Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Oh the weather outside is frightful.....well, at least it is REALLY cold! I don't know about you, but if it is going to be this cold I would like a beautiful snow to go with it. Some of my best memories with my family are from days when we were all snuggled inside during a big snow. I know some of you have been hit with snow already this year. Here in Kansas we have had a light dusting, but that is about it. Today I'm sharing a drink that will warm you up on these cold winter days. 
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

4  cups whole milk
3/4  cup white chocolate morsels
5  peppermint candy canes, crushed and reserve some for garnish
Mini marshmallows or whipped cream for top
4  peppermint candy canes for stir sticks if desired 

Warm milk in a medium saucepan until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the white chocolate and the crushed peppermint until melted. Take care not to boil. Ladle into cups and top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream. Sprinkle with reserved crushed candy cane. Serve with a candy cane stir stick.



Monday, June 24, 2013

Watermelon Lemonade

I can't think of any other drink that says summertime better than lemonade. A homemade pitcher of lemonade is so much better than that powdered stuff you get out of a can. Don't get me wrong, we use plenty of that, but sometimes you just need the real deal. This combines two of summer's best flavors!

You might also want to check out our Perfect Glass of Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade
Watermelon Lemonade

1  1/2 cups sugar
4  1/2 cups water, divided
1  1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste ( I used about 8 large lemons)
2  cups watermelon puree (puree seedless watermelon chunks in a blender or food processor)
1 or 2 lemons, sliced and seeded for garnish

In a small saucepan bring the 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Whisk to dissolve sugar, making a simple syrup. Set aside to cool. In a large pitcher combine the cooled simple syrup with the lemon juice. Add the remaining 3 cups of water to the pitcher. Taste lemonade and add more lemon juice or sugar if desired. Place in fridge and let chill.

When ready to serve, stir in the watermelon puree into the pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.



Linked to the following great parties:
Everyday Mom's Meals Church Supper
Addicted to Recipes Scrumptious Sunday
Jam Hands Recipe Sharing Monday
Mandy's Recipe Box Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Walking on Sunshine Foodie Friends Friday

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

I have a freezer full of frozen raspberries, thanks to the $1 sale at Dillon's. The kids love to have their own blended drinks when we are hanging out at the pool. I don't where they get this idea they need a frosty "beach" type drink when we are hanging out at the pool? This just came together on a whim and it turned out pretty tasty. This would be great using just about any kind of frozen fruit. 
Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

1 can (12 ounce) frozen Lemonade concentrate
2  cups frozen raspberries
5-6 ice cubes or more (depending on how "slushy" you like it)
3/4 to 1 can water (use Lemonade can)

Pour lemonade concentrate into blender and the add frozen raspberries, water and ice.   Blend. Pour over ice and enjoy.

If it's too sweet pour into a glass with some lemon-lime drink to blend.

Add a little rum or vodka and make it even better! 



Linked to the following parties:
Everyday Mom's Meals Church Supper
Addicted To Recipes Scrumptious Sunday Link Party
Inside BruCrew Life Trick or Treat Tuesday

Friday, October 28, 2011

White Chocolate Latte

A new favorite product around our house is the Starbucks Via Ready Brew.  My pilot husband now keeps a stash of these in his bag at all times.  As I said in an earlier post I have been making quite a few lattes this fall, and these single servings are great for that.  One packet makes a single cup of coffee, and for this latte recipe I used one packet in 1/2 cup water. Now for someone who is a "real" coffee drinker I'm not sure if that would qualify as strong enough for this recipe, but for me it is perfect. 

White Chocolate Latte
(Serves 2)
1/2  cup espresso or STRONG brewed coffee
2  ounces white chocolate, grated
1  1/2  cups milk
Whipped Cream or Cool Whip

Stir grated white chocolate into the hot coffee.  Meanwhile place milk in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until hot.  Whisk to make frothy. Add the frothed milk to the coffee. Top with whipped cream.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Perfect Glass of Lemonade

Summer is winding down and we don't have many weekend days left.   I thought I'd repost this recipe for Perfect Lemonade that was on our facebook page earlier this summer.  The secret to the perfect batch of Lemonade is making a simple syrup, which is just combining sugar and water and heating it to dissolve the sugar.  Why not make a batch and enjoy the final lazy days of summer!

Old Fashioned Lemonade
Recipe Source~Christy Jordan
1 cup water
1  3/4 cups sugar
1  ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
additional water
Sliced lemon for garnish

Combine water and sugar in  a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Whisk to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat and let cool.  I often make a double or triple batch and keep it in the fridge to sweeten tea or other "adult" drinks.  If you are making extra you will need about 2 cups for this recipe.

Pour the simple syrup into a 2 quart pitcher along with the 1 1/2 cups lemon juice.  Stir and add enough water to make 2 quarts.  Stir and serve over ice.  Check for perfect blend of sweet and tart.  Just add more simple syrup if you want a sweeter lemonade or more lemon juice if you find it too sweet.

Cooks Notes:  

To juice lemons:  Put the lemon in the micro for about 15-20 seconds and then roll on counter pressing firmly and it will release more juice.  It will probably take 8-10 large lemons.  If you get extra just freeze in ice cube trays.  You can also juice extra lemons and freeze in 1 1/2 cup increments so all  you 
have to do is thaw the juice and you would be ready to go!

I have a handy lemon/lime juicer that I got at Williams-Sonoma that catches the seeds.  I do juice the lemons into a bowl with a strainer over it, because my kids have a strong dislike of pulp.

We sometimes mix with a carton of partially thawed strawberries to make strawberry lemonade.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Diet Cherry Limeade

One thing that says summer to me is a Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic.  I'm sure I have spent a small fortune on them.  If I am anywhere near sonic during their "Happy Hour" I am there.  I have seen a lot of recipes that copy the recipe and I have just tweaked a basic recipe for my family.  These are super simple to make and very refreshing, which will be great today when our forcast here in Kansas is a high of about 107 degrees!  Here's what you need:

1  16 ounce jar maraschino cherries
       (You won't use all, this is probably enough
       for 2 batches of cherry limeade.)
1  12 ounce can Frozen Limeade, thawed
1  2-Liter Bottle of Diet Sprite
3  limes (save 1 for garnish)

Combine the frozen limeade and Diet Sprite in a pitcher.  Juice 2 limes and add juice and rind to the pitcher. Add about 1/2 of the juice from the jar of cherries, reserving the cherries for garnish.  Taste and add more juice to desired sweetness.  We use a little over 1/2 of the juice for my family.  You can always add the juice to the glass to make it sweeter for someone who doesn't like it so tart.
Serve over crushed ice and garnish with lime slices and cherries.



I've linked this to the Weekend Potluck.