1 oz lemon juice
3 sprigs mint (approx 15 leaves)
½ cup ginger honey syrup
1 cup pisco (we use Encanto)
1 bottle vinho verde
Core and cut 2 of the pears. Blend with lemon juice. Pour into large pitcher, add syrup, pisco, and vinho verde. Cut remaining pear into thin slices and stir into pitcher. Add mint leaves. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight. When ready to serve, pour over ice in individual glasses. Optional: top with a splash of soda water. Serves 6.
Ginger Honey Syrup
2 c water
approx. 1 c honey
2-3 inches fresh ginger, julienned
Let ginger macerate in cold water 30 minutes or longer. Longer maceration increases the healing properties of ginger. Bring water to a boil, and lower to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain into a measuring glass, taking note of amount left after evaporation. Add equal amount of honey and stir. Store in a glass container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
1 c pisco
2 tbsp dried
In glass jar, steep flowers in pisco for 1-4 hours, depending on how much chamomile flavor you would like.
Golden Braid is an afternoon jam. It’s basically a white Sangria, a variation infused with pear and honey. This thirst-quenching drink is perfect for garden parties, brunches, and bocce ball games on the lawn.
It is so forgiving you can adapt it with any ingredients you like. Once we added slices of blood orange, pineapple and coconut milk. As weird as it sounds, it was kind of like a pina colada/sangria hybrid. If you really like the kick of ginger, we recommend putting a few slices into the pitcher before you let it stew in its splendor, infusing the concoction with richer flavor.
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GRIMOIRE: Cure your ills with...
PEAR // Pyrus
Pears boost the immune system with a ton of antioxidants such as vitamins C, K, and copper. They are good for your digestive system, as they are high in dietary fiber. Europeans used to smoke pear leaves before they discovered tobacco. So there’s that, too.
MINT // Mentha Spicada
Mint has been used for centuries in medicinal practice, for freshening the breath and stimulating digestion. It helps with headaches and fatigue, and chewing on it even whitens your teeth.
GINGER // Zingiber Officiale
This rhizome has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years. The health benefits of ginger are stunning: It is an exceptional antibiotic, and an anti-inflammatory. It fights nausea, boosts your immune system, and combats cramps.
CHAMOMILE // Matricaria Recutita
Chamomile is known for its calming and sedative effects. It has also been used in Greece, Italy and Egypt since ancient times for so many medicinal purposes, it is often thought of as European ginseng.