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Tasty and refreshing drink recipes for any occasion.

Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer

Looking for a sweet n’ bubbly drink for 4th of July or an upcoming BBQ or bridal shower?  This Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer is a tasty and refreshing way to cool down this summer.

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Garnished with beautiful pomegranate seeds and a fresh slice of lime, this drink is incredibly easy to make and great for a crowd.  You could also serve these spritzers for Christmas (it’s only 6 months away, people!).

Make sure to use a good white wine for this…Pinot Grigio is probably best, though a Riesling would also work if you dig sweet wines.

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Also, if you’re nervous about seeding a pomegranate or can’t find fresh pomegranates at your local grocery store, you can often find just the seeds in the refrigerated section of the produce isle.

 

Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer

Ingredients:
*Makes 1 drink

  • ½ cup seltzer water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 2 lime wedges

Instructions: 

Add ice to glass.  Add wine, top with seltzer water.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds and lime wedge.

 

 

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15 Amazing Margarita Recipes

Not like we ever NEED a reason to go out for happy hour, but this Wednesday…February 22…is NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY. A DAY OF MARGARITAS. TEQUILA FLOWING LIKE WATER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, YOU GUYS.

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Now it’s no secret that I love tequila. If a beer just won’t do and I need something stronger, tequila is my go-to. I love it straight and I love it mixed…just don’t you dare ruin that delicious liquid with your nasty drink mixes…just don’t do it.

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If you have to make a fruity, girly drink, baller up and make it! Margaritas are crazy easy to make and oftentimes only require five ingredients or less:

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Now let’s celebrate National Margarita Day the RIGHT Way…with tasty homemade cocktails that go down oh so easy and are great for us Midwestern folk who are just daydreaming of warm summer beaches and sunshine.

15 Amazing Margarita Recipes

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Pink Lemonade Margarita

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Strawberry Mango Margarita

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Champagne Lemonade Margarita

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Cranberry Margarita

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Mango Raspberry Margarita

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Blackberry Margarita

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Coconut Margarita

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Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita

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Blood Orange Margarita

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Skinny Champagne Margarita

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Cucumber Lime Margarita

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Peach Margarita

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Tropical Rum Margarita

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Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

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Cantaloupe Margarita

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10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

Chicago has already seen some freezing cold days…and going into February, I’m sure it’s only going to get worse…

But there’s one thing that can easily help when it’s too cold to play outside…BOOZE.  Whether you like warm drinks or cold ones, these 10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul are sure to get you in a better mood when the blistery winds blow.

Enjoy these tasty beverages with friends and family around the fireplace, or make your own virgin batch so you can enjoy it with the kids!  Spicy, bold and bursting with winter flavors, these cocktails will have you falling in love with winter all over again.

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  1. Spiced Irish Coffee
  2. Crock Pot Mulled Wine
  3. Cranberry Orange Margaritas
  4. Apple Cider Margaritas
  5. Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate
  6. S’more Martini
  7. Apple Pie Sangria
  8. Pear and Ginger Champagne Cocktails
  9. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
  10. Maple Bourbon Chai Tea

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Patriotic Sangria

A refreshing, fizzy, light, and delicious drink is the perfect way to cool down and relax this Memorial Day (or 4th of July!). Made with dry white wine, champagne, and fresh fruit, this sparkling Patriotic Sangria is just as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle chardonnay
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Stir together chardonnay, blueberries, raspberries, apple juice, and strawberries together in a pitcher. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, slice Granny Smith apples and cut out stars using a small star cutter. Add champagne, apple stars, and ice to pitcher. Serve immediately.

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14 Tips for Brewing Tea and Coffee

If you’re going to take the time out of your day to enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, make sure you keep these helpful suggestions in mind so you can brew up the perfect cup of whatever you like to drink!

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Tea Brewing Tips:

When using loose tea leaves, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Everything from the water you use to the steep time will effect the taste of your drink, so use these guidelines to create a beverage that suites you “to a tea”!

Start with fresh, cold water: The best tea is only as good as the water with which it is prepared. Try using filtered or bottled spring water with a natural mineral content. The freshness of the water is important as fresh water contains more oxygen, which enhances the taste of the tea. Never use hot tap water or water that has already boiled for a long time as this will result in a flat and dull tasting tea with little aroma.

