Written on March 7, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Despite the recent country-wide cold fronts, spring is just around the corner (March 20th, people!). That means you’re going to need a fully loaded recipe repertoire that will put you in the mood for sunnier, happier times. Here’s a fast idea that’s sure to put a spring in your step: A Citrus Gin Spritzer. Fresh, fruity, bubbly and strong– it is Friday, after all.
Bottoms up, get the full recipe for Citrus Gin Spritzer here!
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Written on March 6, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Just because the Olympics are over, doesn’t mean your cocktail rims have to go back to being bare. With warm weather approaching soon, we’re getting ready for margarita season, and there’s always more than one way to top your tequila! Pair fruity margaritas with these new sweet and spicy rims, and you’ll have yourself enough margarita combinations to last you through spring!
1. Cantaloupe Margarita: Cinnamon & Sugar
Add sugar and spice, and this drink will taste nice! The warm heat of the cinnamon pumps up the mellow taste of the canteloupe.
2. Pineapple Margarita: Old Bay Seasoning & Black Pepper
This savory mixture may seem more at home in a bloody mary than on a margarita rim, but the black pepper and secret spices give the sugary juice a kick!
3. Strawberry Margarita: Cocoa Powder
One taste and you’ll swear you’re sipping on a chocolate-covered strawberry. How decadent does that sound?!
4. Cranberry Margarita: Sugar & Grated Lime Zest
Pucker up: This pairing starts out sour (thanks to a lime juice rim*), turns sweet, then finishes with a tart, cranberry-filled exclamation point!
*Tip: Dampen the rim with a lime wedge before dipping it into the mixture
Written on March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Here’s a fun fact that’s sure to ease your Monday blues: It’s Mulled Wine Day! Mulled wine is a classic cocktail that’s perfect for these chilly nights. It’s spicy, sweet and just strong enough to warm you from the inside out. While we usually associate white wine with being chilled, here’s a mulled wine recipe that calls for pinot grigio. It’s light, spiced and just sweet enough, it may even make your Monday feel like Friday. Cheers!
1 (750ml) bottle white wine, such as pinot grigio
1/2 cup honey
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds
8 whole cloves
6 star anise pods
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
Using a peeler, zest lemon. In a saucepan, bring zest and remaining ingredients to a simmer over medium. Remove from heat, cover and let steep 10 minutes. Makes 4.
Written on February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
You may have heard of this authentic Mexican beverage, and you may have even tried one at some point, but do you know what, exactly, a horchata is? Made from rice or almond milk, a horcahta is a refreshing, cinnamon-spiked beverage with an extensive history tracing back to ancient Egypt. As the story goes, the horchata was created to serve on hot summer days without the risk of spoilage (a true horchata is dairy-free), and is comprised of a mixture of homemade almond and rice milk, cinnamon and sugar. Our version, however, is quick and easy, but still tastes authentic as ever. The best part? You can serve it warm for these chilly winter days!
4 cups unsweetened rice milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
In a saucepan, bring rice milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks and almond extract to simmer over medium. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes. Serve hot, or let cool and pour over ice. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serves 4.
Written on February 20, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
National Margarita Day is a great excuse to enjoy our favorite tequila-based drink and remind yourself warmer weather is upon us! (Seriously, it has to be.) Rather than stopping by your go-to Mexican joint, mix it up and try a margarita recipe with a twist. These three cocktails put a flavorful spin on the traditional margarita, but still keep your taste buds in check with the holiday. Cheers to that!
Written on February 13, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Just two short days stand between you and the weekend, and even less time stands between you and happy hour. No matter what time your drinking activities begin, you should enjoy this blushing twist on a brunch classic: The Rosy Mimosa.
Not only do you swap out champagne for sparkling rosé wine, but also try using the juice of a Cara Cara orange, an extra juicy, low-acidity navel orange that’s pretty in pink. Here’s the full recipe:
1 part Cara Cara orange juice
2 parts sparkling rosé
Combine juice and rosé in a champagne flute and enjoy! Does it get much simpler than that? Cheers!
