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  • Vanilla Bean Lemonade

    By Garrett McCord, author of Vanilla Garlic

    Vanilla Bean Lemonade

     

    When lemons come into season in the middle of winter I start to go a bit lemonade crazy. Yes, it may still be chilly outside and the car windshield may still require a scraping every morning, but I can never say no to a tall glass of sweet and sour lemonade. Enjoyed in front of a fire with a bowl of aveglemono soup, a favorite book you've read five times before, or a slice of almond cake lemonade always makes life a bit more enjoyable and lets you forget the world for a few moments.

    I usually end up using the more common Eureka lemons for my lemonade as I think their intense citric punch is a good contrast against the sugar, but a sweet and orange-y Meyer lemon will be just as happy in a clinking glass filled with ice. I also always toss in the seeds and pod of a fresh vanilla bean - usually Tahitian for its creaminess - as it adds a floral, rich, decadent layer of flavor to the lemonade. Plus, who can resist the comely pinprick speckles of real vanilla dancing in their drink?

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  • Vanilla Rhuby Slipper (Rhubarb Cocktail)

    By Garrett McCord, author of Vanilla Garlic

    This cocktail utilizes a modern, summery mix of unique flavors that blend together surprisingly well. A modern simple syrup infused with rhubarb, rosemary, and vanilla is splashed together with a vodka and sliced cucumbers.

    Served from a pitcher into glasses filled with waiting ice the mix is topped off with a bit of ginger ale. The drink is intriguing and mellow and sure to be a hit at your next party.

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