This not-too-sweet sparkling mocktail has a great herbaceous kick, thanks to the combination of rosemary and juniper. With this recipe, you’ll likely be left with more simple syrup than you’ll need. Any leftovers can be kept refrigerated for several weeks and are lovely stirred into a warming cup of cranberry tea.
Tip: Should you have some guests who’d like an extra kick to their cocktail, a splash of vodka or white rum would also be nice here.
Pair with Lemon and Olive Oil Baked Feta!
In small saucepan, stir together water, agave, rosemary, and juniper berries over medium-high heat, until simmering. Reduce heat to low and let mixture cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain syrup into heatproof container and refrigerate until chilled.
In lowball glass, add clementine juice and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) rosemary-juniper syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice, if desired, before adding sparkling water and orange bitters. Gently stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of clementine. Serve.
This recipe is part of the Holiday Cocktail Party collection.
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.