Cucumber -Tea-Ni

 Cucumber-Tea-Ni is the winning cocktail from the February 2013 Green Cocktail Contest.

Created by Mixologist Jason Walsh, head mixologist at Bistro La Promenade in New York City.

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The recipe for the syrup is below and is very easy to mix up and I think you will find it useful in other cocktails as well. The vodka recommended here is Tito’s, a vodka produced in Texas. It is distilled from corn, making it a very interesting addition to this cocktail that will be ideal anytime and for any occasion.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounce Tito’s Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 ounce Sencha Green Tea Syrup* (recipe below)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 inch thick English cucumber
  • Cucumber slice and mint sprig for garnish

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing glass, muddle one slice of cucumber.
  2. Add the other ingredients.
  3. Add 6 ice cubes, shake, then strain into a 7 oz coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and sprig of mint.

*Sench Green Tea Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup Sencha Green Tea Leaves
  • 3 1/2 ounce sugar
  • 7 ounce hot boiling water
  1. Combine Sencha leaves in pot with hot water that is around 180 degrees.
  2. Let over brew to bring bitterness out (around 7 minutes).
  3. Strain with a fine strainer and discard used Sencha tea leaves.
  4. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate in glass jar.

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It’s Camping season

I am a born again camper.

Growing up our summer vacations were spent travelling all over Ontario camping…..many times I’d whine and complain especially as I got a little older but thinking back, camping was the best vacation ever!

My mum is in her early 70’s and still is an avid camper, hiker and canoe-r 🙂  she would take daughter #1  along with my sister and niece #1 and nephew #1 and meet my brother before he had a family of his own and go camping for a week.

I went camping last year for the first time in 30 years….makes me sound quite old….

Last year for my 44th birthday I was presented with the most amazing tent ever!!!  It has travelled all over the world and finally ended up with me 😀

It’s a tent made by Black & Edgington and I think this is probably one of the originals.

I have never been so happy with a gift EVER, the smell of old damp canvas…..ahhhhhh one of the best scents in the world!!!!

It was THE BEST Birthday I have ever had, my family went all out and I’ll never forget it!!!!  You can read all about it if you like here  and here   😀

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That is my lovely sister and I can you see the similarities???  I didn’t think so ….. she is soooo the milk mans daughter LOL

I can’t wait to go camping again….and I’m even more excited since I found this site called Buzz Feed

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

             

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.View this image ›

2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

             

Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.View this image ›

Source: listorama

3. Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.

             

Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

             

Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.View this image ›

Get the recipe here.

5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

             

Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.View this image ›

Source: sheknows.com

6. Bring a tick deterrent.

             

Bring a tick deterrent.View this image ›

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

             

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.View this image ›

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

             

Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.View this image ›

9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

             

Make crescent rolls over the campfire.View this image ›

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

             

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Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

             

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.View this image ›

11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

             

Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.View this image ›

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

Source: cabelas.com

12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

             

Get these seat hammocks for car camping.View this image ›

Buy ‘em here.

Source: hammocks.com

13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

             

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.View this image ›

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

             

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.View this image ›

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

Source: scjohnson.com

15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

             

Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.View this image ›

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

Source: pinterest.com

16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

             

Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

             

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.View this image ›

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

                                            

Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

             

Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

20. Make campfire cones!

             

Make campfire cones!View this image ›

21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

             

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.View this image ›

22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

             

Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don't need to be refrigerated.View this image ›

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

             

Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.View this image ›

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

                                            

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

             

Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.View this image ›

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

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27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

             

Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

             

Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.View this image ›

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

             

Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.View this image ›

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

             

Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.View this image ›

Source: google.com

31. Try roasting Starburst.

                                            

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

             

Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.View this image ›

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

             

Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.View this image ›

Get the full details here.

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

             

If you're going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.View this image ›

Buy it here.

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

                                            

Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

             

Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

             

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

             

Bring microfiber towels — they're super absorbent and lightweight.View this image ›

Source: amazon.com

39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

             

Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.View this image ›

They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

             

Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.View this image ›

Get the instructions here.

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

             

Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.