It’s mid-November, the holidays are looming, and we’re again confronted with that age-old question: what to get people who already have everything they could possibly need? My vote is always for a consumable gift, so as not only to reduce the amount of superfluous clutter in our lives (do we really need that gold-enameled jigger?) but to provide something that we can all use more of: a touch of comfort. On a cold blustery day off, when all you want to do is stay inside and be cozy — preferably somewhere near a kitchen — consider that you can accomplish that goal as well as knocking out some holiday gifts for the cocktail-lovers in your life.
A few ideas that can be started now and gifted later:
“Fruit-cello” We know it usually as limoncello, classically made with lemon zest, but this type of liqueur would also turn out nicely with blood orange, bergamot, grapefruit, satsuma or even a blend of a couple kinds of citrus. The most time-consuming initial stage of this is simply peeling the zest off of the fruit. This is a great activity for keeping your hands busy while curled up on the couch watching TV or sitting around the table chatting with friends. Pro tip: wear gloves if you have sensitive skin. The oily skins are packed with flavor and aroma — and will infuse into the spirit like tea.
As we pay greater attention to where our food comes from, our health and the health of what we’re consuming, even the most carnivorous eaters are taking a break from meat – at least occasionally. Of course, it can be challenging to follow Meatless Monday, the international campaign to eat vegetarian on Mondays. So we’ve turned to chefs for a little inspiration. Today, Urbana in Washington, DC dishes up eggplant caponata. Keep reading…
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Turkey Day is still two weeks away, but we’ve got a hankering for a taste of Thanksgiving right now. Luckily, we can get our fowl fix and stuff ourselves with stuffing before then. Here are ten ways you can enjoy the flavors of the holiday without having to spend an afternoon with your in-laws. Keep reading…
Sometimes life calls for a cocktail — and here at CityEats, we’re especially fond of celebrating Thirsty Thursdays. While you can’t go wrong with a simple vodka and soda, there are times when you want to really shake things up. We turn to area restaurants and bars for inspiration. This week, mix up a Pumpkin Eggnog Martini from Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn.
Pumpkin Eggnog Martini
Pumpkin Eggnog Martini Makes 4 servings
4 oz pumpkin juice (can be found in specialty stores)