Jun 30, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub

Although I am a gardener as well as a cook,… a strawberry rhubarb shrub is not a bush.  Even if it does sound like a fancy new hybrid.  Neither is it some obscure heirloom plant nor new GMO Frankenfood with berries growing on ruby tinged stalks.  It is… (drum roll)… the basis for a cocktail that is both trendy and … Continue reading

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Jun 21, 2014

Blog Hop Giveaway – Algerian Tea

One of the best things about blogging is the friends you make.  Today some of my local blogging buddies are holding a Sizzling Summer Blog Hop Giveaway (more below).  And as my part in this, I am giving away the ingredients (other than the sweetener) for “Algerian Tea” which you can drink hot or cold. Algerian Tea was discovered by … Continue reading

Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

May 29, 2014

Old Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

Do you adjust your beverage favorites as the seasons change?  With summer on the way, I am ready to put some ice cream in my drinks–starting with an old-fashioned chocolate ice cream soda. I had my first chocolate ice cream soda ages ago at a small town ice cream parlor in Wilton, Iowa. We’d make an annual trip there to … Continue reading

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May 27, 2014

A Natural Strawberry Daiquiri

A belated happy Memorial Day!  A warm holiday weekend, freezer full of fruit and set of pretty glass straws–talk about inspiration.  Yup, it’s time for another frozen drink recipe–a natural strawberry daiquiri this time, full of the remnants of last year’s CSA berries. I’m not sure why, but part of me always believed that fruity alcoholic drinks were artificial concoctions, … Continue reading

Agua Fresca Fixings

May 25, 2014

Mango Lime Agua Fresca

This recipe for Mango Lime Agua Fresca is based on one from blogging friend, Abby, who writes The Frosted Vegan.  One of the thing I like best about blogging (in addition to the food!) is the people you meet–both online and in person!  Before I read her post, I had heard of infused water before but not Agua Fresca.   Wikipedia … Continue reading

Peach Margarita with Lime

May 22, 2014

Peach Margarita & a Glass Straw Giveaway

Is your glass (or freezer) half empty or half full? That depends on your perspective of course–and your outlook is always better with a Peach Margarita in hand! This post is co-inspired by a freezer loaded with peaches that need to be finished off (summer is coming!) and an offer  from a company called GlassDharma ( Facebook or Twitter). They … Continue reading

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Mar 15, 2014

Irish Coffee & a Headcold

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I am trying to decide how to celebrate!  In my youth, this week was full of dancing and revelry, but now I may settle for a nice Irish Coffee! I still remember the first time I tasted this classic drink.  I was a college student spending a semester in Dublin and firmly committed to … Continue reading

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Feb 9, 2014

White Chocolate Strawberry Martini

What beverage says festive more than a martini? For an anniversary, Valentine’s day or any romantic occasion, here is a recipe for a White Chocolate Strawberry Martini. Red berries with chocolate and sweetness–how romantic is that! As I worked to develop and size this recipe I learned a few things about martinis. Did you know that the traditional martini glass … Continue reading

Mulled Wine. Not just for Christmas anymore.

Jan 29, 2014

Winter Mulled Wine, Brandy Optional

In much of the US, the frigid weather has sure been a focus lately.  School was closed for us again and everyone is ending emails with the phrase “stay warm”.  Last weekend we made a last minute decision to close our “cabin up north” due to the propane shortage and I am mourning the (temporary) loss of my weekend retreat.  … Continue reading

Coconut swirls in Blizzard White Chocolate Martini

Dec 29, 2013

Bilzzard White Chocolate Martini

I love the days between Christmas and New Years.  The frenzy of shopping and baking are over, while the warmth and ambiance remain.  I pull out all the carols I have neglected, and catch up on any Christmas movies that were skipped in the busy days before.  I leisurely research recipes to use up leftovers (10 best uses for extra … Continue reading

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