holiday window displays are dazzling and they certainly make heading to
department stores enticing for gathering all of your presents for family and
friends. However, what the newest tech toy and kitchen appliance may boast in
glitz, they lack in character. This winter season, the GP family is taking a
more homegrown approach to gifting. We reached out to a few of our most
creative minds to create easy and delicious Do-It-Yourself edible gifts –
because no one is ever disappointed when unwrapping homemade treats!
For the Cocktail Connoisseur: Cocktail Kit
by LA Thompson, Beverage Director
“The Night Show is the perfect cocktail for a DIY gift because it's fun to make. Even if you're a novice, the infusion process is an easy and quick process. It allows someone to make gourmet cocktails from the comfort of their home during the chilly winter days and nights."
The Night Show
In a cocktail shaker, combine:
1 ½ oz Earl Grey-infused vodka
1 oz Blackberry Syrup (recipe below)
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Shake on ice. Strain into Highball Glass. Top with 1 oz Club Soda.
Combine in a pot: 1 pint (6 oz) blackberries, 1 pint (6 oz) raspberries, ¾ cup lemon juice, 4 cups turbinado, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes on medium low heat. Let cool. Stir and mash fruit pulp. Strain into clean glass bottle.
Yields 32 oz (1 Quart).
For the Locavore: Savory Granola
by Andrew Luzmore, Katchkie Farm Intern
“We often have leftover produce from the farm that we brainstorm creative ways to use before it goes bad. This Onion and Smoked Almond Granola is one of our favorite concoctions. We use Katchkie Farm onions in the mix, and they give a subtle sweetness to the recipe. It’s the perfect holiday DIY gift because while being a tasty snack, it also promotes your local farms (wherever you grab your onions!) and saves winter produce from rotting and being tossed away. It’s wonderful by itself or on top of salads and hearty winter casseroles. “
For the Friend with a Sweet Tooth: S'mores Kit & Meringue Kisses
by Rob Valencia, Executive Chef and Liz Neumark, CEO
“I feel like by the time the end of December rolls around, the last thing people want is to consume more sweets. Between Thanksgiving and early winter festivities, people have reached their sugar limits. So, I thought it would be fun to put a savory twist on a traditional winter treat: s’mores. In the GP kitchen, we created a savory Butternut Squash S’mores with a Rosemary Shortbread Graham Cracker as well as a Mexican Hot Chocolate S’mores with a Cinnamon Marshmallow and Chocolate Graham Cracker. These goodies are easy to pack in their individual parts, and then allow your giftees to assemble them – it’s part of the fun!”
"I hate to bake BUT these beauties are so easy to make that they have become my signature gift. For packaging, I suggest you purchase a fun tin box to protect the meringues. You can make a few batches and store them in an airtight container for 2 weeks. I have to hide mine because once my kids find them, they disappear! The Meringue Kisses' recipe comes from Sylvia's Table."
DIY Cocktail Kit photo courtesy of http://www.savvyeat.com/.