Honey Saffron Ginger Cocktail

by Maggie Battista on November 16, 2011

in Authors, Events

This time last year, some tough news hit my family.

I was in the midst of so many good things – finally feeling my way through my Paris gig and loving all things Paris, prepping for a wonderful Eat Boutique holiday gift box season, tasting treats from a variety of emerging food makers, planning our first Local Market and a huge Thanksgiving meal for 20 people. Life was on the upswing.

Until it was on the downswing.

Over the course of what felt like five minutes (though it was probably closer to 2-3 days), I had received some numbing news about my Mom and everything was put on hold. Everything.

She was glad to have me by her side during the long road back to good health, but she reminded me that for the very reason that her life, a life, can change in an instant, dreams cannot be put on hold. And if we continue to put our passions and creative outlets on hold for a better time, a stronger economy, a less stressful moment in life, we might miss out on the simple chance to just try something, anything, to just try it.

As soon as my Mom was on the mend, I got back to my it. I just tried things. With every new gift box or new recipe or new food that we sampled together, we both got stronger. We celebrated the little victories and the setbacks (because there are always setbacks), and thankfully, she continues to celebrate every moment.

I learned my lesson: I no longer save the Champagne for that special night; I make an ordinary night special with Champagne. Or any bubbles really, and more on that in a second.

This has been a week of little victories. Some are very personal and I hope to be able to share them soon; others are worth a blog post. I’m so excited to celebrate that we’ll be hosting the following cookbook authors at our Holiday Local Market on Saturday, December 10, 2011:

We have a lot of wonderful tricks up our sleeves for this event. The list of food makers is fantastic – fantastic! – and there may be another prominent cookbook author or two added to the list very soon – keep your eyes glued to this site for that information. We may also venture beyond food at this event to include some lovely food-oriented vendors, so we’ll share that soon too.

I also wanted to share this gorgeous cocktail. Since I celebrate everything now, I toasted all the good things in life with it this week. I created this drink earlier this Fall, just in time for Heidi to photograph it. It’s a mixture of my homemade Honey and Saffron liquor (adapted from cookbook author and now my friend Jane Lawson’s recipe), the very delicious Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup and Champagne. I rim the glass with a flavored sugar and set off the warm notes in the liquor with a piece of thyme from my back yard.

Happy ordinary Thursday to you! I hope you are able to celebrate something, anything, that’s special to you.

Honey, Saffron and Ginger Champagne Cocktail



  1. Dip the top edge of an upright Champagne glass in a bit of water. Whip off any big drops by shaking your wrist while holding the glass. Dip the top edge of that glass into the sugar.
  2. To the glass, add the liquor and the syrup. Fill the glass with Champagne. Garnish with the thyme.
  3. Drink. Make again and drink again!
  4. Note: You could leave out the ginger syrup and still have a stellar cocktail. I consider the Honey and Saffron Liquor mixed with Champagne my cook’s treat before dinner party guests arrive.

All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy, and photographed by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.


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