Sample recipes from character Diana's magical treasure trove:

Kava Tranquili-Tea

 

A very relaxing, magical tisane blend, sure to bring peace of mind to even the most troubled soul.

 

1 ounce chamomile leaves

1 ounce kava

½ ounce lemon balm

½ ounce rose petals

½ ounce lavender

4 cups water, boiled

 

Steep all herbs in boiled water for fifteen minutes, then strain and serve hot or cold.

 

Four drinks.

 

 

 

 

Let Him Eat Humble Pie

 

         A spiked soda with a boozy layer of orange liquor on the bottom.  Make the blood orange reduction by simmering blood orange juice down to a thick syrup.  Alternatively, use orange vodka, like Amsterdam or Skyy blood orange.

 

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce Aperol

¼ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce blood orange reduction

3 ounces club soda

Ice

Garnish: slice of lemon

 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, Aperol, lemon juice, and blood orange reduction.  Shake and pour into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. 

 

Top with club soda and garnish with lemon.

 

One drink.

 

 

 

 

Marry Me Mimosa

 

         The key to a great mimosa is to use fresh squeezed orange juice.  Cheap sparkling wine is okay, though a good brut champagne is best.  Top with a dash of Grand Marnier if you like it sweet.

         This is not a breakfast drink only.  Enjoy it and celebrate all day.

         Since this is a drink that requires no ice, chill your glass in the freezer – or by filling with crushed ice that you pour out – before serving.

 

 

2 ounces orange juice

½ teaspoon grenadine

dash orange bitters

4 ounces sparkling wine

dash Grand Marnier, optional

 

 

Pour the orange juice, grenadine, and bitters into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.  Add a dash of Grand Marnier, if you like, and garnish with a slice of orange.

 

One drink.

 

 

 

 

Lavender Lemon Balm Tisane for Nerves

 

         This is a soothing, cheering tisane, excellent iced or hot, and will lift even the dullest of spirits.

 

 

Six sprigs of lavender

Six sprigs of lemon balm

Sprig of mint, for garnish

4 cups water, boiling

 

 

Steep the herbs, minus the mint, in the water for fifteen minutes, then strain into a pitcher.  Serve warm or chilled.

 

Four drinks.

© 2013 by Beth Harbison