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Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

February 23, 2017
Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

The Oscars are on Sunday and I felt it only right to leave you with some black-tie cocktail inspiration to have with your Thai take-out, or delivery pizza, or if you are really doing it right, fancy appetizers (if its fancy appetizers, can I come over?).

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

This icy drink is a combination of two different cocktails that for some reason scream Hollywood to me; the Japanese Cocktail (which has nothing to do with Japan and everything to do with classy 1920’s glam) and a Ginger Sidecar I had at Zuni Cafe when we were in San Francisco last October.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

The classic Japanese cocktail is a simple but sophisticated combination of cognac, almond-scented orgeat (pronounced or-zsa, like Zsa Zsa Gabor), and bitters. Zuni’s Ginger Sidecar has brandy, ginger liqueur, orange, lemon, and pineapple gum syrup. Put those two together and your classy Oscar cocktail is served.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

Let’s Talk About Pineapple Gum Syrup

Pineapple gum syrup is a pineapple simple syrup that packs a punch of pineapple and adds viscosity to the drink at the same time. I found a bottle made by Small Hand Foods at Bev Mo but you can also find it online.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

How To Make Your Own Ginger Juice

Making ginger juice is pretty self-explanatory. If you have a juicer, stick a big piece of fresh ginger in there (you don’t even need to peel it) and juice comes out. This stuff is for real! Add some to your orange juice in the morning, that’ll get you going. If you don’t have a juicer you can still make ginger juice, but you’ll have to peel the ginger first, and chop it, put it in your food processor and blend until it is a puree. Press the puree through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids.

Brandy Ginger Twist Cocktail

Cheers Amigos! Have a great weekend!

Brandy Ginger Twist
 
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Brandy gets a kick in the (fancy) pants from fresh ginger juice, orgeat, lemon, pineapple gum syrup, and bitters.
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) brandy
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh ginger juice (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) orgeat
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) pineapple gum syrup
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • ice
  • lemon twist, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine brandy, lemon juice, ginger juice, orgeat, and pineapple gum syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake vigorously until sweat beads the outside of the cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, shake a few drops of bitters over the top, add a lemon twist and enjoy!
Notes
To make the ginger juice; press fresh ginger through a juicer, no need to peel. If you don't have a juicer, peel a large piece of fresh ginger, chop and blend in a food processor until very finely chopped. Press through a fine mesh strainer. Ginger juice can be kept in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

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Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe

December 20, 2016
Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Merry Christmas!

Since this is the last recipe I’ll post before Christmas arrives I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays. It means the world to me that you are here, showing your love and cooking the recipes and being just downright lovely, lovely people. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I mean it. Can I toast you with a Cranberry Ginger Margarita?

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

I hope over the next week you will gather together with people you love to celebrate another year, the beauty that is life, and just having a moment of joy in this often crazed existence we all live. And for that, I wanted to leave you with a cocktail, and a beautiful one at that.

I was halfway through developing a straight-up ginger margarita when my eye caught the last of the cranberry agua fresca sitting in the fridge and well, history was made in the form of the most gorgeous-hued cranberry ginger margarita I ever did create.

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Now, of course I’d be overjoyed if you made the cranberry agua fresca and then turned it into this margarita but you certainly don’t have to. I also tried it with store-bought cranberry juice and it tasted just as festive.

I love the little bits of fresh grated ginger

Make sure you use a microplane, you want it really fine but if the thought of ginger strands stuck between your teeth grosses you out you can strain the drink over fresh ice in each glass before serving.

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

The final holiday pizzazz comes in the form of a lime and salt rim around each glass which is made by grating a little zest from a lime (use the microplane remember), mixing with some coarse salt and sticking it to the rim of each glass—fancy!

The recipe makes either 1 enormous drink or 2 regular-sized drinks so you can either share with a friend or have a very merry Christmas by yourself! Cheers!!

Cranberry Ginger Margarita Recipe @holajalapeno

Cranberry Ginger Margarita
 
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The most beautiful cranberry margarita to celebrate the holiday. The color alone is reason to make it but then add fresh grated ginger and a lime-salt rim and Happy Holidays indeed!
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2 Drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 limes
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup cranberry juice or Cranberry Agua Fresca
  • ¼ cup silver tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • A few slices candied ginger for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Finely grate 1 teaspoon of zest from one lime and place it on a small plate. Add salt and rub the two together with your fingers to incorporate. Cut a wedge out of the lime and rub it around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Dip the rims in the salt mixture and set aside.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the other lime into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add cranberry juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and grated ginger.
  3. Cover and shake vigorously until sweat starts to bead on the outside of the shaker. Divide the drink evenly between the two prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge and a few strips of candied ginger.

