Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz with Rhubarb-Infused Gin

Strawberry and rhubarb is probably one of the best early-summer duos we can imagine. In honor of World Gin Day (June 13), we created this delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz that will have you tasting summer no matter what time of year it is.

Unless you already have some rhubarb gin in your bar collection, this will take some time (potentially several weeks for the infusion), but if you stock up on rhubarb while it’s in season and infuse a big batch, you’ll be able to enjoy this tasty and refreshing beverage all year round.

You will need:

  • 3 1/2 cups of washed & chopped rhubarb stalks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 500 mL gin (about 2 cups) (we used Spring44 Distilling Gin)
  1. Cut rhubarb stalks into small (about 1 cm) pieces.
  2. Place into large jar and add sugar.
  3. Seal the jar and shake to combine. Leave overnight to allow time for the sugar to pull the juice out of the rhubarb.
  4. After 24 hours, add the gin and shake again.

We infused our gin for about 3 weeks, but depending on your preference you may want to let it infuse for a longer or shorter duration. Give the jar an occasional shake throughout the process and taste often! When it has reached your desired level of flavor, it’s done! We’ve heard of infusing as long as 4 weeks, and as short as 12 hours.

Our gin after about 2 weeks.

When you decide your gin is ready, it’s time mix up a delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • 2-3 fresh (or frozen) strawberries
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz rhubarb-infused gin
  • Klarbrunn Strawberry Guava sparkling water
  • Strawberries and/or lemon for garnish
  1. Muddle 2-3 strawberries with lemon juice in the bottom of a mason jar. If using frozen strawberries you may need to wait a few minutes for thawing. The lemon juice should help speed up the process.
  2. Add in rhubarb gin and stir.
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with ice and top with Strawberry Guava sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with fruit and enjoy!

We’d love to know if you try our infusion or cocktail recipe! Let us know how it goes in the comments! Cheers!

Bacon Mushroom Spinach Quiche

Due to the recent Safer at Home order put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, many of us will be spending Easter alone or just with immediate family. If you’re in need of a simple recipe for a low key Easter brunch, look no further than this delicious Bacon Mushroom Spinach Quiche!

This recipe was adapted from a variety of quiche recipes on wisconsincheese.com, so if this recipe doesn’t quite appeal to your taste preferences, check out their website for more ideas!

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded aged white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk the eggs, cream, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and bacon.
  4. Pour into a greased 8×8 casserole dish.
  5. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until center is set and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with orange slices and Beetology beet & berry juice to compliment the savory eggs, bacon, and cheese.
  8. Enjoy!

Let us know in the comments how you’re planning to celebrate Easter this year!

Brunch at Vintage Brew Co.

Brunch. One of the best parts of the weekend. We recently visited Vintage Brewing Company at their Capitol East location (previously Tangent) to try out their new brunch menu. Needless to say, we were quite impressed.

We started off with a round of brunch cocktails. We enjoyed a variety of unique signature cocktails such as the Woo Girl 2.0 and Friends of Dorothy. We also tried their award winning Bloody Mary which did not disappoint.

The Woo Girl 2.0 is Hendricks Gin, St. Germaine, Cava, lime juice, and Bitter Truth cucumber bitters. Friends of Dorothy is Plantation Pineapple rum, house-made grenadine, lime juice, ginger beer, mint, and Bittercube Jamaica #2 bitters. These cocktails differed quite a bit from the classic brunch cocktails we’re used to, but we loved the creativity here! We also shared an order of cheese curds.

For our main meal, we couldn’t decide between savory and sweet so we chose both! Our sweet selection was the French toast which came with fresh strawberries and blueberries and was topped with local maple syrup and powdered sugar. To die for! On the savory side of things, we went with the Breakfast Flatbread which was topped with roasted bell peppers, onions, carrots, scrambled eggs, goat cheese, cheddar jack, garlic aioli, and scallions.

After our meal, the general manager gave a quick tour of the new, updated space since the name change. They added a lounge with the classic Vintage fish tank and repainted the space in a lighter color to help it feel more bright and open.

We love the new atmosphere and of course, the new menu! We definitely recommend checking out the new Capitol East location for brunch as soon as you can!

Lauren & The Foreign’s Spiced Pear Mules Featured on WKOW’s Midday Madison

We are so excited to share that we were recently featured on WKOW’s Midday Madison. Lauren got to talk about who we are and shared a delicious recipe for a fall cocktail: spiced pear mules!

Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • 2 oz Spring44 Distilling’s Honey Vodka or 2 oz State Line Distillery’s Vodka and a spoonful of honey
  • 1 oz pear liqueur
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • ginger beer
  • sliced pear
  • cinnamon stick

Shake vodka, honey, pear liqueur, lime juice, and cinnamon with ice. Pour into Moscow Mule mug rimmed with lime juice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with pear slices and a cinnamon stick.

While you enjoy your delicious mule, be sure to check out our feature on Midday Madison below!

Aquavit Hot Toddy

We’re already getting lots of snow in Wisconsin so we were inspired to create this drink to help us stay warm and cozy!

To make two toddies you’ll need:

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 anise stars (one for the syrup and one to garnish each drink)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 4 oz aquavit (we used the Celebration Aquavit from 45th Parallel Distillery!)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by heating the apple cider on the stove. While it is warming up, we’ll make a spiced honey simple syrup.
  2. Heat cardamom, peppercorns, and star anise in a dry sauce pan over medium heat, stirring and crushing them against the pan until fragrant.
  3. After about 2 minutes, add water and sugar, and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Stir in the honey and add to the heated cider.
  6. Once the mixture is heated thoroughly, remove from heat and stir in aquavit.
  7. Serve immediately in mugs, and garnish with star anise.

Enjoy!

How to Make a Fall Charcuterie Board

One of our favorite snacks and drink pairings is a charcuterie board. There are so many different options for foods to include, and the variety of tastes and textures is sure to please any palate.

There are also many ways to design and create your own board — the possibilities are endless! We put one together for family and friends at Lauren’s sister’s Fall Fun Day event! Below you will find a step-by-step for the charcuterie board we built.

We started with two blocks of Toscano cheese from Trader Joe’s: one soaked in Syrah, and one dusted with cinnamon. Two perfect cheeses for fall! Then we added two small ramekins for pickles and olives and built the “salami river.” We folded the salami in half twice and then placed each piece facing opposite the last to create this beautiful river flowing across the board.

Next, we added some fall fruits: Bosc pears and dried apricots! We also added a round of Gouda cheese. You can never have enough cheese, right?

To finish it off, we added a couple of cracker varieties and the last of this season’s fresh blueberries and red and yellow raspberries! Here are a few more looks at the finished product:

This charcuterie board was absolutely delicious and was a big hit at the Fall Fun Day event this weekend, as you can see below! 🙂

Like we said before, the possibilities for your charcuterie board are endless. Aside from the meats and cheeses, other things you can include are fruits and veggies, nuts, jams, mustard, or honey. We hope this gives you some inspiration to start making your own!

If you try it out, or you’ve made and enjoyed cheese and charcuterie boards before, let us know your favorite thing to include on one in the comments below!

Guide to Delicious & Beautiful Smoothie Bowls

This week we are talking smoothie bowls! This has been a big trend for a while now, so we decided we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes and combinations too!

A good smoothie bowl starts with a good smoothie! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A base ingredient to help the smoothie be thick and creamy such as bananas or Greek yogurt.
  • A splash of liquid to help get the blender going. You can use a variety of juices but lately we’ve been using non-dairy milks such as almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
  • Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds — pretty much anything else you want to add for taste, color, and nutritional value!

Once you’ve got your smoothie, the next step is toppings! These give your smoothie bowl a variety of tastes and textures, and help it look pretty too!

We usually start with some of the fruits that we included in the actual smoothie. Then we get a little more creative. For example, if we included almond milk in the smoothie, perhaps we would top the smoothie bowl with actual almonds for some added crunch! Use your creativity, the options are ENDLESS!

Below are a few fun recipes to help you get started!

Purple Peaches Eater

  • Fresh peaches
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen blackberries
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Oat milk
  • Honey

Give Almond Love to You

  • Fresh banana
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Greek yogurt (we used Chobani Peach)
  • Almond milk

Good luck and happy blending! Let us know your favorite combinations in the comments below!

Peaches & Honey Summer Spritz

Peach season in Wisconsin usually ends sometime in September so we’re soaking up every ounce of it while we can. With that in mind, this week we are sharing a delicious peaches & honey cocktail!

This recipe is a variation of one developed by Spring44 Distilling and features their fantastic honey vodka. Here’s what you’ll need!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Spring44 Distilling Honey Vodka
  • 1 oz peach liqueur
  • lemon or grapefruit sparkling water (we used Klarbrunn’s Citrus Blend!)
  • sliced peaches
  • mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Muddle the honey vodka and peach liqueur with peaches and mint leaves.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into highball glass.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of mint.
  5. Enjoy!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments if you try it out! What is your favorite peach recipe for the summer?