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Lemon-Orange Mimosa

Lemon-Orange Mimosa

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Tradewinds Tea.

Ingredients

  • 3 Ounces unsweetened tea, preferably Tradewinds Unsweet Tea with a Hint of Lemon
  • 3 Ounces orange juice
  • 2 Ounces pink Moscato

Directions

Fill a champagne flute almost halfway with iced tea, such as Tradewinds Unsweet Tea with a Hint of Lemon.

Add a splash of orange juice.

Fill the rest of the champagne flute with pink Moscato.

For a fun addition, add some sugar to the rim of the champagne flute along with a lemon peel.


Easy Lemon Bars with Buttery Crust

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E to L Essential Oils

Eucalyptus

Fragrance: Strong and woody
Note: Top
Blends Well With: Cedarwood- cypress- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- juniper- lavender- lemon, marjoram- peppermint- pine- rosemary

About:

Revives and lifts the spirit, stimulates the immune system and can ease coughs, colds, headaches and sinus pain. Eucalyptus also makes an excellent insect repellent and is often sprayed on animals to prevent fleas and ticks. This oil also comes in forms that can be inhaled to break up respiratory tract infections. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful for bronchitis.

Fennel

Fragrance: Very sweet and anise-like with a slight earthy-peppery smell
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cardamom- cypress- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- marjoram- orange- pine- rose- rosemary- sandalwood- tangerine- ylang ylang

About:

A wonderful calming oil to help ease stomach cramps and other digestive problems, in fact, fennel is often found in many of today’s laxative remedies. It can be extremely good when used in toiletries for mature skin and for anyone with menopausal problems.

Frankincense

Fragrance: a clean dry, woody aroma with fruity, pepper, and spicy tones.
Note: Base
Blends Well With: Basil- bergamot- black pepper- cinnamon- clary sage- coriander- cypress- geranium- grapefruit- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli- pine- rose- sandalwood- ylang ylang

About:

This oil can be a bit expensive but it’s definitely worth spending a little extra on it. Frankincense is an important skin healer with many miraculous references going way back to the Bible. Adding a few drops to your face or body cream works wonders for dry or mature skin. Frankincense also has sedative qualities that will give a feeling of inner peace helping to eliminate anxiety and aid sleep. Other benefits include relief from coughs and asthma.

Galbanum

Fragrance: Fresh, woody, spicy and balsamic
Note: Top
Blends Well With: Benzoin – fir – geranium – ginger – lavender – oakmoss – opopanax – pine

About:

Galbanum carries an extensive tradition as incense. The actual resin can be burnt, and the oil has been utilized as a fixative within fragrances. Medicinally it is often applied to wounds and skin conditions. For skin problems like scarring or muscle cramping, this particular oil can be used on its own or within a blend with a vegetable/carrier oil and applied to the area. Also beneficial for bronchitis, coughs, cuts, upset stomach, inflammations, mature skin, muscle pains, nervous tension, bad circulation, rheumatism, scarring and anxiety

Geranium

Fragrance: Sweet and floral
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: Basil- bergamot- black pepper- clary sage- clove- cypress- fennel- frankincense- ginger- grapefruit- jasmine- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli, peppermint- rose- rosemary- sandalwood- ylang ylang

About:

A floral smelling scent to put a spring in your step, with its uplifting qualities to help ease mood swings, works well for both post-natal depression and pre-menstrual tension. It also makes an excellent mosquito repellent and is often found in beauty skincare products.

Ginger

Fragrance: Hot, spicy, and sweet
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: Bergamot- cedarwood- clove- coriander- eucalyptus- frankincense- geranium- grapefruit- jasmine- juniper- lemon- lime- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli- rose- rosewood- sandalwood- ylang ylang

About:

Is well known for its warming properties helping to relive and treat muscular and arthritic pains along with sprains and strains. Ginger is thought to boost immunity helping to ease coughs and colds and is often used to treat travel sickness and nausea.