 

Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Mint and Lime

November 22, 2016
Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Hi There! How’s your Thanksgiving planning going?

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Not that I want to stress you out, but I have one more thing you might want to add to it. Okay, maybe two, but that’s going to depend on how the rest of this week goes—so let’s be safe and just say one and its a beautiful cranberry agua fresca so we’re going to be okay.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Let’s Make Cranberry Agua Fresca

Lucky for you it is a very easy one. A drink! For the kiddos, and non-drinkers, and pregnant ladies. It is very festive—made with fresh cranberries. You are essentially making homemade cranberry juice—pretty cool, right? But it is much easier than it sounds. Just combine fresh cranberries with water and cook until they release their juice (even better if you can let this mixture sit overnight). Strain out the cranberries, add sugar, and your done!

Let’s Make Fun Ice Cubes

The ice cubes make this drink for two reasons:

1. They look super fancy and red carpet.

2. When the ice starts to melt into the drink, the flavor of the fresh mint and lime seeps in to the agua fresca, so it’s perfectly okay, and, actually better, to put the ice in the pitcher and fill it with the agua fresca before guests arrive so the ice has a chance to melt a little bit.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Let’s Make It Sparkle

To make it even more special you can make it sparkling by filling the glass halfway with the cranberry agua fresca and then topping it off with sparkling mineral water. We are a Topo Chico house but you can use any sparkling water you’d like.

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime

Okay, that’s it! As my kids would say, easy peasy lemon squeezy! Now go out there and crush Thanksgiving you turkey maven, you!

Photos courtesy of Beard + Bonnet

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Fresh Mint and Lime Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

A fun, non-alcoholic drink made with fresh cranberries and festive lime and mint ice cubes.

For a sparkling version, fill a cup two thirds of the way with ice and agua fresca, top with sparkling water and serve.

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-ounce) bags fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • For the ice cubes:
  • 2 key limes, or regular Persian limes, sliced
  • the leaves from 1 small bunch mint

Instructions

  1. Wash cranberries and combine them in a pot with the water. Bring to a boil and let gently boil until all cranberries have popped and softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Strain the cranberry juice into a clean pot, discard cranberries. Add sugar to the juice and bring to a boil again, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, let cool, then refrigerate until cold.
  3. To make the ice, divide lime slices and mint leaves between the wells of a muffin tin. Fill each tin with water and freeze until solid.
  4. To serve, pop the ice cubes out of the tin by running the bottoms under warm water until they loosen. Place in a pitcher and pour agua fresca over the top.
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Marigold Mezcal Margarita

October 7, 2016
Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

A Marigold Mezcal Margarita is a cocktail to celebrate the symbolic Day of the Dead flower with marigold syrup, mezcal, and fresh squeezed lime.

I’ve always thought of the marigold as a humble flower. More of a workhorse, a plain jane, not exactly the crown jewel of the garden.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Marigolds are the symbolic flower of Dia de los Muertos

That was until I was introduced to the African marigold, Flor de Muerte in Spanish or cempaxuchil. These tall-stemmed queens are strewn into wreaths, and constructed into brilliant arcs surrounding altars in Oaxaca and all over Mexico for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. They’re blossoms can be as big as 6-inches and grow wild in the Oaxacan countryside through October leading up to Dia de los Muertos celebrations on November 1 and 2. They’re fragrant scent and bright orange color are said to awaken the senses of the dead and bring joy to the living.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

They’re symbolism make them perfect for a Day of the Dead cocktail which we made for our Dia de los Muertos Fiesta which you can read all about here. Dried marigolds make a beautiful syrup and their floral, slightly bitter flavor go smashingly with smoky mezcal.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

My New Favorite Mezcal

One of my newest mezcal discoveries is Mezcal Yuu Baal. It has undertones of smoke, but not in your face like some. It also is lightly fruity, like maybe kiwi? Whatever it is, it goes lovely with this cocktail; gentle enough to let the marigold essence come through. A fun marigold salt rim makes this cocktail extra special.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

How To Make a Marigold Mezcal Margarita

Fresh squeezed lime juice is essential for a good margarita.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Give everything a good shake.

