Klaus has been very busy over the past week or so.  In keeping with his gartending ways, he’s been in overdrive keeping up with the weeding.  So much rain has fallen and the plants are growing faster than ever before.  I’ve never seen Klaus’s arms move so quickly in the soil, turning the tender plants away from the ravenous weeds.

He seems to have a plan on how to turn the soil without hands because they are hidden away from view for most of the time.  What Klaus does is pretty interesting.  He grasps an empty liquor bottle in his arms and turns his back.. Then he digs with the business end of the bottle- the pointy side.

Why would he do this?  Let’s ask him!


Me:  “Why do you turn the soil that way, Klaus?”

Klaus: “ To make harvesting easier”

Me: “What have you planted this year, Klaus?”

Klaus: “The mint comes up every year along with the lavender, but this year I just planted some gorgeous lemon thyme.”

Me: “What do you do with lemon thyme, Klaus?”

Klaus: “I muddle it with blackberry syrup and Arrogante Tequila!”

Me: “Blackberry Syrup?  You mean from Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont?”

Klaus: “Ya!  The same, along with lemonade made from freshly squeezed lemons and a good splash of Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, in lemon essence and a few dashes of my friend Gary Regan’s Orange Bitters!

And so it goes.  Klaus has been gifted with a brilliant palate for stone fruits like peaches with the addition of richly concentrated blackberry syrup, lemon thyme and a bit of tequila.  He will mix this lovely combination of flavors with a gorgeous infused ice cube infused with a pinch of lemon zest in each cube for color.


The Woodsman’s Amorous Holiday:  will placate two very thirsty friends (with an extra shot on the side)



1 Georgia Peach, cut into chunks then lightly grilled to release sugar but retain the essential juice

3 oz. Arrogante Tequila or your choice of Reposado Tequila

.50 Barr Hill Gin (this is your wash for the glasses)

½ tsp. freshly picked well-chopped spearmint

½ tsp. Finely chopped lemon thyme.  No wood, please.

1 oz. Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont Blackberry syrup

3 oz. freshly made sweet lemonade

3 shakes of the Regan’s Orange Bitters

Mavea “Inspired Water” ice… frozen with the zest of 2 lemons in a standard ice tray

1 oz. (in each glass- Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water (lemon essence)



Grill your peach.  Let cool… Add ½ of the grilled peach in chunks to a Boston Shaker

Wash 2 Collins Glasses out with the Barr Hill Gin (Made from Raw Honey and grain) pour into your mouth!

Add the Arrogante Reposado Tequila to the shaker

Add the fresh herbs to the shaker

Add the Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont Blackberry Simple Syrup

Add the fresh lemonade

Add the Regan’s Orange Bitters

Fill the shaker with regular bar ice and shake ferociously for 15 seconds

Double strain into your pre-washed Collins glass filled with the lemon zest infused Mavea “Inspired Water” ice cubes. And finally top with 1 oz in each glass of the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water



Klaus is swooning already.  Between picking the herbs and shaking the cocktail he makes several more for his guests.  Or is it one huge one for him?

I’m not sure.  Between all this cocktail making and picking, chopping and drinking, well he’s just wandered off.  Looking for a party?

Perhaps yes.   Klaus?????








by Warren

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