Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflower Liqueur

Here in Los Angeles elderberry trees grow like weeds along highways, in empty lots and our case, in backyards. The trees are in full bloom right now and soon will yield to a plethora of beautiful purple berries which can be made into a liqueur of its own. The flowers however, are what we are interested in right now and infused in a 100-proof neutral spirit (vodka), it will produce a sweet and spicy liqueur.

Become a Recipe Tester

Become a Recipe Tester

I am pleased to announce that the new Institute of Domestic Technology Cookbook will be published by Chronicle Books in spring, 2018.

Iced Horchata Au Lait

Iced Horchata Au Lait

The “Summer of Iced Coffee” continues here at the Institute. Today’s recipe is a cross-cultural mash-up of Horchata (the Mexican rice milk drink) and that French classic, Café au Lait.

Cider + Soda Drink Recipes

Cider + Soda Drink Recipes

Our new Hard Cider Making & Homemade Fermented Soda class is coming up soon and we thought that a few cocktail recipes are in order. Hard cider is the new beverage du jour, but unfortunately, many of the brands hitting the stores taste like Fizzies.