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

And party time!

Mezcal Marigold Margarita Recipe

Now you’ve gotten this down, here are some other marigold cocktails to try:

Marigold Muerte Drink from Muy Bueno Cookbook

Marigold-Infused Tequila from Sweet Life Bake then she made a margarita with the infused tequila: Marigold Margarita

All photos courtesy of Beard and Bonnet

Marigold Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Marigolds are a symbol of Dia de los Muertos. Dried marigolds are said to cure any number of skin irritations and digestive issues. They are a bit bitter on their own but make a delicious golden syrup. They also can be steeped with water and drank as tea. You can buy them here.

Ingredients

    For the Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dried marigold flowers
  • For the Margarita:
  • sea salt
  • 3-4 dried marigold flowers
  • 2 limes
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mezcal
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) marigold syrup

Instructions

    For the syrup:
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, remove from heat, stir in flowers, cover and let steep at least 15 minutes but up to 2 hours.
  2. For the drink:
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup of salt on a shallow dish. Crumble 2 marigold flowers into salt and then rub the salt and flowers together.
  4. Cut lime in half. Take one lime half and cut into thick slices. Rub one lime slice around the edge of a rocks glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the marigold salt and fill the glass with ice.
  5. Fill a shaker with ice. Squeeze the remaining 3 lime wedges into the shaker, add mezcal and syrup. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with crumbled marigold flower and a lime wedge.
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Drinks, Recipes

10 Recipes To Try This Week

October 2, 2016
10 Recipes to Try This Week

10 dinner party recipes for a fall get together like two seasonal cocktails, chicken and bacon pasta with cream sauce and loaded cheesy cauliflower mash.

The recipes I post in this weekly round-up have to fall into two categories:

1. I would and/or have made them at my house

OR

2. I would order them at a restaurant

The second option exists to hold all the recipes that sound incredible (and I would absolutely order should they appear on a restaurant menu) but I wouldn’t actually make them at home because a) they contain lots of dairy products that aren’t easily substituted (Armando’s lactose-intolerant) or b) I know I can’t find the ingredients.

Lastly there are those recipes that I daydream about making for an imaginary dinner party where everyone has the same tastes as me. Do you do this too? I know what my family will and will not enjoy eating and a lot of the time these tastes do not align with mine so I have this continuous dinner party happening in my head where I get to make (and eat) all the things that would never fly in my real life house.

What would you make for your “Me-Themed” dinner party?

Whatever that may be, I know you’ll find something here you are actually going to want to try this week. Have a good one! xoxo, Kate

10 Dinner Party Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho from The Lemon Bowl

Smashed White Bean Quesadillas from Oh My Veggies

Black Pepper Espresso Tapioca Pudding from Always Alejandra

Steakhouse-Style Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Mash from An Edible Mosaic

Rosemary Concord Smash from Beard and Bonnet

Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce from Julia’s Album

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Grilled Cheese from Damn Delicious

I know, two cocktails this week but they both sounded so good, I couldn’t choose. Apple Cider, Bourbon, and Amaretto Cocktails from Floating Kitchen

Vegan Green Pozole from Mexican Food Memories

Pumpkin Loaf from I Am A Food Blog

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Campari Wine Spritzer

September 16, 2016
Campari Wine Spritzer Recipe

Hi There! Today I’ve got a quick and easy cocktail for your Friday. This is a most efficient drink and one you will find yourself making again and again because for the amount of effort (or lack thereof) the results are truly stellar.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

We are all familiar with Campari, right? It is the cardinal red Italian apéritif used to make Negronis and Americanos and all those other fancy drinks we like to sip on date night. Its bitter orange flavor is incredibly refreshing and us lovers of all things bitter might even enjoy it poured over ice but let’s not be crass.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Now let’s move on to the wine. A dry, steely white wine with just a touch of fruit cuts through the bitterness of the Campari. I used Pinot Grigio to keep with the Italian theme but it depends on how sweet you’d like it to be. I would only recommend to stay away from Chardonnay; it has too much of a woodsy thing going on to be good here.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Finally a splash of sparkling mineral water adds effervescence for a refreshing drink that is perfect for sipping before dinner. Our mineral water of choice is Topo Chico, bottled at the source in Monterrey, Mexico, just saying.

Campari Wine Cocktail Recipe

Don’t forget the lemon slices, also, orange would be good. Have a great weekend mi gente!!

