Tart apple pie, rich chocolate cheesecake, crunchy cornbread stuffing, super moist turkey swimming in gravy, delicate homemade rolls, the Thanksgiving cornucopia overflows with rich and marvelous foods. Often earthy in flavor, these foods are craved after for weeks if not months in advance of the holiday they are known for. My mother’s house is probably as close a thing one can get to a Hobbit Hole this side of middle earth come Thanksgiving.
My brothers and sisters, which there are plenty of, bring boxes and bags and children from around the country to nestle into the furniture at the long low house on Olsen Road. For an entire week surrounding Thanksgiving her home sounds of laughter and smells of spice. We celebrate family and herald in winter with food, games, food, fires, hayrides, and more food. Most of it being those deep, rich, spiced, warm things of comfort we began to crave when summer met autumn.
Sometimes so much can be a bit too much. To balance it all my sister-in-law and I take lots of walks, do some yoga, and bring lots of fruits and vegetables. I like to throw in a few things that are bright and citrusy. A little contrast to freshen up the palette.
This November I will be posting recipes that have a citrus flair but still fit well with the season. Blueberry cheesecake galette, key lime braided brioche, traditional key lime pie, and this lovely
Making your own simple syrup is pretty straight forward and flavoring it is a simple as steeping some tea. fresh aromatics or herbs go in the hot syrup and are steeped. longer for a more robust flavor and shorter for lighter.
Paloma With Mint & Ginger
Refreshing with a bright citrus taste and a slight earthy-spiciness from fresh mint and ginger syrup make this cocktail perfect for winter sipping.
- 1.5 oz silver tequila
- 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 oz club soda or grapefruit sparkling water
- 1 tbsp gingered simple syrup (recipe follows)
- Handful fresh mint leaves
- 1 wedge lime garnish
- 1 wedge grapefruit garnish
- Sprig fresh mint
Add mint leaves and gingered syrup into a shaker (a jar will do) and muddle. Add a handful of crushed ice, pour in the Tequila and grapefruit juice. Shake!
Pour drink into your glass and top with club soda. Garnish with lime, grapefruit, and sprig of fresh mint.
Gingered Simple Syrup
- 3 oz fresh ginger
- 8 oz water
- 8 oz sugar
Peel the ginger and give it a rough chop.
Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring gently but often until sugar is dissolved. Add the ginger and let syrup come to just a simmer. Remove from heat and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Cool and strain the ginger out and store in an airtight container in the fridge of a week or two.