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Thursday, August 23 2018

INGREDIENTS
5 - cups strong brewed coffee, chilled
4 - cups root beer, chilled
3/4 - 1 - cup Jagermeister liqueur or anise liqueur, such as sambuca
1/2 - cup vodka
1/2 - cup half-and-half, chilled (optional)
Lemon peel twists


DIRECTIONS
Pour 4 cups of the chilled coffee into two ice cube trays. Freeze about 3 hours or until firm. In a large pitcher combine the remaining 1 cup chilled coffee, the root beer, liqueur, and vodka. Cover and chill until needed.


To serve, add the coffee ice cubes from one tray to root beer mixture. Pour root beer mixture into small glasses over the remaining coffee ice cubes. Drizzle with half-and-half (if desired) and garnish with lemon peel twists.


NUTRITION FACTS (Coffee Cooler)
Per serving: 96 kcal , 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat , 0 g polyunsaturated fat , 0 g monounsaturated fat ), 0 mg chol. , 11 mg sodium , 12 g carb. , 0 g fiber , 12 g sugar , 0 g pro.

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Tuesday, May 22 2018

Beat the heat with these cool summer drinks. With refreshing summer meals with cocktails and mocktails as well as creative twists on classic lemonade and blended margaritas, we've chosen a collection of refreshing summer drinks for you to sip all season long.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 - cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 - cup sugar
1/2 - cup water
pinch salt
2 - 3 - small scoops lemon or peach sorbet
Extra dry champagne, chilled
Raspberries and/or lemon slices (optional)


DIRECTIONS
In a small saucepan combine raspberries, sugar, water, and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and cook and stir until raspberries are soft and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool slightly.


Transfer raspberry mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain into a pint-size jar; discard solids. Cool completely.
In a stemless wine glass, add sorbet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of raspberry syrup* and slowly top with chilled champagne. Garnish with additional raspberries and/or lemon slices, if desired.


FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
*Extra syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

NUTRITION FACTS (Champagne Float)
Per serving: 220 kcal , 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat , 0 g polyunsaturated fat , 0 g monounsaturated fat ), 0 mg chol. , 19 mg sodium , 34 g carb. , 2 g fiber , 27 g sugar , 1 g pro.

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Saturday, March 04 2017

Where there's a pitcher, there's a party. Whether you're brunching, dinner partying, or hosting a (very) happy hour, these fun pitcher cocktail recipes are sure to hit the spot. Find foods to deliver as gifts before you drink that icy margaritas, fruity sangria cocktails, spiked punch, and more!

Ingredients

1 - small honeydew melon
1 - seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
1 - lime, thinly sliced
12 - fresh mint leaves
1/4 - cup lime juice
1/4 - cup honey
1 - 750 milliliter bottle Sauvignon blanc or other semi-dry white wine, chilled
1 - 1 liter bottle carbonated water, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs and/or leaves (optional)


Directions
Cut the melon in half; remove and discard seeds and rind. Cut melon into thin slices. In a large pitcher* combine melon, cucumber, lime slices, and the 12 mint leaves. In a small bowl stir together lime juice and honey until combined; pour over melon mixture. Add wine, stirring gently. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.


To serve, stir in carbonated water. Ladle or pour into glasses. If desired, garnish with additional mint.

From the Test Kitchen
*TIP:

If a large pitcher will not fit into your refrigerator, divide the mixture in half and place in 2 smaller pitchers or covered containers.

Nutrition Facts (White Cucumber Sangria)
Per serving: 147 kcal cal., 1 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 18 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 1 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Saturday, January 14 2017

Ingredients

6 - tea bags
1 - quart boiling water


Directions
Place tea bags in a heatproof pitcher or glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep 3 to 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Use immediately, or cool at room temperature about 2 hours. (After cooling, store in refrigerator. Don't chill quickly or tea will cloud.) Serve over ice. Sweeten as desired. Makes 5 servings.


Nutrition Facts (Iced Tea)
Per serving: 2 kcal cal., 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 mg chol., 7 mg sodium, 1 g carb., 0 g fiber, 0 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Friday, December 02 2016

Get the party started with a fabulous holiday meals or other party-worthy drink recipe. Apple cider cocktail, peppermint punch, hot chocolate, and eggnog are just a few of our favorite must-try holiday drinks of the season. Many of our Christmas dinners are easy to make ahead, leaving you stress-free (and extra cheery!) for your holiday party.

