I’m taking a break from sewing again as they put me back in a wrist brace to help it heal better. In the meantime, the herbs in my garden are going absolutely nuts. After looking at my garden this morning, it was clear I needed to take the mint and basil in hand.
Last weekend I picked up some peaches at the farmer’s market. It was definitely time to use them, so I decided to try my hand at a peach liqueur. I added in some fresh mint from the garden, chopped the peaches, covered them with a simple syrup, then some bourbon and vodka. Now it just needs to sit for 4 to 6 weeks.
Next up, I tried my hand at some vodka infusions.
On the left is a spicy basil vodka, with spicy globe basil and jalapenos from my garden. It needs to sit for 3 to 5 days. On the right is just a basil vodka, also using the spicy global basil from my garden. It will also sit for about 5 days. And in the middle is a strawberry basil vodka. The basil is from my garden but the strawberries are local. It needs to sit for a week. I didn’t get a picture of it yet, but I also am working on a mint oil extraction using vodka. It needs to sit for 4 weeks. I’m so excited to use my herbs. I think I’ll start freezing some of the overflow so that I can have herbs from my garden all year.
I tried my had at canning for the first time a few weeks ago. I made a strawberry vanilla jam. SOOOO yummy. Today I made another attempt at canning and made mint apple jelly. The recipe used a store bought apple juice for a starter, so I used Simply Apple which doesn’t have any preservatives and isn’t made from concentrate. It’s also a cloudier juice, so my jelly isn’t as translucent as you would normally expect, but I’m still really pleased with it. I can’t wait for it to cool so I can try it out!
I’m really enjoying the garden this year. I definitely am going to have to get some more strawberries and make some more jam. And next year, we’re planting strawberries.