White Wine Spritzer

I had some leftover wine that wasn’t the greatest. I jazzed up a wine spritzer that was just so delightful for a warm night viewing of The Bachelorette. Whether part of Bachelor Nation or not, this drink is perfect for the summer. The spritzer has such a bad rap but it is just what a Monday-night-bachelorette viewing needs, or day-drinking, or a light Sunday-funday, or for that not-so-great wine.

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Wine Spritzer with Pomegranate Lemonade Ice Cubes

Ingredients (for 2 drinks):

pomegranate lemonade ice cubes
4 oz white wine
3 oz ginger ale

Directions:

Mix lemonade and pomegranate juice and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze 6+ hours or overnight. Then add to a glass.
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Add in the wine.
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Top off with the ginger ale.
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Enjoy!

I loved that as the “ice” melted, it added another flavor to the drink. The ginger flavor + the wine was so good and then the pomegranate and lemonade added slow additions of other flavors. It became a little bit like sangria. Need a mocktail? Go for gingerale with the ice cube flavors!

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Mojito Smoothie

This smoothie is gently green, with the mint & lime flavors of a mojito! This is like a baby step into adding greens into a smoothie. The green-ness seems appropriate and that you expect it to be green! I used frozen pear, but banana, apple would be fine too – shoot for something mild so the mint and the lime can really stand out.

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Mojito Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1 cup frozen pear
bunch of mint leaves
1/2 lime: squeezed for juice & zested

Directions:

Add spinach, yogurt, and milk to a blender and blend very thoroughly.
Then add in the frozen pear, mint, lime juice, and lime zest.
Blend and add more milk if it is too thick for your liking.

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Enjoy! I loved that this was creamy from the milk and yogurt while fresh from the mint and lime.

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Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

Strawberries have been suuuper cheap lately so I brought a huuuuge container and boozed some up. This takes a bit of lead time to flavor the vodka but throw it in a jar a few hours (or a few days before) and cocktail time will be here soon enough.
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Strawberry Cucumber Vodka Cocktail

Ingredients (for 4):

~4 oz vodka
1/4 cucumber, sliced
1 1/2 cups strawberries
3/4 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
simple syrup: 1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup sugar
~8 oz tonic or soda water

Directions:

Add the vodka and cucumber slices to a glass jar and give a shake and let refrigerate for 4+ hours (mine were in there 48 hours!).
Over medium heat, cook the strawberries, 3/4 cups water, and 3 tablespoons sugar. Allow to cool, and blend or combine in a food processor. Refrigerate.
In the strawberry pot, cook the 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup until the sugar dissolves. Let cool and refrigerate. (This saves you an extra pot to wash, and “scents” the simple syrup with strawberry flavor from the remnants on the pot.)
When serving, shake together the the strawberry “juice”, 4 shots of cucumber vodka, and ice.
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Add some ice to each glass, and ~2 oz tonic per glass, then pour in the strawberry mix.
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Cheers!

I loved this. The cucumber flavor was there to totally take over the vodka flavor. If cuke is your jam, you could even make cucumber simple syrup! This is drink is cool, sweet, refreshing, and delightful. I’ll totally make this again! Make a big batch in a pitcher or pour a tray of glasses for your next party!

Orange Julius Smoothie

The secret ingredient that makes this taste wayyy better than just slushy orange juice is…….Frozen mango!
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This was so fresh, light, and perfect for the morning.

Orange Julius Copycat Smoothie

Ingredients: (for 1 large, or 2 small)

1 cup ice
1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen mango
2 clementines (or 1 orange)
1 cup orange yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Blend the milk, ice, and frozen mango. (The mango being frozen is really important to the consistency.)
Then add in the yogurt and clementines/orange.
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Blend and enjoy! Add another splash of milk if needed.
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I looooved this! It wasn’t as tart as it would have been with strictly oranges. The mango and vanilla are both the touches this smoothie needs to go from being acidic to a gentle orange flavor. I gave the little one some but he wasn’t into it – I think it was too cold.

Coconut Caramel Smoothie

This smoothie was for breakfast, but definitely suggested dessert. The coconut was light and the caramel felt like a treat. Whenever bananas are on their way out I chop them into chunks and freeze them. They make smoothies so creamy. I kept it as simple as possible for a breakfast, but would also love this with a touch of chocolate or coffee.

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Coconut Caramel Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 serving

1 frozen banana
1 1/4 cup coconut almond milk
1 cup ice cubes
6 oz coconut Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons caramel ice cream topping + 1 teaspoon for garnish

Directions:

In a blender, add in the banana, coconut almond milk, ice, and yogurt.
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Add in the caramel sauce. Blend again. Pour in another drizzle of milk, if needed.
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Pour into a cup, and drizzle with caramel. Enjoy!IMG_6135

SO good! It was sweet, but so delicious. The banana, the yogurt and the almond milk made it filling while the caramel made it delightfully special. And if we’re being real, sometimes that’s exactly what a Tuesday needs.
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Healthier PB, Nutella, & Banana

I decided to give my most-pinned-smoothie a healthified-twist. This smoothie started with peanut butter, nutella, banana, and yogurt. I put a few tweaks to it and loved it just as much!

