Posts Tagged ‘drinks’

Cocktails anyone?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. Between both of our families, friends, and our jobs we’re going to be plenty busy visiting and attending holiday parties. My husband is thrilled to have a designated driver all season long. I don’t mind, but while everyone’s clinking wine glasses I might feel a little left out. There’s just something un-festive about toasting with a glass of water. That’s why I decided to research some fun, contemporary, alcohol-free cocktails online. 

I came across these fabulous ideas for getting started. 1. Choose the right stem wear. Select a fine wine or martini glass or champagne flute.  2. Use garnish such as a slice of lime, mint leaves, lemon rind, or a maraschino cherry. 3. Add some sparkle! Use a wine charm on your glass. 4. Be creative. Combine club soda with tropical or exotic fruit juices. 

Here’s my plan. I have tall, skinny pilsner glasses at home. I plan to make cranberry juice ice-cubes and fill an entire glass. Then I’m going to add club soda and a slice of lime. If you have any recipes or style ideas please feel free to share. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!

Smoothies are yummy treats

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Smoothies, or “milk shakes,” are a great way to get your children to take in fruit if they aren’t fond of eating it plain.  You can use milk, yogurt, buttermilk, soy milk or even rice milk to give protein and make them nutritious snacks.  My blender is my best friend in warm weather.

Start with a cup of milk of your choosing (or yogurt) in the blender and add a large ripe banana and 2 or 3 ice cubes.  Blend on high speed until it’s nice and smooth and yummy. If it’s too thick, add more milk or perhaps a little juice. If you want to make it a touch sweeter, add a teaspoon of maple syrup.  (Honey and corn syrup should not be given to babies under the age of one year because of the risk of botulism. Their underdeveloped digestive systems cannot fight off botulism spores yet.)

For a little variety, use only half a banana and add a cup (or more) of sliced strawberries.  Peeled, sliced peaches are yummy alternatives, as are ripe mangoes.  My personal favorite is a quarter of a fresh, peeled pineapple. I sometimes can’t find a variety of fresh fruit when I want it, so I keep a couple bags of frozen fruit in my freezer for backup.  With frozen fruit, you don’t need to add ice cubes and you can branch off into blueberries and raspberries even in the middle of winter. 

Buzz ‘em up and enjoy!