Nasturtium moonshine.....

August 12, 2010

It's that time of summer, where if I am not careful, I can start to get a little depressed....the green of the trees an grasses have lost some of their I-just-burst-out-of-the-bud lusciousness, my poppies have finished doing their crazy dramatic thing, and there are no more juicy eggplants to pick (tho' tomatoes....omigod!)...I just start to see signs...the changing of the light...how it slants through the forest....that the season ( my favorite!) is gonna give way, sometime soon, to the beginnings of Fall...

That being said....
The nasturtium flowers keep going strong...so, I give you a GREAT way to save some summer sunshine for those cooler months....and remind yourself in the dead of winter that yes, soon, very soon....Mme. Spring will come to the rescue!

  (this recipe makes a pint!)

1 cup any liquor...I have used vodka, maple liqueur, apple ginger liqueur,whiskey, bourbon....but anything you like will do
1/2 cup nasturtium blossoms
1/2 cup fruit , chopped ( this is optional....I put apples in one...pears, dried berries, whatever)
1/2 cup simple syrup

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simple syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup H2O
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mix  everything together in  small saucepan...bring to a simmer and turn off! let sit till cool....close up jars nice and tight, put em in a cabinet, and let 'cure' for about 3 months...you can strain out the flowers and fruit before drinking, or leave a few in....Nasturtiums are edible!
sip, if you do something like bourbon, or lovely on vanilla bean ice cream if you have chosen a liqueur 
like I said, perfect to open and have a tasting party in the middle of January...
salut!

oxx K









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