Grapefruit

Fragrance: Citrus, floral, and fruity
Note: Top
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cardamom- clary sage- clove- cypress- eucalyptus- fennel- frankincense- geranium- ginger- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- patchouli- peppermint- rosemary-ylang ylang

About:

This mouth-watering oil is both refreshing and invigorating. This is a good oil to use if you are feeling depressed or exhausted. Works wonders in a tonic for oily or combination skin

Jasmine

Fragrance: Warm, rich, deep and floral
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: virtually everything

About:

Is very hydrating so it’s lovely used in soaps, perfumes and cosmetics for dry sensitive skin. Jasmine can also be used to stimulate the memory, try adding a few drops of Jasmine to a homemade blend to use whilst studying, and see if it will help with your memory.

Juniper Berry

Fragrance: Fresh, green and fruity with balsamic undertones
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: Black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- cypress- fir needle- lavender- oakmoss- rosemary

About:

Holds invaluable detoxification properties it’s used to treat water retention, cellulite and hangovers by increasing circulation and generally giving the mind and body a well needed emotional clear out.

Lavender

Fragrance: Fresh, herbaceous and floral
Note: Middle
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- clove- cypress- eucalyptus- geranium- grapefruit- juniper- lemon- lemongrass- mandarin- marjoram- oakmoss- patchouli- peppermint- pine- rose- rosemary- tea tree

About:

Well, what can I say! Is there anything this oil can’t do? It can be used neat to soothe burns, scalds, sunburn and arthritis. In fact, because of its cooling effect, it is good to use on anything hot. It can help alleviate eczema, acne, insect bites, stings, head lice, bruises, headaches, vertigo, migraine, fainting and just about any aches and pains you can think of. Lavender is a must for any essential oil collection.

Lemon

Fragrance: Clean and citrusy with a hint of spice
Note: Top
Blends Well With: Benzoin- chamomile- eucalyptus- fennel- geranium- juniper-lavender- neroli

About:

Lemon is excellent for treating cold sores, verrucas, warts, spots and athletes foot. A very refreshing and uplifting detoxifying oil, that boosts circulation helping to eliminate cellulite and gout.

Lemongrass

Fragrance: Lemony and straw-like
Note: Top
Blends Well With: Basil,-bergamot- black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- coriander- cypress- fennel- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- lavender- lemon- marjoram- orange- patchouli- rosemary- tea tree-ylang ylang

About:

An invigorating and energizing oil mainly used to treat extreme perspiration, athletes’ foot, muscular pain and aid poor circulation.

Fragrance: Citrus and tart, sweet with a little spice
Note: Top
Blends Well With: clary sage- lavender- neroli- rosemary- vanilla- ylang ylang- and other citrus oils

About:

A very refreshing and deodorizing with its mild antiseptic and antiviral qualities make it a perfect oil for fighting off acne and dealing with most problems caused by oily skin. Lime can also stimulate circulation so if used for detoxification can help reduce cellulite.


Lemon-Orange Mimosa - Recipes

1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
1.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
Sparkling Rosé
3 Sage Leaves

Add all ingredients (except Rosé) into mixing glass with ice. Shake well and pour into a balloon glass. Top with Rosé. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and fresh sage leaves.

For batched punch proportions:

2 cups of NOLET’S Silver Gin
4 cups Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
1/2 cup Simple Syrup (adjust for desired sweetness)
1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 bottle of Sparkling Wine, Champagne or Sparkling Rosé
Citrus Wheels
Bunch of Fresh Sage

Freeze an ice ring ahead with thinly sliced lemon, orange, grapefruit or any citrus fruit.
Combine all ingredients (but Sparkling Wine/Champagne) in a large punch bowl, stir to combine and carefully add ice or ice ring and the Champagne just before serving.


Sidecar

The Sidecar, with a century of history behind it, is probably the most famous of all classic cognac drinks, and it remains a favorite today. The tart, dry cocktail features cognac, orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice, plus a sugared rim, and it’s a direct descendant of the Brandy Crusta, an old New Orleans cocktail that has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent years.

