Get it while it’s hot! Enjoy a super-refreshing discount when you buy an e-copy of Summer Cocktails today through July 2nd! Cocktails have never been this easy and delicious. Learn how to stock your home bar, make underpinnings like from-scratch sour mix, and entertain with drinks that range from classic piña coladas and big bowls of fresh peach and bourbon punch.
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A shandy or shandygaff is a drink of beer with a carbonated beverage such as ginger beer or citrus-flavored soda. I prefer making it with a pale lager or a hefeweizen and strong ginger beer, and, in the summer, with lemony herbs and dried spices like thyme and coriander, which amp up the underlying flavor notes of the beverage.
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
1 strip orange zest
1 strip lemon zest
2 rosemary sprigs
4 thyme or lemon thyme sprigs
Ice cubes, if desired
6 ounces lager or hefeweizen (wheat) beer, chilled
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled
– Toast coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a glass. Carefully run a lit match along the orange and lemon zests, rub them on the glass’s rim, and then drop them into the glass along with the rosemary and thyme. Add the ice, if using, then add the beer and ginger beer and stir lightly to combine. Serve.
Our friend was having a bake sale at her daughter’s school during the primaries, and asked me to make something. I decided since Maria is Nicaragua visiting family, I’d go ahead and post my bake sale contribution. My friend and I were going back and forth on what to bake – Should I make cupcakes? Scones? Cookies? Or coffee cake? – These amazing bars got all the votes!
Heavenly Cookie Bars are perfect for a low maintenance dessert, and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. They’re one of my favorite go to cookie recipes because they are quick and delicious.
In the end, the bars SOLD OUT and were a big hit!
HEAVENLY COOKIE BARS – (AKA MAGIC COOKIE BARS)
Makes about 2 dozen bars
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 TBL flax meal
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecan, or walnuts are great)
- 2 TBL chia seed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
13 x 9 inch baking pan
Pour the melted butter into the pan. In a medium sized bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the flax meal. Once combined, sprinkle evenly over the melted butter.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker crumbs.
Layer the remaining ingredients as follows: chips, nuts, chia, and top with coconut flakes.
Press down firmly with your hands, or a fork.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until the top is a nice golden brown.
Let cool, and then cut into small squares.
If you’re in New York today, you may be in need of our book, Winter Cocktails. It was SOLD OUT for a while but, it’s available again (insert sigh of relief)! If you don’t already own a copy, here are a few places you can order from. Our publisher Quirk Books as well as Apple and Amazon. This cover image was actually a limited edition for Williams-Sonoma that is no longer available online, but, you may be lucky and find one at your local store that hasn’t sold out yet.
One of our favorite drinks from the book is the Golden Hog. The fresh pineapple & candied bacon will get ya every time!