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InnBrooklyn. Its tigress canjam time again and the ingredient of the month is herbs — Food in Jars and Tigress in a jam both have posts about this month’s challenge with lots of tips, thoughts and book suggestions (the latter I am trying my best to ignore as I have way too many books now!)


I did pick up a nice selection of herbs just last week at the farmers market but they were for planting in the two planters in our front yard. Since we’re having a bit of coldish weather at the moment I”m keeping them in the vestibule for the next week and will plant them out next weekend. I’m excited to think that soon I’ll have a steady supply of mint, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, chives and others that I’m forgetting right now. When I repeat this month’s canjam recipe I’ll able to do it with my own herbs. Meantime I mostly settled for organic produce from wholefoods. When it came to deciding what to put up this month I hardly had to think, you see we have a signature cocktail at our house.

Ingredients: Method: Easy Entertaining. Share this image Share It Pin It Lately it seems like we've been entertaining several nights a week, which is fine by me.

Easy Entertaining

I love impromptu dinner parties and I think we're well on our way to perfecting the art of casual dining. Aside from serving up some of my favorite summer dishes (like this and this), I keep things simple: all white flowers, candles (they should always be scentless during a meal), and unfussy table settings. Share this image {Mint} Share this image {Lemon} {Orange} {Orange label} Working With What You Have: Iced Chai Tea Latte. Here are some more ideas for delicious summer drinks!

Working With What You Have: Iced Chai Tea Latte

I can remember my first-ever chai tea latte. It was a Saturday in the early spring of 1998, and I had a terrible cold. Feeling sick, I had played hooky from a friend’s bat mitzvah (this was seventh grade, when every weekend’s activity revolved around bar and bat mitzvahs), yet I was somehow up to joining my family on a shopping trip to the Upper West Side. Not only was my nose running but it was also raining out, and at last my family and my whiny thirteen year-old self took refuge in the local Starbucks. I think I ordered a chamomile tea, adding honey to it to soothe my poor throat. Someone else–maybe my older sister, Jill–ordered a chai tea latte, which can’t have been on Starbucks’ menu for very long at that point. Jill, fearless of contagiousness or perhaps looking to pawn her tea off, for unknown reasons, onto her little sister, let me have a sip.

As the years went by, I drank a lot of Chai Tea Lattes, hot and cold. **Recipe** Happy Hour: Redhead in Bed. This fruity concoction is light, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Happy Hour: Redhead in Bed

The pureness of sweet strawberries is the defining flavor, but fresh lime juice provides a balancing tartness. Because the vodka is not overpowering, it's the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a hot day. If strawberries are in season at your farmers market, I strongly suggest you give this drink a try — trust me, you won't be disappointed! Read more to get the redhead in bed recipe. Photos: Nicole Perry Ingredients 3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice Ice 1/3 cup chilled Riesling Directions In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.In a blender, combine half each of the strawberries and their juices, the vodka, and lime juice with 1 cup of ice and puree.

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Sparkling Pepper Berry Cocktail

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