Monthly Archives: November 2016

Fourth of July Party Drinks

71Sick of the same old drink being served at backyard parties? Here are six unique recipes to try at your next backyard bash. With fresh fruit, juices and sparkling wines involved, these drinks will keep your guest coming back for more.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

An all-American favorite, lemonade is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to backyard parties. If it’s a family party, put the kids in charge of making it to give them some ownership, responsibility and pride in the party spread.

Pink Lemonade Sparkling Fruit Punch

If you’re looking for something more exciting than a classic lemonade, try this version mixed with cranberry juice, ginger ale and Hawaiian Punch, it’s lemonade’s more exciting cousin. And in the case that you need an adult version, substitute the ginger ale for ginger beer, or even pour some sparkling water or wine in to add some fizz.

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

For the adults, make this take on lemonade for a fancier drink option. Adding fresh blackberries not only makes it more decorative and pretty, but adds a fresh taste not available any other time of the year.

Citrus Berry Punch

This punch is perfect for your summer backyard party, regardless of the occasion. With fresh blackberries, raspberries and oranges mixed with fruit juices, this punch is refreshing and can be made for adults or for kids, depending if you’d want to add some wine, champagne or vodka.

Watermelon Sangria

No backyard party is complete until it has a watermelon, and this is an easy way to put a giant one to use. With peaches, plums or nectarines with berries and lime, watermelon sangria is a light drink that’s sure to appeal to many of your guests.

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Strawberries, blueberries and pineapple give this drink the patriotic colors it needs to be the perfect drink to show your patriotism. Use a California brut champagne in this mix instead of white wine. It will give it an extra sparkle.

In addition to these drinks, consider having a few games that anyone can have fun playing to keep the party rolling. Beer pong, cornhole, and darts are a few games that all your guests can easily enjoy.

Now that you know what you’re going to serve and have activities lined up, all that’s left to do is invite friends over. Serve the drinks on rotation, so you’ll be set for all your backyard parties. Even better, bring one as your contribution for a friend’s party, and you’ll be the hero.

Don’t Throw Out Your Old Coffee! Make A Delicious Drink

70I still brew a new pot of coffee everyday, but now I stretch my dollar by saving some of the coffee that would otherwise be dumped down the drain. I used to waste lots of coffee by making a new pot of coffee each morning.

Then the next day I would dump the old pot of coffee and make a new one. What can I say I like the great taste of good gourmet coffee. The bitter taste of old coffee wasn’t doing it for me.

Then one day I had a good idea, I decided to start saving my coffee to make a cold coffee drink later. Since I dont like to drink hot coffee in the middle of a hot summer day, the iced coffee drink worked out perfectly.

Here is what I do to make my iced coffee drink, it cuts down on wasted coffee and saves you money in the long run.

When the coffee has cooled off, pour the coffee into a mason jar. Then put the mason jar filled with cooled coffee in the refrigerator. Now when your looking for a nice cool drink to quench your thirst during the middle of the day, you can make an iced coffee drink.

Here is how I make my iced coffee drink:

Put ice in a glass,

Fill the glass about 3/4 full with your left over coffee,

Add your favorite flavored coffee creamer to taste

Stir it up and enjoy your iced coffee

Also try blending the cold coffee up in a blender with ice cream, its delicious.

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Three Delicious Christmas Drinks

69What better way to wash down your Christmas roasts or pudding than with some delicious festive drinks. Here are our three favourite – add cinnamon to taste!

Eggnog

4 egg yolks
50g golden caster sugar
397g can of condensed milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
100ml brandy (depending on taste – increase/decrease)

Pour sugar into a saucepan with 75ml of cold water. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and leave to chill.
Beat the yolks with the vanilla until smooth and add the condensed milk, brandy and cooled sugar syrup. Mix the ingredients well until smooth and pour into a jug and chill for at least two hours. Serve within 24 hours and over ice for best results.

