I recently learned a new culinary craze going around....Pistachio Liqueur. I was searching out a recipe to make Pistachio Chantilly for our anniversary dessert this past week (more on that another day). In doing so, I found the liqueur on Amazon.com from Italy. Well, that wasn't going to work, since I needed it that afternoon, of course.
While my new concoction steeped, I put together a Kindergarten "Graduation" (really more of a celebrate your summer - welcome to 1st Grade) gift basket for my niece Stella. I have decided these fun baskets are going to be "my thing" for little graduates...nieces, nephews, friends, grand babies. You know how every grandma, aunt, etc has their own special gift they do, well, these will be my tradition. I did the same thing for our granddaughter last year and she loved it!! Actually, I just love playing with the clip art and publisher programs...too much fun!!
Stella's special care package all packed up and ready to send out today.
Our new summer beverage - so refreshing!!
from Savory Spice Shop
1 bottle dry white wine
1/2 cup Hibiscus-Lavender Simple Syrup*
1/4 cup Cointreau (or any other orange flavored liqueur)
1 pint fresh blackberries (or frozen)
1 orange, sliced in rounds, then quartered
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher and chill for 6-8 hours. Serve over ice.
*Hibiscus-Lavender Simple Syrup
(makes 1 cup)
1/2 cup honey powder
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. hibiscus flowers
1 Tbsp. dried lavender
Whisk honey powder and water together in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to make sure honey powder dissolves and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add hibiscus and lavender. Cover and allow mixture to steep until room temperature, about 20 minutes. Strain and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Use within 2 weeks.
A toast to this year's Graduates!!
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