The transition from winter to spring is a beauteous time for so many reasons. The sun is with us during the day for just a bit longer, flowers are starting to bloom again, and most importantly, new spirits are making their way into our hearts — and glasses! In this week’s For the Tasting, I’ll be reviewing a couple of new spirits that have recently come into The Spir.it office, and are most definitely worth writing home about.
Our roundup for this week consists of some really fantastic spirits. In the brown spirits category we have Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky and Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey, and in the vodka category we have HOPHEAD Vodka. Pick up one or all of these spirits and don’t be shy about letting us know what you think. Cheers!
Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky: Right away there’s some caramel-like sweetness on the nose, slightly burnt but not too heavy. Butterscotch and toffee are combined with some very subtle peach for a lovely aroma. The flavor of maple is rich and bright, and is a nice contrast to the slight smokiness of the whisky. The finale is smooth like molasses, and the flavor lingers long after. This is a little sweeter than what I’m used to when it comes to rye, but it’s very enjoyable. Best enjoyed over ice or in a simpler cocktail.
Bully Boy Distillers American Straight Whiskey: Very strong alcoholic aroma. Notes of honey, maple syrup, and apricot are present on the nose. Slightly acidic with a pleasant smokiness, this has a lot of body to it, and a sweetness on the finish that is very unexpected. A bit of nuttiness mixed with stone fruit. Light and citrusy, but with a hint of caramelization as well. A smooth finish that thankfully lingers in the mouth for a few minutes. I would enjoy this neat, perhaps with a twist of orange.
HOPHEAD Vodka: Wow! The name of this vodka is no joke; the hops are very present on the nose. Very malty and yeasty, it also has distinct lighter notes — grass and straw with some lemon citrus as well. Creamy and hoppy in the mouth, very reminiscent of a light beer. This vodka is smooth and complex without the residual burn that most vodkas deliver. There’s a hint of smokiness as well, which is surprising but not unwelcome. The freshness is fantastic, and the creamy, malty finish is enough without being too much. I can imagine drinking this as simply as possible: neat, with an ice cube or with just a drop or two of lemon juice.
— Sara Kay, The Spir.it
New Week! New Recipes!
Good morning. It’s a new week filled with new recipes and the joy of discovering older ones, and if I generally meet Mondays with a kind of empty sorrow — the weekend gone and still no newsroom into which to travel, another day at home at the same desk in the same empty room — this day, I’m elated. There are fresh new fruits and vegetables in the shops, and my colleagues have delivered fresh new ideas for what to do with them!
Melissa Clark greets the season this week with her recipe for rhubarb cobbler (above). It doesn’t require a thickener. Instead, she roasts sugared rhubarb until the juices transform into a tangy syrup that melds beautifully with the cobbler’s buttery biscuit topping. That’s a phenomenal trick that removes the dampening cloudiness that cornstarch can impart to a cobbler or a pie.
Speaking of tricks, Rachel Wharton wrote a fascinating article this week, about the magical properties of hot water in the creation of doughs and pastries. Three recipes come with it: for a samosa pie for handvo, a savory vegetable semolina bread from the Indian state of Gujarat and for the Chinese scallion pancakes known as chung yul bang.
And Yotam Ottolenghi addresses the leek, one of the biggest stars of the allium family, with a delightful recipe for a leek and lentil stew that you’ll maybe want to make once a week for a time.
But hey, I delight in our past triumphs as well: this amazing soy-steamed fish with scallions and pistachios from David Tanis, for instance (it’s really good with peanuts, if you don’t have pistachios on hand) and this awesome grilled taleggio sandwich with apricots and capers that Jennifer Steinhauer picked up at the Foundry on Melrose, in Los Angeles.
I’d like to make mushrooms on toast for lunch this week, and overnight oats for my breakfast. And for dinner one night, how about this salad that Mark Iacono sometimes makes at Lucali in Brooklyn, which is really improved if you make some pork and ricotta meatballs to serve on top. Or you could make a cherry tomato Caesar salad, to accompany a cast-iron steak?
