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Herbal Holiday Cocktail Recipes!

Posted by Erin|24 November 2014

Aromatic herbs and spices like sweet cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla define our culinary palate this time of year, and that goes for cocktails too. Thankfully, you don’t need to stock the cabinet with a fortune’s worth of pretty liquor bottles to enjoy these delights.

Infusing your own spirits at home and making flavored syrups are easy ways to build ingredients for your home bar. It’s fun to have a few specialty drinks on hand that will wow your guests when hosting parties. After all, tis the season for cups filled with cheer, making memories, and merriment!

Here are 5 of my favorite herbal sipping treats for winter celebrations…

 

Rose and Cardamom Egg Nog

 

Rose & Cardamom Eggnog

 

Beat farm fresh eggs in a blender or food processor for one minute on low speed. Slowly spoon in the sugar and continue blending for one minute to combine. With blender still running, add cardamom, brandy, rum, milk, and cream. Blend the ingredients together for one minute. Chill thoroughly to allow the flavors to meld. Stir in the rosewater and serve in two chilled glasses, grating nutmeg on top before serving.

 

Orange Spice Manhattan

 

Orange Spice Manhattan
  • 2 oz orange spice infused bourbon*
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

 

Fill a glass with ice and pour in the infused bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Stir to combine and then strain the cocktail into a chilled glass. Garnish with a candied orange peel. Serves one.

* To make the Orange Spice Bourbon, combine 8oz of bourbon with the outer peel of one orange, one organic cinnamon stick, one chopped organic vanilla bean, and two organic cloves in a glass jar. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks and then strain.

 

Elderberry Bubbly

 

Elderberry Champagne Cocktail

 

Elderberry Syrup:

To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Bottle in sterilized glass.

Pour gin and elderberry syrup into a flute glass. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a lemon peel.

 

Spiked Vanilla Bean Cocoa

 

Spiked Vanilla Bean Cocoa
  • 8 oz organic milk
  • 8 oz organic half-and-half
  • ¼ cup organic roasted cacao powder
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 3 oz vanilla bean infused brandy
  • vanilla bean whipped cream

Gently simmer milk and half-and-half in a saucepan over medium heat until just warm. Do not boil! Whisk in the cacao powder, add the syrup, and stir. Divide between two mugs and add 1 ½ oz of infused brandy to each. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp organic sugar
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • Pulp from one half of a split and scraped organic vanilla bean

 

Add all ingredients to a quart sized mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Shake the jar for several minutes until the liquid stops sloshing. Open periodically to check for a fluffy consistency. Be careful not to over shake, or you’ll have vanilla butter instead!

 

Chai Snow Punch

 

Chai Snow Punch

Combine the milk, half-and-half, loose chai tea, and cinnamon in a pan and bring the temperature up to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Stir constantly. Cover with a lid and remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature before straining out the herbs. Whisk together the chai infused milk, booze, sugar, and vanilla. Pour into a covered glass bowl and freeze for 12 to 24 hours, stirring several times to break up large ice crystals. Stir well before serving to make the appearance of snow. Spoon into chilled glasses with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Serves 6 to 8.

 Cheers!

 

Free Herbal Webinar!

Posted by Erin|28 October 2014

Free Winter Wellness Webinar

 

Oooh, check this out! Our friends over at Learning Herbs are hosting a free webinar tomorrow night all about herbs for winter wellness. What a gift! You can sign up for free by clicking here!

 

New Video: Elderberries with Rosemary Gladstar

Posted by Erin|27 October 2014

VIDEO: Rosemary Gladstar's Garden Wisdoms - Elderberry Medicine

 

We had so much fun wandering through the garden with Rosemary Gladstar last summer!

A highlight of our day was when Rosemary spotted this towering elder swaying in the breeze. She shared lots of stories and passed down traditional knowledge about this important plant, as well as her favorite recipes using elderberries. (You can find organic elderberries in our shop by clicking here.) We hope you enjoy the video!

 

Looking for more elderberry recipes?

Berry Rooty Syrup

Fermented Elderberry Soda

Elderberry Oxymel

Even more elderberry recipes!

 

Rosemary Gladstar's Garden Wisdoms - Elderberry Medicine

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|23 October 2014

Alieta-Kiva

 

Alieta braved the rain today to warm folks up with mulled cider! She sampled out 200 cups of hot spiced organic apple cider along with recipe cards, and free bags of mulling spice made with organic herbs at the Kiva Grocery in downtown Eugene. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat!

Want our Mulling Spice recipe?

You can find it here!

 

New Video: Essential Oils for Beginners with Kathi Keville

Posted by Erin|22 October 2014

Essential Oils for Beginners with Kathi Keville - YouTube Series

 

We have a wonderful new collection of YouTube videos with aromatherapist Kathi Keville!

