Here it is October 30 and we're about to get a record-early snowfall. First ever on Halloween in Massachusetts.This comes right on the heels of a great bit of news: our Farmers' Markets are going to remain open - through Thanksgiving - to December 22.
We drove up to a nondescript office park on a hot July day. Can this really be it?
"Eat Local, Drink Global" is an oft repeated mantra with farmer friends.
gourmet clubs, Tiki aficianados,
We have four R&W cocktails on our list right now: The Caldwell Smash (our house cocktail) using Folly Cove Rum, Cane Nebbioso (greyhound variation) using Beauport vodka and a Negroni using Knockabout gin. A new drink on the list is the Farmers' Market Martini - muddled fresh veg with Beauport vodka.
Farmers' Market Martini
This cocktail takes advantage of the smoothness of Beauport vodka and the fresh flavor of summer vegetables.
- 4-6 cherry tomatoes, or 1/4 of a medium tomato
- 2-3 slices cucumber
- a few sprigs of herbs: parsley, basil, chives, summer savory (whatever you have on hand)
- pinch salt
- 3 oz. Beauport vodka
- cucumber wheel or cherry tomato for garnish
Begin with fresh veggies.
In a mixing glass, muddle the tomato, cucumber and herbs well with the salt.
Really make sure you mash all the vegetables up so as to extract as much juice as possible.
Add the vodka and ice and put the top on your shaker.
Shake well to make sure the you get everything super cold and well combined.
Double strain* into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber wheel or cherry tomato.
*Double straining is a technique used when you make a drink with a lot of "bits" in it. In addition to a standard Hawthorne or julep strainer (or the strainer built into your cocktail shaker), strain through a fine-mesh strainer into your glass. A simple way to do it: hold the shaker/strainer combo in your right hand and hold the fine mesh strainer over your cocktail glass.
Pour directly into the fine-mesh strainer - all the small bits will get caught, leaving you with a clearer drink. If you don't have a fine-mesh strainer, no worries, the double strain isn't essential; your cocktail will just be a wee bit chunkier!
Local fresh farmers' market vegetables, local distiller's fine spirits,