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No Hard Cider This Year

We've had a bumper crop of apples on our trees this year, but...

The news has gone viral on deer social media and several does have been devouring all the drops. For the last two days we've also had a nice four-point buck join them. Unfortunately, he's pretty skiddish, so these are the best shots I've been able to grab with a crappy cellphone camera. If he comes back, I'll try to get some better pics with a telephoto lens on a real camera.

STAY TUNED!

doe eating applesfour point buckskiddish buckbuck with doe

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Cocktails & Travel Memories

Saw a bottle of Cachaça on the shelf at Mehuron's yesterday and decided to buy it. While common in metro areas & S. America, I haven't seen it much up here in the north country. It brought back memories of a trip to Iguazu Falls, Brazil 20 years ago. While pondering the wonders of nature from a barstool overlooking the falls, my favorite bartender (that's what we called mixologists back then...) plied me with his twist on the traditional Caipirinha. As best I can replicate, this was his recipe for a Kicked-Up Caipirinha:

  • 2-3 oz. Cachaça, to taste (white rum will do in a pinch...)
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 TBSP granulated sugar (raw is better...)
  • Fresh mint, a handful of leaves
  • Hot sauce, a few dashes

Muddle the lime, sugar, mint & hot sauce in a shaker; add the Cachaça & two cubes of ice; shake well then transfer to a glass filled with ice; garnish with more mint & lime.

The falls are pretty awesome whenever you see them, even in a drought year as it was when I was there. Having a few of these Caipirinhas took the awesomeness factor to a completely different level!

Novo Fogo Organic Silver CachaçaIguazu FallsIguazu Falls - Drought Year?

SAÚDE!

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Fresh Herbs...Great Cocktails!

Here's a nifty little tip you can try out this afternoon (after 5 o'clock of course...).

If you have some herbs in your garden going to flower, there's an alternate use for those lovely little blossoms. Instead of making an aromatic bouquet or simply tossing them out, use them in your favorite cocktail! Muddled, shaken or stirred they provide a burst of aroma & flavor more intense than the herb's leaves. Mint & basil blossoms go particularly well with gin, vodka & white rum. So go ahead & experiment with your favorites. End the work week on a pleasant note...

ENJOY THE WEEKEND & CHEERS!

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