Spring is full of reasons to brunch … Easter, Mother’s Day, bridal showers and more. Rather than serve the usual champagne cocktail, why not try something fresh?
Unlike the garden variety, shrubs for drinking are concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar and vinegar. This centuries-old preservation method is experiencing a new heyday at the hands of creative mixologists. These sweet-and-sour concentrates capture the essence of fresh fruit … so they’re perfect for imbibing before noon.
Courtesy of Kelly Sterling
Makes 1 serving
1½ ounces white tequila
¾ ounce grapefruit shrub, homemade (recipe below) or bottled*
4 ounces soda water
1 grapefruit, sliced crosswise then halved
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
In a highball glass, pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig.
Courtesy of Sunset
Makes 1 quart
3 large red grapefruit
About 1 1/3 cups raw (unpasteurized) coconut vinegar, such as Coconut Secret**
1 cup freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
1 cup raw, unrefined cane sugar***
Cut off peel and white pith from each grapefruit. Next, cut between the inner membranes to release the grapefruit segments; discard membranes. Put fruit in a clean, wide-mouth 1-qt. canning jar. Add enough vinegar to cover. Close jar tightly and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Push down grapefruit until covered by vinegar so vinegar can draw out their flavor. (Keep fruit completely submerged to prevent undesirable bacteria or mold from growing on it.)
Cover jar with a piece of cheesecloth (so air can get in and help start fermentation), and securely attach with a rubber band or the jar ring. Leave at room temperature for about 12 hours.
Discard cheesecloth. Replace with lid and ring, secure tightly, and shake. Keep mixture at room temperature, repeating the vigorous shaking once a day for 7 days.
Pour mixture into a wide strainer set over a bowl. Set aside fruit for another use or discard. Using a funnel, return liquid to jar. Add grapefruit juice and sugar; cover and shake until dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Chill 7 days, shaking the bottle vigorously every day to be sure sugar is dissolved. Use immediately, or chill up to 4 months (shake before using). The shrub will get more syrupy with time.
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*Bottled Texas Grapefruit Shrub can be found at specialty retailers or liberandcompany.com
**Find raw coconut vinegar at natural food stores or use the store locator on coconutsecret.com
***For brighter color, try Trader Joe’s organic evaporated cane juice sugar
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Like an Easter bonnet – with all the frills upon it – the Easter table should be a joyful tribute to the holiday and the arrival of spring.
When the weather agrees, setting brunch or dinner outdoors is the grandest way to feast. You can bring the same attention to detail to your outdoor dining table as you would inside.
No Easter table feels complete without a cheerful burst of color. In addition to a vibrant bouquet of flowers, a fruity cocktail or fresh-squeezed juice is an easy way to enliven the setting with color.
Golden pastries and gourmet breads look even more delectable when presented on a beautiful domed cake platter.
Crips linen napkins add poise to any table. Tuck cloud white linens into antique napkin rings to lend a touch of tradition and heritage.
For large parties, keep the color scheme simple. A single color for linens, centerpieces and outdoor place settings creates a cohesive look without competing with the natural setting.
Written by: Canyon Ranch Staff
Your friend can whip up a gourmet meal with three ingredients, but serving spaghetti instead of penne is your best attempt at becoming more creative in the kitchen. Many people think that cooking, drawing, crafting and other common forms of artistic expression are the only ways to express a creative side. But you don’t need a “talent” to be creative. Creativity is about more than just mastering a skill. It is also about the way you think and how you see the world.
The ability to problem solve, tell an engaging story, plan an upcoming trip or simply manage your family’s daily schedule is a form of what experts call “everyday creativity”— smart, innovative thinking that involves an imaginative approach to finding solutions, communicating, balancing time and more. “Anyone who puts together even one outfit for a job interview is creative, because that is about working with what you have, what you know, assumptions about others, self-expression and more,” says Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C., director of life management at Canyon Ranch, Tucson. And studies have shown that people who engage in this type of creative thinking share positive traits—like open-mindedness and curiosity—with their more “traditionally creative” counterparts.
Becoming more creative isn’t about becoming someone you’re not. It’s about finding new ways to call up the creative side we all have within us and giving yourself time to cultivate your own path.
The need for perfection can be a serious roadblock when it comes to becoming more creative. We avoid trying something because we’re too afraid to make a mistake. Remember: Everything around you is imperfect, including you! Rather than focusing on getting it right, give whatever you are doing your best shot. Mistakes may actually open your mind up to new ideas and approaches. You may have a friend whose expertise in the kitchen you envy, but remember: Chances are good that she served her fair share of fallen soufflés and scorched steaks before she got to where she is now, so give yourself the same room to grow.
For centuries, artists, musicians, poets and writers have relied on muses to provide inspiration, so why not try finding one of your own? External input and stimulation can help you come up with good ideas and solve problems, whether you’re getting your garage organized or trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Find someone or something to aspire to, and expose yourself to new experiences often.
Keeping a journal is not only a proven stress buster, it’s also a great way to encourage creativity. Think of it as the first step in your creative process—a blank slate for you to throw out any thought that crosses your mind. Putting your ideas down on paper, instead of allowing them to just float around in your head, can help you see them in a fresh light. And don’t hold back. No censoring! Your journal is a place where your imagination can—and should—run wild.
Becoming more creative isn’t something that happens overnight, and you may need to try different things before you find the one that lights you up and unleashes the creativity within. Allowing yourself a few minutes each day or week to work on your creative endeavors or just daydream can open up new opportunities for you to flex your imagination.
Creative ideas often surface when you’re relaxed. If you need a little help letting go, you may benefit from reading “Relax and Recharge with a Bathing Ritual.”
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