Guava Cocktails

Guava Lime Tequila Cocktail from Pop Sugar

If you’re looking to bring a little bit of the tropics into your February, look no further than guava. While guava is in season now, you can find guava nectar or puree in stores as well. Whip out the tiny umbrellas.

Guava Mai Tai ~ Guava is a natural addition to one of the quintessential tropical cocktails.

Guava Mezcal Mule ~ A smoky, tropical twist on the classic mule.

Guava Lime Tequila Cocktail ~ A little mint makes this simple, three-ingredient cocktail taste fresh and fun.

Cachaça and Guava Cocktail ~ Funky fruit meets funky liquor (in a good way).

Spiced Rum Guava Gunpowder Cocktail ~ Gunpowder green tea is just one of the exciting ingredients that gives this drink its kick.

Blood Orange Cocktails

Blood Orange Flip from Serious Eats

Blood oranges look dramatic … but they also taste good in a cocktail! Here are some new ways to incorporate this beautiful citrus into your drinks.

Kentucky Hot Toddy ~ Bourbon, citrus and honey … a perfect combination for winter nights.

Campari and Blood Orange Cocktail ~ A simple yet satisfying cocktail, with a hint of bitterness and some bubbles.

Blood Orange Flip ~ Blood orange and whiskey are good friends indeed. Add a little honey and a light foam on top and it’s magic.

Blood Orange Gin & Tonic ~ Dress up this classic two-ingredient cocktail with a little glamorous blood orange juice.

Blood Orange Negroni ~ Another classic with a blood orange upgrade.

How To Make Bacon Swizzle Sticks for Your Bloody Mary

Why stir your drinks with a piece of plastic or wood when a piece of bacon can do the job? That’s the idea behind the bacon swizzle stick!

Instead of frying up your bacon, wrap it around skewers and bake it in the oven. This is perfect for a Bloody Mary or any savory cocktail you think needs a little bacon.

Bacon Swizzle Sticks
8 strips of thick-cut bacon
Wood or metal skewers

Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce the top of the bacon with a skewer and wind the bacon around it. The pierce the bottom of the bacon with the other end of the skewer, holding it in place. Bake skewered bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 10 minutes. Flip and bake until it’s crispy, about 5 to 10 minutes more.

Transfer skewers to paper towels and let cool. Blot excess oil, then remove skewers.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column.

The Ethics of Cider

Ethic Ciders (photo by Michael Woolsey)

When Ned and Michelle Lawton bought a small heirloom apple farm outside Sebastopol in 2013, the previous owners hadn’t spent much energy on upkeep — ‘organic by neglect’ is how Ned describes the orchard. But they couldn’t ignore the promise of the fruit that came from those old trees.

I wrote about Ethic Ciders for Field Sonoma.