Archive - Drinks

Spicy Nutella Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for a quick hot chocolate recipe, look no further! Creamy Nutella with a touch of spice will do the trick to satisfy your chocolate craving. This recipe has only three ingredients and is ready in five minutes (or less).

[try this with my sugar-free banana bread or spiced honey roasted nuts]

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Farewell Summer Cocktail – Japanese Shochu with Pineapple and Lime

The last day of summer is upon us and while the weather has been getting colder and my shorts are being packed away, why not enjoy one last summer cocktail?

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Lazy Sunday Breakfast – Yogurt, Figs and Granola with Moscato Mimosas

Who says a lazy Sunday breakfast can’t be elegant? Add some fresh figs to your yogurt, top with granola and prepare a few Mimosas. Instead of Champagne or traditional sparkling wine I’m using Moscato d’Asti, the refreshingly sweet Italian wine. Keep any leftover wine for dessert with dinner. And for a fancy version use freshly squeezed oranges. Enjoy this Al Fresco before the weather gets colder!

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Rum Hot (or Cold) Chocolate with Honey – Spiced with Cinnamon and Vanilla

As fall season approaches, I decided to make a warm and comforting hot chocolate drink with a splash of alcohol to give it an extra kick. I used honey, a whole vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick to give it some warmth. Together they add an intoxicating aroma around the stove. Cocoa and rum are a great combination and make for a delicious ‘adult’ hot chocolate.

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Tropical Hurricane Irene Cocktail with Coconut Water, infused with Basil and Strawberries

In honor of Ms. Irene, I created a quick cocktail drink. Hopefully this will appease her wrath as the hurricane is making its way up to New York. I made sure the drink is strong enough (probably a category 3 by my standards) and adding coconut water and lime juice make this a bit more tropical. Enjoy as one of the last summer cocktails of the year. Cheers!
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Traditional Spanish Sangria with Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice & Rum

It may be too early in the week but I just had to post a sangria recipe before the summer’s over! Sangria is a common wine punch made popular from Portugal and Spain. The wine (usually red) is added with rum, brandy or other spirits, and is sweetened by sugar and fruit.

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German Radler – A Refreshing Summer Drink Made with Beer and Soda

My husband is from Germany and we visit his family a lot, so I’ve gotten to love German cuisine and of course, the beer! Germans love mixing their drinks, especially fruit juice with club soda, or Coke with orange soda.

“Radler” is a popular German drink that dates back to either 1922 or 1900 in Bavaria, the region he grew up in. The 1922 legend goes….an owner of a bar, short on his supply of beer, became threatened by a group of cyclists because they were thirsty from their travels. In distress, the bar owner mixed whatever beer he had with lemonade. Then Radler was born! Radler also means ‘cyclist’ in German. Through the years, the recipe has added Sprite or 7-Up instead of lemonade. I prefer soda because the bubbles make it more refreshing, especially in the summer.  As for the beer, you can use Pilsner, or a Lager which is traditional. I’m also going local by using nearby Sixpoint Brewery’s Crisp Lager that’s now available for the first time in cans.

Whenever I’m on a Lufthansa flight heading to Germany, I order a Radler. Try it out sometime. The Germans will be impressed! Prost!

1 can of Sprite, 7-Up or lemon-lime soda

1 can of Lager Beer

Blend equal amounts of both ingredients in a glass.

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