Ingredients

6 - inches stick cinnamon
8 - cardamom pods
1 - vanilla bean, split or 2 teaspoons vanilla
3 - cups half-and-half or light cream
3 - cups milk
1 1/2 - cups white baking pieces
Grated dark chocolate and/or white chocolate (optional)


Directions
Place the cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla bean, if using, on a square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie with 100-percent-cotton string.


In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker stir together the cream, milk, and baking pieces. Add spice bag. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring halfway through cooking time. Remove spice bag and stir in vanilla, if using. If desired, top servings with grated chocolate.


Nutrition Facts (White Hot Chocolate)
Per serving: 403 kcal cal., 24 g fat (18 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 3 g monounsatured fat), 40 mg chol., 142 mg sodium, 35 g carb., 0 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 6 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Saturday, November 19 2016

The expected seasonal spice blend of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves makes this hot drink popular during autumn and winter meals.

Ingredients

8 - cups apple cider or apple juice
1/4 - 1/2 - cup packed brown sugar
6 - stick cinnamon
1 - teaspoon whole allspice
1 - teaspoon whole cloves
Small apple slices


Directions
In a saucepan combine cider and brown sugar. For spice bag, tie cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in double layer of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Add the spice bag to the cider mixture.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the spice bag; discard. Serve cider in mugs with small apple slices, if desired. Makes 8 (about 8-ounce) servings.

Nutrition Facts (Hot Spiced Cider)
Per serving: 133 kcal cal., 9 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 1 g fiber Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Sunday, November 13 2016

Ingredients

1 - 750 milliliter bottle Riesling or other white wine
2 - cups apple cider or apple juice
1/4 - cup honey
1 - 1 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
12 - whole allspice
8 - whole cardamom pods
1/2 - cup Calvados or brandy
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Apple slices (optional)


Directions
In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine wine, apple cider, and honey. For a spice bag, place ginger, allspice, and cardamom in the center of a double-thick, 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string. Add spice bag to mixture in cooker.


Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Do not boil.) Stir in Calvados. If desired, garnish drinks with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.


Nutrition Facts (Mulled Riesling Punch)
Per serving: 231 kcal cal., 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 9 mg sodium, 26 g carb., 0 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 0 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Wednesday, September 14 2016

Ingredients

1 - quart vanilla ice cream
1 - cup half-and-half or whole milk
1 - vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
4 -  purchased meringue cookies (optional)
Directions
In blender combine ice cream and half-and-half. With knife tip, scrape vanilla bean seeds into blender. Blend until smooth. Divide among four glasses; top with meringue cookies, if desired. Makes 4 (1 1/4 cup) servings.
Nutrition Facts (Purist: Vanilla Bean Shake)
Per serving: 409 kcal cal., 23 g fat (14 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 6 g monounsatured fat), 86 mg chol., 145 mg sodium, 44 g carb., 2 g fiber, 38 g sugar, 7 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Friday, August 26 2016

With just three ingredients and a maraschino cherry, Manhattans are as easy to make as they are timeless. Full-bodied bourbon, vermouth, and a dash of bitters are shaken and strained into a chilled glass for one seriously sophisticated classic cocktail.

Ingredients

2
ounces bourbon
1/2
ounce sweet vermouth
Dash bitters
Maraschino cherry
Directions
In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, vermouth, and bitters. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into a chilled glass or a glass filled with additional ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry. Makes 1 serving.
Nutrition Facts (Manhattan)
Per serving: 171 kcal cal., 4 g carb. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Thursday, August 11 2016

Sip on. Frozen chunks of watermelon keep this cocktail cool without watering it down. Plus, they look pretty. 

Ingredients (16 servings)
Watermelon cubes
Kosher salt (to line glass rims, if desired)
8 lime wedges
3 cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
2 – 3 cups tequila
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
5 cups seedless watermelon, chopped
Directions

1.Freeze cubes of watermelon on a waxed paper-lined tray for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.

2. If you’d like to salt the rims of your glasses (I skipped this), place salt on a small plate. Rub rims of eight glasses with one of the lime wedges. Dip rims of glasses in salt to coat; set aside.

3. In a pitcher combine Triple Sec, tequila, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

4. Pour 1/4 cup of tequila mixture into blender or food processor with chopped watermelon (working in batches if necessary). Cover and blend or process until smooth. You could strain it, but I don’t bother. Combine watermelon juice with remaining tequila mixture. Stir. Chill until ready to serve.

