Buying mostly necessities translates into improvisational cooking and stretching out the use of each item. There is a subtle magic when I approach situations by asking how I can work with what I already have. Citrus peels skip the compost bin and become delicate sparkling garnishes. Herbs that are starting to go dry bring depth to a basic simple syrup in a repurposed bottle. Random bits of hardware and some leftover paint transform into candle holders. There’s no need for expensive non-alcoholic spirits when I can borrow a single ingredient from my baking shelf to make a booze-free treat! It feels so good to log off and do something with the hands, whether it’s a DIY decor project or making dinner with a loved one while chatting over drinks.
This bright bourbon hot toddy style beverage is infused with sage ginger simple syrup and a splash of lemon juice. If using orange juice instead, I recommend reducing it by half over medium heat for a more complex flavor. While delightfully comforting served hot, this drink is crispy cold and refreshing on the rocks and/or with soda water.
I encourage you to experiment with your simple syrup flavorings. Maybe lemon-rosemary, lavender-thyme, or cinnamon for a more classic toddy feel. I know times are tough and you might miss your pals–why not put a twist on a tip from Kaitlyn’s latest piece and host a virtual simple syrup and/or cocktail party? I’m still dying to try Hawnuh’s show stopping Nocino + oat milk winter cocktail.
What hidden treasures have you found at home? Let us know! #closedloopcooking