this spring, i do sincerely wish you’d run outside to the nearest forest and plucked new growth from all the fir trees you could get your greedy little hands on. if you had, you’d have some nicely dried fir tips now with which to brew fir tip tea, with which to mix fir teanis. what? you didn’t?! ok, ok, lucky for you there’s another way… lazy ass fir tip collectors can buy their way to fir tip tea. gotta love capitalism. it is really delicious fir tip tea, too, mind you. (juniperridge.com.) now that you have the precious elixer, brew some and chill it. this is a really tasty tipple; one of my faves.
but who will take libational ownership of this concoction that pushes culinary bounderies? sagittarius, pusher of the all-mighty envelope! for, the douglas fir is huge tree, and jupiter is the planet of all things huge. just think about the thick floor of fallen pine needles, or the plentiful pine cones dripping from this tree’s brances. this baby wants to spread its’ seed–jupiter is prolific. this cocktail is a gift from, and for, sagittarius. and for a fiery, optimistic sign like this, hell won’t freeze over for long, so get one while you can:
HELL FROZE OVER (DOUGLAS FIR TIP TEANI)
1 oz raw simple syrup*
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 oz Douglas Fir Tea*
2 oz vodka
candied ginger for garnish
add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake for ten seconds. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with either a small evergreen branch or a piece of candied ginger.
* Making simple syrup with unprocessed sugar gives a rounder sweetness to simple syrup. In airtight container mix 1 c sugar and 2 c water. Shake every twenty minutes or so until completely dissolved.
brew tea and allow to steep for ten minutes as you would a regular cup of tea. Do not add milk or sugar. Chill in fridge until ready to use.
check out this wild recipe for a DOUGLAS FIR SPARKLE’TINI where an actual tree branch is infused into the vodka!
or this tres cool recipe for an ALPINE MARTINI, again using real tree branches!