The easiest way to extract flavour from herbs and spices and to create a shelf-stable product, is to use alcohol. Alcohol is both a very effective a solvent and preserving agent.
To create an essence, choose your alcohol from vodka, being the most commonly used, or Bacardi, which has a slight vanilla flavour or another spirit, then select your herb and add it to the alcohol and allow it to steep for anywhere from a few days to weeks or months.
Making vanilla essence using Bacardi is quick and easy. Fill a small jar or bottle with Bacardi, e.g. an old maple syrup bottle is good. For a bottle of that size you will need to add two vanilla pods that you have cut open and scrapped the seeds from. Add the pods and the seeds to the bottle, shake and allow to steep in your pantry for a month or two before using. Leave the pods in the bottle and as you near the bottom of the bottle, top it up again with Bacardi and add a new pod. I usually have three or...
This is a homemade non-alcoholic version of blue curacao using the blue butterfly pea flowers to create the blue-purple colour. It is lightly-spiced and delicious. Use the syrup to create interesting alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.
As the syrup is heavier than most other beverages, it will sink to the bottom of the glass when added to juice or soda. It is best to add the syrup to the glass first, then add ice, and slowly add your other beverage on top to create a layered effect.
This recipe is a delicious, quick and easy syrup that can be made into a non-alcoholic drink with the addition of soda water or created as an alcoholic beverage with the addition of both soda water and gin or vodka.
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Using spearmint tea, it is easy to create a delicious mojito-style of syrup that can be added to soda water to create a non-alcoholic beverage or made with the addition of white rum for a classic mojito.
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After trialing several different infusions, this one was the winner by a mile by our gin enthusiast-relatives!
Its the grapefruit that really gives it a lovely lift and vibrancy.
Create your own blend, use the recipe below or divide the litre of vodka into two or four and create a series of recipe variations using different citrus and varying ratios of herbs and spices.
After a few attempts at making tonic water at home, I like this version the best.
It's not too sweet and uses fresh stevia leaves which could be changed out with stevia liquid or dried leaves, it has plenty of citrus flavour and enough cinchona fllavour (the plant responsible for that recognisable quinine taste).
You can easily swap around the herbs and spices for those that you prefer.
As this is a concentrated recipe, you can dilute it to your taste liking with sparkling water or still water if you prefer.
This recipe makes about 700 millilitres (a little over a pint) and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
These delicious Chocolate Ashwaganda Energy Balls are filled with warming Chai spices, dark chocolate chips and yummy nut butter which make for a tasty energy snack or after dinner treat.
Pair with any of your favourite herbal teas or they are especially delicous with a hot cup of chai tea.
Fresh herb teas like this one are a vibrant and refreshing way of enjoying herbal tea. This herbal tea boutique is made from fresh calendula, cornflower, pineapple sage, regular sage and tied together with lemon grass.
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Create a range of healthy sodas using herbal teas. Delight your customers or friends with your innovative and delicious sodas.
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