Category Archives: Home Brews & Smoothies

Homemade brew recipes for beer, wine, sport drinks, coffee and much more.

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. (more…)...
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Be Active, Drink Smart

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...
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A Colonial Drink That Still Refreshes

On my first visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, over a Memorial Day weekend, I was as enchanted by the food and drink as by the women’s tightly corseted dresses, clanging blacksmith demonstrations, and the sense of tasting another time. (more…)...
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Gourmet Gifting

To give is to receive, and you can feel especially good when offering a homemade present that is both personal and unique. In this time-pressed day and age, when making traditional gifts like cookies or jam takes too much time, one of my favorites is a generous jar of Chocolate Spiced Chai Mix. Spooned into...
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Give Your Lemonade a New Twist

On hot summer days, we must take care to stay properly hydrated. What did people do years ago, before electrolyte drinks, when America was mainly rural and summer meant laboring in hot fields? I was curious what people working all day in the sun drank to stay safe. Read more

Homemade Flavored Coffee

Getting a cup of coffee at Starbucks would have a huge impact on your financial status. To an average worker, a cup of java can cover up to half of his daily salary, so it is not practical to go to coffee shops to grab a drink on a daily basis. If you are one...
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Creating Wine from Wild Plants

In Stalking the Good Life, the late naturalist Euell Gibbons wrote about wild berries. "Actually," he wrote, "I begin picking berries about the time the last spring snow melts away." He then describes in one chapter a succession of harvests of wild wintergreen berries (teaberries), strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, wineberries, dewberries, blackberries, blueberries, huckleberries,...
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How to Brew Green Tea

When you hear folks mention Japanese tea it invariably means that they are talking about green tea. That is just scratching the surface because there are many types of green tea out there; gyokuro, sencha, macha, genmaicha, bancha, and more! (more…)...
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