Garden Party

The party was last night, and we’re only just beginning to deal with the aftermath, but here is a final menu:


  • Jasmine rice spring rolls
  • Chipotle garlic edamame
  • Chipotle oil-roasted peach tarts (the peaches were roasted, not the tarts)
  • Orange popovers
  • Manchego and goat cheese, plus crackers
  • Veggie platter with homemade dip
  • Guac and chips
  • More herbs than you could possibly imagine
  • Mint ice cubes
  • Strawberry ice cubes
  • Lavender tea ice cubes (the surprise favorite)
  • Lemons and limes
  • Blueberries and strawberries


  • Vodka
  • Watermelon gin fizz
  • Bourbon
  • Benedictine
  • Triple Sec
  • Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Sparkling water, lemonade, apple cider and grape juice (mixers and for the non-drinkers)
  • Ginger, rosemary, violet and rose simple syrups
  • Beer of various kinds
  • Woodchuck summer cider
  • Cab sauvingon
  • Malbec
  • Reisling and some other white I don’t remember

Party-goers were encouraged to mix their own drinks and experiment with the different combinations of herbs and fruits.  We of course forgot to get extra tumblers, so by the end of the night several people were drinking out of mugs.

Recipes to follow.  Many thanks to Kate, Erica, and Chris for herbs and food, and to everyone who brought alcohol and ice.


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