Drinks

Hot Toddy

For those of you whose lips have never graced the mug of a hot toddy, it’s basically just an adult version of tea and honey. But don’t be fooled, you don’t have to be coming down with a cold to enjoy a piping hot cup of heaven.

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A traditional hot toddy is made with whiskey, hot water and honey, but I like to spice it up by switching out the water for chamomile tea and adding in a few spices and lemon. This drink is the perfect way to kickstart your holiday season; you can make one cup for yourself or a huge batch for that dreaded holiday potluck you can’t seem to get out of.

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Hot Toddy

  • 1 tea bag (black or chamomile)
  • hot water
  • lemon slice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 shot whiskey

Start by steeping the tea bag in a mug with hot water for a few minutes.

Squeeze in the lemon slice, add the whole cloves and stir in the honey using the cinnamon stick.

Add your shot of whiskey and enjoy!img_8498

For a Large Batch

  • 6 tea bags
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1 lemon, juiced and pealed
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 8 ounces whiskey

In a small pot, steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags.

In the bowl of a slow cooker, add in the whiskey, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, lemon juice and peels. Mix to combine. Turn the slow cooker onto high and heat until hot.

Add the tea to the slow cooker and turn down to warm.

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Almond Milk

Almond milk and a tasty alternative to dairy and my personal favorite in a latte. The only thing wrong with almond milk, in my book, is that most brands are typically laced with numerous preservatives and additives. So, of course, I went the DIY route. (more…)

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Bit by the Flu Bug? We’ve Got Just the Cure.

They say that looking good is part of feeling good, but when you’re sick it’s hard to do either. Spring has sprung and with it, flu season as well? If you’re feeling under the weather, like I am, here’s a home remedy to soothe your throat and boost your immune system.  (more…)

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Sparkling Cran-Apple Cider

T Minus one week until the best holiday of the year is upon us. Thanksgiving, lets be honest isn’t really about giving thanks, rather, it’s about food and how much you can stuff into your body before you feel nauseas and ultimately have to nap it off. Gluttony at its finest, and you know what? Im okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay, I love it. An entire day celebrating food is like heaven for me. (more…)

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Lavender Lemonade

I usually try to steer clear of sugary drinks and stick to wine water for my main source of fluid intake. I mean, really, if I’m going to ingest extra calories, it’s going to be in a burger and fries, not the soda. That being said, summer is the time of year when sweet, cold beverages sound amazing. Sometimes you just need to give in to temptation and drink the cool aid lemonade. (more…)

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London Fog

The London Fog, or earl grey tea latte, is by far one of my favorite drinks when it is cold and rainy out…which is pretty much everyday up here in Seattle. I’ve seen a few different variations of the drink, but at the end of the day, you just can’t go wrong with anything that has steamed milk in it. (more…)

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Dark Sipping Chocolate with Bailey’s and Fresh Whipped Cream

As I made my way through the candy aisle, I was pleasantly surprised to find such high quality couverture amongst the boring usual chocolate choices of a super market. My excitement, however, was dulled by a subtle turn in my stomach. You see, when I was in culinary school, we spent a quarter working with chocolate and I hated it. At first, I couldn’t remember why, but once I began chopping said chocolate, the stark reality came crashing down…all over my kitchen, like broken glass. I found myself in a sea of chocolate bits, it was on my hands, on my feet, in my sink, all over my floor. You name it, there was chocolate on it. Now, there is a very slight possibility that my infant sized cutting board had a little something to do with the mess, but we’ll just chalk it up as a loss. (more…)

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Zombie Brain Shot

Thanks to the Tipsy Bartender on Facebook for this gruesome drink!

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ZOMBIE BRAIN SHOT
1 Part Peach Schnapps
1 Part Baileys Irish Cream
1 Part Jagermeister
Splash of Grenadine

Watch them make it on Youtube!

Mai Tai

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Recipe makes two drinks:

  1. 1 1/2 ounces of dark rum
  2. 3 ounces of light rum
  3. 1 ounce of Orange Curacao
  4. 1 ounce of fresh orange juice
  5. 2 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
  6. 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
  7. One dash of grenadine syrup

Garnish: Paper umbrella, maraschino cherries and a slice of pineapple.

Bloody Marys Were Made for Weekends

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Recipe for a pint:

  • 3 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce or Sriracha
  • 2 tsp Horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Paprika
  • Celery salt
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Lime wedge

Garnish: Add a Celery stalk, some Celery Salt on the rim and a lime wedge.