CAN YOU JOIN ME FOR COCKTAILS TODAY? Good. Because I’m serving vodka that I’ve encased in a frozen block of flowers and twigs. This isn’t a new trick (it was used by Martha Stewart and others in the early 1990s). But it’s a fun thing to do, and the results are always spectacular:
Tip: If the label won’t come off easily, use a hair blower to melt the glue.
Can you excuse me for a moment? An important email has arrived.
Dear Kevin: I seem to be out of vodka. Can I use this method with wine? Please do not publish this email. Sincerely, Carrie Nation
Dear Carrie – I can’t recommend wine for this trick. Why? Because the water in wine will expand when frozen, and potentially cause the bottle to shatter. Vodka, on the other hand, won’t freeze solidly (or at all). Thus it is safe to use. And don’t worry — I’ll never publish your email.
This morning, I clipped the following bits and pieces from my garden:
Coreopsis (the result of last January’s winter-sowing efforts)…
Zonal geranium (Pelargonium), which I grow for winter-blooms…
Freeze the works until solid — 4 to 8 hours.
Of course, the vodka itself won’t freeze, because of its high alcohol-content.
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