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Now, it’s a far cry from coddled eggs and grilled pork chops, but I do think you’ll enjoy Ben Goldfarb’s article in Hakai, about the growing sport of microfishing, which is either a celebration of biodiversity or a sign of the collapse of the larger sportfishing biomass. Maybe it’s both.
Here’s De La Soul having a good time with Common and Mos Def, “The Bizness,” live at Tramps in New York City, 1996.
Today is generally Pulitzer Day for journalists, writers and musicians around the nation. The announcement of the prizes for excellence has been postponed until June because of the pandemic, but I’m using the occasion to hop in the wayback machine to recommend to you the novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction 10 years ago today: Jennifer Egan’s terrific “A Visit From the Goon Squad.”
Finally, a key Instagram follow: @depthsofwikipedia, devoted to the notion that Wikipedia is weird. Enjoy that and I’ll be back on Wednesday.
List of DIY mushroom recipes in Animal Crossing New Horizon
Along with mushrooms, some of these recipes may require some rare fungi to create. Here’s a list of all the DIY mushroom recipes that can be collected on Animal Crossing New Horizon, along with the ingredients needed to create them.
1 Rare Mushroom
2 Round Mushroom
2 Skinny Mushroom
2 Flat Mushroom
10 Clump of Weeds
1 Elegant Mushroom
1 Round Mushroom
1 Skinny Mushroom
1 Flat Mushroom
10 Tree Branch
1 Round Mushroom
1 Skinny Mushroom
1 Flat Mushroom
1 Skinny Mushroom
2 Elegant Mushroom
2 Round Mushroom
2 Skinny Mushroom
2 Flat Mushroom
3 Skinny Mushroom
3 Star Fragment
2 Skinny Mushroom
1 Log Stool (4 Hardwood)
3 Flat Mushroom
Mush Low Stool
2 Round Mushroom
3 Flat Mushroom
2 Flat Mushroom
3 Skinny Mushroom
Intermediate: Blood Orange & Bubbles
More complex than a mimosa, juicier than a French 75, we love the way that blood orange juice, vodka, and bubbles come together in a cocktail. (And the color can’t be beat.) Make a round for brunch and watch them disappear. Gin, white rum, or even tequila would work well here, too, but vodka’s the can’t-miss crowd-pleaser.
Instructions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine an ounce of vodka, an ounce of blood orange juice, and half an ounce simple syrup. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a flute. Top with two ounces of sparkling wine and garnish with a long, thin blood orange peel.
Wine Me Dine Me: It’s your lucky New Year’s Day
It&rsquos been a long time since I&rsquove been out on New Year&rsquos Eve so I&rsquom not going to miss not being able to attend a big party to toast the new year at midnight. Heck, where I am, we&rsquore not even permitted to be out after 8 p.m. or buy booze after 6 p.m.
I suspect many of you will be staying home as well, avoiding those crowds and the dangers of the road. That doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot make it special and for me, that means great food and drink on New Year&rsquos Eve, but also traditional dishes that represent luck both on the Eve and the Day.
If you&rsquore celebrating at home by yourself, do make sure you at least Zoom or Facetime with friends and family for an hour or so. It certainly did lift my spirits on Christmas Eve and Day to open gifts virtually with my daughter, cousins, aunt and parents.
Cooking traditional foods helps me feel connected, too. Even if they are not part of my own traditions, it makes me feel like I&rsquom honoring the holiday and looking forward to the year ahead and many dishes have symbolic nods to what may happen in the upcoming year. I&rsquom not superstitious but, well, just in case.
One of those dishes is black-eyed peas which I always make for New Year&rsquos Day. They are linked to luck in many cultures including African-American and Egyptian, and luck is something we can all use now more than ever. Greens with your black-eyed peas are also lucky.