Campari Wine Spritzer Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

A simple drink idea: bittersweet, fire-red Campari mixed with dry white wine, a fizzy splash of cold sparkling water and a few thin lemon slices.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Campari
  • 2 parts chilled white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • Splash cold sparkling water
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in Campari and wine, add a splash of sparkling water and stir to combine. Add a few lemon slices and enjoy.
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Breakfast, Drinks, Recipes, Snacks

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie

August 19, 2016
Peanut Butter chocolate chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of Cacique. All opinions and the recipe are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make this blog possible.

It is back to school time again and even though we should be soaking up those last bits of summer the one thing all us parents are thinking is,’ Ugh! Let the morning rush begin’.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Getting your kids out of bed and off to school with full bellies and combed hair should be an Olympic sport. Move over Usain Bolt, you may be the fastest man on earth but can you “lovingly” coax your children into eating their breakfast, brushing their teeth, putting on presentable clothes, gathering all their homework, and be out the door on time, with shoes on without repeating “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!” seven million times?

I’d like to see you try.

My child may or may not show up to her first day of school with perfect braids or even on time but at least I’ve figured out the breakfast rush. With the help of Cacique’s Yogurt Smoothies I can make a filling breakfast she can take on the go with loads of protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip may seem more like the name of a milkshake but this smoothie is deceptively healthy. The yogurt smoothie all by itself has 8 grams of protein and 25% of daily calcium needs not to mention healthy probiotics and added fiber, plus sweetened with prunes keeps the sugar content low and the calories down.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Then add the healthy fat from avocado, antioxidants from bittersweet chocolate and added protein from peanuts and you’ve got a powerhouse of a drink that is incredibly tasty and will keep little bellies full until lunchtime.

If putting stuff in a blender is too much for your mornings (I get it), there are lots of other Caicque yogurt smoothie flavors like strawberry-banana, piña colada, or guava that would be perfect to just grab and go or stick in a lunch box.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Try these other recipes using Cacique Yogurt Smoothies:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy avocado all get blended with Cacique's yogurt smoothie for an easy on-the-go breakfast.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, adding the peanut butter last. Pulse on high until well combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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The Original Cadillac Margarita

August 1, 2016
Classic Cadillac Margarita Recipe

I was well into my twenties before I stopped making margaritas with a store-bought mix. Not that I consumed large quantities of margaritas back then. I was more of a Absolut Citron and Tonic kinda gal in college. A drink that made me feel simultaneously cosmopolitan and not nauseous.

The Original Cadillac Margarita Recipe

It wasn’t until a few years post college when I was working as a chef at Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley that I realized margaritas were little more than fresh-squeezed lime juice, great tequila, and a splash of orange liqueur. And alas, a love was born.

The Original Cadillac Margarita Recipe

It wasn’t however until last week when my sister was visiting and we were sipping on this here drink, that I realized amongst aaaalllllllllllllll the margarita recipes I have on this site not one of them are for the one I actually make most often. The one I fell in love with oh so many years ago. A classic cadillac margarita, with four simple ingredients; the best silver tequila you can afford, fresh-squeezed lime juice (none of that bottled stuff please), orange liqueur (preferably Grand Marnier), and (in my opinion) agave syrup.

Ingredients are important but I also believe technique has something to do with the overall success of the drink. How you layer the alcohol and juice in the shaker makes a difference, and not just in a margarita but all cocktails. You want to add the ice to the shaker first. Then the main alcohol (in this case tequila), then the secondary alcohol (Grand Marnier), then the syrup, and the juice on top. And really shake it until the outside of the shaker is frosty and beading with sweat.

The Original Cadillac Margarita Recipe

Now before you get your panties in a wad, I fully realize that a classic Cadillac margarita does not have added sweetener. That the Grand Marnier IS the sweetener. But this is the way I like it and I urge you to try it. I like to use more lime juice than is typically called for and the sweetness of the agave balances it out just perfectly. If you still feel it is too sweet, then feel free to leave it out.

The Original Cadillac Margarita Recipe

Once you’ve got this one mastered it is pretty simple to venture forth into other margarita flavors. The easiest variations simply substitute the agave syrup for a fruit-flavored syrup. Try these recipes below or hop over to the Margarita Week page for inspiration from my favorite food bloggers!

