Clementine Gin Muddle

You know how the internet jokes that you can hide your deepest, darkest secrets in the story sections of food blogs? Well, hold on to your cup of coffee. I am about to get sentimental.

I wanted to discuss the importance of community. Specifically, in my case, this lovely food blogging community I find myself to be part of. I have never been part of such a diverse and supportive group. And you know what? This sense of community is needed now more than ever.

From Food Bloggers of Canada and a local, Manitoba Food Facebook Group, I have had the opportunity to meet, connect and grow with fellow food bloggers and food creatives. Nearly daily I hear from one of my FBC Friends. From advice, discussion and general support I have grown to know this collective group as a community of thoughtful, committed and passionate people. Most of us are connected to each other only through our phones and internet connections, but it is a connection none the less.

At a time of uncertainty and confusion it is a privilege, to be able to turn to a community that is connected for no other reason than simply wanting to be. Sure, there is mutual gain in terms of page views, education and collaborations, but we stay connected, mainly, just because.

This week I had a few unique experiences that truly strengthened my connections to this community and made me appreciate just how important it is to connect with those you don’t normally cross paths with. From meeting a local blogger for coffee to celebrate her completion of her Master’s degree (Hi, Melissa!) to teaming up with local bloggers and media groups to raise funds for a few near-and dear-charities in a friendly competition at Time Lapse Escape Rooms, this has been one community filled week. Topping it all of, I shared one of the most unique food experiences of my life. An intimate dinner for 7 Winnipeg food bloggers and influencers was served at a local (and may I add fantastic) Butcher Shop/Restaurant called Bouchée Boucher.

The owners and head chef duo, Alex and Danielle, educated us on the role of sourcing sustainable meats, whole animal butchers and their passion for good food. As I sat around the table listening and sharing, it struck me how diverse this group was. The group, from a professional sense, was composed of a photographer, fitness instructor, Chefs, marketing gurus, a computer analyst (that’s me!) and a Minister. Although it was clear we were coming from all walks of life and different experiences, we were all united by our love of food. As we dined on a carefully and lovingly dinner crafted of creative dips, octopus, slow roasted lamb and Jerusalem artichokes and sipped locally crafted beer we discussed everything from farming to travel, the merit of ads on a blog and our plans for Valentines day. Although our differences were vast, we found common ground and, quite literally, broke bread together.

That’s what it is all about isn’t it? Finding common ground and sharing a moment together. Even if it is only online, reach-out, build yourself a community. You never know who you will connect with and what you will gain.

Alright – let’s talk cocktails! What better way to cap-off a thought on community then with a bright and cheery drink? This is Peppers & Pennies first cocktail on the blog! This Gin and Clementine Muddle is a bright and zesty winter cocktail that is sure to add a bit of sunshine to your grey winter! Muddling the clementine’s and limes releases the oils and flavours of these citrus fruit. You can simply squeeze the fruit, but it will not give off as fresh of a citrus flavour.


Gin and Clementine Muddle
Recipe is for 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 4 clementine wedges (roughly 1/2 a clementine)
  • 2 lime wedges (roughly 1/8th of a lime)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1.5 Oz Gin (I love Tanqueray, a well-rounded, affordable gin!)
  • 3/4 cup soda water

Method:

    1. In a highball, or large cocktail glass, muddle clementine, lime and sugar.
    2. Add 4 ice cubes to the glass, pour gin over. Add soda water. Using a cocktail spoon, stir until sugar is well combined.
    3. Garnish with clementine slice or wedge. Cheers!

 

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18 Comments

  1. I love this post, Amanda! Admittedly, I came for the cocktail (I’ve been eating my body weight in clementines and blood oranges lately!) but was delighted to read the story. 🙂 We are so incredibly lucky as bloggers to be connected across Canada by the wonderful FBC community. It really is so true — food unites us all, no matter our race, religion or political persuasions. Thanks for brightening my Friday morning! It’s too early for a cocktail but I still feel a bit warm and fuzzy. 🙂 Cheers!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hugs, Justine! This just goes to show how wonderful and lovely our community is. I put words and photos out ‘there’ and they, somehow, connect with others and put a smile in their face. Yay! There really isn’t anything more lovely than that.

      As for the clementines, I just couldn’t pass-up the huge and cheery display In the grocery store last week! I simply love citrus season!

  2. Hi Amanda,
    I really enjoyed your story about connecting and being part of something bigger than yourself. It sounds like you had a great week. Stories like this warm my heart.
    I took a couple of professional development courses over the past couple of weeks and I found the same thing in my industry. It is so wonderful to find support amongst community.
    Cheers,
    Kellie from Princess & The Yard Ape

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Kellie! Thanks for coming-by and leaving such a lovely note. I find I often take for granted the experiences I am privy to and the people I meet so I am thankful to have had the thought to stop, take it all in and reflect on just how supported and cared for I feel in this wonderful community.

  3. Give me citrus and give me gin, then you have a very happy dishnthekitchen 🙂
    And…isn’t it great when you feel like part of a community? I never really feel that from my local blogger group but the support that I’ve gotten from FBC members across the country has been invaluable. WE are blessed!

    • PeppersPennies

      Haha Bernice, gin is actually my vice of choice 😉

      Most of the lovely people I have connected with locally are food writers and photographers and not necessarily recipe developers like the majority of FBC. I think it’s worthwhile to connect with those who do “kinda” what you do but have a different spin on things and it challenges you to grow and think about things in a different sense. I have enjoyed my connections with the FBC folk and you are one of the members that have been the most supportive to little ‘ol me as I start out!

  4. So beautiful! Sounds like I need to invite people over this weekend as an excuse to make these!

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks Charlotte! I encourage you to invite friends over and indulge 😉 my girls are always asking to set a date when they saw these on Instagram!

  5. Oh, the things I’ve hidden in the ‘post’ section of the blog…lol. But in all honesty, community is the best part of food blogging. Knowing that through all the stresses and joys, you’ve got people to cheer for you and celebrate with you. Especially with FBC. I’ve met so many lovely people online and at last year’s conference that I know I wouldn’t be continuing blogging without them.

    PLUS, we get to check out awesome recipes like a cocktail for budget-conscious gals like us! I have so many clementines kicking around the crisper that I need to use them up before I go on vacay. Time to make a cocktail? 😉

    • PeppersPennies

      The community is honestly THE best part. I have a fuzzy feeling in my stomach when I think about the amazing people I have met, connected with and learned from. I am anxiously awaiting FBC17 to finally meet my friends, peers and mentors in person. Thanks for coming-by and sharing some love for these cocktails:) I hope to explore more drinks soon!

  6. I love your connections stories! And your photos are beautiful. Gin is my favourite and I can’t wait to make this refreshing cocktail! Awesome first cocktail post!

    • PeppersPennies

      Thanks so much, Samantha! Gin is my vice of choice and I had so much fun trying all the different types of gin in London! There are even amber gins, which really weren’t my thing but pretty cool to try all the same!

  7. Such a lovely story of connection and community. This cocktail sounds perfect, and I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’m all over Clementines right now but I didn’t think to put them in a drink!

    • PeppersPennies

      Do it! Take full advantage of citrus season! This drink is also great with white rum, but I preferred it with gin as I am a ‘gin’ type of girl 😉 Thanks for coming-by, Ayngelina!

  9. OMG these look amazing, also hi!! I’m so thankful that blogging and food has brought us together! 🙂

  10. Made this tonight cause I had clementines to use up. DELICIOUS!
    Great way to relax after my first day of work 🙂

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Julie, So glad to hear you enjoyed the cocktail and celebrated a worthy accomplishment! Congrats on the new job!

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