come alive in your cocktail. We have a fun drink coming up and wanted to make a herb-forward gin to pair well with our flavors. It’s so SIMPLE and EASY, you’ll be experimenting with flavors over and over!

DIY Thyme Gin

Makes approximately 6 cups (this recipe can be multiplied or halved to make more or less)

Ingredients:
• 2 bottles of good quality vodka (we prefer local Banyan Reserve)
• 2 tbsp of juniper berries
• 1/2 tsp of all spice berries
• 8 cardamom pods or 1/8 tsp of cardamom seeds
• 8 pink peppercorns
• 2 tsp of dried thyme or rosemary

Instructions for DIY Gin:

1. Add the juniper berries and vodka to your jar. Shake the mixture briefly and set it aside for 24 hours.

2. The next day, add the rest of your spices. Shake the bottle again, and wait 12 more hours.

3. Then strain your gin into a new bottle using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

4. Label your gin creation and enjoy with cocktails!


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Blueberry Mojito

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We just launched our cocktail inspired Blueberry Mojito jam today, and there’s no better way to celebrate than making Blueberry Mojitos!

Our Blueberry Mojito jam features all of your favorite ingredients from a mojito: lime, mint, and for a fun twist, blueberries!

With a jam like this, it’s only natural to take a big dollop of jam, and mix it into a mojito. Order your jar today, and you’ll be sipping one of these poolside in the beautiful spring weather by next weekend!

Blueberry Mojito

Makes 2 drinks

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz clear rum

  • 2 TB lime juice, plus a few wedges of lime for muddling

  • leaves from 1 sprig of mint, plus 2 more sprigs for garnish

  • 2 TB heaping of Blueberry Mojito jam

  • ice

  • club soda

  • fresh blueberries for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Add lime wedges and mint leaves to the bottom of your cocktail shaker and muddle. Feel free to add fresh blueberries!

  2. Once muddled, add rum, Blueberry Mojito Jam, and lime juice. Shake thoroughly.

  3. Pour evenly into a cups of ice and top with club soda.

  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint, slices of lime, and blueberries. Enjoy!


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