Busy, busy, busy…
With all the drinks now cataloged and the photo shoot scheduled for late March, I’ve been extra busy finishing up home made ingredients. In the last week alone I’ve completed: cardamom tincture, chili-infused orange bitters, thai chili tincture, two lavender syrups (one with sugar and one with honey), hibiscus infused vodka, demerara syrup, gomme syrup, and lastly kesar sharbat, a saffron and rosewater potion for Anu Apte’s delicious Saffron Sandalwood Sour. The syrup is so beautiful I took a picture so that you could all see it. It’s the crown jewel of my ever growing collection of potions. (Oh, and I also put up a jar of brandied cherries since we want to include a recipe for making them in the book.)
I’ve also started testing the cocktail recipes in earnest, “proofing” over 10 drinks alone in the last three days. Tonight, in fact, I’m taking a bit of a breather from all that stirring, shaking and drinking. Got to give my poor liver a rest sometime. Back in the saddle again tomorrow though. And then there’s a bunch of new liqueurs to pick up…to make more drinks. What a life, eh?
Now here’s that photo I promised you. Those are saffron threads you see suspended in it. Lovely.