Small Bites: June Food News
Make a Local Aviation
The classic Aviation cocktail may be the perfect early summer drink for enjoying Flag Hill Winery and Distillery’s Karner Blue gin. It’s very floral and citrus-y with just a touch of the necessary juniper, and was even given a score of 93 points by Wine Enthusiast.
Flag Hill named the gin after the Karner Blue butterfly, an endangered species that has survived thanks to New Hampshire’s conservation efforts. NH Fish and Game reintroduced the species in Concord’s pine barrens in 2001, and the butterflies are now protected by state law.
To make it even more New Hampshire-inspired, Flag Hill starts with a neutral spirit made with the pressed juice of Apple Hill Farm apples. The gin can be found at many local and regional bars with a focus on craft cocktails. You can also buy a bottle at Flag Hill in Lee and at New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores. $32.99 750 mL. flaghill.com
2 ounces Karner Blue gin
1 tablespoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 tablespoon crème de violette
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
For garnish: Bada Bing maraschino cherries
Add all of the drink ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or lemon curl.
Food Truck Heaven
There is nothing better than a confluence of food trucks — you’ll find sandwiches, burgers, global menus, sweets and even healthy foods all in once place. On June 24, join the fun as Tracy Girl, Hot Ballz, Donut Love, Morning Salute, Somerset Grille, and Pomaire Boston Chilean Grill (plus live bands) come together for the Amherst NH Food Truck Festival. Tickets are $5 in advance online and $10 at the event. Kids 12 and under and veterans are free. Rain or shine. Amherst Garden Center & Farm to Market. 305 Rte. 101, Amherst. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/
Event of the Month
23rd Annual Taste of Downtown Nashua: June 7
Meet Nashua’s chefs as they serve up dishes in this annual walk-around tasting event. Shop while you visit more than 25 participating restaurants, and you may find a snappy new piece of jewelry along with a new favorite restaurant. $40, downtownnashua.org