Pork dishes are also associated with luck and progress and January 1 is the day I always make Transylvanian Guylas (goulash), a Hungarian pork dish with sauerkraut and the little dumplings they call nokedli. I learned to make the recipe below when I worked as a waitress at a Hungarian restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. In Germany, pork and sauerkraut are eaten for luck, too, because cabbage symbolizes money and long life.
0In Mexico, 12 grapes are eaten as quickly as possible at midnight, each one promising luck for a month. Pomegranates symbolize both fertility and abundance in many Mediterranean countries.
Of course, all of this is great with a chilled glass of Champagne or a Champagne cocktail like a mimosa. I also have a tasty recipe for sparkling wine and vodka marinated grapes if you indulge.
Here, I&rsquove included that recipe along with my annual black-eyed peas and greens recipe and the Transylvanian Guylas and below that, some ideas for those who don&rsquot imbibe or who are starting their Dry January.
My current black-eyed peas recipe has a Caribbean flair with coconut milk and a killer habanero pepper paste. Serve with rice and greens.
Stewed black-eyed peas
1 1/2 c. cooked black-eyed peas
1/2 habanero pepper or 1 t. Pepper paste
Heat the oil and saute the onions and garlic until just browned. Add the powdered spices (ginger, cardamom, pepper, mustard) and stir.
Add carrots, bell pepper, sweet potatoes and stir. Add the peas, habanero pepper or hot pepper paste and cilantro. Cover with water (enough to make a stew) and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Transylvanian Guylas (Goulash)
Serve with buttered wide noodles or spaetzle, called nokedli in Hungarian.
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder in cubes
Wash the sauerkraut under cold running water then soak in cold water for 20 minutes to reduce its sourness. Strain well, pressing out all the water.
Melt the butter in a large casserole dish and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, season with salt and cook a minute longer.
Stir in the paprika, then pour in 1/2 cup of broth and bring to boil. Add the pork cubes. Cover the pork with sauerkraut and toss in the caraway seeds.
Combine the tomato puree and the rest of the broth in a bowl, then pour over the sauerkraut and pork. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat as much as you can. Add a pinch of salt, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Add a bit of stock or water if it starts to get too dry.
When pork is tender, place sour cream in a small bowl and add the flour. Combine with a whisk. Stir the mixture into the casserole very slowly, a bit at a time. Simmer for another 10 minutes and then season to taste. Top each serving with more sour cream.
I say &ldquoChampagne,&rdquo but any sparkling wine or even non-alcoholic sparkling beverage will do. You can also change up the sugar and use colored sugar.
Place grapes in a large bowl and pour the sparkling wine and vodka or gin over all. Place in fridge and soak for one hour.
Drain and pat dry, then place on a baking sheet and sprinkle the sugar on top. Shimmy the pan back and forth to coat the grapes in sugar.
I always recommend Seedlip Spirits for making classic cocktails with no booze at all (seedlipdrinks.com), and this year, I&rsquove discovered some other booze-free spirits makers. Many of them you can buy online or at your local gourmet, spirits store or supermarket.
My latest favorite is Ceders from Sweden, an &ldquoalt-gin&rdquo made with classic botanicals but also some from South Africa. They have four versions, each with a different flavor profile. I like the Blush Rose with juniper and hibiscus or the Classic which includes fynbos from South Africa.(ceders-alt-gin.com)
Lyre&rsquos is a company I like a lot, too. They have a dry London spirit which is an alt-gin but also an American Malt, a spirit that has been &ldquoimpossibly crafted to capture the essence of a gently mellowed American Classic Bourbon Malt with flavors that are distinct and contemporary. Lyre's spirits don't just mimic, they have their own distinction as a premium, non-alcoholic beverage.&rdquo Their Absinthe is great, too. (lyres.com)
Ritual has a zero proof tequila spirit which makes a great margarita as well as whiskey and gin alternative. (ritualzeroproof.com)
For beer, try Athletic Brewing Company in Connecticut. They even have a Dry January Survival Kit which includes a sixer each of their Wild IPA, Upside Down Golden Ale, All Our Stout, Cerveza Atletica and Free Wave Hazy IPA with a beer glass.
