Rosemary Whiskey Sour

I think rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It grows just about everywhere in abundance. It is a hardy, drought resistant plant that also has pest resistant properties and is widely used in landscaping as a result of this. I never buy rosemary. At my first apartment it was all over the place and I just picked some when I needed it. It is also at work, and covers most of the front yard of our current rental home. I love keeping a rosemary simple syrup on hand. I add it to lemonade for an earthy, herbal twist. It also pairs really well with several alcohols. Flavor combos I have been loving lately is: Gin, Grapefruit, rosemary simple syrup, St. Germaine, and Angostura bitters; bourbon, lemon, rosemary simple syrup and spiced cherry bitters; and mezcal, lemon, orange, rosemary simple syrup and Angostura bitters.

Today I am sharing the recipe for the Rosemary Whiskey Sour. It’s a pretty simple, classic cocktail that will impress and perfect for a summer night. Serve in a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or whiskey stones and garnish with a lemon slice or maraschino cherry if desired. I actually prefer no garnish on mine, or a simple lemon twist.

Make the simple syrup in advance so it can cool completely. You can store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month. Try experimenting with it on other cocktails too. If you come up with any winning recipes please share them, I would love to get some new ideas.

Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and stain into a rocks glass.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
  1. To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 3-5 washed rosemary sprigs to a boil. Boil for 1 minute until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes, then strain out or remove the rosemary sprigs. Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

**Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters can be purchased at BevMo, or on Amazon (affiliate link)

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Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup

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These random sunny warm days are making me want to sit on the back porch with a tall glass of iced tea and listen to the birds chip. That sounds really southern, but also pretty heavenly. Today was such a day and we (me and my dog who is kennel bound for his recovery from knee surgery) thoroughly enjoyed getting some vitamin D. And since my grandma sent over a big bag of tangerines I had the idea to make tangerine syrup.

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

This tangerine syrup would be excellent in tea, or in a mojito or margarita. I made a small batch, but this recipe could easily be doubled or tripled for larger batches. Store them in airtight jars in the fridge. If you use this syrup in anything other than tea please share with me!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

First you need to make a simple syrup. Boil equal parts sugar and water until combined, add some lemon zest and tangerine juice and reduce by half. Strain it, cool, and viola!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

I made this tea with the Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea I have talked about before because it can be cold brewed in about 3 minutes. That means this iced tea comes together super fast, no waiting for water to boil or tea to cool, and no watered down tea because you added ice before the tea was cool enough. If you use a different type of tea or choose to brew it in hot water make sure it cools completly before icing so you don’t end up with weak tea. Alternatively you could make it extra concentrated so that the melted ice brings it to the normal strength. The tangerine syrup would be good in any kind of iced tea though, black, white, red…. be creative. I think I will try it in black tea next time, or maybe even a blend of black and green. Hmmmm…..

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: oz
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until it is reduced by half.
  2. Add 2 TBS of tangerine syrup to each 8 oz glass of iced tea, stir, add ice and enjoy.
  3. Cool the extra syrup before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Rooibos Tea- National Hot Tea Month

Ooops! Somehow this didn’t get shared when it was supposed to (back in January). Better late than never?

In celebration of National Hot Tea month I am sharing with you all of my favorite teas, from types and brands, to ways to prepare and enjoy them. Today I am sharing a tea that has been a long time favorite of mine- rooibos. Rooibos is a red herbal tea, it is caffeine free and has a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and is even given to infants in many countries. Rooibos is said to have a long list of health benefits as listed below.

  • Is an anti-inflammatory due to it’s flavenoids
  • Aids in hypertension relief
  • Increases airflow to to the lungs
  • Supports bone and teeth health
  • Aids digestion and reduces pain and inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Improves skin conditions such as acne and has anti-aging properties from alpha hydroxy
  • Prevents Type II diabetes
  • Aids in stress relief by reducing the presence of cortisol, the stress hormone
  • Improves blood circulation

It’s quite a long list, and although we can’t be sure exactly how much it actually does these things, it definitely doesn’t hurt as a positive side effect of enjoying a delicious cup of tea.

