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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Tag Archives: citrus


Get your vitamins and enjoy a cocktail at the same time!

I love Bloody Marys, especially when I fly, since they go down well at any time of the day. In fact, the first time that I ever had one was at 9am. Who knew you could drink in the morning?

Despite the statistics, I am always slightly nervous when using airborne transportation. But since I don’t have to drive the plane, why not have a little liquid courage.

Flying is actually the safest mode of transportation. In fact, the odds of a plane crash are one for every 1.2 million flights, with odds of dying one in 11 million. Your chances of dying in a car or traffic accident are one in 5,000.

If you want to save yourself a lot of time and ingredient gathering, you can purchase a mix, sans the alcohol and then just add some vodka to it. But, if you’d like to make your own, here is what you’ll need.

Tomato Juice or V8 – Eight ounces

Fresh Ground Horseradish – Two teaspoons

Fresh Lemon – One slice

Fresh Lime – One slice

Fresh Celery – One stick

Tabasco Sauce  – A couple of dashes
or any hot sauce made from fully aged red peppers, salt and vinegar.
I used Louisiana Hot Sauce.

Worcestershire Sauce – A couple of dashes

Salt & Pepper – A pinch of each

Smoked Paprika – A pinch

Vodka – Four ounces

I just mix up everything in a stainless steel, alcoholic beverage shaker. Then I add the vodka, citrus wedges and a celery stick. To fully take advantage of the celery flavor, score the base a few times with a knife to release some of that flavor into your drink.


Fresh Lime did not make it into this photo since we were out of them. It is great without it, but even better with, so make sure to pick some up when you are out grocery shopping.

The vodka didn’t make it into the pic either, but believe me, it was there!

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Look at the side bar. You’all will see that yummy basket of eats. One type is a work in progress, while the other is in the making. I suppose that most current successes will always be “in progress” since a farmer’s approach to every day is how to become more productive and efficient. And we are finding that improvements take time and patience.

Our citrus trees are very young, and since they cannot withstand freezing temperatures, will be part of our indoor garden. We are lucky to have sky lights, but any sunny window area will do. The next time you are squeezing a store or market bought lemon or lime, merely save the seeds. If the fruit is fresh, it is likely that the seeds are grow worthy.


On our way to making lemonade.

The eggs are already made here, right on our Farmette, on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina. See tomorrow’s post for paparazzi shots of their creators…

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