Category Archives: Home Brews & Smoothies

Festive Sangria Perfect for Holiday Parties

Glass and punch bowl of sangria on wooden background

Set a relaxed, festive tone for your holiday party and ensure guests quickly get a drink in hand when they arrive, by preparing easy-to-make Festive Sangria. This crowd-pleasing recipe appeals to both red and white wine lovers alike. Make the Festive Sangria even more special, and save yourself some money, by preparing it using wines you have made yourself. Leave a few bottles of your homemade wine, with a fun, personalized label, on display beside the Festive Sangria so guests can appreciate your homemade touch.

Green Tea Cooler with Fresh Mint


Take a break from the summer heat with this refreshing and healthy drink. Green tea is rich in phytochemicals like the well-studied compound EGCG. Cell and animal studies show these tea polyphenols may protect our DNA from damage, intervene directly in cancer cell growth, and increase self-destruction of abnormal cells. Adding fragrant mint and fresh lime turns your everyday tea into a revitalizing cooler.

Infusing Water


Drinking plenty of water is an important part of any diet, especially a whole foods diet. Avoiding refined sugars and artificial chemicals can make it difficult to drink anything else but water. Drinking enough of it, about 64 to 128 ounces per day depending where you live and other factors, can help with feeling full during the day, among many other benefits.

Strawberry Iced Tea – A Berry Delicious and Healthy Blend


Many tea lovers crave for newer products that can have many uses with extraordinary health benefits. There are many varieties of tea that have one of these characteristics that you can get in the market. For this reason, tea manufacturers continue to innovate. They never stop searching for new ideas to make tea more interesting to many.

Healthy Latte Recipes for Chai Tea and Matcha Green Tea Lattes


You can learn how to make your own healthy lattes by substituting healthy ingredients for the not so healthy.

Grandma’s Winter Rose Tea


Growing up as a child, my grandmother always tried to force us to drink fluids but we were just as stubborn as we could be. But my grandmother knew a thing or two about getting us to do things HER way! She always kept a large jar filled with miniature summer rosebuds in her kitchen.

Learning How to Make Mulled Wine at Home


“Winter is coming”, as a nice writer put it. Actually, winter is already upon us, but I really think this tutorial is still useful. After all, we look at more than a few cold days and nights ahead.

Perfect Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee


Coffee keeps making news with its ever-growing list of health benefits. Inspired by AICR reports that link coffee with lower risk for several cancers, possibly due to its many natural protective substances, I want to share the way I enjoy coffee most – cold brewed and iced.

Anything Goes Smoothie Mix and Match


The smoothie menus at juice bars list banana, berries, pineapple, yogurt or soymilk repeatedly. Kale or spinach often add green goodness to this lineup. But, mostly packed with carbs, smoothies do not contain much protein or fiber, unless they are purposely added.

Think Grapes for Easy Entertaining


Planning a barbecue, backyard evening dinner or casual get-together with friends to celebrate the summer season? Think California grapes for easy entertaining. They’re a versatile and delicious way to add colour and taste to everything from the table itself to the foods you serve. Try these great grape ideas and let the party begin:

This Isn’t Your Mama’s Mimosa


No brunch gathering is complete without bubbly thirst-quenchers. In fact, why not make them a brunch focal point? Set up a DIY Mimosa Bar where guests can mix their own. Here are some simple, low-stress tips to pull it off in style:

Breakfast Energy Drink


Many people find eating the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits daunting. With this Breakfast Energy Drink it is more easily done. Load up your blender, press a button and you have one antidote to a lack of cancer fighting nutrients and fiber in your diet – a breakfast drink that’s nutrient rich and delicious.

Sip Cider Warmed with Turmeric


I am in love with a naturally sweet drink that helps protect against winter’s chills and ills. No alcohol, chocolate or extravagant calories are involved, just two spices revered since ancient times and fresh apple cider.

Make Your Own Tomato Juice


If you love tomatoes, you’ll enjoy a glass of tomato juice. This is especially true if it’s freshly made by you with fresh, ripe tomatoes. Making tomato juice is not as difficult as you might think. Follow the instructions below and you’ll be drinking homemade tomato juice in no time.