5. Place frozen watermelon cubes in glasses. Pour blended watermelon tequila mixture over watermelon cubes.

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Thursday, August 04 2016

Ingredients

6
cups cubed seeded watermelon
2
cups quartered fresh strawberries
1/3
cup agave nectar
1
cup lemon juice
1
2 liter bottle club soda or sparkling water, chilled
Ice cubes
Watermelon wedges (optional)
Whole fresh strawberries (optional)
Directions
In a food processor or blender combine half of the cubed watermelon, half of the quartered strawberries, and half of the agave nectar. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining cubed watermelon, quartered strawberries, and agave nectar.
Add lemon juice to mixture in pitcher. Chill for 4 to 24 hours or until very cold.
To serve, in a very large pitcher or punch bowl combine the fruit juice mixture and the chilled club soda. Serve over ice. If desired, garnish with watermelon wedges and whole strawberries.
From the Test Kitchen
icon: gluten free, vegetarian

Nutrition Facts (Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade)
Per serving: 74 kcal cal., 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 43 mg sodium, 19 g carb., 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 1 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Sunday, July 17 2016

Ingredients

3
medium beets, peeled and quartered (9 ounces)*
1 1/2
cups frozen unsweetened blueberries
1 1/2
cups frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
1 1/2
cups pomegranate juice
3
tablespoons honey
1 1/2
cups chopped, trimmed Swiss chard or kale
Directions
In a medium saucepan cook beets, covered, in boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes or until very tender. Drain beets in a colander. Run cold water over beets until cool. Drain well.
In a blender combine beets, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate juice, and honey. Cover and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of blender as needed. Add chard (blender will be full); cover and blend until very smooth, stopping to scrape sides of blender as needed.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.
From the Test Kitchen
*TIP:

Use fresh beets for the best flavor. If fresh beets are unavailable, you can substitute one 8-ounce package refrigerated cooked whole baby beets for the fresh beets (see photo, page xx).

MAKE-AHEAD TIP:

Prepare smoothies as directed. Transfer to an airtight freezer container. Cover and chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator. Stir well before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothies)
Per serving: 178 kcal cal., 1 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 89 mg sodium, 44 g carb., 5 g fiber, 37 g sugar, 2 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Friday, July 15 2016

Ingredients

2
3 ounce packages lime or strawberry- flavored gelatin mix
1 3/4
cups boiling water
1/2
cup tequilla
1/4
cup orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Trip Sec
1/4
cup lime juice
Nonstick cooking spray
Margarita salt
Directions
Stir lime gelatin, and boiling water together in a bowl until fully dissolved. Add tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.
Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mixture into dish. Chill for 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-inch squares. Serve with salt rimed glasses, if desired.

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Friday, June 24 2016

Red colored sugar
1 - lime wedge
3 - cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
2 - cups tequila
1 1/2 - cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 - cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
2 - cups orange juice
Ice cubes
Grenadine syrup
orange slices (optional)
Directions
Place sugar on a small plate. Rub rims of glasses with the lime wedge. Dip rims of glasses in sugar to coat; set aside.
In a pitcher combine Triple Sec, tequila, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in orange juice. Chill until ready to serve.
Place ice cubes in sugar-rimmed glasses. Pour tequila mixture over ice cubes and add 2 dashes grenadine syrup to each glass. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.
Nutrition Facts (Tequila Sunrise Margarita)
Per serving: 429 kcal cal. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Friday, May 13 2016

Grab a spoon and swirl away. This refreshing smoothie calls for a handful of blueberries, apple juice, ripe bananas, yogurt, and honey. A good addition to any healthy meal

Ingredients

2 - cups frozen blueberries
1/2 - cup apple juice
1 - 6 ounce carton plain fat-free yogurt
1 - ripe banana, peeled, cut up, and frozen
2 - teaspoons honey

Directions
In a blender combine blueberries and juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Divide among three glasses.
Wash the blender with warm, soapy water. In the blender combine yogurt, banana, and honey. Cover and blend until smooth. Spoon over the blueberry mixture in glasses. Swirl with a spoon.
Nutrition Facts (Blueberry Swirly Smoothies)
Per serving: 148 kcal cal., 1 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 1 mg chol., 41 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 4 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 4 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Friday, May 06 2016

Tomatoes in a margarita? Don't doubt a good thing. The juice of muddled cherry tomatoes adds savory flavor to classic margaritas, while the skewered vegetable also makes a showstopping garnish. It makes the best meal drink. 

