Category Archives: Drinks

Homemade Ginger Ale

093I was inspired by my cyclical ginger obsession to experiment with some homemade ginger ale.  I juiced some ginger, made a simple syrup, and experimented with some proportions.  It was refreshing and ahem, mixed well with others.

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Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce

Godiva offered another offer to sample their coffees, this time their new fall coffee flavors, and I jumped at the chance like last time.

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Godiva Iced Coffee Cocktail

Oooooh! Look what came in the mail! Two of my favorites, coffee and chocolate, in one. Yes, I will happily sample this product foodbuzz! As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I (excitedly) received this Godiva Coffee package of two of their coffee flavors.

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Natural Daquiris

Summer!

These drinks were inspired by fresh farmer’s market summer fruits!  They were also inspired by our dislike of premade daquiri mixers and frozen canisters.  They end up being so syrupy and overly sweet.  So we made some of our own homemade daquiris with all natural ingredients that were easily interchangeable.

This was a watermelon bourbon one.

We also made strawberry with rum, and a strawberry and peach combo with bourbon.  No combination turned out poorly and the possibilities were exciting.

They were great, easy, refreshing, and much better than the store bought mixers.  Take advantage while the summer fruits last!

Recipe for natural frozen drinks

Espresso!

So as promised I set up the espresso machine for it’s inaugural run this weekend. It was a little daunting at first, but by mid-morning on Saturday I had it up and running. I followed the step-by-step directions in the book, which led me to cleaning the machine by running water through it. I had it all set up but there was no water running through at all. I was worried the machine wasn’t working properly and consulted the internet. On the Cuisinart website they have a demo video of how to use the machine. As I watched though I didn’t really learn much about the cleaning part, but I tried again. I fidgeted with the water tank in the back and voila, it worked! I ran the water through and decided it was time for the real deal.

This leads me to the espresso. I ended up buying Whole Foods organic espresso. At Whole Foods they had several brands of espresso ranging in price from $7.99 to $15.99. I really could not discern one brand as being better than the other so I went with this one, which was in the middle of the pack at $10.99. It comes in a burgundy, round canister. Anyway, I am really pleased with how my drink came out. I microwaved  1/4 Cup of half and half and added two shots of espresso. Simple, but good!

I enjoyed it very much with my bacon and eggs. Also, as two-cup a day coffee drinker I have to say I have not felt the effects of caffeine in quite a while. The espresso was a nice change and really got me going. I am yet to mess around with the milk frother but I am sure that will come soon! This will definitely be a weekend treat as it was a little more time consuming than making regular coffee and much more messy. All in all, I love having this option at home now! Also, I realized I need to buy some espresso mugs!