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Soda Replacement Project: Flavored Water Kefir.

So we started making kefir water last month. It seems to be going well. Still looking to experiment with some different sugars and flavors but we have created one staple flavor and have an experimental flavor that turned out well that I want to share.

Cream Soda

1 liter of water kefir

1 T agave nectar

1/2 t real vanilla extract

Combine and store in an air tight container in the pantry or refrigerator.

Blood Orange

1 liter of water

1 t local honey

juice of three blood oranges

Combine and store in an air tight container in the pantry or refrigerator.

So easy and so good!

Enjoy!

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Soda Replacement Project: DIY Sarsparilla Root Extract – Second Taste.

This is three days late, Sorry! The sarsparilla extract still tastes very much of vodka, but the sarsparilla flavor is very prevalent. It also smells very good on my hands after the alcohol evaporates. Once the stuffy nose that the hubs and I both have goes away we will give it a try with some water kefir and let you know what we think.

Happy extracting!

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Soda Replacement Project: DIY Sarsparilla Root Extract – First Taste.

After two weeks the sarsparilla root extract tastes about how the vanilla extract would taste. The flavor of the sarsparilla is there and strong, but the flavor of the vodka is still quite present. I am going to let this go another four weeks and report on it again. So check back on March 3. However, overall the flavor is earthy and unique. I think this is really going to turn out well and I will likely start a larger batch in the mean time so that it is ready close to this test batch.

Happy extracting!

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Soda Replacement Project: DIY Sarsparilla Root Extract.

The hubs is still drinking soda with his cocktails, zero calorie soda no less, which is just terrible for you for a myriad of reasons. I have been trying to wean him off the stuff, but this is going to continue to prove difficult until I find a replacement that likes equally as much. I made this Cream “Soda” replacer and he really liked it, so much so that he started thinking of other replacements. Last week, while at the home brew store, he got some Sarsparilla Root, specifically Hemidesmus indicus, which is Indian Sarsparilla, which according to Wiki is from Southern Asia.

I treated it just like the vanilla extract I had made last year. I added a heaping tablespoon to a 1/2 pint jar full of vodka, put a lid on it and gave it shake. It is now sitting in my pantry waiting to be tested. I will do my first test in two weeks. This was started on January 20th, so check back on February 3rd to see how it is tasting.

Ultimately, I will use this the same way I did the vanilla to make the cream soda replacement and we will see what the hubs thinks!

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Soda Replacement Project: Homemade Cream “Soda” Replacer.

Let me preface, that this is not a soda. It is not carbonated, though it would be good carbonated and that could be achieved any number of ways. This is simply a concoction that I made that tastes like cream soda. I am working on weaning the hubs off soda when he is having cocktails. It is the only time he drinks the stuff, but it is still evil and nasty and should not be in our house. So I am on a quest to find a replacement. This recipe was a thought I had but I had no idea if we would drink it. Turns out he did and it got his brain going about other things we could make like this! Stay tuned for more to come.

This was as simple as adding 1 1/2 cups of water to a pint jar with 2-3 drops of vanilla (I use homemade, simple recipe – 1 cup vodka with 4 vanilla beans that have been cut and scraped, allow to sit for months), and 1 tablespoon of agave nectar. Put a lid on the mixture and shake to combine. Serve in place of soda. Should you want this carbonated you could add a little to flavor seltzer water. You could also make a big batch of this and keg it…

Enjoy!

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Vodka Coolers: Cucumber and Blackberry.

This is my new favorite cocktail. Ever since making our Blackberry Puree, I cannot stop making these for cocktail hour!

Equipment

shaker

muddler

pint glass

ice

Ingredients

4 slices of cucumber

2 t natural sugar

2 t blackberry puree

ice

2 oz vodka

tonic water

Muddle cucumber, sugar, and puree in a shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Add vodka and shake. Fill pint glass with ice and strain vodka mixture into it. Add tonic to fill glass. Garnish if you wish with fresh blackberries and cucumber slices.

Enjoy!

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Easy-Peasy Blackberry Puree.

The alley blackberry bush is back to old tricks, heavy with fruit that is ripening daily. We picked about five cups and made a quick puree out of it. We went into this with grand ideas of fancy drinks and popsicles dancing in our heads.

Easy-Peasy Blackberry Puree. 

Ingredients

5 C blackberries

1/3 C water

2 T agave (more if you want this really sweet)

Combine ingredients in a blender. Puree for 45 seconds. Strain through a sive. Makes 2 pints. Store in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

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Bloody Mary Mix.

Last weekend for the USA-Japan Women’s World Cup final game we did a little brunch party at our friend’s house. One of the most essential components to any brunch is, of course, the Bloody Mary. Unfortunately, this is not one of the essential ingredients required for winning a big game. The women gave a good fight and we wish them the best of luck next time.

This mix is a base, without any heat, that we mix with spicy vodka. I like to do it this way so that folks who don’t like the heat can use regular vodka and still get a lovely Bloody Mary. Our favorite spicy vodka is the Hot Monkey by New Deal Distillery. However, if you cannot get your hands on this you can always use your favorite, or the widely available Absolut Peppar. Also, if you are not using spicy vodka, add the heat of your choice, hot sauce (10-20 dashes), jalapeño peppers (1 T diced), etc.

Bloody Mary Mix.

Ingredients

46 oz can tomato juice

3 T Worcestershire sauce

2 T lemon juice

3 T prepared horseradish

3 t celery salt

1 t garlic powder

1/4 t pepper

Garnishes of choice: celery, olives, pickled green beans, lime

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix. Adjust seasonings to fit your taste preferences. Serve with your favorite spicy vodka and garnish as desired.

Enjoy!

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