Mint-packed mojitos and juleps might be the most famous examples, but all kinds of cocktails will perk up when herbs are added to the mix. Muddling is the key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils, done with a traditional bar tool similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves, or the end of a wooden spoon. Here are four herbalicious drinks from our test kitchen.
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Here's a potion kids are sure to love. Among the ingredients are cinnamon candies that give it zing. Stir 1 quart apple cider and 1/4 cup hard cinnamon candies in a medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until heated through and candies have melted completely, about 8 minutes. Serve warm.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, Volume 11 2004
A container of yogurt transformed into an ice pop isn't just a yummy treat for kids -- its lid can catch messy drips. Open a 6-ounce container of fruit yogurt; drain excess liquid, and stir. Add a couple of teaspoons of berries and granola on top, pressing into yogurt a bit. Cut a slit in the lid, just large enough to insert a large craft stick. Put lid back on; insert stick halfway into yogurt. Freeze at least 5 hours. To unmold, dip cup into bowl of warm water.
SourceMartha Stewart Kids, 2004
Folks enjoy this satisfying Louisiana gumbo during winter, particularly when they're trying to recover from months of rich holiday foods. Each cook has his or her preferred version. I like mine with a small amount of meat added for flavoring, and I love the combo of collards and mustard greens. The story goes that for each type of green in it, a new friend will be made in the coming year, so feel free to throw some of your favorite greens into the pot and make some more friends!
Text by Emeril Lagasse
SourceEveryday Food, January 2009
Asparagus is best cooked the day it's purchased, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days in one of the following ways: Wrap the bottoms of the stalks in a damp paper towel, and place in a paper bag; store in crisper. Or stand the bundled stalks in a bowl with about an inch of water.
Although many people believe that thinner asparagus spears are more tender than thicker ones, thick spears are actually just as tender. If the asparagus stems are tough, remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.
SourceEveryday Food, Volume 9 March/April 2003
Think of it as a gift that doesn't need to be unwrapped: small slivers of vegetables usually found on a crudite platter, tied with an edible ribbon. To make each mini bunch, group thin slices of carrot, cucumber, red cabbage, pea sprouts, blanched haricots verts, and red, yellow, and orange pepper. Tie each cluster with a chive and serve alongside a tangy carrot-ginger dipping sauce.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings
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