"Cocktail of the Week"
Raspberry Lavender Martini This week's luscious libation features summer flavors/aromas of lavender and raspberry. For as tasty as it is, this martini is relatively easy to make and sure to please! Enjoy!
Ingredients: * Vodka - we used unflavored so you could really taste the fresh ingredients and recommend a potato variety
* Simple syrup (see previous post for herb simple syrup recipe, for this cocktail we recommend either plain or substituting mint for lavender)
* Raspberries - we used red but blackberries would be delicious too!
* Lavender - about 1 bunch for a couple rounds of drinks * Herbed ice cubes
Fill your shaker with your lavender herbed ice cubes (see below), add 3 parts vodka, 1 part simple syrup, and a small handful of raspberries. Shake the shit out of it. Drink pours a beautiful frothy dark pink color. Add a sprig of lavender or lavender flowers as garnish.
"Herbed Ice Cubes"
This can be as simple or as tedious as you make it, but is one of those little touches that turns an ok cocktail to an amazing one! For BEST results (i.e.: crystal clear cubes) bring some water to a boil, let it cool, fill the ice cube trays half way and freeze. Wash your herbs, place in tray and fill the cube tray up the rest of the way with your boiled water and freeze again. We would recommend this way if you are using the cubes as a part of the drink (think mint cubes for mojitos). To save some time, or for those of us with less patience, follow the same method with just tap water. The taste will be the same, and if you're just using them in a shaker this way is much quicker. Experiment with herbs! We love using mint, basils, lavender, lemon verbena, and even thyme!
Our last post was concerning a rogue community garden thief, however, with this post we bring news of a mysterious plant in the place where our garlic once stood. The plant seems to be from the allium family (same as that of onions and garlic). It looks like an onion, but I'm not sure what kind it is. Can anyone I.D. this for us? I'll have to do a little research and look into it.
Now I'm not much of a betting girl but if f I had to make a wager as to who may have been the secret onion planter, I'd put my money on the sweet neighborhood busy-body Patty. She does a lot of upkeep throughout the garden and is always lending a free hand in weeding and things. She's very involved in the garden happenings and knows about the missing garlic, so maybe she decided to put something in it's place. It's kinda strange for me not being in total control of our garden, but maybe this flux of missing produce replaced by a caring neighbor is the essence of community gardening.
We also have to extend a sincere THANK YOU to our fellow gardeners who help us supplement the irrigation system in this extreme heat wave. Our plants are at the point where deep watering is critical. Since Brent and I both work at a beautiful nursery in Midway "Earth and Eden", we see on a daily basis the stress a plant can undergo with these temperature breaching 100℉. We simply cannot thank our fellow gardener enough! Stu, Desi, Patty and any other fastidious garden neighbor that may be aiding our water needs without our knowledge, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!
~Your "Radio From Hell" Sharecroppers
Tara & Brent
"Cocktail of the Week"
Sorry we may have missed a week or so of our beloved "Cocktail of the Week" entry, but this delicious summer nectar will certainly makeup for any delay in posts! Check out the amazingly crafted flavor pairing, courtesy of our own Brent Burrow, in celebration of watermelon season complimented by St. Germain liquor. Enjoy!
"St. Melón Cocktail"
● 3 parts Vodka ● 1 part Saint Germain Liquor ● 1 part mint simple syrup*** ● ice cubes ● cubed watermelon Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and cubed watermelon (the smaller cubes the better). Add St. Germain and mint simple syrup (see simple syrup recipe below) to shaker. Shake vigorously.
*** "Mint Simple Syrup"
Cook equal parts sugar and water over medium heat. Add mint (or other favorite strong flavored herb) to sugar/water mixture. Heat until mixture turns clear. Let cool. Pour into airtight container and refrigerate. Simple syrup is a simple (hahahaa, what a funny pun!) and delicious way to add body and flavor complexity to a cocktail, transforming it from an ok drink to one to be remembered (even if you've had a few).
Cheers! ~Your Friendly "Radio From Hell" Gardeners
Radio From Hell is going to kill one of our bits from the show. That means that it will never come back. Caput. But we are leaving it up to you to decide which one it should be. Here is a list of the bits up for "Killing":
Title IX Sports with Amy Donaldson (Mondays at 6:45am)
Skinny Johnny Mitchell Presents Battle of the Records (Mondays at 7am)
TV Report with Bill Frost (Mondays at 8am)
Jake of the Web featuring Chris Matern (Tuesdays at 6:45am)
Our Son Kyle Brown (Tues at 7am)
Den of Lies (Tuesdays at 8am)
Best Friend of the Program Interview (Wed around 620:am)
Your List of Things That Must Go (Wed at 6:45 and 8:45am)
Our List of Things That Must Go (Wed at 6:45 and 8:45am)
Ask A…(Thursdays at 8am)
Movie Reviews with Jeff Michael Vice (Thursdays at 9am)
Painful Circle with Wade Taylor (Fridays at 8am)
Painful Circle with Sister Dottie Dixon (Fridays at 8am)
Painful Circle with Margaret Ruth (Fridays at 8am)
Painful Circle with Dr. Sam Goldstein (Fridays at 8am)
Hello? Yeah? What? (Whenever we feel like it)
Conservative Chat With Dave Owen (First Tuesday of the Month)
To vote for the bit that you would like killed send an email to KillTheBit@hotmail.com and put the bit that you would like killed in the subject line.
"The Case of the Missing Garlic"
As you may have heard on our last appearance on the "Radio From Hell" show, we have been victims of a garlic theft. First, they took one as you can see here. We had 5 total.
Then the bastard got brazen and came back for the rest of them! There are two things that really get me about this whole garlic heist...no actually three things. One: The clown didn't even take them when they were ready. Harvest was more than a month away. Two: Stealing from a community garden. That's just low. I mean, that's like taking from Goodwill. Lastly, and maybe even mostly, I know whoever took garlic was not a starving individual. You don't fill up on garlic. All I can hope is this person had a serious vampire problem going on and just felt like they had nowhere else to turn; even if it's the meth delusions causing the hallucinations. After reaching out to our fellow gardeners, we quickly realized that we were not the only plot to have things taken. Various other plots have had lettuce, broccoli, and basil taken. Our garden coordinator Britt Merrill was amazing during this time, making laminated signs for the garden gates describing a community garden space and that it's not appropriate to take from them at your own will. She also provided names and addresses of some nearby food banks. Though of course it's super lame to have things taken from a garden, we've been impressed with the communication and banning together of the garden members. The gardeners of Wasatch Community Garden's "People's Portable Garden" really do have a strong sense of community and that's really what these gardens are all about.
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