How to Make Pumpkin Soda

Photo Credit: Tiverylucky

How to Make Pumpkin Soda

Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall and obviously I want to use them when they’re right in the peak of their season. Most people would opt for pumpkin pie, soup, or cheesecake, but the first thing I start making is pumpkin soda. Why? Because it’s what tells me ‘Fall is here’ without a shadow of a doubt. Plus, since this recipe doesn’t work as well with the canned stuff I only get this delicious soda a few times a year. Ready to make some?

Sparkling Watermelon Drink


Cool down your guests with this surprisingly pink, thirst-quenching drink. It makes a nice switch up for the kids’ lemonade stand, too.

Summer Smoothies


Vitamin packed indulgence in a glass

The summer sun swelters outside. Inside it is warm, the fruit bowl sits lusciously on the window sill, bursting with seasonal plenty – peaches, mangoes, grapes as well as the year round banana.

Tea Basics 101 – Tea Type or Taste, How Do you Choose?


With over 3000 different varieties of tea in the world, how do you choose? Do you choose by the particular type of tea, or do you choose by the taste you like best?

Strawberry Lemonade


Why not toast the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer days with a refreshing and tasty beverage?

Great Pineapple Smoothies: Erase Winter Colds With Pineapple


Erase winter colds with Pineapple. This sweet tropical fruit contains Bromelain, an enzyme that eases congestion and suppresses coughs associated with Bronchitis and other respiratory ailments.

Santa Fe Cooking Recipe For Chili Cinnamon Hot Chocolate


Although, not originally from Santa Fe, I have lived here long enough to have assimilated completely into the culture of this mystical magical city. Santa Fe is truly unique. The community is eclectic and cosmopolitan, yet retains a small town feeling. Everybody knows everybody or know somebody who does. It’s a sleepy town where almost everything closes around 9:00 pm. Because of this a culture of private get-togethers and dinners at friends homes is the main source of social interaction.

6 Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipes


Are you a smoothie lover? Looking for some new smoothie recipes that use bananas? If so, I would like to share 6 of my favorite banana flavored smoothie recipes with you.

Great Tips on How To Make Margarita


Are you having a party and you are thinking of a great drink to serve your guests? You can create a wonderful concoction by combining several ingredients that simply go well together. Just make sure you use the right amount of liquor and mixer in your drink. Making a superb cocktail drink is very simple, as long as you follow strictly the recipe you are using.

Crockpot Beverages


Crockpots and slowcookers are great ways to make roasts, soups, stews, etc. But don’t stop there! Crockpots and slowcookers are also great for making hot beverages and keeping them warm during the party, etc. Try the yummy recipes in this article. If you are planning a Halloween party, Harvest Party, Christmas Caroling Party, etc. the crockpot is the way to serve your hot beverages. Sit the cooker beside the coffee pot and have your coffee and hot chocolate, cider, etc. right there together.

Some Simple Easy Wine Recipes


If you’re into homemade wine, you know the importance of getting some good homemade wine recipes. Just throwing some fruit juice and a fermenting agent in a jar and letting it sit for awhile will get you nothing but nasty fruit juice. You can of course try your own mixtures if you’re adventurous, and of course doing so is part of the fun of making your own wine, but especially if you are a beginner you’ll want to follow the easy wine recipes to the tee. Once you’re a bit more experienced, you can start experimenting with different fruit mixes and sugar levels, and who knows – you may even come up with some of your own homemade wine recipes over time! But to get you started, here are some basic recipes you can try.

Delicious Fruity Smoothies with Oranges!


Healthy fruity smoothies!

I want to share my two favorite tasty and fruity smoothies with you. Fruit not only tastes good, it is good for your health too.

Coconut Ginger Smoothie


Faster Metabolism : This tropical treats contain medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a unique fat that is shuttled straight to the liver and immediately burned for fuel. Research shows this little detour revs metabolic rate by up to 50%, speeding weight loss and doubling energy levels.

Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe


Leaves are falling, there is a chill in air, and the holidays are fast approaching. This is the time of the year when the warmth and comfort of some of the seasonal, flavored espresso drinks come back into popularity. This Pumpkin Pie Latte recipe is for your espresso coffee makers at home and will not only warm the body and exhilarate the taste buds, it will also get one back in the holiday spirit. This latte is very festive with several additional ingredients which are provided below.

Chia Supercharges a Creamy Smoothie


Enjoying a generous breakfast smoothie every day became a habit for me over the summer. As fall arrived, I continued to make this sunny morning drink. But I also realized that it was gradually increasing my weight, so I decided to create a slimmer version as luscious and rich in the right stuff, including protein, calcium and fiber, and with creamy texture and pleasing sweetness.

Prevent Varicose Veins: Blueberries Boost Enegizing Blood Flow : Blueberry Smoothie


Prevent Varicose veins: Blueberries boost enegizing blood flow, are rich sources of Vitamin C that enhances anti-infalmmatory bioflavonoids which improve vein elasticity to increase blood flow in the extremities, a recent study finds.

Stabilize Mood Swings – Be Happy: Berry Almond Blast


Want another feel-good smoothie? Try this yogurt smoothie worth tasting:

Pairing Beer with Food – A Brief How To Guide


Wine and food pairings are nothing new. There are hundreds of years’ worth of study behind these pairings. However, beer shouldn’t be left out of the meal planning. In fact, you’ll find that there are tons of different dishes that pair well with different brews. The secret lies in knowing what types of foods different brews pair best with. Here are some simple guidelines to get you started pairing brews with meals.

Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie


Strawberries are packed with antioxidants good for your body. Incorporating strawberries in your diet is a sure healthy way to start your day!

Avocado Banana Berry Smoothie


Avocado is rich in magnesium that reduces risk of excess belly fat, and high blood pressure.

Perfect Healthy Smoothie with Ginger


Recent study in the journal Medical Science Monitor revealed that consuming Ginger relieved migraine pain in 82% of sufferers. The credit goes to gingerols which inhibit prostaglandis and leukotrienes, inflammatory neurotransmitters that trigger head pain. Ginger also tames stomach upset, from general nausea to motion and morning sickness.

Basic Smoothie Ingredients


When making smoothies you will want to make sure you have some basic ingredients on hand.

With these basic ingredients, a bowl full of fruit, vegetables, and your imagination you will surely come up with some fabulously delicious and original smoothie recipes! The ingredients below is just a short list of some of the basic ingredients used in most smoothie recipes.

Having these ingredients on hand will make creating an experimenting with smoothie making a more pleasant and FUN experience.

How to Make The Best Coffee


Few people can really start their morning without a hot cup of Joe. And while there are about a million varieties of coffee and even more ways to serve it (iced, with milk, etc.), you have to start with the basics before you get fancy with flavors. Here’s how to brew the best beans.

Iced Tea Recipe


One of the thing I always look forward to in summer is a tall cool glass of homemade iced tea. A cup of iced tea with its delicate aroma is one of the most delicious and thirst queching beverages you can make.

Here is our summertime iced tea recipe, your family will love it!

Honey Citrus Soother


A flavorful drink that is filled with antioxidants and vitamin C.

Apple Fizz


This apple juice and gingerale combo will make this drink sparkle.

Basic Lemonade Recipe

Photo Credit: Apolonia

During the summer, fruit beverages are an important part of your diet.  Not only are they refreshing, but they provide minerals, vitamins and because of the sugar used to sweeten them, it provides a high fuel value.

Lemonade, a summertime favorite, is one of the easiest to make.  Inexpensive and refreshing you will become a master of the lemon with these simple homemade recipes.

Rhubarb and Orange Refresher

Photo Credit: AICR

Zingy, colorful and refreshingly brisk, this refresher is perfect for rhubarb-lovers and as a grown-up lemonade alternative.

Golden Celebration Cocktail

Photo Credit:

This drink is also delicious and very refreshing when prepared alcohol-free.

Spiced Honey Echinacea Cooler

Photo Credit: National Honey Board

Cool off with a herb infused cooler.

Strange Uses Of Coffee


A lot of people drink coffee everyday and savor the experience. But are you aware of the fact that coffee has many other uses as well? If you think that coffee is only a drink, youre wrong. The coffee bean is extremely versatile and there are many ways to use coffee.

