Field Notes

Piri Piri Cucumber Cooler

The bright citrus flavor of the piri piri chili enhances the cucumber and cilantro in this refreshing cocktail. And of course the chiles brings a welcome dose of heat to counteract the fresh cool flavors. 

  • a few thick slices of cucumber
  • few leaves fresh cilantro
  • 1-3 dried piri piri chili peppers (or substitute 1/4 teaspoon habanero)
  • 1 3/4 ounce gin (we like Half Moon)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Morris Kitchen ginger simple syrup (or plain if you don't have ginger)

Muddle cucumber, cilantro, and chili in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass until well broken and slightly mashed. Add gin, lime, and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into a double rocks glass, half filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

makes one cocktail

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Dehydrated Okra

One of the most underrated fall vegetables is Okra. While it may be difficult to get past the "slimy" texture of cooked Okra, one way to work around it is by dehydrating it.

Sprinkled with a little Chili Salt, these become a crunch delicious snack - that's much healthier than potato chips! You can make it two ways - in your oven - or if you have one, a dehydrator.



2 cups Okra

1 teaspoon Piri Piri Chili Salt


Oven: Spread okra out on a clean baking sheet, and lightly sprinkle with salt. Bake at 170° for 6-7 hours, or until dry and crisp.

Dehydrator: Dry okra for 12 hours at 130°, and then sprinkle with salt.