Rooibos is often called redbush tea because in the Afrikaans language, “rooibos” means red bush, and the tea was originally grown and prepared in South Africa as an herbal remedy. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the tea grew in popularity. Before that time it was difficult to get and was very expensive. Now the tea is enjoyed all over the world both for it’s health benefits and for it’s unique and wonderful flavor.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

The Chocolate Chai tea I shared in my last post featured a version of rooibos tea called honeybush. The Vanilla Rooibos pictured in this post is finer and more delicate than the honeybush, which appears almost like little pieces of bark or twigs. They have a very similar flavor. The vanilla rooibos requires a very fine mesh strainer or filter, like a paper tea bag pictured below to prevent the tiny pieces from getting out and floating in the tea. The honeybush can be made with any tea strainer or filter. I got my filters from Sur La Table, but I have found a less expensive option at Mountain Rose Herbs where I buy most of my tea.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

If you need to try this tea without committing to buying a whole box/bag of the tea, Starbucks and The Coffee Bean both offer a Vanilla Rooibos tea. I recommend, however, buying the tea in loose leaf form from somewhere like Teavana or Mountain Rose Herbs. The Rooibos Tropica blend in the Teavana link above is delicious iced.

Steep tea for 4 minutes. Remember that if you are making a tea latte, you will need to steep the tea in water for at least 3-4 minutes before adding the steamed milk as tea does not steep well in milk and you may loose concentration of flavor by adding the milk too soon.

Have you tried rooibos tea? What is your favorite blend/flavor?

Hot Tea Month- Rose Tea

It’s National Hot Tea Month! A few days ago I shared with you my go to tea- a bagged green tea from Costco. Today I am sharing a milk tea made with a blend of matcha, sencha, and rose petals is a sweet and creamy afternoon tea. One of my new favorite teas is rose tea. I first tried a version of this at a place called Half & Half Teahouse. Their version was a little too sweet and had boba in it. I have decided my favorite way to enjoy rose tea is with a little milk and honey.

Rose tea has a beautiful delicate flavor and is already somewhat sweet so be careful not to over sweeten it. I sometimes like to make it into a latte and add a tiny bit of vanilla as well. Sometimes I mix it with the Ito En green tea blend I mentioned in my last post.Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

There are some benefits to drinking rose tea- many studies have found that rose tea helps reduce menstrual cramps and can ease the pain of heavy periods. It is also good for the digestive system and urinary tract and it is caffeine free and works to reduce stress so it makes for a great drink after dinner before bed time.Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

I have only used dried petals to make my tea, but fresh petals can be used as well. If you use fresh petals, they are best harvested in the early morning, and you should remove the white base part of the petals as they have a bitter taste to them.  I get my rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love this website because their products are all high quality and organic with a large number also being certified fair trade, sustainable, kosher or wild harvested and you can buy in bulk or in smaller quantities for very reasonable prices. You could also try making a blend of rose hips, rose petal, dried strawberries and jasmine for a sweet and aromatic cup of tea. Maybe I will experiment with a recipe for that blend soon, but for now enjoy this rose tea the way I typically make it.

Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

Rose Milk Tea

  1. Steep 1 TBS dried rose petals in 4 oz of boiling water for 5 minutes. Then add 1 tea bag of the matcha/sencha blend mentioned in previous post for 30 seconds. Strain tea using a fine mesh strainer. If you are using a different type of tea check the steep time and add it to the water when there is that amount of time left (5 minutes minus steep time is when you should add the tea).
  2. Add 4 oz of steamed or warm milk (I use cashew milk), and 1 tsp of honey or sweetener of choice.

National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month, which is awesome because I needed a reason to like this month  because, let’s face it, I am a total wimp in cold weather and my skin gets all dry and painful because of the weather and then there’s the holiday hangover from all the fun festivities of the prior month(s). So as much as I hate the cold, dry holiday hangover month, I love hot tea. I have it almost every day.  A hot cup of tea is like a hug on the inside, it warms the soul, brightens the mood, and calms the nerves; especially in the cold winter months.

