We are excited that it is Friday.  It hasn’t been a long week for us, just a bit trying.  Nothing serious.  Normal owning your own business stuff.  Nevertheless, we are thrilled to headed into a great weekend.  To kick off the the weekend and summer being official, we are making some cocktails.  And we are having a give-away.  Remember that delicious Rhubarb Raspberry Sodas we made earlier this week?  Well, we are making the adult version for a little happy hour tonight with these Rhubarb Rye Sodas.  Warning you, these are addictive, and refreshing.  Perfect for a hot night.   Or a hot date.  Rye goes really well with the slightly sweet but tart simple syrup, and a splash of bubbly water, makes it refreshing.



What do you have planned for the weekend?  Cocktails involved?  We are teaching a food photography workshop over at the playground;  which we are really excited about.  As well we are having dinner with some newish friends, and we heard negronis will be served.

Now to the give-away … if you received our newsletter, you knew this was coming today.  We have been so busy with work that we skipped our 5 year blogiversary the beginning of May.  It has been really fun having you along on our culinary journey the past five years.  When we started the site, little did we know, it would even make it past a year.   Your readership has made us grow.  We usually do a little give-away to celebrate each of our blogiversaries, but decided that this year, since it is a “biggie”, we would do more.  From now until the end of the year, we are going to give away something every month.  Not going to say what, but, it will be something that is dear to us in our kitchen and/or dining experiences.

We adore Morris Kitchen simple syrups.  Not only are they great in cocktails;  but, we have been using them for everyday recipes as well.  The fine folks at Morris Kitchen sent us a box of their syrups to play with and to share with you.  To spice up your summer, we will be giving away a bottle of the Ginger Syrup.  

Here are a few recipes that the Ginger Syrup is great in:

Ginger Rose Sparkler

Rhubarb Raspberry Soda

Asian Chicken Salad

To enter the give-away leave a comment below telling us how your think you will use the Ginger Simple Syrup for the first time.  The deadline to enter this giveaway is midnight (PST), June 24, 2012.  The winner will be chosen with random.org and announced the following day.

The winner is ……. #8 Jacqueline!  Stay tuned for July’s give-away.   


Recipe:  Rhubarb Rye Soda


  • 2 ounces rhubarb raspberry simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye
  • bubbly water
  • ice

How To:

  1. Add the simple syrup and rye to a cocktail shaker and fill with some ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Fill a cocktail glass with some ice and pour the mixture over the top.
  4. Splash with some bubbly water.
  5. Stir.
  6. Serve.
  7. Sip.






(Visited 234 times, 1 visits today)
Tagged with →