Friendship Cup

I first heard of this drink while scouring some of my authentic Italian cookbooks, and finally had it during one of my solo trips to Italy. It’s quirky, intense, fun, and eminently drinkable. It’s Italian name is La Coppa dell’Amicizia and it’s a mix of espresso, grappa, wine, sugar, and lemon zest. It’s traditionally served […]

Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup

More and more I love making my own coffee at home. This is partially because I have a horrible makeup habit, and that money needs to come from somewhere. I take that money I used to spend on Starbucks three or four times a week and funnel that elsewhere. The problem with Starbucks is that […]

Cherry Chile Wassail

Wassail is the quintessential holiday drink with a history that goes back at least to the Medieval period, with some evidence indicating that the drink is much older. Originally, wassail was a cider drink with ginger and mulling spices and oddly enough, topped with toast. It was often consumed in early January during a ritual […]

Grilled Lime Margarita with Mesquite Smoked Salt from Vegan Tacos

I don’t drink that often, so when I do, I make sure it’s a really good drink. This one certainly fits the bill. It’s a smoky, exotic twist on the classic margarita and it doesn’t take much more effort to make than the standard margarita takes. You will need to get some specialty ingredients for […]

Coconut Berry Refresher

  In the picture you see, I used a combination of strawberries and rosemary. I also like blueberries with rosemary, strawberries with basil, strawberries with mint, blackberries with thyme… really the combinations are so limitless! This comes together in no time, is low calorie and yet is a nice decadent treat. Think about serving this […]

Cucumber Agua Fresca

I love this drink! One of my participants told me her mother made a similar drink and I raced home to whip up my own version. This is crisp, very lightly sweet and refreshing. Best of all, it gives you that fancy cocktail vibe without any actual alcohol. If you roll like that and you […]

Orange Sunrise Smoothie – A Cool Refreshing Pick-me-up

I am in the process of helping my mom move. I had no idea how physically and emotionally draining this would be, honestly. My mom has lived in her current home for more than 10 years. It was where we fled after her marriage to David went sour. He got our other house, mom got […]

Spicy Coffee

I came up with this drink after rehydrating some chiles. I was wondering what to do with the water, and then I hit upon the idea of using it to brew coffee in my French press. It needed a touch more flavor to balance out the chiles, so I took the chile water and added […]