drinks

  • lavender simple syrup.

    Among other small wonders, there’s an organic lavender field growing on Governors Island. To get to the ice-cream cone shaped island our family takes the ferry from Red Hook/Atlantic Basin. The boat spends more…

    July 12, 2021 4 Comments
  • sun tea.

    I spend a lot of time thinking about how to harness the incredible solar energy that shimmers off of the old silvery roof outside our kitchen window. If I had my druthers there’d be…

    June 23, 2021 3 Comments
  • archive dig: late spring libations.

    In celebration of late spring summersaulting into summer, here’s a roundup of some favorite archived posts to inspire flowery, fruity springtime concoctions and taking the time to enjoy them. For anyone lucky enough to…

    May 27, 2021 0 Comments
  • habit shift: non-alcoholic tipples.

    There’s something to be said for the ritual and romance of an evening cocktail. In a year that’s been so terribly monotonous, to say nothing of impossible, I think it’s nice to home in…

    March 4, 2021 41 Comments
  • make your own: violet syrup.

    Recommended: A spring afternoon spent playing with flowers. My kids are on spring break this week and we’re spending a few extra days at my parents’ house, half working and half playing and mostly…

    April 23, 2019 9 Comments
  • simple stuff: tea strainers.

    Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t read tea leaves. Not real ones anyway. Indeed, I’d prefer the leaves to stay mostly out of my tea. But I recently had folks over for dinner and,…

    February 12, 2019 32 Comments
  • make your own: ginger tea.

    It’s a good day for taking extra special care of yourself. Recovery from a stomach bug notwithstanding, there are lots of reasons to feel more than a bit queasy today. Ginger to the rescue.…

    September 27, 2018 12 Comments
  • make your own: linden leaf tea.

    In early summer there are linden blossoms on city trees. Yes, even as the world warms and it feels increasingly like it must also be spinning out of orbit, there is comfort to be…

    June 28, 2018 18 Comments
  • make your own: oat milk.

    I’ve been drinking oat milk lattes on days when I find myself working from coffee shops, which is a shorter way of saying my expensive coffee habit has become more so and I’m feeling…

    February 5, 2018 43 Comments