Kathi takes us through the top 8 essential oils you need to create a starter set at home. In this series, she teaches us about the emotional, cosmetic, and medicinal properties of Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Tea Tree found in our Classic sampler, as well as Citrus and Marjoram essential oils. We are so grateful for the time we shared with Kathi and the amazing wealth of knowledge she brought to our community during the Free Herbalism Project. We hope you enjoy the videos too! Be sure to watch in HD 1080 for the best quality.

Be sure to grab a copy of Kathi’s book Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art and one of our Classic Essential Oil Kits to help you get started experimenting on your own!

Click here to watch!

Essential Oils for Beginners with Kathi Keville

DIY: Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe!

Posted by Erin|21 October 2014

Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve

 

This is a classic topical formula that can be used to help ease occasional aches and pains associated with activities like hiking and biking or to help warm up the joints when faced with the chill of cold weather. I like to keep this healing ointment handy during the active summer months and throughout the wintertime for just these reasons. Such great medicine! It also makes a wonderful gift that’s super easy to whip up. Simply rub into sore joints and muscles for a little relief, avoiding broken skin, as needed.

 

Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe

Ingredients

4 oz St. John’s Wort infused oil
2 tsp organic cayenne powder
1/2 ounce beeswax or 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles

Directions

1. Using a double boiler, mix the oil with the cayenne powder and warm very gently. Allow to cool and then heat up again, being sure not to let the oil bubble.

2. Remove from heat and allow to sit and infuse for 24 hours.

3. The next day, strain oil through cheesecloth to remove excess powder.

4. Place herbal infused oil and beeswax into your double boiler and gently warm over low heat until the beeswax melts.

5. Quickly pour into tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely.

6. Salves should be stored in a cool location where they will remain semi-solid.

 

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|02 October 2014

Drink Organic Tea!

 

This week was so much fun!

We got to have a tea party photo shoot with one of our favorite little herbalists. Big thanks to Amelia (and her dad Mason) for sipping some organic Hibiscus High with us.

More cuteness from this shoot coming soon…

 

Our New Catalog is Here!

Posted by Erin|24 September 2014

Free Catalog from Mountain Rose Herbs!

 

Our new catalog for Autumn 2014/Winter 2015 has arrived!

As cool weather draws us near the hearth, we’re crafting gifts for the holidays, baking treats, and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’ve filled these pages with new recipes like vegan gluten-free White Chocolate Coconut Bark, Rosemary Mint Elixir, and Herb Roasted Chickpeas, as well as unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, and new products.

As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here!

Want a FREE copy all for yourself?

Request a new catalog here!

 

Organic Spice Rack Giveaway!

Posted by Erin|23 September 2014

Spice Rack Giveaway from Mountain Rose Herbs!

 

Wow…you folks are the best.

It was such a sweet surprise to find that we had reached 250,000 likes on Facebook today. We can’t quite express the deep gratitude we feel for the amazing support you’ve given us over the years. To celebrate our big milestone, we’re giving away an organic spice rack, just in time for your fall harvest feasts!

Visit us over on Facebook to find out how to enter to win this amazing collection of Epicurean Organics seasoning blends, salts, peppercorns, and whole vanilla beans

 

The Prize!

All Purpose Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

Caribbean Blend

Celery Salt

Chili Powder Blend

Chinese Five Spice Blend

Curry Blend Powder

Garam Masala Blend

Garlic Pepper

Grilling Herbs

Herbs de Provence

Italian Seasoning

Lemon Pepper

Mediterranean Seasoning

Mesquite Seasoning

Mexican Seasoning

Pickling Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Seasoning Salt

Thai Curry Blend

Veggie Mix

West Indies Rub

Rainbow Peppercorns

Smoked Peppercorns

Red Alaea Salt

Kiawa Smoked Salt

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Lava Salt

Whole Vanilla Beans

The winner will be announced on October 1st!

Good luck!

 

Summer Recipe Sale – 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

Posted by Erin|12 September 2014

Summer Recipe Sale - 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

This bright and uplifting essential oil blend is the perfect aroma to carry a little bit of summer into fall! Fresh citrus and a hint of floral sweetness will leave you smiling as you enjoy this light and lively scent combination as a body spray, room deodorizer, perfume oil, or diffuser blend. Have fun and be creative!

Feeling inspired to mix it up?

For the next 2 weeks, we are offering the essential oils in this recipe (select sizes) at 35% off! Now is the time to stock up on Jasmine Absolute, organic Lemon, organic Lavender, and organic Combava essential oils

 

Summer Recipe Sale - 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

 

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|11 September 2014

Free Herbalism Project

 

We had such a blast at the Free Herbalism Project!

Here are two of our awesome customer service reps turned tea goddesses for the day. Miriam and Halsey brewed and served free tea for us during the gathering.

Check out the Free Herbalism Project photo album here!

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