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Popular Summer Drinks

The Miami Vice – A  Rhubarb Cocktail

The Miami Vice – A Rhubarb Cocktail

The Miami Vice is our new cocktail that we are drinking these days and it is the perfect drink for the summer. It is spicy from the cayenne pepper (not painfully spicy) and tart and sweet from the limes and the rhubarb that are in 

St Germain, Gin and Tonic with Grapefruit

St Germain, Gin and Tonic with Grapefruit

Looking for a quick cocktail to make that tastes AMAZING. This St Germain gin and tonic is just that! If you are not familiar with St Germain, it is a liquor made from elderflowers and it is a little sweet with great flavor. It tastes 

Aperol and Soda- A Quick Aperol Drink

Aperol and Soda- A Quick Aperol Drink

Aperol and soda is a wonderfully light and delicious drink. It tastes great as your primary drink on hot evenings or as a light drink before dinner, an aperitif. Aperol liquor is actually made from rhubarb! It requires little to no mixers to make a 

Healthy Homemade Mango Lassi

Healthy Homemade Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi is an Indian drink that is made in India during their extremely hot summers. Mango lassi is an adapted version of the more traditional Indian drink, Lassi which is a plain sweetened yogurt drink.  Most people are familiar with the mango lassi from 

Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata

Mexican Horchata is a drink with origins that are believed to date all the way back to the 8th century.  Some horchatas are made from the starches of rice and some from the starches of nuts. Many countries have their own version of this drink 


More Recipes

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash is a wonderfully delicate and delicious way to prepare this Autumn vegetable. Acorn squash is not overly sweet like some other squash varieties making it a wonderful side dish to go with many meals. There is not much you need to do 

Potato and Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Potato and Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Potato and brussels sprouts gratin is a wonderful way to bring together two delicious vegetables into one cheesy dish. Most people think only of potatoes when they think of gratin but adding other vegetables into the mix really changes things up and adds more flavor 

Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

Sugared cranberries or frosted cranberries are one of the easiest recipes you can make. They make a great addition to so many things and they look really beautiful. The ingredients for these cranberries are very simple. You will need: sugar fresh cranberries water That is 

Garlic and Tomato Rubbed Crostini

Garlic and Tomato Rubbed Crostini

Garlic and Tomato rubbed crostini is a really easy and very flavorful way to make a crostini. Crostini is a charred bread usually brushed with olive oil before charring or grilling and then topped with salt and sometimes topped with other flavors like this recipe 

Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fresh cherry tomato sauce is one of my all time favorite quick and fresh sauces to go over pasta! Cherry tomatoes add a wonderful burst of flavor in this sauce and they are not cooked all the way down, leaving their shape mostly in tact. 

The Miami Vice – A  Rhubarb Cocktail

The Miami Vice – A Rhubarb Cocktail

The Miami Vice is our new cocktail that we are drinking these days and it is the perfect drink for the summer. It is spicy from the cayenne pepper (not painfully spicy) and tart and sweet from the limes and the rhubarb that are in 

Pork Kabobs with Sticky Cherry BBQ Sauce

Pork Kabobs with Sticky Cherry BBQ Sauce

Pork kebobs with a sticky cherry bbq sauce is my new favorite skewer for grilling. The pork that is used is from a boneless pork chop cut and the sticky bbq sauce is made from fresh summer cherries and all the usual bbq ingredients. If 

Three Delicious Zucchini Recipes for Summer

Three Delicious Zucchini Recipes for Summer

Zucchini is such a delicious and versatile vegetable that is readily available at the grocery stores and farmers markets in the summer. When zucchini is in abundance in the summer having a arsenal of recipes is important in making sure you don’t get sick of 

Italian Basil Mayonnaise

Italian Basil Mayonnaise

Italian basil mayonnaise is a really simple and delicious way to enjoy mayonnaise on your favorite sandwiches. This mayonnaise recipe starts with regular store bought mayonnaise and then adds bright vibrant flavors to make this traditional condiment taste out of this world delicious. The ingredients 

Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade

Cherry limeade is one of those all American summertime drinks that is so refreshing and full of flavor and a great way to cool down during those hot summer days. Also, cherries and limes are in abundance during the summer and this drink is a