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Easy, Healthy Tropical Cocktail Recipe. Ever since I caught sight of the Obamas' holiday digs in Hawaii, I've been desperately missing the tropics, and all the sun, surf, and superb eats that go along with it.

Easy, Healthy Tropical Cocktail Recipe

So over the weekend, while the West Coast enjoyed record highs, I sat back in some new shades, ate up the 70-degree weather, and guzzled a good-for-you cocktail that felt like a mini island vacation. I can't take credit for the idea (that goes to New York's Rouge Tomate), but this brilliant drink is one part healthy smoothie, one part fizzy spa cocktail, and all parts equatorial. Want to enjoy a glass, too? Then read more. Ingredients 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice 2 ounces cachaça 1/2 ounce agave nectar 2 ounces purée of tropical fruit, such as blended papaya and pineapple 1 ounce or more soda water, to taste Lime wheel, for garnish Directions In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients except soda.

Makes 1 drink. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 240 (approximate). Tequila Bramble Recipe. Low-Calorie Basil Gimlet Recipe. A basil gimlet might not be the natural choice for a St.

Low-Calorie Basil Gimlet Recipe

Patrick's Day drink, but it's got two things going for it: it's green, and it's a nice low-calorie alternative to the traditionally served whiskey or beer. For those of you who are counting, a pint of Guinness will set you back 210 calories and the average shot of Jameson whiskey is around 140 calories. On the other hand, when made with shochu, our basil gimlet recipe doesn't even hit the 100-calorie mark!

Making the cocktail with soju (an alcohol commonly distilled from rice) brings the recipe to about 165 calories, while using gin or vodka results in a 215-calorie cocktail. All things considered, this isn't too bad for a cocktail. Sangria! Sangria! Recipe. Mango Lassi — summer in a glass. Lassi : |ˈlasē| noun; a sweet or savory Indian drink made from a yogurt or buttermilk base with water With summer beautifully seeping into the lingering golden days and sultry arabian nights, I’m into a major cooler kick.

Mango Lassi — summer in a glass

The lure of a tall glass of chilled beverage that’s quick to mix and heavenly to quench thirst and combat heat is so wild that I’ve been going crazy shaking things up with summers bounty. And while I’ve been cooking other serious food, it is astonishingly the drink recipes that I’m drawn to, and gets scandalously photographed and featured, again and again. Like today. Easy, beautiful and heavenly to taste—there’s no better way to celebrate the intoxicating mango season than with this refreshing sipper—mango lassi—that’ll cool you off instantly. A quintessential Indo-Pakistani experience, lassi, pronounced luh-see, is a classic cold yogurt drink. Sweet lassi is the desi equivalent of smoothies, made from any combination of ingredients. Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicle Recipe.

You like fruit, you like vodka, you like popsicles — shoot, you like a lot of things.

Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicle Recipe

So to help move you more quickly towards all your likings, we found a way to combine the three aforementioned likes into one. Before your skeptical brow can arch upwards, let us say — yes, you can freeze vodka. After some quick experimenting and an afternoon of mixing and an evening of freezing …Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles are yours for the licking!

And careful, these are deceptively kid-like in flavor but packed with adult enjoyment. Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles Makes 12 2.5 oz Popsicles. Watermelon Mojito Popsicles Recipe. Tweaking a trend can either make you a hero or a target.

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles Recipe

Luckily, we ESers are a hardy bunch — so yeah, we’re gonna mess with the beloved Mojito by freezing it. But before you go bucking it, let us say that from sip to lick the frozen Mojito can confidently double down over its fluid counterpart and take you from cool to sublime faster than you can say freeze! Now that you know we’ve got our Teflon suits on, give it your best lick and let us know what you think. PS – have a cocktail you want to see turned popsicle? Hit us up in the comment section because you’re currently tuning into our newly started cocktail popsicles series, a.k.a. Summer Sangria. A party is not complete without booze.

Summer Sangria

I still remember the drink I prepared for my first house warming party was a Bellini, prepared with peach puree and champagne. I was not totally into cooking then but still managed to wow my guests with curry chicken and beef rendang prepared with Prima pre-mixed paste.... it wasn't difficult because most of my friends and colleagues do not cook so any sort of reasonably decent culinary effort was sufficient to impress.

As the years went by and as I started to dig deeper into recipes, premixes started to feel like a cheating easy way out... the party dinner preparations became more frentic and tedious as I insisted on making everything from scratch. Drinks took a backseat over the last few years. Most of the time, we would just open up bottles of wine as we ate. A spin on the traditional sangria, this tastes lighter and fresher. Summer SangriaRecipe : Winter Sangria Recipe. Got any plans this weekend?

Winter Sangria Recipe

Print Save Pomegranate Vanilla Sangria Yield: serves 4? (depends on how much you drink!) Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 large navel orange, sliced 1 large apple, chopped 1 large pear, chopped the arils of 1 pomegranate 2 cinnamon sticks 2 vanilla beans 1 1/2 bottles of red wine (I bought a Spanish red wine) 2 cups of sparkling pomegranate soda (bought mine at Trader Joe’s) 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 cup sugar (possibly more depending on your wine) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Cranberry Mojitos. It’s officially the holidays!!! Thanksgiving has been celebrated and I finally allowed myself to listen to Michael Buble and light my peppermint Yankee Candle, while Chris and I assembled our Christmas tree.

We also did quite a bit of Black Friday shopping online. Er, one for you and one for me was my basic philosophy. Oops? Maybe that’s what happens when you’re sipping on a glass of zinfandel while you shop. One of my favorite things about the holidays is, duh, holiday cocktails. Cranberry Mojitos (makes 2):Print this recipe! 8 oz. fresh cranberries1 C sugar1 C water20 mint leaves2 T lime juiceIce4 oz. rum4-6 oz. soda water I didn’t want to use fake cranberry juice in my drink and really wanted to incorporate the real deal in. Just put cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. [Skeleton] Mudslide Jigglers « Teacher by Day – Chef by Night.

Due to the Snow-Tober Storm we experienced here in the NorthEast, my pumpkin-carving-party got changed a bit!

[Skeleton] Mudslide Jigglers « Teacher by Day – Chef by Night

We just traveled over to J’s house with some snacks and goodies in hand. The power going out put a hamper on much of my exciting goodies I had planned on making but I still had a pumpkin hummus, buttermilk ranch, sweet pumpkin dip, and these little beauties! The color was just right, the flavor was awesome, and they are so easily adaptable to whatever you want to make with them! I can see these guys being so cute for Winter in a Snowman (or snowflake) pan!!! Mudslide Jigglers 1/2 cup milk 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream1/4 cup Kahlua1/4 cup vanilla vodka2 envelopes Knox Gelatin Put your milk into a small saucepan & sprinkle your 2 packages of Knox on top – allowing it to soak for a minute or two. Then pour in your Baileys & Kahlua (stirring very well to blend it all).

Pour the entire mixture into your desired pan.