Hum: The strangest liqueur I’ve ever had


I’ve been nagging the liquor store down the street to stock some ginger liqueur or ginger-infused vodka.    I walked in today and the woman who knows me (don’t judge..) was excited to point out “hum”.  “This one has ginger IN it!” she proudly exclaimed.  I checked it out.

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Hum-a botanical liqueur

This liqueur had an ingredient list I couldn’t pass up:

Inspired by the great amaros of Italy, celebrated mixologists, Adam Seger of Chicago and London’s Joe McCanta infuse organic rum with fair trade hibiscus, organic ginger, green cardamom and kaffir lime to create the beautifully balanced spirit called hum. At a bold 70 proof, hum is best enjoyed on the rocks with lime and a splash of soda. Enjoy it tall with tonic, ginger ale or cola. Or, add it to your favorite beer or sparkling wine. Don’t stop there….replace sweet vermouth or orange liqueur with hum to kick up the classic negroni, manhattan or margarita. Finally, end your evening with your favorite ice cream drizzled with hum. Mmmmmm. The applications are only limited by your imagination.

**update: here is a list of recipes on their official website!  Worth a try? **

I first tasted this liqueur over ice to ascertain the flavor.  WOW.  Spicy, exotic, not like any liqueur I’ve had before.  The cardamom and hibiscus come through very strong, while the spiciness of the ginger permeates the flavor.  I’m sure the lime is in there somewhere.  I felt like I was eating some kind of Thai/indian dish that had somehow been mutated into a cocktail.   Where to go from here.. I wasn’t going to drink it straight (not at $39 a bottle.. ) so I decided to try and mix it with white wine (I also bought a bottle of sparkling wine to try with it later).

I mixed it with a pinot grigio (not my first choice), in a glass with ice.  It tasted pretty good yet still very spicy! I only added maybe a teaspoon or so of the liqueur because a little goes a long way here with “hum”.  After a few sips I drizzled a couple drops of a sweeter black currant liqueur in the glass and found that worked nicely too.

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Hum mixed with wine

If you’re looking to expand your liqueur list and like exotic flavorings, check out hum.  I’m looking forward to finding new ways to mix this one!

April 15, 2011


Swiss Chard Detox Smoothie


This is supposed to be a great detox recipe. Visually, it wasn’t the most appealing but it tasted good, it wasn’t too sweet, and it easily replaced a meal. I was full of energy for the rest of my afternoon. Get out your food processor and try this smoothie delight!

This is a smoothie recipe that I adapted from a health magazine. I can’t remember exactly where I got it, nor can I find the magazine . . . Maybe I left it at the beach 😉

1/2 cup mango
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup orange juice (100% juice, don’t ruin it with fake stuff)
4-5 stalks of Swiss Chard, chopped
juice from 1/2 lemon

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Swiss Chard Detox Smoothie

Rinse all of the fruits and then put all of the ingredients into your food processor. Blend until smooth 🙂 Frozen ingredients are important. They add to the viscosity of the recipe, smoothness of the smoothie.

My recommended REMIX: Instead of mangoes and blueberries, I used strawberry kiwi and lime.

I’d love to try bananas, pineapple, and coconut water 🙂


April 7, 2011


Ginger sherwood gardens


An adaptation on a sherwood gardens cocktail

Fresh ginger, diced, muddled with basil (thai or  regular) into 2 parts vodka
A small dash of blackcurrant liqueur
A small dash of St Germain elderflower liqueur
Top glass with ginger ale and club soda


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Ginger Sherwood Cocktail

March 29, 2011
Drink, Recipe


The Bloomingdale cocktail


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Delicious, slightly sweet, berry and lime cocktail:

Two parts vodka, muddled with one ripe strawberry
1 part st germain elder flower liqueur
Dash of cassis / blackcurrant liqueur.. Chambord is a good substitute
Top with equal parts simply limeade and soda water

Feel free to play with the ratios, or use tonic instead of soda water for a less sweet mix, or fresh lime juice /mineral water/and simple syrup for more control over the sweetness.

March 26, 2011
Drink, Recipe


Welcome to the summer of tequila cocktail


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Handful of cilantro
1/2 lime
1 part silver tequila
1 part ginger ale
1 part simply limeade

salt garnish

Credit goes to my friends Christina and Nate!


March 12, 2011