Thursday, January 13, 2011

I am not in Florida...yet

Does anyone notice a theme here? After Tuesday's non-blizzard in NYC, our Thursday flight to FL was cancelled. Please don't ask me to explain it. Wednesday morning we awoke to clear skies, snow stopped, traffic zooming along barely slushy streets...yet Delta cancelled our flight more than 24 hours in advance. But they're really sorry, so that's nice.

It only took a whole day to reschedule our flight, hotel, rental car, car service. We'll still get there, but not till Saturday. As soon as the details were arranged, we high-tailed it out of the city to PA. And what better use to make of a found day than to do something I've been meaning to do for ages? Rearrange the wine closet!

Rack the elderberry wine.

Decant the beet-infused vodka.

And create a cocktail using said beet-infused vodka.

I wasn't wild about The Ruby (a martini variation) but fared better with a twist on The Manhattan. A couple ounces of bourbon, beet-infused vodka instead of vermouth, a sploosh of lime seltzer, and instead of a maraschino cherry I whipped up a ginger simple syrup for sweetness. It's a work in progress...I fear more research will be required.

Oh, and because my camera was packed for Florida, you're stuck with cell phone pictures again!


At January 14, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Zoe said...

That is a pantry to be proud of! The drink sounds amazing... Does the beet flavor come through? Have fun in the sun :)

At January 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

The wine closet is lovely. And of course I'm especially happy about the elderberry getting racked ;)

At January 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Sara said...

WOW, beet-infused vodka. That is genius - I hope you'll disclose your method and recipe...

What a wonderful way to make use of a tedious delay. Have a great trip!

At January 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Frank said...

We had a guest who stayed an extra day for the reason of "pre-snow" cancellation. This seems to be the new way. I even heard the MTA chief say that on snow days, maybe we shouldn't take mass transit at all. Wha?!

At January 18, 2011 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Year Round Vegetable Gardener said...

Hi Ellen.. I hope you are enjoying your vacation! Joe De Sciose and I were just chatting about you on the weekend - along with Carleen from Storey! We just wrapped up the forth and final photo shoot for my upcoming book and Joe and Carleen were talking about how great you are and how we can all hopefully meet up this year at Garden Writers.. so glad to have discovered your blog!

I really enjoyed chatting with you on my radio show a few years ago, and would love to do it again this coming spring if you're up for it!


At January 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I must say that your blog is a very interesting read. I found out about in an issue of edible that I picked up at Café Grumpy in Chelsea.
I am looking at maybe making some wine this year, but I am in real need of help and guidance.
I live in Brooklyn and would love to maybe grow some flowers on the balcony and make some magic out of it. Do you have any tips on where to start, what flower I should grow, what gear do I need, do I need a lisence etc?

Thanks again for the inspiration!


At January 24, 2011 at 11:17 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Hi Kris, I highly recommend the book Making Wild Wines & Meads. It's an excellent book and I use it all the time. Lots of good recipes as well as instructions on how to get started and equipment recommendations.

At June 20, 2016 at 4:58 PM , Anonymous Lyn said...

The vodka should be a treat. May try that one day.


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