I was trying to come up with a posting plan revolving around tea for this month, but that was before my dog tore his ACL and I had to help my sister move home from Colorado and take a last minute trip to the CES show in Las Vegas- all within the first 10 days of the month. Now, here we are at the 12th and I am just sharing my first post. So, in order to not over burden myself I am going to share just a few of my favorite teas and ways to enjoy it.

There are so many kinds of tea, I almost don’t know where to start. There is a tea for every time of day, for every mood, for every ailment, and for every person. The ones I am sharing are just my absolute favorites, but I encourage everyone to try a few new teas this month. If you need a recommendation please leave a comment and I would be happy to help you pick one.

The first tea I want to share with you is my absolute favorite tea, the one I drink 3-5 times a week: green tea. There are so many varieties of green tea and ways that it is dried and prepared that it can be overwhelming to find your favorite. Mine is a blend of sencha and matcha that I buy at Costco. It comes in a box of 100 and it takes me approximately 9 months to use the box (completely on my own as my husband doesn’t drink tea).Favorite Green Tea | Glitter It Gold

This tea is similar to the kind often served as Japanese sushi bars and restaurants. I usually drink it plain and hot but I have also turned it into a green tea latte with a little bit of vanilla and also had it iced and no matter how you make it it is delicious. I always prefer loose leaf tea over tea bags, but this tea is my exception. Having a good tea in individual tea bag form is convenient for work or travel and with this tea I don’t sacrifice as much quality and taste as I would with many other types of store brand teas. If you don’t have a Costco membership you can still buy this tea on Amazon, although the price is higher.Favorite Green Tea | Glitter It Gold

I love that this tea only takes 30 seconds to brew in hot water, and can be brewed with cold water in about 3 minutes. It has no bitterness to it, even if it is over steeped. And look at that bright green color! That is the color green tea should be, not brown like it often is with cheap low quality tea. These are my three favorite ways to drink this tea. Enjoy!

  1. Hot- according to directions on each tea bag.
  2. Cold- Fill a mason jar 3/4 full of cold water, add a tea bag and steep for 3 minutes, shaking/stirring in between. Remove tea, add coconut sugar or agave to taste, top with ice and enjoy.
  3. Tea Latte- Pour 4 oz boiling water over 2 tea bags, steep 45 seconds then remove. Add 2 tsp vanilla syrup, then pour 4 oz steamed milk into glass, sprinkle top with powder leftover in the tea package.

 

Cinnamon Orange Cocktail (Lady Marmalade)

I know I have talked about 1909 before, and I keep bringing it up, but it’s just so darn delicious I can’t help myself. Last time I was there I had a drink called Lady Marmalade with orange marmalade and cinnamon infused whiskey which I then spent the entire drinking process trying to figure out how I could recreate it. I think I got pretty darn close, this thing is delicious.Cinnamon Orange Cocktail

I put a cinnamon stick in a mason jar, covered it in Bulleit whiskey and let it sit for three days before removing the stick. Then I made an orange simple syrup with orange zest, sugar and water. I decided not to use a marmalade so there would not be chunks of orange in the drink, Eric hates that. I rimmed the glasses with granulated honey from my Hatchery Box because I can’t get enough of it. You could also get this Granulated Honey on Amazon (affiliate link). Cardamom bitters round it out. On this cold and gloomy May day this cinnamon orange cocktail made me want to curl up under a blanket by the fire- it’s probably a better fall cocktail but this weather also doesn’t know what month it is so whatever.

Cinnamon Orange Cocktail- Glitter It Gold

Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)

  • 2 oz of orange syrup
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz cinnamon infused bourbon
  • top with soda water

Orange Syrup

In a sauce pan place the zest of 1 orange, 1/4 c of water and 1/4 c of sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. If desired strain through a fine mesh seive.

Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

Cover 1 cinnamon stick with 8 oz of bourbon in an airtight container (like a mason jar). Let rest 3 days in a dark, cool place. Remove cinnamon stick. Store in an airtight container.

