Drinkable flowers skip the same-old rose bouquet and bring home a West-made floral liqueur instead.
Seventeen kinds of heirloom roses go into Crispin's Rose Liqueur, which tastes like a dreamy traipse through the hothouse. Try a splash of it in sparkling wine or gin cocktails. $85; caddellwilliams.com
With the return of the Aviation cocktail, the delicate violets in Tempus Fugit Spirits' new Liqueur de Violettes are back in vogue. Add to Champagne for a floral touch. $28; tfspirits.com for stores
Fruitlab infuses heady jasmine with tea and lemon zest to make its Jasmine Organic Liqueur. The tangy, tannic finish adds a nice little zip to whiskey cocktails. $29; flreen bar.bii for stores
There is no one, no one, as responsible for igniting heirloom fever as Baker Creek Seed Company cofounder Jere Gettle. In a new book, The Heirloom Life Gardener (Hyperion, 2orij $30), he and wife Emilee share stories of homesteading long before it was hip, along with an A-to-Z growing guide.
RADISHES French Breakfast' is one of the protiest roots around, Harvest after only 4 to 5 weeks
POLE BEANS Plant, tretlls, harvest-They're as easy as it gets. 'Scartet runner is particularly hard to mess up.
KALE 'Nedo di Toscana' is sturdy, with beautiful texture
TOMATOES Heirlooms like 'Paul Robeson' lack the disdasse resistance of hybrids, but stasting them is a spiritual experience
CARROTS Most need12 to 16 inches of soil, without clumps or rocks, toget slender, straight, jewel-like, carrots, Try 'Cosmic Purple'
CORN Heirlooms Won't store as long, but the varieety (green, indigo, red) is mind bogging
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|Title Annotation:||The West at its best|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2012|
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