Peppermint hot chocolate

A 200g bar of plain chocolate, smashed into chunks
600ml milk (semi-skimmed or skimmed is fine)
150ml pot of single or double cream
sugar to taste
A peppermint candy cane per mug of hot chocolate

Place the chocolate in a pan with the milk and gently heat over a medium heat. Stir the mixture until all the chocolate has melted. Continue heating until the milk is steaming and then remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
Divide the hot chocolate into mugs between however many partakers there are and add sugar to taste. Hang a candy cane on the edge of each mug. The hot chocolate can be stirred with the candy canes to give a lovely peppermint taste.

Appleberry mulled wine

2 x 75cl bottles of red wine (we prefer Merlot for this recipe)
1 litre of high-quality cloudy apple juice
115g caster sugar
A handful or so (about 100g) frozen mulled fruit, fruits of the forest or Black Forest fruits
1 long cinnamon stick, snapped in half (or two small sticks)
3 small red-skinned apples, sliced into rings
2 star anise
3 tablespoons of orange Curaçao or Cointreau

Tip the wine and apple juice into a large saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon stick(s) and star anise. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Continue heating gently for another 15 minutes.
Just before serving, swirl in the Curaçao or Cointreau, add the frozen fruits and apple slices.

Christmas drinks need not always be piping hot – I doubt many of our friends in Australia would fancy a boiling mug of mulled wine on the special day! Ice can be added to the hot choc for a sumptuous Christmas milkshake and also to the wine recipe for a festive cooler!

A Healthy and Tasty Cup of Indian Masala Chai

68Drinking Hot Tea has become very popular all over the world. I am sure most of my readers are very familiar with it too. In India from where I immigrated to USA, this beverage is called CHA and CHAI, literally “Mixed-spice tea.” It has gained worldwide recognition and popularity as Indian Masala Chai. Whenever one is alone, with friend or family, Masala Chai is served. Business communities in different regions of India drink Masala Chai during business transactions or any business related gatherings. They drink hot tea even when it is scorching temperature during the market hours.

The term “Tea time” was made a very popular by the Englishmen. There is a saying among Britons, “Every time is a Tea time.” While they were rulers of India Tea Time was a customary pass time. This tradition is continued even today after the British left India. It has become an Indian Tradition now, big time.

The majority of Indian households prepare masala Indian chai daily.

There is a simple recipe for the preparation for Masala Chai.

There are fixed four main ingredients of Indian Masala Chai:

· Tea Leaves- Loose dry Black tea leaves grown on the slopes of the Darjeeling mountains in West Bengal in India.

· Mixed Grounded Spices – Called MASALA – is prepared mixing – Ginger root powder or fresh ginger root, Cinnamon Powder, Clove Powder and Cardamom pods or powder. Also fresh Mint Leaves and Lemongrass are added to the tea that we prepare at our home.

People from different parts of India modify this recipe due to regional influence or traditions. It may also contain – Saffron, Anise seeds, Bay leaves. Holy Basil leaves. Moreover, the quantity of each ingredient also varies depending on the taste of the person making it or drinking it.

· Fresh Milk or milk powder or non-dairy products addition makes Indian Masala tea a unique National Beverage. Some version may contain vanilla or chocolate. Steamed milk added Chai preparation called Chai Latte is available in some coffee shops and Starbucks.

Sweetener – If People like or want, they can add Raw white sugar, Brown Sugar or Honey.

Indian Chai is very hearty as well as a refreshing drink We can enjoy at any time of the day or night. It is also a healthy and nutritious drink.

The ingredients in masala help the overall health of Digestive, Respiratory systems, and the Peripheral circulation. Indian Chai is very innocuous, non-alcoholic and non-intoxicating drink.

Do you all want to learn to prepare it? OK, then, We are going to prepare the Chai now.

The traditional method of preparation depends on how many cups of Chai we are making? In our home, my wife and I drink Chai twice a day. We drink every morning and evening, one cup each time.

Actual Preparation:

1. One cup of tap water into a metal pot.

2. I add the one teaspoon of Masala, Fresh shredded ginger root piece, 5-6 leaves of spearmint, and chopped leaves of lemon grass.

3. I let the water boil. I keep on stirring for a minute or two to let the ingredients mix well.

4. Then I add loose black tea leaves one and a half teaspoonful ( You can add any time).

5. As the water becomes dark brown, I add fresh milk as needed. The quantity depends on personal taste.

6. We let it boil for few more minutes while watching it closely, so it does not boil over.

7. Use the kitchen mittens or a clamp to handle the very hot utensil. Strain the tea in separate cups with a strainer. The Masala Chai is ready for drinking.

8. This whole process should not take more than 8 – 10 minutes.

Besides Masala Tea, there is the variety of exotic mixtures of herbs and spices known as herbal teas. People drink these combinations to improve their mood, mind, and soul.

However, We do not have the time or the space to discuss them here now. Nevertheless, I promise you all that we will get together to discuss them in future articles. We will also talk about the various ingredients in mixed Masala in details.

Confession:

While writing this article, I was having a fresh cup of Indian Chai that I prepared it myself. I love to make Indian Tea. I like to brag about it too! It is true that you need love and passion for Indian Chai to make a perfect, tasty cup of Chai every time,

In the meantime, you all have a Wonderful Happy Teatime with Indian Masala Chai and Tea Biscuits!

Respectfully,

D.S. Mehta – a true Chai (Tea) lover

Disclaimer: All the information described in this article is for educational and entertainment purposes only. The author has no intention to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If anybody reading this article has any physical ailment or any health-related problems needing medical attention, please follow up with their professional medical advisor for help.

My name is D.S. Mehta. I have taken a liberty today and have written an article on my favorite Indian beverage called “Indian Masala Chai.” It is a very nutritious and healthy drink both for the health and the mind. In India and Pakistan, this is a very popular drink but over the yrs., it has become universally famous. How to prepare this drink in your home with herb and spices is described in this article. You will enjoy it as much as I did writing it. In future, I will write few more tea-related articles with different flavors.

All About Drinks Recipes

67It does not matter what the occasion is, every person deserves a better drink, and the best way to make a drink better is to follow drinks recipes so that every drink comes out tasting consistently good.

Contrary to most popular opinion, drink recipes do not have to involve alcohol, and there are drink recipes for drinks to be had at any hour of the day. One need not follow tradition to enjoy a tasty drink, as a matter of fact the inverse is more often true: quality drinks take a little preparation and diversity.

Switching it up: Why make a regular cup of coffee, when anyone can consult a specialty coffee drink recipe, and make themselves something different and delicious, without having to worry about sacrificing quality?

It is often hard for the human ego to follow directions they did not invent themselves, but if a person can put the final product ahead of their personal pride, then following a drinks recipe is the only solution for making every drink a better tasting and therefore better experience for the consumer.

Many people think that a great drink involves too much time or effort, but the truth of the matter is that making a drink a little more special usually only involves one or two extra steps, and these steps are quite often something as easy to do as altering the temperature or infusing a common drink with something a little different, like fresh fruit.

The majority of drink recipes are for libations that involve alcohol, but the good news is that some of these drinks sound a lot more difficult and tedious to make than they really are.

The most important step is to follow instructions. Straying from the carefully laid out plans for a delicious beverage is a waste of time, and a dangerous game to play. To be consistent, one must follow directions with consistency.

And after a few trials, it will become easy to make the drink without consulting the original recipe at every stage of preparation. This is why it does not make sense to waste a ton of time energy trying to be creative, when someone else has already done all this hard work, and now a delicious and easy to follow plan has been developed.

Ultimately, anyone with a refined taste will agree when subjected to a regular drink and then a specialty drink made from a recipe that the latter is better than the former. And this is for the same reason that people put dressings on salad and morsels of food in their soup, the human taste buds enjoy diversity, and this applies to drinking, and not only eating.