Ingredients

Coarse or flaked sea salt
3 - sweet yellow cherry tomatoes
Pinch coarse or flaked sea salt
3 - tablespoons silver tequila (1 1/2 oz.)
1 - tablespoon orange liqueur (1/2 ounce)
1 - tablespoon fresh lime juice (1/2 oz.)
1 - tablespoon simple syrup (1/2 oz.)
Cherry tomatoes for garnish

Directions
Rim a glass with coarse salt; set aside. In a cocktail shaker combine cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt; muddle tomatoes until broken up and juiced. Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Double strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a few cherry tomatoes on a bamboo skewer, if desired.
From the Test Kitchen
Another time try a garnish of grilled cherry tomatoes.

Simple Syrup
Ingredients
1/4 - cup sugar
1/4 - cup water
Directions
In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring just to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool; cover and chill at least 1 hour before using. Makes about 1/3 cup.
Nutrition Facts (Cherry Tomato Margarita)
Per serving: 189 kcal cal., 0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 446 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Thursday, April 28 2016

Grapefruit-Gin Cocktail Shakes
Ingredients

1 pint raspberry sorbet
1/3 cup pink grapefruit juice, chilled
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup gin or pink grapefruit juice
Lemon Slices


Directions
In a blender combine sorbet and 1/3 cup grapefruit juice; cover and blend until smooth. Blend in ice cream and gin. If necessary, blend in additional juice. Divide among four tall glasses. Garnish with lemon slices. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Grapefruit-Gin Cocktail Shakes)
Per serving: 312 kcal cal., 8 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 32 mg chol., 58 mg sodium, 50 g carb., 3 g fiber, 43 g sugar, 3 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Saturday, March 05 2016

2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
1 1/2 ounce whiskey
ginger beer (I like the spice of Bundaberg or Bruce Cost Ginger Ale)

1. Place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into a pint-size mason jar or short glass. Pour the whiskey over the ice cream and then pour the ginger beer over the top until the glass is full and gets foamy.

2. Add a straw and a spoon, and enjoy the benefits of being a grown-up!

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Wednesday, July 08 2015

ingredients
4      grapefruit, peeled, pith removed, quartered, and seeded
3/4   cup   sugar
    Vanilla ice cream
    Prosecco or sparkling cider, chilled
    Grapefruit peel strips (optional)
directions
In a blender combine the grapefruit and sugar; cover and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Freeze mixture in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a freezer container. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours. Serve sorbet with scoops of vanilla ice cream and Prosecco. Top with peel, if desired.
NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 208, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 25, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 34, Monounsaturated fat (g) 1, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 30, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 1306.28, vit. C (mg) 30.7, Thiamin (mg) 0.05, Riboflavin (mg) 0.08, Niacin (mg) 0.28, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.08, Folate (µg) 14.93, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0.1, sodium (mg) 19, Potassium (mg) 208, calcium (mg) 58, iron (mg) 0.46, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Wednesday, May 06 2015

ingredients
2    cups   white grape juice, pineapple juice, guava nectar or apple juice
1    8 ounce can  crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2   cup   fresh blackberries, raspberries and/or blueberries
1/2   cup   sliced fresh strawberries
directions
In a blender, combine juice and undrained crushed pineapple. Cover and blend until smooth. Divide blackberries and strawberries among twelve 4- to 6-ounce paper cups or freezer pop molds. Pour blended mixture over the fruit. Cover each with foil.
Use the tip of a sharp knife to make a slit in each of the foil tops. For handles, insert a wooden craft stick or plastic spoon into each cup through the slit. (Or add sticks and cover pop molds.) Freeze about 6 hours or until firm.
Variation
Berry Ice Cubes:
Prepare Tropical Berry Pops as directed, except divide berries and juice mixture between two standard ice-cube trays; freeze until firm. Transfer cubes to resealable freezer bags or freezer containers; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Serve in beverages, or use ice cubes or frozen pops to make Berry Super Smoothies.