Sources of Ingredients
You'll get these occasionally whenever you kill an enemy of the appropriate type. It's pretty easy to remember which enemy gives which ingredient since it's usually right there in the name.
- Cabal Oil — drops from Cabal, which can be found in the EDZ, Nessus, and Tangled Shore
- Chitin Powder — drops from Hive, which can be found in the Cosmodrome, Moon, Tangled Shore, and Dreaming City
- Dark Ether Cane — drops from Scorn, which can be found on the Tangled Shore and Dreaming City
- Ether Cane — drops from Fallen, which can be found in the EDZ, Cosmodrome, Moon, Nessus, Tangled Shore, and Europa
- Taken Butter — drops from Taken, which can be found in the EDZ and the Dreaming City
- Vex Milk — drops from Vex, which can be found on Nessus and Europa
And these are the ingredients you get for killing the above enemies in specific ways.
- Balanced Flavors - Scout Rifle, Sniper Rifle, or Bow kills
- Bullet Spray — Machine Gun, Auto Rifle, and Submachine Gun kills
- Delicious Explosions — explosive kills of any kind (grenade, Rocket Launcher, Grenade Launcher, etc)
- Electric Flavor — Arc kills with either class abilities or weapon element
- Finishing Touch — finishers
- Flash of Inspiration — generate orbs of light either with Masterworked weapons or supers
- Impossible Heat — solar kills with either class abilities or weapon element
- Multifaceted Flavour — generated via multi-kills
- Null Taste — Void kills with either class abilities or weapon element
- Perfect Taste — precision kills on any enemy type
- Personal Touch — melee kills on any enemy type
- Pinch of Light — picking up orbs of light
- Sharp Flavor — sword kills on any enemy type
- Superb Texture — super kills
10 Wine (Yes, Wine!) Floats to Make This Summer
Once your burgers and hot dogs are fired up, it's time to get to work on side dishes. After all, chips and salsa just aren't going to cut it at every summer cookout and BBQ. With these 15 recipes, you're going to want seconds. or thirds.
1. Black Bean and Corn Salad: If you're making a Tex-Mex meal, pair it with this bean and corn side salad. It has a sweet and spicy flavor from a honey and cayenne pepper dressing. (via Bowl of Delicious)
2. Skinny Mexican Grilled Corn: If you like your corn on the cob smothered, try this light, Mexican version. Instead of traditional crema, this cob is topped with Greek yogurt and parmesan cheese. (via The Cookie Rookie)
3. Grilled Summer Salad: You can make this eggplant, zucchini and grape tomato salad without ever leaving the grill. You'll love the fire-roasted flavor of the veggies paired with a fresh Greek vinaigrette. (via Little Broken)
4. 10-Minute Grilled Portobello Pizzas: These mushrooms can be a side or a main depending on your mood. Grill the portobellos and top them with marinara and mozzarella for a carb-free pizza. (via Cafe Delites)
5. Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Salad: This salad is almost too pretty to eat. You won't be able to resist the fresh summer tomatoes, crisp bacon and sweet corn combo. (via Steele House Kitchen)
6. Grilled Avocados With Pico de Gallo: Throw your avocados on the grill, then stuff 'em with a sweet corn and black bean salsa for a fresh and healthy side. (via A Southern Fairytale)
7. Grilled Potato Salad: The only thing not grilled on this salad is the dijon vinaigrette. The dressing tops tasty charred potatoes, peppers and onions. (via Crumb)
8. Bacon Ranch Slaw: Watch out, you've just upped the coleslaw game with this recipe. It adds bacon and ranch dressing to the classic cabbage side. (via Plain Chicken)
9. Corn Salad With Feta and Mint: If you haven't figured it out by now, corn is at its sweetest and freshest in the summer, making it a BBQ staple. Try it in a salad with salty feta and refreshing mint. (via Sweet Peas + Saffron)
