What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Want to make jam? Fill your freezer with berries? Make peach pie for everyone you know? The fun, cheap way to stock up on local fruit is to pick your own, down the coast and out in the delta.
As a kid, every autumn held a sunny October weekend where my mom would toss my sisters and I into the back of the Volvo and head out to the country to go apple picking. Recreating this experience on the West Coast can take a little doing, but it’s possible.