Liqueurs and Cordials – Savor the Flavor of the Southwest

In honor of World Absinthe Day (March 5) we are posting how to make your own absinthe as well as other liqueurs and cordials. We do urge you to be careful with your alcohol, and have a safety page on alcohol – here. This post includes affiliate links.  The Horticulture Therapy non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few pennies at no additional cost to you if you use the links. Herbal Liqueurs In Europe, liqueurs started as medicinal beverages made with herbs and alcohol. Popular in 17th century […]

Savory Cinnamon – A Holiday Treat

Many of our holiday offerings include cinnamon. Cinnamon is traditionally used in winter cooking, like pumpkin pie, snickerdoodles, and gingerbread. Why cinnamon? The Botany of Cinnamon If you want to – skip this section and go to the recipe. But because I, Jacqueline Soule, am an ethnobotanist, and I am fascinated by human uses of plants, I present some of the interesting history of this spice. The word “cinnamon” is directly from Hebrew.  In the Old Testament “kinamon” is mentioned in the same context as the treasures of gold, silver, […]

Drink Your Roses!

The flavor of roses is one of those subtle flavors that will delight your taste buds. If you haven’t tried rose petals yet — you are missing a treat. Today we will look at two drinks to make using roses. Which Roses To Use? Really any true rose * will work. The wild Western rose, also called Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii) is found throughout the Southwest. It makes an excellent rose to forage due to it’s intensely flavorful petals. In the garden, the gallica roses (originally from Persia) have the […]

Savor Some Southwest Iced Tea

Jacqueline here today to help everyone celebrate “National Iced Tea Month” – Southwest style! Tea does not need to come from overseas, it can come far more locally – indeed from your own back yard! What is in a name? Language purists will remind us that true tea comes from Camellia sinensis, grown in the tropics. Any “herbal tea” is in fact a “tisane,” but the English language is subject to change over time, thus I am using the term “tea” to mean any herb infused into a beverage. Speaking […]