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Tilth Conference: Cocktail/Mocktail Recipes


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Tilth Conference Cocktails 

Enjoy a cocktail or mocktail during the Tilth Conference — recipes by our very own Director of Development, Sam Osborne! Visit our site for a few more.

Squirrel in Snow

My Washington-themed take on the classic White Russian blends local vodka with hazelnut liqueur and a splash of organic heavy cream on the rocks. Steeping a piece of vanilla bean in the cream ahead of time adds depth and texture. Dangerously sweet (and probably mischievous), just like that one squirrel that steals all your hazelnuts every year!

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1 2-inch piece Vanilla Bean, split (optional)
  • Splash (approx. ½ oz) of organic Heavy Cream

If you’re feeling especially ambitious, heat a half cup of organic heavy cream over low heat – don’t bring to simmer, but get it almost there. Add split vanilla bean, remove from heat, cover, and steep for an hour. Remove bean and scrape the insides back into the cream. Refrigerate to cool thoroughly before using. This will give you enough for several cocktails.

Put a few ice cubes into a short glass. Add Vodka and Hazelnut Liqueur. Add a splash of cream* to your taste. Stir gently and enjoy! 

*To make this vegan, simply substitute full-fat coconut milk for the heavy cream.


Feeling more like something warm and soothing (but with a kick)? Try my Washington apple spin on a classic hot toddy made with local apple brandy! If you’ve got Calvados or something similar on hand, that works too, but for this, I used Apple Brandy from Probably Shouldn’t Distillery out of Everson.

  • 2 oz Apple Brandy
  • 1 Tbsp Local Honey
  • 1 Lemon, quartered
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise (optional)
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Your favorite Washington-grown Apple

Into your favorite mug, add Apple Brandy, honey, juice of 1 quarter lemon, 1 whole star anise pod (if using), and cinnamon stick. If you like your toddy spicy as I do, add a dash of cayenne pepper. Top mug with hot water, use the cinnamon stick to stir thoroughly, and enjoy! I recommend garnishing with a slice or two of your favorite Washington-grown apple.

Washingtoddy Mocktail

Don’t imbibe? No worries! Just swap out the brandy for your favorite local apple cider or apple juice. Add in a bag of your favorite tea if you need a boost!

Twin Peaks Cherry Pie Mocktail

For those looking for a Washington-themed nonalcoholic beverage that’s both surreal and delicious, my Twin Peaks Cherry Pie mocktail might be just the ticket! Like a damned fine cup of coffee, this can be enjoyed any time of day or night, but just remember: the owls are not what they seem!

  • Cherry Juice
  • Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 Tbsp Spruce Tip Syrup or Turbinado Sugar 
  • Twist of Lemon Peel
  • 1 scant drop Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soda Water
  • Cherries for garnish

If you’re lucky enough to have some spruce tip syrup (or even luckier, spruce tip shrub!) on hand, that will kick this otherwise simple concoction into another dimension. If you don’t have anything conifer-based in the cupboard, just use some good organic turbinado sugar. Muddle the lemon twist with spruce syrup (or sugar) and a dash of bitters in the bottom of a mason jar. Add one drop of high quality balsamic vinegar and muddle a little more. Toss in some ice, fill ¾ of the way with cherry juice, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a cherry or two if you’ve got ‘em, and enjoy!

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