The Original Cadillac Margarita Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

This one's it. The only margarita recipe you will ever need. Use it to make flavored margaritas too, just substitute the agave syrup for you favorite flavored syrup. Try with Blackberry Syrup, Apple Cider Syrup, or even Rhubarb You can get as fancy as you please with tequila. I'm a straight up Sauza girl, they're silver tequila makes a fine margarita and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Grand Mariner is an orange cognac and is what makes a margarita a cadillac. I also think Cointreau is an equally good substitute.

Ingredients

  • kosher salt, for the glass
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • ice
  • 1 1/2 shots (3 ounces) silver tequila
  • 1/2 shot (1 ounce) Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 1/2 shot (1 ounce) agave syrup
  • juice of 2 limes

Instructions

  1. Pour about 1/4 cup of salt on to a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass. Dip glass in salt until rim is coated with salt. Fill glass with crushed ice.
  2. Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Pour tequila on the bottom, then Grand Mariner, agave syrup, and lime juice on top. Cover and shake vigorously until outside of the shaker is beaded with sweat.
  3. Pour into prepared glass, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.
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Breakfast, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes, Snacks

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

July 19, 2016
Peaches and Cream Smoothie

Some mornings are triple berry pancakes kind of mornings. Some are more milkshake. To be perfectly honest I wish all mornings started with pancakes and milkshakes but I’m a grown ass woman who knows better.

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

Occasionally I can fool myself into thinking I’m having a milkshake morning by making a creamy smoothie, which works grand and is completely satisfying, especially on a hot summer day. The idea for this smoothie came from the new ebook, BLEND: Healthy + Indulgent Smoothies by Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic and Alyssa Brantley from Everyday Maven. This beautiful book is your one-stop recipe shop that will take you from throwing frozen fruit in the blender to serious top notch smoothie making.

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

I’ll be honest to say I am no expert when it comes to smoothies. There are typically a few combos that I stick with and that’s about it. So I was especially interested in the chapters on how to best layer your smoothie for easy blending and how to add salt and spice to compliment and boost the flavor of your smoothies.

Some smoothies I’m dying to try are:

  • Raspberry Lime Green Tea
  • Mocha Coffee Chip
  • Concord Grape + Greens
  • Piña Colada

This Peaches and Cream beauty however is going on steady rotation this summer. We’ve been buying peaches by the flat at the Farmer’s market they are at the height of flavor right now. You can use frozen peaches too though if you can’t find any good ones in your area or you want to make this all year long. It is so simple, just peaches, almond milk, vanilla, and honey. To get the recipe check out the book!

And head over to Instagram and follow the @BlendSmoothieBook feed for #blendcravings contests from now through September! This week’s prize is fresh berries from California Giant Berry Farms!

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Rhubarb Agua Fresca

June 10, 2016
Rhubarb Agua Fresca Recipe

Have you ever sliced a piece of rhubarb and then stuck it up to your nose? I do. Almost every time. That scent is the epitome of fresh and is one of my favorite smells on planet earth. I wish I could take a fresh sliced stalk and rub it on the undersides of my wrists and behind my ears like good perfume but it doesn’t work that way. Unfortunately the height of the scent is about 5-6 seconds after you cut it and then quickly evaporates into thin air.

Rhubarb agua fresca recipe

Gratefully you can capture the flavor and agua fresca is one of my favorite ways to do it. Agua frescas are Mexico’s gift to summer (they know a thing or two hot weather). Agua frescas are lighter than juice but way more intense than flavored water, can be made from just about anything (tamarind, hibiscus flowers, fruit) and are about the most refreshing thing to drink on a sweltering afternoon.

Rhubarb agua fresca recipe

Typically agua frescas require fresh fruit simply blended with water but rhubarb needs to be cooked to release it’s flavor and most importantly it’s carmine color. After it’s cooked however, you just need to strain and let cool. After it has cooled, squeeze the juice of 3 or 4 lemons to balance out the sugar and pour over ice. Add tequila or vodka if you must.

rhubarb agua fresca recipe

P.S. More agua fresca recipes, including Raspberry-Prickly Pear Agua Fresca and Strawberry-Mandarin Agua Fresca.

Rhubarb Agua Fresca Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Agua fresca can be made (without the ice) and kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine rhubarb, sugar, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until rhubarb has broken down and is very soft, about 30 minutes. Cover and set aside until cool.
  2. Strain into a pitcher, stir in lemon juice, add ice and serve.
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