Try this Sparkling Christmas Cocktail with Lavender! 🍾
We love to support local as well as get involved with opportunities that give back to the community and those less fortunate. We met Cara Bartel with ONEHOPE Wine at a holiday event when she was sampling the many different wines that they offer. I love the concept that they were established to have each bottle provide a certain amount to go to a charity. ONEHOPE was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. Their commitment to quality wine is as important as our commitment to the causes they support. To date they have made more than $3 million in donations, provided 46,000 people with global health care, 49,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.8 million meals for children, 163,000 life-saving vaccines!
I purchased a bottle of Sparkling Brut that helps to provides 2 meals to a child in need. It has a crisp, fresh with a sweet peach flavor, with delicate sweet berries mixed with light pears, finishing with creamy and refreshing bubbles. This Brut Sparkling Wine is flexible when pairing with foods and is suggested to go with appetizers, seafood, sushi as well as a wide range of desserts and cheeses.
We paired it in our cocktail combined with our Lavender Simple Syrup and coconut milk. Garnish with our Lavender Cocktail Picks and maybe a cranberry for Christmas or a slice of lime.
Lavender tea not only tastes delightful but can promote your body to respond in several ways. Make sure you make your tea with culinary lavender such as our culinary bud. Try it to help aid;
1) Aid in sleep
2) Reduce inflammation
3) Balance Mood
4) Promote healthy digestion
Premium Culinary Grade Dried Lavender
What makes our farm fresh culinary lavender extra ordinary and premium grade? The time that we take to harvest the lavender just at the peak of perfection. In season we only cut the lavender stems that are at the ripe stage. Just like a berry bush where you have various ripeness of fruit. Lavender is similar to a berry bush so instead of harvesting the whole plant we hand select the lavender stems that are ripe for harvesting. Once selection and cutting has occurred they get hung in bundles to air dry for two weeks. Then taken down and placed in airtight storage containers until we package them into food grade packaging.
Lavender is known to deter bugs and draw beneficial insects so although we are not officially certified as a Organic farm although we take pride in growing everything on the farm organically, without use of pesticides, herbicides or chemicals.
As a small farm we take pride in harvesting, drying, and debuding our lavender by hand on our small family run farm in Oregon, USA. This helps us insure that you are getting product that is at peak freshness.
Lavender can be used for more than tea try our culinary lavender in place of rosemary in your cooking, grilling or baking. Tastes fantastic in dressings, cookies, lemonade, desserts, rubs, garnishing, and on its on as a tea or use as a garnish. So versatile in both savory or sweet dishes.
What is the story behind the popular Moscow Mule? It is thought to have begun in 1939 when John Martin, wanted to promote vodka to bars across the US and fuel the mainstream acceptance of his vodka as the preferred white spirit, replacing gin and Whisky. John met and became friends with Jack Morgan, owner of a pub located on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Jack had a house brand of ginger beer bottled in stoneware crocks who also wanted to grow the popularity of his ginger beer. Together they came up with a cocktail that combined their respective products. So where does the copper mug fit into this? John was known to have a girlfriend who's father had a copper business in Russia who made them their personalized copper mugs that served this new drink.
So why the copper mug? The most scientific benefit of using copper mugs is the temperature. The copper cups offer an extra-cool sensation, due to the metal quickly taking on the icy temperature of the cocktail. The rim of the mug becomes chilled almost instantly, offering a frozen sensation on your lips. There is also some indication that using copper mugs enhances the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime. Some experts say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidize, slightly boosting the aroma, and enhancing the taste of the vodka. Cold copper also has a tendency to increase the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, bringing maximum fizziness to the Moscow Mule.
Today Moscow Mules have made a resurgent push in the last couples of years but continue to use the base recipe of vodka, ginger beer and lime but adding a new twist of flavors.
This is where our recipe comes in with the simple addition of our lavender simple syrup to add the unique flavor addition to an old favorite.
I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.