10. Pineapple Baked Beans: Baked beans have their merits, but giving the savory side dish a healthy dose of a citrusy pineapple flavor has changed the bean game for us forever. (via Shared Appetite)
11. BBQ Broccoli and Leek Salad: Get a dose of greens with this grill-top salad. You'll crave the broccoli crunch and oniony leek flavor after trying it once. (via Seven Grams)
12. Homemade Pickles: What's a plate of burgers and dogs without some pickles? Skip the jar and make your own with this easy overnight recipe. (via Scarborough Food Fair)
13. Summer Orzo Salad: Break tradition and make your summer pasta salad with orzo instead of noodles. Add in fresh, seasonal flavors from produce like tomatoes and cucumbers. And don't forget some salty feta cheese for a creamy texture. (via Whisking Mama)
14. Bean Salad: Get ready to swoon over this take on BBQ beans. Pintos meet their match with peppers, corn and onion, all mixed in a sweet and tangy dressing. (via Fountain Avenue Kitchen)
15. Cilantro-Lime Watermelon: Who said veggies should have all the fun? Marinating fresh watermelon in lime juice, throwing it on the grill and topping it with fresh cilantro brings out all the best flavors. (via The Stay At Home Chef)
Corn on the cob? Potato salad? Tag us with your fave backyard BBQ side @BritandCo!
Alcoholic Beverages People With Diabetes Should Avoid
There are a number of spirits, liqueurs, mixers, and other alcoholic beverages that are high in sugar and should be avoided.
- Sweet cocktails made with simple syrup
- Tropical cocktails made with fruit juice and/or simple syrup
- Liqueurs, cordials, and schnapps
- Fruit juice based cocktails
- Off-dry, semi-sweet, late harvest, dessert, and sweet wines
- Cocktails made with semi-sweet or sweet vermouth
- Dark rums with added sugar
- Flavored vodkas and whiskeys with added sugar, such as Fireball whiskey, which has 11 grams of sugar in 1.5 ounces
- Sweet and sour mixer
- Mixes such as margarita mix, daiquiri mix, etc.
- Full-calorie, full-carb beers, ciders, and malt liquors
- Drinks made with non-diet sodas
- Wine coolers
- Drinks made with tonic water diet tonic water is okay in moderation
- Drinks containing grenadine
Here's presenting our 11 best summer dessert recipes to keep your spirits high. And no, you needn't sweat it out in the kitchen to be able to create them:
These recipes require only a handful of ingredients and the magic of the refrigerator to bring them all together. As simple as that! Pick seasonal mangoes, watermelon, lychee, jamun and lemons, and transform them into granitas, ice creams, parfaits, cassatas and more.
Savour the refreshing flavours of watermelon and lychee swirling in this icy cool granita - perfect to beat that scorching summer heat. Sip and enjoy!11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: A perfect summer for all your get-togethers! Image credits: iStock
2. Jamun Mint Popsicles
Use the tarty summer fruit to create pretty purple-hued popsicles to impress your friends. Ridiculously easy to make, you can sprinkle some black salt or chaat masala too for a desi twist.
3. Eggless Mango Mouse
Smooth, seasonal and summery! This creamy treat is a great way to enjoy the fresh produce of the season.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: A refreshing summer cooler that will simply tanatlise your taste buds.Image credits: iStock
4. Melon Jellos
Moulds made with melon, filled with a fruity mix and left to set. The result is a fresh, summery dessert!
5. Mango and Coconut Pannacotta
Indulge in this sweet delight, made of fresh cream, gelatin, sugar and the king of fruits- mango! Top it with mint leaves to add a dose of freshness.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: Enjoy the interesting mix of mango and coconut this summer.Image credits: iStock
6. Malai Kulfi
A refreshing dessert made with reduced milk that is flavoured with saffron, cardamom, pistachio and almonds.