The Sidecar was likely invented around World War I. It graced the pages of two books in 1922: “Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails” by Harry MacElhone and “Cocktails and How to Mix Them” by Robert Vermeire. Both books listed the recipe with equal parts cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice, but subsequent versions altered the ratios, calling for two parts cognac, one part Cointreau and one part lemon. The latter formula is still common today and is used for this recipe.

The sugared rim is optional when making a Sidecar, but considering that this cocktail lands on the drier side of the sweetness spectrum, a few sugar granules with each sip provide a welcome treat.

How the Sidecar got its name is a source of debate: Both a French and English bar claim to have invented the cocktail for a customer who arrived at the location in the sidecar of a motorcycle. That seems plausible enough.

Bar veteran Dale DeGroff, however, says the drink’s name references the mixture that’s left in the shaker after straining and served in a shot glass on the side. This bonus is called, that’s right, a sidecar. You don’t have to serve a little shot alongside your Sidecar, but it’s a sure way to elicit smiles from whomever you’re serving—and it’s a great segue to tell the origin story of the cocktail.


Choosing the Right Garnish

Most cocktail recipes will recommend the type of citrus fruit to use. If it does not, simply choose one that complements the drink.

  • If your drink is a short, martini-style cocktail with lemon juice like the lemon drop martini, you may want to use a delicate lemon twist.
  • If you are garnishing an orange juice highball such as the screwdriver, a large slice of orange would likely be best.
  • For a jungle bird cocktail, you'll use a pineapple wedge and a few leaves along with a cherry to create a "jungle bird" adornment for the glass.

Think about the drink's ingredients as well as the color of the garnish and how that would complement the visual appeal and taste of the drink.


Lemon Lavender Spiked Iced Tea

Oh you fancy, huh? Make Mom feel special with this home-made lemon lavender iced tea cocktail.

2 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Lemon Lavender Iced Tea*

Add Vodka to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with lemon lavender iced tea. Gently stir and garnish with lemon wheel.

*Lemon Lavender Iced Tea:
8 oz. Lavender Tea, chilled
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
3 oz. Orange Blossom Honey Syrup

First boil 2 cups water in a tea kettle. While water boils, add 2 lavender tea bags, 3 oz. Orange Blossom Honey and 2 oz. fresh lemon juice to a pot. Once water boils, pour over mixture and let steep up to one hour. Store in airtight bottle until ready for use and keep refrigerated up to one month.


Citrus Squash

Yield Makes about 2 1/2 cups (590 milliliters)

  • alcohol-free
  • egg-free
  • kidney-friendly
  • peanut-free
  • low-potassium
  • pork-free
  • pescatarian
  • gluten-free
  • tree-nut-free
  • low-sodium
  • red-meat-free
  • low-fat
  • dairy-free
  • fish-free
  • vegetarian
  • shellfish-free
  • vegan
  • no-oil-added
  • soy-free
  • wheat-free
  • Calories 236
  • Fat 0.1 g (0.2%)
  • Saturated 0.0 g (0.1%)
  • Carbs 61.1 g (20.4%)
  • Fiber 1.4 g (5.7%)
  • Sugars 49.9 g
  • Protein 0.5 g (1.0%)
  • Sodium 7.1 mg (0.3%)

Ingredients

Instructions

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the citrus rind into wide strips, taking care to avoid the bitter white pith. Combine the citrus peels, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.

Squeeze the juice from the citrus and strain to remove excess pulp and seeds. Measure the juice you should have about 1 cup (235 milliliters). If you have significantly less than 1 cup, top it off with more juice or water. If you have significantly more than 1 cup, drink the surplus or save it for another use.

Add the 1 cup of juice to the saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat immediately and let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer discard the peels or reserve them for another use.

Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Reprinted with permission from Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home by Emily Han, copyright (c) 2015. Published by Fair Winds Press.


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