Variation
Berry Super Smoothies:
In a blender, mix a large ripe banana, one 6-ounce carton vanilla yogurt and 3/4 cup milk. Add four of the Tropical Berry Pops or 10 of the Berry Ice Cubes to the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into three glasses to serve.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 43, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 11, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 10, pro. (g) 0, vit. A (IU) 0, vit. C (mg) 17.71, Thiamin (mg) 0.02, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0.2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.02, Folate (µg) 4.03, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 5, Potassium (mg) 94, calcium (mg) 10.1, iron (mg) 0.18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Wednesday, August 20 2014
Fresh Peach Mojito
ingredients
 
  • 1    small  ripe peach, peeled, pitted, and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3    small  lime wedges
  • 10      fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2   teaspoons   sugar or sugar substitute* equivalent to 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1    cup   ice cubes
  • 1 1/2   ounce (3 tablespoons)  rum
  • 1    ounce (2 tablespoons)  club soda
  •     Fresh mint sprig
 
directions
In a cocktail shaker combine peach, two of the lime wedges, the mint leaves, and sugar. Use a muddler, pestle, or the handle of a wooden spoon to mash the mixture together until lime juice is extracted and mint leaves are bruised. Add ice and rum. Cover and shake well. Pour into an 8-ounce glass. Top with soda. Garnish with mint sprig and the remaining lime wedge. Serve with a cocktail straw.
 
 
 
Variation
  • Nonalcoholic Fresh Peach Mojito: Prepare as directed, except omit the rum and add an additional 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) club soda.
    Per serving for Nonalcoholic Fresh Peach Mojito: 70 calories, 1 g protein, 18 g carb., 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 7% Vitamin A, 22% Vitamin C, 21 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 2% iron
    Exchanges: 1 fruit
    Carb Choice: 1
Tip
  • *Sugar Substitutes: Choose from Splenda Granular, Equal Spoonful or packets, or Sweet'N Low bulk or packets. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar.
    PER SERVING WITH SUGAR SUBSTITUTES for Alcoholic Version: 145 calories, 1 g protein, 13 g carb., 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 7% Vitamin A, 22% Vitamin C, 13 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 2% iron
    Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 fat
    Carb Choice: 1
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 167, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 18, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 15, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 340.13, vit. C (mg) 12.99, Thiamin (mg) 0.03, Riboflavin (mg) 0.04, Niacin (mg) 0.79, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.04, Folate (µg) 8.06, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 13, Potassium (mg) 219, calcium (mg) 20.19, iron (mg) 0.36, Fruit () 1, Fat () 2, Carb Choice () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Sunday, August 10 2014
Carrot Smoothie
ingredients
 
  • 1    cup   sliced carrots
  • 1/2   teaspoon   finely shredded orange peel
  • 1    cup   orange juice
  • 1 1/2   cups   ice cubes
  •     Orange peel curls (optional)
 
directions
In a covered small saucepan, cook carrots in a small amount of boiling water about 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain well. Cool.
 
 
Place drained carrots in a blender. Add finely shredded orange peel and orange juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses. If desired, garnish with orange peel curls. Makes 3 (5-ounce) servings.
 
 

 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 55, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 13, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 1, sodium (mg) 16, Vegetables () 0.5, Fruit () 0.5, Carb Choice () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Saturday, July 26 2014
Mint Julep
ingredients
 
  •     Crushed ice
  • 1    tablespoon   Minted Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 2 - 4      large sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 - 4    tablespoons   bourbon
  •     Mint sprig (optional)
Minted Simple Syrup
 
  • 1/2   cup   boiling water
  • 1/2   cup   sugar
  • 1/4   cup   lightly packed fresh mint leaves
 
 
directions
Fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Pour Minted Simple Syrup into the glass. (For a sweeter cocktail, add more syrup.) Slightly crush mint sprigs, and add to glass. Pour bourbon into glass. Stir. Garnish with a mint sprig, if desired. Makes 1 serving.
 
 
Minted Simple Syrup
Pour boiling water over sugar in a small bowl; stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in mint leaves. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Strain mixture through sieve. Discard mint leaves. Store syrup, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 3/4 cup.
 
 


 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 140, carb. (g) 8, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Thursday, July 03 2014
Lemonade Tea
ingredients
 
  • 4    cups   water
  • 3      inches fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/4   cup   loose-leaf Darjeeling tea or other loose-leaf black tea
  • 1/2     of a 12-ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3   cup   honey
  •     Ice cubes or crushed ice
  •     Lemon slices or thin lemon wedges
  •     Vodka, gin or bourbon (optional)
 
directions
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and ginger to boiling. Remove from heat. Add tea. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard ginger and tea leaves.
 
