Boozy Iced Green Tea with Lemon Verbena

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One of the most pungent herbs we grow at the Wainer Family Farm is lemon verbena. This woody shrub produces leaves rich in essential oil, which are strongest when the plant is flowering. When bruised, they release a robust lemony fragrance and sweet, fruity flavor that is the most potent of all lemon-scented herbs.

Here we've paired lemon verbena's exquisite qualities in a refreshing cocktail with green tea for the perfect pick-me-up after a long week. Cheers!

 

Boozy Iced Green Tea with Lemon Verbena

 

ingredients


4 bags Green Tea

3 C Boiling Water

¼ C Granulated Sugar

6-8 Lemon Verbena leaves / torn

1 C Gin or Vodka

Ice / as needed

Sprigs of Lemon Verbena / as garnish

 

method


In a heat-safe container, combine the tea bags, sugar, lemon verbena, and boiling water. Stir, just until the sugar has dissolved, and set aside to cool completely. Remove the tea bags after five minutes.  Once cool, transfer to a pitcher filled with ice, and stir in the gin or vodka. To serve, fill glasses with ice, and top with a slice of lemon. Pour the green tea over the lemon and ice, and garnish with a sprig of lemon verbena.

 
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Beyond Caprese

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This time of year tomatoes and basil are both at their peak of the season, tasting & smelling better than ever. Not to mention, available locally almost everywhere. Caprese salad is the first thing that comes to mind for most, but we're taking a twist on that classic.

 

Tomato Basil Martini

 

ingredients


8 oz Gin
2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 sprig Bush Basil / leaves picked
Ice / as needed
 
For Garnish:
Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
Wainer Family Farm Bush Basil  & Opal basil leaves
Bamboo skewers
 

 

method


In a shaker filled with ice, shake the gin, vermouth, and basil leaves together until the shaker is frosted on the outside, about 2 minutes.

Strain into chilled martini glasses, and garnish with skewers of heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.

 
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Saturn Peaches

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Stone fruit season is one of our favorite times out of the whole year. With peaches, plums, mangos, and cherries abound, you'll never run out of sweet, delicious ways to add fruit into your meals.

Today, we're highlighting one of the more unique varietals available: Saturn Peaches.

Also known as Donut Peaches, they are named for their round, squat shape, but we'd argue that their flavor is the shining star here. Due to what is called the "honey gene," a dominant gene in all Chinese peach varieties, they have a candy-like sweetness and creamy, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. They are low in acidity as well, so they will differ from the sweet-tart flavor typical of yellow peaches. 

While they can be used in any recipe calling for peaches and can be poached, grilled, made into a compote, or added to baked goods, we like showing these off fresh and enjoying them right out of hand. For more elaborate preparations, pair their unique flavor with other stone fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, cream, custard, basil, cilantro, hazelnuts, pistachios, Parmigiano, burrata, pork belly, and grilled fish.

Happy snacking!

 
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