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Mint Juleps

Hi Octane Cooling without those messy electrolytes!

We have discovered that mint and ice will make anything cooler. Way cooler! Simple syrup, mint, lime, and bourbon. Muddle the mint well. We just use a contrived plastic cocktail shaker. Then add your wet ingredients, shake again, strain, and serve. Good Stuff!


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Time to add the simple syrup to the blood orangecello. Notice the syrup in the cabinet. All temperatures must be equal before mixing. Prevents clouding. Strawberries on right have syrup ( we’ve sampled, it’s OK!) Strawberries at rear await syrup. Remember one month on booze, another month with the syrup, then strain. Good Stuff!

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Fragolino update

On May 19 the berries went into the booze, on June 20, the simple syrup was made. Leave it in the same dark, cool place, you store the fragolino, overnight. Next day combine in a jar big enough and put away for another month. Good Stuff!

use the empty bottle to add as much sugar syrup as you added booze in the beginning.

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…and getting caught in the rain. Fresh pineapple, sweetened condensed milk, Ten Cane Rum. These things are dangerous!

Fresh is best!

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We brought a little of the last of this spring’s crop of Sicilian blood oranges home from the last civilization trip. Lovely. Blood Orangecello, our favorite way to preserve this flavor.

Peeled, julienned, soaking, and ready to be juiced spoils.

Wash the fruits well, peel carefully, and then assure that all white pith is removed from the backside. Julienne and cover with your favorite high test booze (moonshine would work best!-) One month in a cool place. Watch this spot for the next step.

Use that wonderful juice in cocktails! Let the peeled oranges dry for an hour or more before juicing. Facilitates easier handling. Good Stuff!

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This is how we preserve local strawberries in our household.

cutting strawberries for fragolino

add the strongest booze your state allows

Wash the berries well. Let them dry. Slice or quarter and cover with alcohol. Let sit for a month. Add an equal amount of sugar syrup. Let sit for another month. Strain and serve. Heavenly

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