What have you been listening to this summer? I have eaten up Shakey Grave's album Roll the Bones. It's avaliable to listen for FREE (up to a point) on bandcamp or buy it for, get this, any price you want to pay. Turn it on, make a drink, do some dishes and mop the floors. I promise you'll be shaking it by the time you're done.
This week I started on Christmas projects. Yes, I know school hasn't even begun for most kids, but last holiday season left me so exhausted and broke I thought I'd spread the cheer out even longer. HA! No really though. If you want to have any money for the holiday season I highly recommend not waiting until the season arrives to start thinking about gifts.
Making homemade vanilla extract is something I've wanted to try for a year or so, but having recently returned from our honeymoon in Mexico, our cabinet is well stocked with mayan vanilla. Since I have no good reason for any more plain vanilla at my house, I made some fun vanilla flavors like rum (to spice up your rum puddings) and whiskey (for the whip cream on your irish coffees) to give out this holiday season.
3 vanilla beans
1 cup vodka, rum, or bourbon
Using a paring knife, make an incision in 1 of the vanilla beans starting 1 inch from the end and continuing lengthwise through the remainder of the bean. Repeat with the remaining 2 beans.
Place the vanilla beans in a glass jar. Add the vodka, rum, or bourbon and push the beans down until they are completely submerged. Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place for at least 1 month, shaking it once a week.
The vanilla flavor will intensify the longer the beans remain in the infusion. Store the extract for up to 1 year. As you use it up, top the jar off with enough liquor to keep the beans submerged, replacing the vanilla beans as they start to lose their flavor (about every 3 to 6 months).
Sometimes I think I am a detailed oriented person, but I know in reality I am entirely too flighty. Remember that Kid Curry cocktail recipe I posted. Well the picture is actually of a Brown Derby (Sam, my husband and most loyal blog follower reminded me!). Please forgive my over sight! I'm sure there will be (and probably are) more mistakes. Bare with me; I am a mess!
On to the Brown Derby.
After recently buying way too many grapefruits on sale, I found myself itching for a drink after work. I looked up a couple cocktail recipes I could make with what I had. This recipe is similar to the kid curry recipe. Instead of lavender simple syrup, I made honey syrup. Instead of lemon, grapefruit juice.
4 oz Bourbon
2 oz Honey Syrup
Juice from one grapefruit
Shake with ice in a shaker until your hands feel numb.
For the honey syrup: Heat equal parts honey and water in the stove stirring occasionally until the consistency of syrup.
I first saw this recipe on Chow, but modified it to make more at one time.
One of the cutest shops I know about in the world, Stilleben, is one boutique I LOVE in Copenhagen. They have a fabulous selection of gifts and items for the home. Even fashion accessories. The designers they sell are both danish and international. A few of my favorites are pictured below.
How about these metal tins? Super simple for stylish organization. LOVE!