Written on February 6, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Six weeks into the new year, you may feel a little less motivated to stick to some of those New Year’s resolutions. But all it takes is some smart decision-making and a little bit of effort to make healthy food exciting again. What could be easier than water?! It’s something you drinking regularly anyway, so let’s give it a facelift. Here’s how to stay hydrated and healthy.
Instead of floating a few wan slices of cucumber or orange in your H2O, puree the produce with a little water, strain it and mix in some more water. The refreshing result, known as agua fresca, will taste like a liquid distillation of the ingredient. Try it with any fruit or vegetable you love. Hydration just got a whole lot tastier!
Agua Fresca Fiesta
2 cups diced cantaloupe, pineapple or English cucumber, or 2 cups whole raspberries or pomegranate seeds
6 cups cold filtered water
Ice, for serving
1. Place the fruit (or vegetable) in a blender with 2 cups water. Blend on low speed until finely chopped but not pureed.
2. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl; press on the solids. Transfer to a pitcher; add the remaining 4 cups water. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top. Pour the drink into ice-filled glasses, and enjoy all day long!
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Written on January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
The baristas at Treehaus (one of our staff’s favorite coffee shops) are at it again! If you thought the Bacon Latte was unheard of, just wait until you try Director of Coffee, Tanner Jacobsen’s, newest creation: The Spiced Kumquatte. Tag lined as “A Creamsicle trapped in a latte,” this fusion of kumquat, mulling spices and vanilla will change the way you think about flavored lattes forever.
Jacobsen has put hours of thought and effort into each element of this drink, and it definitely shows. First, he combines fresh kumquats with mulling spices and reduces the liquid into a simple syrup. Then, he adds the syrup to espresso, and pours in steamed milk that has been infused with orange zest and vanilla (being the competitive latte artist that he is, you can always expect a beautiful design). He garnishes his caffeinated creation with a fresh kumquat slice that’s been soaking in the kumquat syrup, which only gets more potent and delicious over time.
Jacobsen recommends that you eat your kumquat garnish with a swig of the latte, as the the flavor profiles of the two go hand in hand. After nibbling, I took my first pure sip of the latte and I could tell this was going to be an enjoyable experience. Right when the drink hits your tongue, you can taste the strong flavors of espresso and spices. Only as you begin to swallow does a clean flavor of orange hit you. The drink is both refreshing and comforting, as the mild orange flavor keeps it light while the mulling spices remind you that it’s still winter. This drink truly is a Creamsicle trapped in a latte, or as Jacobsen personally describes it, “like eating the outside layer of a Creamsicle.” At $5 plus tax for 8 ounces, Jacobsen has successfully created the most expensive specialty coffee drink in NYC (a fact in which he takes pride).
Even the handmade sign proves Jacobsen’s dedication to his line of work. But don’t wait around to get your hands on one–this latte will only be available until he dreams up something crazier. Which–judging by his creativity–will be very soon (I got a hint about a $12 frappucino for the summer…would you buy it?).
Written on January 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm , by Lauren Katz
Did you know the fourth week of January is considered to be Irish Coffee Week? Neither did we. But now that we do, we no longer need an excuse to make and drink one of our favorite seasonal cocktails every day for the next 7 days. In order to keep it interesting, though, we’ve gathered some recipes with unique takes on the classic drink, including fun ingredients like peppermint and chocolate. So grab your Baileys and get to it!
Cheers to January!
Written on January 16, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Did you know January is National Hot Tea Month? Well now that you do, it’s time to celebrate! Among with the New Year’s resolutions, diets and cleanses, drinking tea is one of the healthiest ways to detox this month (not to mention, it’ll keep you warm and cozy in these frigid temperatures!). So trade your Cosmo for a Chamomile and your Old-Fashioned for an Oolong, and start sipping those benefits! Here are some ideas to get you started: