using herbal teas and floral infusions in our cocktail and culinary recipes and
were delighted to "discover" Pixie Doodle Farm, based in Brooklyn, New York with a farm in Upstate,
New York in Bethel. Owned by herbalists Joe Dale Harris
and Erika Boudreau-Barbee, Pixie Doodle Farm has a diverse
assortment of teas, infusion kits, and more, all
creatively, and gorgeously, packaged making them a perfect gift
for your favorite tea lover, cocktailian, or chef.
Whether sipping their inspired blend of healthful teas or using their products
to create cocktail or culinary recipes, the products delivered very tasty
Joe Dale Harris & Erika Boudreau-Barbee
Pixie Doodle Farm
know where we will "discover" great products and were thrilled when we happened
upon Pixie Doodle Farm owned by Joe Dale Harris and Erika
Boudreau-Barbee at the MADE Hudson Valley event at City Winery Hudson Valley in Montgomery, New York featuring artisanal products from the area. Held in the Spring and in
the Fall, MADE Hudson Valley provides a great introduction to locally made
products, and the ability to sample offerings from the curated vendors.
Assortment of Teas
MADE Hudson Valley event we sampled a variety of Pixie Doodle Farm teas, and
were so impressed that we wanted to learn more about Joe and Erica's company
and their product line. We sampled more of their great products at home including
their Alcohol Infusers, Vinegar Infusers, Olive Oil Infusers, and Root Stem
Leaf Crown Chakra Tea.
their Root Stem Leaf Crown Chakra Teas where
their focus is on "herbalism through an Ayurvedic approach." Muladhara Tea (1st
Chakra) is to assist with the skeletal system and kidneys, Svadhisthana Tea (2nd
Chakra) is to assist the reproductive organs, Manipura Tea (3rd
Chakra) is for digestion, skin, and pancreas. Anahata Tea (4th
Chakra) is for immunity, heart, and lungs, Vishuddha Tea (5th
Chakra) is for the thyroid, brain, and throat, Ajna Tea (6th Chakra)
is for eyes and concentration, and Sahasrara Tea (7th Chakra) is for
the nervous system, and wellbeing. In addition to being healthful, the Root
Stem Leaf Crown Chakra Teas were also delicious.
to their Root Leaf Crown Chakra Teas, the Pixie Doodle tea collection also
includes Wise Women Tea, and Seasonal Tea (which we did not
to the teas, we also tried three of their Infuser Kits: Alcohol
Infuser, Olive Oil Infuser, and Vinegar Infuser. Our Pixie
Doodle Infusers arrived separately packaged in logoed boxes. Inside each box,
there was a mason jar with a blend of special herbal and floral ingredients, wax
paper, and cheesecloth, and another decorative square or round glass bottle with
a stopper and a funnel to store the finished products.
to use, all we needed to do was add one of our favorite spirits, olive oils,
and vinegars to the respective Infusers with the Pixie Doodle ingredients,
replace the lids, and let them rest for 1 to 4 weeks in a dark location.
ingredients in the Alcohol Infuser Kit - Heart contained hawthorn berry,
lemongrass, and rose flower, we decided to use a floral gin to complement the
Pixie Doodle ingredients. Magellan Gin has 11
botanicals, along with iris root and iris flower which gives it a stunning blue
color, which we thought would work well. We let the alcohol infusion rest for
10-days, and the result of infusing the Pixie Doodle's ingredients with the Magellan
Gin, turned the gin a gorgeous green color, with luscious layers of floral and
botanicals notes on the nose and palate. Delicious on its own, we knew that our
infused gin was going to make delectable cocktails.
infused alcohol, we created a floral version of the classic cocktail, Bee's
Knees (traditionally made with gin, honey, and lemon juice). For Luxury
Experience - Lavender Bees Knees we combined the Pixie Doodle infused Magellan Gin with Pleasant Valley Lavender - Lavender Honey, lemon juice, and Fee
Brothers Fee Foam, and garnished it
with a generous lemon peel and dried lavender. The cocktail was stunning to
look at, and sensational on the palate.
Experience - Lavender Bees Knees
Magellan Gin infused with Pixie Doodle
Pleasant Valley Lavender Honey
Fresh Lemon Juice
Fee Brothers Fee Foam
Lemon Peel, garnish
Dried Lavender, garnish
Method: Chill a Martini glass and set aside. Add
the Pixie Doodle infused Magellan Gin, lavender honey, fresh lemon juice, Fee
Brothers Fee Foam (which creates a lovely foam on the cocktail), and 4 ice
cubes to a shaker and shake hard to thoroughly incorporate the ice into the
cocktail. Strain into chilled Martini glass, garnish with a long lemon peel,
and lightly sprinkle dried lavender on the foam to provide an aromatic and
elegant finish to the cocktail. Cheers!
Doodle Olive Oil Infuser - Immunity, arrived with ingredients of
Elderberry, Calendula flowers, Chamomile and Mullein in a mason jar, with
cheesecloth and a funnel to strain the finished product into the attractive
decorative glass bottle. The Pixie Doodle Vinegar Infuser - Warmth,
arrived with ingredients of Chili Pepper Flakes, Ginger, and Cloves in a mason
jar along with a cheesecloth and a funnel to strain the finished product into
the attractive decorative glass bottle.
Elderberry, Calendula flowers, Chamomile, and Mullein
our own extra virgin olive oil to the Pixie Doodle Olive Oil Infuser, and white
vinegar to the Pixie Doodle Vinegar Infuser, filling both bottles to fully cover
the Pixie Doodle ingredients. We let both of the infusers "rest" and waited for
the results. Resting time is anywhere from 1-4 weeks (depending on the strength
of the flavors you wish to create) from the time that you add the olive oil or
vinegar to the dried ingredients, to the time that you strain them through the
cheesecloth into their attractive bottles.
Infusing and Resting
We let the Pixie
Doodle Olive Oil Infuser rest for 3 weeks, and the olive oil took on a deep
green olive color with a lovely aromatic nose. On the palate, the Pixie Doodle
Infused olive oil elicited layers of flavors with a slightly spicy finish. The
infused oil will be perfect to drizzle over tomatoes and mozzarella for a
caprese, drizzled over salad greens, or to use to poach codfish. The
possibilities are endless.
Pixie Doodle Infused Olive Oil
We wanted the
Pixie Doodle Vinegar Infuser to rest for a longer period (4 weeks) and it
is still in the resting phase. We cannot wait until it is ready so that we can use
it in cocktail and culinary recipes.
time, be well!
more about Pixie Doodle Farm and their extensive product lines, please visit
their website: www.PixieDoodleFarm.com
Brighton 12th Steet
New York 11235
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