All posts filed under: Drinks

Cranberry Cheer

Another mocktail for you—with some sugared holiday cheer! As always, I’d put money on the possibility that these things would be great with a shot of vodka…or perhaps gin on this one?? You’ll let me know? These have just the right amount of cranberry tang, and they look pretty stunning with those sugared cranberry garnish—those little guys are quite tasty, too. Enjoy! M Ingredients: 2 cups cranberries 2 cups sugar, divided 9 cups club soda or sparkling water Toothpicks or cocktail garnish spears (is that what you call those things??) Directions: Bring 1-1/2 cups of water and 1-1/2 cups of sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour in cranberries, then remove from heat. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. To make sugared cranberries for garnishing: Using a slotted spoon, scoop out 3/4 to 1 cup of cranberries and place them on a cookie cooling rack with parchment paper below. Space them out so that they don’t dry clumped together. Let sit for 1 hour. Pour remaining 1/2 cup …

Pear Apple Zinger

I usually try to incorporate veggies into my juices, but every once in a while I just want a sweet liquid treat. The lemon in this juice keeps things from getting too sweet, while ginger gives it a little zing. And this one is 7-year-old, blond-pig-tailed, UW-fan-approved, as you’ll see below. I enlisted the help of one my favorite little friends for this post. Happy juicing! M Pear Apple Zinger Single Serving Ready in: 5 min Ingredients: 1 pear 1-inch piece ginger 1/2 apple 1/2 lemon Directions: Slice the rind off the lemon, and cut up fruit into pieces that fit the juicer tube. Juice it up. And put some muscle into it like my little friend. Check out the guns on that girl! 😉 Pour and enjoy! (By the way, how about that juice foam? I usually am not a fan, but with this one I think it looks really pretty!)

Caramel Macchiato

Treat Yo’ Self Two Thousand Fiftee-eeen! (You have to imagine Tom Haverford and Donna singing that, okay?) I was WAAAY late to the Parks and Rec party…like, didn’t-even-start-watching-it-until-it-the-series-was-over late. And while I was a little dissappointed in myself  (I’m usually pretty up-to-date, very familiar with, and generally all over any funny TV), after I’d watched the first episode, all I could be was excited…because, yeah, shame on me for taking so long, but also, lucky me—I had so much solid comedy ahead! Laughs for months to come! (It actually ended up being more like weeks, but that’s beside the point.) While Treat Yo’ Self Day has been around since 2011, Treat Yo’ Self 2015 (that’s today!) is my first opportunity to celebrate with the rest of the Parks and Rec-watching world. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, two things: #1 I am so jealous because you still get to watch the whole series for the first time, and #2 Watch this video so you know what the deal is. Fragrances and “fine …

5 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day

You KNOW I couldn’t let this day go by without paying tribute to one of my favorite foods (yes, I consider it a food—a food group, actually) on the planet: I’m talking about coffee. And turns out I don’t need a reason to celebrate…this little round-up includes coffee-related recipes that I’ve created this year with no holiday in mind. Coffee in itself is celebration-worthy, I say. So, pick your poison below, and I hope there’s lots of buzz surrounding your day! M 1. Hemp Milk Latte 2. Pumpkin Spice Latte 3. Buzz-Worthy Vegan Espresso Shake 4. Vegan Espresso Mousse 5. Coffeemallows BONUS coffee-related recipe! Starbucks-Inspired Coffeemallows

Valencia Steamer

I turned on my heat yesterday, wore a rain jacket over the weekend, and kinda wished I had an extra blanket on my bed last night. Yeah, I think this fall thing might actually be happening. (Yipee!!) So, it’s time to switch over from evening coolers to evening steamers—which is basically just steamed milk with something delicious and non-caffeinated stirred in. First up? Valencia steamers! Cozy up with one of these after dinner—such a delicious nightcap. Cheers! M Valencia Steamer Single Serving | Vegan Prep time: 5 min (plus time to make a batch of Valencia syrup) Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Valencia syrup 10 ounces of unsweetened hemp milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) A few pieces of candied orange zest (optional) Directions: Pour Valencia syrup in a 12 ounce mug. Heat hemp milk using an espresso machine, stove top, or microwave. Stir milk into mug with syrup. Garnish with candied orange zest. (This will only work if you use an espresso machine and can make the milk foamy–otherwise the pieces will sink to the bottom. …

Pineapple-Ginger Elixir

I used to order something similar to this from a juice bar in Seattle all the time—often enough that I was able to guestimate on the ingredients so I could make it at home, too. This juice is really delicious, but is especially great when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it will cure you, but it’ll definitely take the edge off. I always feel better after I have a glassful. Be warned, this one is a little on the sweet side. For that reason, I use a whole lemon to give it a good balance of tartness, as well as a big piece of ginger. (I like to feel the burn when I’m a little under the weather.) If you can handle the ginger, do it—it’s great for you. But if not, do about half the amount. It’s still good for you, regardless of the dose size. Enjoy! M Pineapple-Ginger Elixer Single Serving Ready in: 5 min Yields: 8 to 10 ounces  Ingredients: 4, …