Kumquat Basil Caipirinhas & The Wooden Palate

Moving to a new city is hard. And making new friends can have its challenges. But one of the best parts of relocating to LA for me has been re-connecting with college friends, and former New York friends who made the move out west several years prior. And a huge perk has been getting to know their circle of friends. It’s certainly made my move to a completely foreign place feel more familiar and welcoming.

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One of these people that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through a dear college friend, is Eileen O’Dea, co-founder of The Wooden Palate, a wood working studio producing some of the most beautiful and luxurious kitchen and home pieces, made to last a lifetime.

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When Eileen mentioned that they had been working on a new line of muddlers and that she wanted me to test out their prototypes, I was all about it!

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And what better cocktail than a caipirinha to test these babies out with?

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Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from raw sugarcane, sometimes referred to as Brazilian Rum, is the base spirit in a caipirinha. Lime and sugar make up the other ingredients in this incredibly simple and delicious cocktail, making it one of the easiest cocktails to throw together. I’m surprised the caipirinha isn’t more popular outside of Brazil (their national cocktail). But with the advent of more cachaça brands being readily available in the states, this drink is slowly catching on.

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Because it’s such a simple recipe, it is also one that can be built upon pretty easily. Adding different fruits and herbs takes this already tasty cocktail up a few notches. Eileen literally foraged from her yard these kumquats and fresh basil, which became the inspiration behind this springtime caipirinha. Have I mentioned how much I love California?!

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Kumquat Basil Caipirinha
2 oz Cachaça (Leblon is a solid choice)
1/2 lime (cut into wedges)
1 tsp raw sugar
2-3 basil leaves
1 kumquat (1/2 for garnish)

In a mixing glass or tin, muddle the lime, sugar, basil and 1/2 kumquat. Add ice, pour in cachaça and stir. Transfer to a chilled old-fashioned glass and garnish with 1/2 kumquat.

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, this springtime, garden party take on the caipirinha is sort of perfect for brunch or really any time chill sippin’ with your momz! And The Wooden Palate couldn’t be a better destination for beautiful gifts. Starting today(!) the beautiful muddlers are up on their site.  Follow them on social media to witness some truly remarkable wood porn, and to keep up to date on their stunning inventory.

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