That cherished time of the day has finally arrived; it’s time to slow down and relax with friends. When cocktail hour rolls around, I like to bring the garden to our glasses and create something refreshing and flavorful using just-picked ingredients, while hopefully adding a bit of nourishment. In all my kitchen endeavors, preparation and techniques are simple. Everything is rooted in making good use of the herbs and produce that have been delivered in our weekly CSA farm share, what we’ve picked up at the farmers’ market and what is growing in our garden. Letting locally grown, seasonal ingredients drive the direction of the cocktails helps limit the number of decisions I need to make. Bringing the backyard garden to the glass does not need to be complicated.
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