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Black Elderflower & Basil Smash

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A snow storm on Halloween? Really? With fall's appearance about as quick as LiLo's first jail stint, Winter sure did cometh, and it cometh quicker than we can handle. So now that our puffy coats are coming out of hiding to help keep our insides all nice and warm, it's time to down some drinks that do the same. This lip puckering cocktail - made with our favorite black elderberry syrup by Darbo ($12), Argumi's Lemon Italian Soda ($4), vodka, and some freshly julienned basil - will make you one happy (and warm!) camper.

Black Elderflower & Basil Smash

How to make a black elderflower and basil smash using syrup and vodka

Ingredients

1.5 oz vodka
3 oz Argumi Lemon Italian Soda
1 splash of  Darbo's Black Elderflower syrup
1 medium sized basil leaf, julliened

Directions

Combine all ingredients, reserving a few strands of basil, over ice, shake vigorously. Top with remaining basil.

 

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Roberta's City White Panzanella

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We know you love Roberta's City White, with its crusty dark exterior and moist, nutty dense center. Sure, it's great plain, but it's even better when lubed up with some salty kriemhild butter and a smear of grapefruit jam from Anarchy in a Jar or when used to take out some aggression in a ripped up bread salad. And if you've never had a bread salad, which does sort of sound like a edible contradiction, then you're in for a treat. It's super quick, completely cathartic, and addicting. It's good. How to make Panzanella using Roberta's city white from Brooklyn

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Loaf of Roberta's City White, torn to small pieces
  • 1 box of Satur Farms heirloom baby tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of baby arugula
  • 1 small red onion, shaved
  • lemon juice to taste

Instructions:

1. Combine the first four ingredients and whisk until thoroughly incorporated and drizzle over torn bread.

2. Toss in the remaining ingredients and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Let sit for ten minutes and serve.