 
Transfer tea to a 1 1/2-quart pitcher. Stir in lemonade concentrate and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved. Cool for 30 minutes. Cover; chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir before serving.
 
 
Serve punch in glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Chill remaining tea for up to 1 day.
 
 
For a single cocktail, stir 1 tablespoon vodka, gin, or bourbon into a ice-filled glass; add punch.
 
 

 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 132, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 36, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 32, pro. (g) 0, vit. A (IU) 0, vit. C (mg) 18.3, Thiamin (mg) 0.02, Riboflavin (mg) 0.02, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.04, Folate (µg) 4.03, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 9, Potassium (mg) 64, calcium (mg) 20.19, iron (mg) 0.18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Thursday, July 03 2014
Lemonade Tea
ingredients
 
  • 4    cups   water
  • 3      inches fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/4   cup   loose-leaf Darjeeling tea or other loose-leaf black tea
  • 1/2     of a 12-ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3   cup   honey
  •     Ice cubes or crushed ice
  •     Lemon slices or thin lemon wedges
  •     Vodka, gin or bourbon (optional)
 
directions
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and ginger to boiling. Remove from heat. Add tea. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard ginger and tea leaves.
 
 
Transfer tea to a 1 1/2-quart pitcher. Stir in lemonade concentrate and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved. Cool for 30 minutes. Cover; chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir before serving.
 
 
Serve punch in glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Chill remaining tea for up to 1 day.
 
 
For a single cocktail, stir 1 tablespoon vodka, gin, or bourbon into a ice-filled glass; add punch.
 
 

 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 132, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 36, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 32, pro. (g) 0, vit. A (IU) 0, vit. C (mg) 18.3, Thiamin (mg) 0.02, Riboflavin (mg) 0.02, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.04, Folate (µg) 4.03, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 9, Potassium (mg) 64, calcium (mg) 20.19, iron (mg) 0.18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Sunday, June 15 2014
Sweet Honey Sangria
ingredients
 
  • 1/4   cup   brandy
  • 1/4   cup   orange liqueur
  • 1/2   cup   honey
  • 1    1-inch piece  fresh ginger, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2      small oranges, lemons and/or limes, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 2      nectarines, thinly sliced
  • 2    750 milliliter bottles  Spanish Cava sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1    1 liter bottle  carbonated water, chilled
  •     Ice (optional)
 
directions
In a very large pitcher combine brandy, orange liqueur, and honey; stir with a long handled spoon until honey is dissolved. Add ginger and fruit. Cover and chill 2 hours.
 
 
Just before serving, stir in wine and carbonated water. Serve over ice, if desired. Makes 10 servings.
 
 

 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 208, carb. (g) 25, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 18, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 146, vit. C (mg) 11, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 8, sodium (mg) 2, Potassium (mg) 95, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Saturday, May 17 2014
White Strawberry Sangria
ingredients
 
  • 1    750 milliliter bottle  dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2   cup   strawberry schnapps
  • 1/4   cup   sugar
  • 2    cups   sliced fresh strawberries
  •     Ice cubes
  •     Whole strawberries (optional)
 
directions
In a 2-quart pitcher stir together wine, strawberry schnapps, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced strawberries. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries.
 
 
Makes 5 servings.
 
 

 
nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 221, Fat, total (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 22, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 20, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 0, vit. C (mg) 32, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 12, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 8, Potassium (mg) 216, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 1, Other Carb () 2, Fat () 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Saturday, April 05 2014
This bubbly alcohol-free punch is perfect for brunches, graduations, and just about any family gathering. Apple Sunrise Punch (12 servings) Recipe from Servings: 12 Total Time: 10 mins ingredients 1 32 ounce bottle apple juice or apple cider, chilled 1 32 ounce bottle cranberry juice, chilled 2 cups carbonated water (club soda), chilled Ice cubes Orange slices (optional) directions In a punch bowl combine apple juice or cider and cranberry juice; carefully add carbonated water. To serve, ladle punch over ice in glasses or cups. If desired, add an orange slice to the rim of each glass. Makes 12 servings. Make Ahead Tip Up to 12 hours ahead, stir together apple juice or cider and cranberry juice. Chill. Just before serving, add carbonated water. Serve as directed.
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