Preheat the teapot: It is important to preheat the pot or cup in which the tea will be steeped. If hot water is poured into a cold vessel, the temperature of the water will drop too quickly and the full flavor of the tea will not be extracted. To preheat the pot: pour a little of the boiling water from the kettle into the pot and then pour this water off into the drinking cups to warm them.

Measure the appropriate amount of dry leaves: Ideally, 3 grams of dry leaves should be used for every 6 ounces of water. If you don’t have a scale, try starting with one rounded teaspoon of dry leaves for each 6-ounce cup. With lighter weight teas such as large, wiry oolongs and whites, try 2 teaspoons per 6 oz cup.

Select the right water temperature: Black, Dark Oolong, and Herbal Teas are best prepared with water that has come to near boiling. Don’t let the water boil too long or the oxygen content will be reduced and the tea will taste flat. Green, White, Green Oolong teas should not be prepared with boiling water as this will cook the leaves and destroy their flavor. Japanese greens tend to taste best with water at 170-180º F. China green teas tend to taste best with water at 185º F. Generally, the finer the green tea, the lower the water temperature should be.

Steep time: The time it takes for tea to brew depends on the leaf size. The smaller the leaf, the faster the tea infuses. When you’re experimenting with new teas, let your leaves steep for 2 minutes, then taste your tea. When the tea tastes right, serve or pour off all the liquid to avoid oversteeping. Here are some general guidelines:

Japanese Green Teas: 1-2 minutes
Chinese Green Teas: 2-3 minutes
White Teas: 2-5 minutes
Green Oolong Teas: 2-3 minutes
Dark Oolong Teas: 3-5 minutes
Black Teas: 3-5 minutes
Herbal Infusions: 5-10 minutes

When your tea is done steeping, immediately remove the loose tea from the strainer or the tea bag and lightly stir. Then serve while fresh and hot. If your tea gets too cool, it is best to enjoy it over ice verses re-heating the brew.

Coffee Brewing Tips:

Similar to tea, the perfect cup of coffee begins with using clean water and proper water to coffee ratio.

Start with good water: Like tea, the best coffee comes from mineral content water. The absence of some minerals can lead to bitter tasting coffee, so avoid using distilled water when you brew.

Good quality coffee: Obviously the quality of the coffee you’re using matters when brewing the perfect cup of joe. Also, make sure you store your coffee properly. Oxygen is one of coffee’s biggest adversaries, so keep your beans in an air-tight container to ensure freshness.

The size of the grind: A finer grind means more surface area of the bean is exposed to the water. For a brew method that uses a longer dwell time such as French Press, a coarser grind is necessary. An even grind of any size is ideal, so follow the directions on your grinder.

Use clean equipment: Old sediments easily make for rancid flavors in your coffee. A good rule of thumb is to clean your equipment if you notice or smell any odor. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned it, it’s probably time to clean it again.

Portion control: The official recommended proportion is 2 tablespoons for every 6 oz of water. If this ratio to strong for you palate you could back it off to 2 tablespoons for every 8 oz of water but any less than this puts you at significant risk for under extracted, watery and thin coffee.

Beans are best: Always purchase whole bean coffee (never pre-ground), and grind just prior to use. Yes, this is an inconvenience compared to buying pre-ground, but it is an absolute must if you want to end up with a tasty cup. Home coffee grinders are very inexpensive and can be found at most department and kitchen/home stores.

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Tangerine-Pomegranate Cider

Greetings, Readers!  Hard to believe Thanksgiving is this week!!  Where did this year go?  For Heaven’s Snakes…

Anyway, I have a recipe for a delicious drink to serve at your holiday parties this winter…whether it be for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even New Year’s…

Tangerine-Pomegranate Cider

7 cups apple cider

1 1/2 cups fresh tangerine juice

1 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or store bought)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Tangerine slices or pomegranate seeds for decoration (optional)

In a large saucepan combine cider, tangerine juice, pomegranate juice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves.  Place over medium high heat and bring to a simmer; cook 30 minutes.  Remove cinnamon sticks.

Ladle into mugs and garnish with tangerines or seeds.  Serve warm/hot.

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How to Make Butterbeer

Well, the end of an era is upon us.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens this Friday and so I’ve decided to dedicate this week to this fascinating boy wizard.

If you want to get into the spirit of Harry Potter before this epic saga comes to an end, try whipping up some butterbeer, Harry’s favorite frothy treat.

Cheers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
  • ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
  • ½ tablespoon butter

Directions:

Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

Step 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!

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