Cinnamon Orange Cocktail (Lady Marmalade)

Mix all ingredients in a glass, add ice, top with soda water. Easy peasy.
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50/50 Smoothie Bowl with Matcha and Strawberries

HI!!!!! I missed you! I know I have been posting way less than usual but my crazy schedule means little time to cook let alone taking pictures and writing about it. Saturday was my first morning free in a long time, and oh did I take advantage of it. I stayed in pjs till 11 and make a yummy breakfast smoothie bowl that I am about to share with you now. I love that we get to do all the things that we do, but sometimes I just need a lazy morning with my dog and my coffee to re-set and relax. 50/50 Smoothie Bowl- Glitter It Gold

This smoothie bowl is heavenly. It’s really easy to make, it tastes light and fresh and delicious and it looks absolutely beautiful. To make the first half, stir together plain greek yogurt, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, and granulated honey. You could use regular honey, it just won’t blend as easily. I’m totally obsessed with the granulated honey from Whole Spice that I got in my Hatchery Box last month. I can’t wait to share the cocktail I have been tinkering with…I hope to find time to perfect it and photograph soon. This combo is delicious in itself and I can totally see this becoming a weekday breakfast on it’s own, maybe make the night before and add chia seeds and extra coconut milk? Oh man, I can’t wait to try that. 50/50 Smoothie Bowl- Glitter It Gold

But then we take it to the next level and blend frozen banana, fresh strawberries and more coconut milk and layer it together with the yogurt. Top with some granola and some fresh banana and strawberry and you have a meal so pretty you won’t be able to stop taking photos, even after you’ve eaten half of it. 50/50 Smoothie Bowl- Glitter It Gold

I always keep at least a few cups of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies, like Eric’s favorite Banana, Almond, Oat Smoothie. If you don’t have any then you can use ice, but reduce the amount of coconut milk. I also used Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk instead of canned coconut milk for a lighter, lower calorie smoothie. 50/50 Smoothie Bowl- Glitter It Gold

Okay, let’s talk matcha. I am a matcha newbie and I feel like there is still a lot I am missing out on/need to learn. I bought my matcha from Season with Spice, it is very reasonably priced and from what I read you don’t need the super fancy stuff if you are using it for what I am using it for. In the end, I love the taste of it and that’s what matters. If you have any recipes or ways you like to use please share them with me!

50/50 Smoothie Bowl- Glitter It Gold

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 small strawberries, leave the tops on
  • 3-4 TBS of coconut milk, divided
  • 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp of granulated honey
  • 1/2 tsp of matcha powder
  • 2 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut

Method

  1. In a bowl stir together the greek yogurt, matcha, granulated honey, shredded coconut, and 1 TBS of coconut milk. Set aside.
  2. Place the frozen banana, strawberries and 2 TBS of coconut milk and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a little bit more coconut milk, but keep the mixture thick as you will be eating with a spoon not a straw.
  3. Layer the two mixtures together in a bowl and top with topping of your choice like granola, more shredded coconut, sliced strawberries and bananas.

 

Rosemary “Shrub” Cocktail

Two months ago I got this thing in my Hatchery Box called drinking vinegar. Uh, huh? It says to mix with alcohol of my choice and top with soda water. The flavor is supposed to be Michigan Apple Pie. Since when does vinegar taste like pie or belong in my cocktails? Well, you learn something new every day and I am truly grateful to Hatchery box to practically forcing me to learn this new cocktail. I took a little swig and let the flavor sink in while I went for a run. On my way back home I saw the rosemary bush outside the apartment and the lightbulb went on.Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It GoldThe label on this “drinking vinegar” says that it is also called a “shrub.” So….why not “shrub” it up a little more by adding some rosemary simple syrup. Wow, it’s good. Eric said it tastes like something really high- end that you would drink in a fancy cocktail bar, which reminded him that we have none in our area and that he bought me a (text)book on mixology which I have been neglecting and we could have a successful bar by now….Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It Gold

But seriously, this cocktail couldn’t be easier to make. The simple syrup is super simple, as the name implies: 1/4 c water, 1/4 c sugar, 1 6″ sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil, simmer a few minutes then let cool. Viola. Then simply put the whiskey, rosemary simple syrup, and drinking vinegar in a lowball glass and top with soda water and garnish a little rosemary. Rosemary "Shrub" Cocktail- Glitter It GoldUltra shrubby, kinda hipster, but super delicous. You can order the brand I used here or on the McClary Bros website where they have a bunch of flavors and I just went a little too crazy after getting the green light from Eric (Pineapple and Fennel Seed and Lemon and Ginger!!). I would suggest another place to get it or another brand, but this whole drinking vinegar thing is new to me so I am still investigating that…..

Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)

  • 2 oz of whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 oz of drinking vinegar
  • 1 oz of rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 oz of soda water

for the Rosemary Simple Syrup

Place 1/4 c of water and 1/4 c sugar in a pot and dissolve sugar. Add 1 6″ sprig of rosemary and simmer for 2 minutes. let cool before using.

Banana, Almond, Oat Smoothie

This is my husband’s absolute favorite smoothie. We go through about 2 bunches of bananas a week just because of this smoothie. I wish I could get him to drink more green smoothies but, at least we are starting our morning off better than with a Starbucks gutbomb sandwhich (easier on the wallet too). It’s really quick to make, and easy to eat on the go. This recipe fills a mason jar which I always put it in because it’s the perfect size, can go in the dishwasher, and travels well with a sealed lid.Husband's Favorite banana, almond, oat smoothie- Glitter It Gold

This smoothie is sweetened with dates but honey is good too if you don’t have dates. I also like to throw in some other add-ins on occasion: cacao nibs, cocoa powder, shredded unsweetened coconut, sometimes I use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds. The recipe below is the basic one and actually my favorite.Husband's Favorite banana, almond, oat smoothie- Glitter It Gold

Want to know a secret? Sometimes when I write banana I accidentally write bananda, like Amanda+banana. I also have been known to write my name as Amandanda or Amanda Rowlanda- mostly when I was in college and running on 3 hours of sleep per night. You’re not judging me right? Can we still be friends? Smeeeh….why am I so embarrassing sometimes?Husband's Favorite banana, almond, oat smoothie- Glitter It Gold

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 3 TBS quick oats
  • 1 TBS unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbs raw almonds
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup ice

Method

Throw it all in the blender and enjoy!

 

Mint Chip Green Smoothie Bowl

Green smoothies are a great way to start the morning- get your veggies and your fruit and drink on the go- Perfect. But sometimes you just need something different. I typically don’t like sweet Breakfast foods- they make my tummy hurt. But occasionally I crave something on the sweet side in the morning.

Mint Chip Green Smoothie Bowl

  A green smoothie bowl that tastes nothing like veggies (or even fruit) can keep me from eating that donut, pancake, or muffin. This green smoothie bowl is packed full of antioxidants, protein, minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, K, and B and aids digestion and concentration. Wow- doesn’t that make you want to have this every. single. morning. And you what makes it EVEN BETTER? It tastes like mint chip. Seriously. It’s a nutrient packed and delicious blend of spinach, banana, spirulina powder, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, oats, shredded unsweetened coconut, honey, peppermint, and almond milk. It could even pass as dessert- really healthy dessert.

Mint Chip Green Smoothie Bowl

If you aren’t using spirulina powder in your smoothies you are missing out on some pretty amazing benefits- it’s 65% protein in one of the most highly digestible forms and it has tons of iron and minerals and B vitamins. 1 serving (1 TSP) has 4 grams of protein. The only downside to spirulina is that it kinda tastes and smells like pond water, but that taste is also easily hidden by flavors like mint, lemon or citrus, and red berries. I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs online, which is also were I get my cacao nibs.

                

Mint Chip Green Smoothie Bowl

What a great way to start the morning- with a breakfast that tastes like dessert and is super healthy for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (cut into pieces and frozen)
  • 1 cup tighly packed spinach leaves
  • 1 TBS Spirulina powder
  • 1 TBS cacao nibs
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 drop of pure pepermint oil
  • 4-5 peppermint leaves
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1 TBS shredded unsweetened coconut

Method

Place all ingredients in the blender on blend on high until smooth. If you wish to make it a smoothie you will need to add additional almond milk. Top with extra shredded coconut, cacao nibs and maybe some sliced banana (all mine were frozen or I would have added on mine too).

Enjoy- you’re off to a great start today.