Chocolate Chai Is a Warming Treat


Tea is being studied for many health benefits, from lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing cancer, to boosting metabolism, which may play a role in weight control. These health promoting benefits likely come from antioxidants found in particular abundance in tea.

Herbal Teas


“They made a good deal of camomile tea, which they drunk freely to ward off colds, to soothe nerves, and as a general tonic. A large jug of this was alway prepared and stood ready for heating up after confinements. The horehound was used with honey in a preparation to be taken for sore throats and colds on the chest. Peppermint tea was made rather as a luxury than a medicine, it was brought out on special occasions and drunk from wine-glasses…” Flora Thompson – Lark Rise to Candleford.

How to Make Almond Milk


You can easily make your own almond milk cheaply, at home, to substitute for harmful cow’s milk and boxed soy and rice products. Soy milk and other boxed milks are highly processed. Although a better alternative to cow’s milk they still do not have the health benefits you get from a nice tall glass of homemade almond milk.

How to Make Homemade Wine


To make homemade wines with the recipes and ingredients here all one needs is a gallon-size glass bottle, a saucepan and a polyethylene pail. Make certain to use polyethylene as some plastics are not suitable. Do not use aluminum, copper, or enamel vessels to make your homemade wine with.

Drinks to Warm Up Your Winter

Picture 059

Hand off a hot beverage — to dinner guests, neighbors who drop by or kids during story time — and you instantly warm both tummies and hearts. Make sure you treat yourself too; wrapping your hands around a warm mug in the midst of a cold day can help you unwind!

Shake up Your Day with a Sensational Smoothie

Chocolate-Banana-Almond Breakfast Shake

Give your morning or afternoon snack a bit of a kick-start with this cool and refreshing shake from the Almond Board of California. The perfect blend of bananas, chocolate almond milk and protein powder will not only get you going and keep you energized but it will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Step Back in Time and Enjoy These Old Fashion Beverages


Remember when you enjoyed school dances, hayrides, slumber parties, etc with your high school friends. Seems we always enjoy a good punch or hot cider, etc. The recipes in this article are from the days long ago that I remember. Try the Hot Spiced Punch Imperial or the Spiced Tomato Juice, two favorites in my memories.

Gazpacho Smoothie


Tomatoes are rich in so many good things, including vitamin C, lycopene and assorted carotenes, that eating them every day is a good idea – especially now, while local, ripe tomatoes are at their peak. Here are ideas for serving tomatoes in a variety of ways. Delicious now, they will be even more welcome when out-of-season tomatoes need a flavor boost.

Raspberry Smoothies


Smoothies! Drink up! This is quite possibly the healthiest beverage in the world for women 35-64 years of age.

Raw Vegetable Smoothie


If you enjoy the taste of raw vegetables, then you’ll love this Raw Vegetable Smoothie. The health benefits of raw vegetables are well known and many people enjoy drinking their raw vegetables just as much as eating them.

Pineapple Delight Smoothie


Do you have a passion for pineapples? Then this is your fruit drink. Enjoy a cool, refreshing Pineapple Delight Smoothie. It’s easy to make and will taste so good when you put it into a tall frosty glass.

Orange Fruity Smoothie


Love strawberries? Love orange juice? Well, now you can have them both together in this divine Strawberry Orange Milkshake. Makes a great fruit smoothie if you’re looking for a simple smoothie to have any time of day.

Teas from Plants Around You and Their Benefits

chokecherry tea--joannawnuk--freedigitalphotos_net

All teas unless specified are brewed with 1 teaspoon dry material or 2 teaspoons fresh material to 1 cup of water.

Be Active, Drink Smart

Green Gulp (Or Honeydew Kiwi Smoothie)

Today, it’s hard to walk down the street without seeing a sports drink in someone’s hand. Originally created to help football players and other athletes replace electrolytes lost through perspiration during vigorous exercise, these drinks replenish sodium and potassium. Now, with mass marketing strategies and celebrity endorsements, people from Little Leaguers to Boomers are gulping sports drinks – both on and off the field.