Tag Archives: Beverage

Strawberry Lemonade

9 Jun

Strawberry Lemonade made with Meyer Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar and Frozen Strawberries (to help keep it chilled). Very refreshing!

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails

12 Feb

I love idea of serving a cocktail with a Pink blush on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas…plus one  (not Pink) with Chocolate–yum!

“Posmo” (a spin-off of the classic Cosmopolitan):

  • 1.5 Oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 Oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime (before cutting, slice some off a piece of zest for garnish)
  • 1.5 Oz. Pomegranate Juice

(Optional: rim the glass by rubbing the cut Lime on the edge and dip into sugar)

Cherry Lemon Drop:

  • 1.5 Oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 Oz. simple syrup (I like to make mine from Agave Nectar — I make it in a shot glass by filling it with water and about 1 teaspoon of Agave)
  • Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon (use 1 1/2 if you like your drinks tart, like I do)
  • 1.5 Oz. Cherry Juice

(Optional: rim the glass by rubbing the cut Lemon on the edge and dip into sugar)

Raspberry Lemon Drop:

  • 1.5 Oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 Oz. simple syrup (I like to make mine from Agave Nectar — I make it in a shot glass by filling it with water and about 1 teaspoon of Agave)
  • Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon (use 1 1/2 if you like your drinks tart, like I do)
  • Muddle about 5 raspberries (fresh or frozen) in the shaker before pouring in the ice and liquids

(Optional: rim the glass by rubbing the cut Lemon on the edge and dip into sugar)

Chocolate Martini:

1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

1 oz. Vodka

(Optional: add a splash of Creme de Cacao or Half and Half, and rim the glass with cocoa powder and sugar)

For all of these Martinis, pour ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a Martini glass. Of course, you could serve them over ice, if you prefer.

Blood Orange Margarita:

  • 1 Oz. Tequila (preferably Silver)
  • 1/2 Oz. Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • Juice of 1 Blood Orange
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime

Pink Grapefruit Margarita (adapted from Sunset Magazine):

3 parts freshly squeezed Ruby Grapefruit Juice, 2 parts Tequila, 1 part Cointreau (or Triple Sec)

If you use 1 Oz. of Tequila per serving, it’s easy to adapt it for as many servings as you need. This is one of my favorites!

For the Margaritas, pour ingredients into a shaker, blend and serve on the rocks. Salt or Sugar Rim optional. You could also mix some spice into the salt by mixing it into a mortar with pestle. I have tried Aleppo Pepper, which is quite mild (and delicious on eggs too!), and Aji Amarillo , a bit hotter (from Crescent Moon Farm via the Sebastopol, CA farmer’s market).

The photo is a Purple Basil Lemon Drop. In lieu of adding Cherry Juice to the Lemon Drop recipe above, muddle about 10 small leaves of Purple Basil into your mixing glass. Shake up your drink and strain it into your glasses. It will be a lovely Lavender color (although in this photo, it appears more Pink). Not quite as appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but equally refreshing!

Green Smoothies To Revitalize Your Body

11 Feb

Looks can be deceiving! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how delicious this tastes and you will feel so healthy after drinking it. The flavors go together really well and it’s definitely a great way to start the day, cleanse your body, and increase the amount of antioxidants and vegetables in your diet. By using a blender instead of a juicer, you will benefit by getting more fiber too.

In a blender, add the following in order:

  • 1 Apple, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (not peeled) — I like Gala Apples
  • 3/4 of 1 English Cucumber (not peeled — I recommend English Cucumbers since the skin is thinner and they are seedless so easily digestible
  • Fresh Spinach Leaves, 2 big handfuls
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon (optional: include some of the zest, but avoid the white pith)
  • Ginger, a small 1/4 inch slice, peeled and finely grated (Optional)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water

Start with low-speed and move up to the highest speed. Makes 2 servings.

If you like it, try these Mix and Match Green Smoothie recipes from the VitaMix company.

By the way, here is link if you’d like to get more information or purchase one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the VitaMix Blender.

“Let food be thy medicine …” – Hippocrates

Hot, Steaming, Pumpkin Spice Coffee

25 Oct

I just love this time of year when the leaves start to turn, and the air is fresh and crisp. I start digging in the closet for warmer sweaters, thinking about heartier recipes, and planning what to do with Pumpkins around Halloween. Pumpkin Pie comes to mind, and along with that, one of my favorite “go-to” spice blends, Pumpkin Pie Spice.

You might enjoy a Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks, but my quick version (without any pumpkin puree) can be made at home for a fraction of the price. Try to find Organic Pumpkin Spice and buy in bulk if you can find it so it’s more affordable…

For every cup of coffee you are brewing, add 1 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice to your coffee grounds. I like to mix it into the grounds but you may sprinkle it on top as well (or alternatively, stir 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon directly into your brewed cup of coffee–it will float but eventually sink after frequent stirring).

Proceed with brewing your coffee in whichever way you normally make it (Drip, French Press, etc). The sweet-scented flavor will seep into the coffee. You could also add a 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla per cup of coffee–I prefer mine without.

If you really want to indulge, whip up some Heavy Cream and add a dash of the Spice blend and/or Vanilla when whipping it, then spoon a big, fluffy dollop in your mug (sweetener is optional, but in my opinion, you really don’t need it and saves on calories).

The warmth of Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Nutmeg will definitely put a smile on your face when you start your day! I hope you’ll try it. It’s delicious!