11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: This evergreen summer delight is everyone's favaourite.Image credits: iStock
7. Fresh Fruity Cassata
A favourite summer treat, the good old cassata with its sinful layers is a boost of flavours. It can be made at home easily.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: Kids love it, adults can never say no to it, yes that's right - it's fresh fruit cassata.Image credits: iStock
8. Apricot Ice Cream
Relish home-made fresh apricot ice cream without any ice cream maker. Rich and creamy, it is flavoured with apricot puree and served with crunch almond pralines.
9. Fresh Fruit Parfait
Fresh fruits, juices, yoghurt, nuts and some chilled coulis arranged together to make this refreshing parfait.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes:This one is for all the fruits and yogurt lovers. You can add some berries and oranges too.Image credits: iStock
10. Lemon Sorbet
Lemon sorbet is great as a dessert or a palette cleanser between meals. Enjoy this grainy lemon sorbet recipe on a hot summer evening.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: A perfect dessert after a heavy lunch or dinner.Image credits: iStock
11. Mango Ice-Cream
Creamy, scoopable and filled with flavour of mango is what an ice cream lover would crave for, and for someone who waits for the summer season just to gulp all the mangoes down, this recipe is definitely your favourite.11 Best Summer Dessert Recipes: An easy, home made and delicious mango ice cream for your sweet tooth.Image credits: iStock
Fortnite Wild Week 3 has players “Bouncing off the Walls” with unvaulted item
Fortnite Season 6’s next Wild Week has begun, and will have players “Bouncing off the Walls” by unvaulting a fan-favorite item.
Fortnite Season 6’s Wild Weeks continue with Week 3, titled “Bouncing off the Walls,” unvaulting the fan-favorite Bouncers, as well as vastly increasing the spawn rate of mobility items.
Although Fortnite is no longer the worldwide phenomenon it once was, Epic Games have kept the battle royale fresh with significant map changes, unique LTMs, and Weekly Quests for players to complete. Season 6 has taken this even further with the introduction of Wild Weeks that gives an emphasis on a different mechanic each week.
So far, we’ve had ‘Fighting With Fire’ in Week 8 which increased the spawn rates of Fireflies and Flame Bows, and Week 9 featured ‘Fish Fiesta.’ For Wild Week 2, fishing was a much more lucrative endeavor, with Pro fishing rods being much more common.
Fish Fiesta has now concluded, and Bouncing off the Walls has taken over for Season 6 Week 10.
For Wild Week 3, Epic Games said that players will “defy the laws of physics.” From May 20 until May 27, Epic have vastly increased the spawn rate of Hop Floppers, Shockwave Grenades, and Shockwave Bows. And as an added bonus, Hop Floppers can now be found in ice boxes.
They have also confirmed that the fan-favorite Bouncer trap has also returned. Bouncers can be placed on any wall, floor, or stairs and, as you’d expect, they’re used to bounce players and vehicles over distance.
They negate all fall damage, so you can use them to escape the storm, get a quick height advantage on your opponents, or safely fall from great heights. It’s likely that Bouncers will be unvaulted after Wild Week 3 concludes, so make sure to hop into Fortnite and give them a shot.
Reject gravity and get maximum air time with increased spawn rates of hop-inducing items to complete this week’s weekly Legendary Quest!
The Bouncing off the Walls Wild Week is live now.
While these Wild Weeks keep the game fresh, they’re also extremely useful for completing Legendary Quests. Week 10 challenges players to spend 500 seconds in the air using Hop Floppers and Shockwave Grenades, so wild Week 3 will make this much easier.
They have confirmed that Wild Weeks will take some time off after Bouncing off the Walls has concluded. Once Week 3 wraps up on May 27, it will have a week off, with Week 4 continuing on June 3.