I received a great little gift idea for the hostess or cocktail lover on your shopping list! A few weeks back I was contacted by Rizzi at Artic Chill to do a review for their Cocktail Muddler. I took a quick look at the product on their website and knew instantly this would not be just another gadget cluttering up my kitchen drawer, but one very useful and uniquely designed tool. The Arctic Chill’s muddler is made from stainless steel and features a grooved nylon head.
In my home, mixed cocktails are pretty much limited to dinner and holiday party entertaining when I like to offer a festive cocktail for the occassion. On a more daily basis, we love to make tea using fresh herbs, such as mint, rosemary or basil. So to test out this product, we made a cranberry, mint and ginger tea.
When muddling, you want to crush the cranberries and ginger yet gently bruise the herbs to release the flavor. The grooved rubber end worked so much better than the wooden dowel we normally use and the handle is sturdy with a comfortable grip. To continue to prepare the infused tea, bring water to just a boil and pour about 1 cup water over approximately 1 tablespoon of crushed fresh herbs, a 3-4 crushed cranberries and a small chunk of ginger per serving and let steep for 5-7 minutes. The portions you use and the allowed time to steep can vary depending on your taste.
After steeping, pour the tea through a strainer and discard the herbs. We have these cute tea cups with an infuser and lid; however, using a french press is another way to muddle the herbs in the beaker, allow to steep and then gently press down the plunger to separate the herbs and hold them at the bottom.
So good…but now I’m thinking it’s time to test muddle a mojito!
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.