Minty Raspberry-Lime Mojitos (Non- Alcoholic)

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Here’s another one of my favorite drink recipes! Obviously i’m making my mojitos Non-Alcoholic, but here is the description for those of you who don’t know what a basic mojito is/consists of…
The Mojito originated in the Caribbean, probably in Cuba. And it is more or less a rum smash with the addition of club soda, tangy fruit and mint which makes for a long delightful, thirst-quenching drink.   Perfect for celebrating with right around this time of year, so Enjoy!  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 fresh Raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Simple Syrup (see directions below for how to make a simple syrup)
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup Cranberry-Raspberry juice (or just raspberry juice if you can find it)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh Lime Juice (approx. 1/2 medium-large lime)
  • 1/2 cup Club Soda, Seltzer or Sparkling Mineral Water (i most love using a Raspberry-Lime Seltzer)

Directions for the Simple Syrup: To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water (or just equal parts, if making more or less) in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.

Directions for the Mojitos: In a tall glass, add raspberries, mint leaves and the simple syrup. Muddle (squish with the back of a wooden spoon) well until the mint, simple syrup and raspberries are well-combined.  If possible, try not to break apart the mint leaves, as this (in my opinion) will make for a less pleasant drinking experience.  Fill glass with ice.  Add cranberry-raspberry juice, then lime juice and then fill with soda/seltzer.

Garnish with lime wedge or additional raspberries, if desired.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: a sweet pea chef
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Sangria’s (Non-Alcoholic) & a day at the lake

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Hey everybody! I know it’s been a while since i last posted 😥 …sorry ’bout that!  But while i’ve been gone, (from the blogging world anyway) i’ve been trying to drink in as much sun as possible (so that maybe i can finally get that tan!?) and so that led to my spending this past Monday up a my friends lake-house. We had a few doubts about the weather on our way up to the lake (as it was badly storming and we had to drive 30mph under the speed limit just to make it safely there!) But while i was up at the lake i had a great time looking through some cook-books, and picking some super great recipes to try! We made some guacamole (i’ll post the recipe soon!) and then the weather was finally nice enough for us to go out in the kayaks for an hour. It was a blast and i’ve got a  lot of recipes coming your way soon!

Ok so about this recipe : I’ve been on the hunt for some fun (Non-Alcoholic) cocktails or um (Mocktails i guess) recipes for some party’s i’m planing & this sangria recipe is a great fit to what i’ve been looking for! 😉  Hope ya’ll Enjoy it!

Ingredients:
Serves 8

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups carbonated water (like seltzer)

Directions: Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.

In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.

Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in pretty glasses over ice.

2012_04_27-sangria3.jpg  P.S: Please leave me a comment below if you have any other recipe ideas for me to try – I’d love to hear from my readers! 🙂
Recipe & Photo Credit:

Orange Julius

A perfect summertime treat that is super cool and refreshing! 🙂  Enjoy!
Serves: 1 large serving or 2 small servings
Ingredients:
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cold water
1/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 ice cubes
Directions:
In a blender add ice, orange juice, milk, water, sugar & vanilla. Blend on the chop ice setting for the first 15 or so seconds and then switch to the mix setting & pulse until well blended. Pour into a tall glass, let the foam rise to the top & enjoy the refreshment!

Recipe Credit : Sweet Savory Life & Associated Content

First Day of Fall – Pumpkin Spice Latte

  Greetings Everyone!

Today is the first day of fall.  aka- The season of cooler temperatures 😉  warm apple cider, home-made doughnuts,  fresh apples, and pumpkins.

So today, in honor of the beginning of this beautiful new season, i have a splendid reicpe to share with you all that will help you ring in the new fall season…savvy aye?            It’s a “Do It Yourself” version of Starbucks delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Yield: 1 large drink
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 min

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot brewed, strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons half & half cream
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar, or more to taste
  • whipped cream, & ground nutmeg,  Optional

Directions:

1. In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and vanilla. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes- watch closely and remove it from the microwave when the milk is hot and frothy.

2. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall mug or glass. Add hot coffee. Pour in the cream. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir, and taste. Add more sugar, if desired.

3. Optional, (but oh so good)… add whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of nutmeg.  Serve immediately!

Tips:

*Feel free to lighten up the recipe by using nonfat milk and fat-free half & half. It won’t be as rich, but it will still give you that yummy pumpkin latte flavor. *If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in your collection of spices, make your own! Mix equal parts of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg- and measure from there.

Bon Appétit!

Recipe Source: RecipeGirl.com