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Ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons flaxseeds or 2-3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup milk
1 cup ice cubes
1 banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons nutella
5 oz vanilla Greek yogurt

Directions:

In a coffee grinder, grind the flaxseeds into powder.
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Blend the spinach, milk and then add ice and blend more.
Add in the banana, peanut butter, nutella, yogurt, and flax seeds.
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Blend again until smooth.
Enjoy!
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Twists to up the nutritional value:
Greek yogurt versus regular yogurt: Greek yogurt adds more protein, and is an easy change for this smoothie.
Greens: who doesn’t need another serving of veggies? The spinach is so mild that it literally doesn’t add any flavor, just more veggies.
Flaxseed: I got these when I was breastfeeding but they add fiber and omega-3s. I learned they’re best absorbed when ground. Noted.

Or try the original Peanut butter, Banana, and Nutella smoothie.

Stir It Up Holiday Mixology Challenge

We had family was here for New Year’s Eve which seemed the perfect opportunity to whip up some holiday cocktails! Stirrings offered some mixers and rimmers. Cheers! I used Peach Bellini Mix with sparkling wine and then swapped it out with ginger ale to be the mocktail version. I loved this and would totally make these again.

I hope your “resolution” was to spend more time with friends, or treat yo’ self, or eat more brunch, or host more often. This cocktail totally fits into all of these! I think a pitcher would be perfect next time!

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I love Peach Bellinis and I wanted to bring them into the evening…they seem to always be stuck at brunch! I rimmed the glass in lemon drop sugar and featured Peach Bellini mix, a splash of pomegranate juice, and sparking wine. It was so good! I made 2 drinks and this was definitely the winner!

Holiday Cocktail Challenge - Bellini

Ingredients:

lemon drop sugar
2 oz Peach Bellini Mix
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
6-8 oz Sparkling Wine or Champagne

Directions:

Wet the glass with simple syrup or a sliced lemon and then rim it with the lemon drop sugar mix.
Mix together the Peach Bellini Mix and the juice and pour in to the glass.
Top with the sparkling wine.
Enjoy!

I loved the peach and pomegranate together. Both flavors got to shine. I liked the not-super-sweet wine with some bubbles, but go as sweet or dry as you like. There are also a ton of variations on this:
Peach Bellini mix + cranberry juice + sparkling wine
Peach Bellini mix + pomegranate juice + club soda
Peach Bellini mix + peach puree + ginger beer or ginger ale
Peach Bellini mix + Polar’s Pomegranate Dry Soda

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Mixers totally elevate the cocktail from my norm concoction from the liquor cabinet! I didn’t go all out with garnishes but drop a slice of peach or frozen peach in, and maybe a drink umbrella. You deserve it! I have another one I was into, but was a bit too boozy for the others. I’ll share that one another time too!

Follow Stirrings on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest for fun recipe ideas. Did you MA folks know Stirrings was founded in Nantucket? Find them at liquor stores & grocery stores like: Roche Brothers, Hannaford’s, Kappys, Yankee Spirits, Wines & More, Total Wines & More, Lukes!

Full 3 Bite Rule Disclosure: Stirrings offered me 2 mixers & 2 rimmers to enter a cocktail challenge for a monetary prize. My thoughts, opinions, words, and love for a fun cocktail are entirely my own. Fingers crossed!

Nutella Cafe Au Lait at Home

Early last weekend when I was the first one up, I felt like messing around with my normal black coffee. I considered a doughnut excursion, though the little one dozed until 9 and I wasn’t going to interrupt that! After a quick google to sort through how to steam milk without some fancy contraption. I went with this shake-milk-in-a-jar method.

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Ingredients:

8 oz coffee
2 tbs nutella
3-4 oz milk (suggested lower fat milk)

Directions:

Brew hot coffee.
Add the hot coffee to a small pot over medium heat. Add nutella to the coffee.
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Stir well while allowing nutella to melt.
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Add milk into the jar (not more than half full).
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Shake for about a minute. The milk should double in size.
Microwave in the jar for about 30-seconds.
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Pour the coffee into a mug. Gently pour the milk over the coffee, spoon any remaining froth out of the jar onto the coffee.
Enjoy!

I loved this. It was seriously nutella flavored. My ratio of nutella to coffee is definitely hefty but I was serious about this drink being a treat. I normally drink my coffee black.
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Green Smoothie Challenge – Halfway

I’m just getting on the podcast bandwagon. I started listening to The Lively Show and I’m obsessed! Love it. I binge-listened to it and now I have to wait for new ones. I love her guests and who doesn’t need to add a little more intention to their lives?

This one episode was about green smoothies. I was really enchanted by one of the founders of Simple Green Smoothies and loved that it wasn’t a weirdo cleanse. The 30-day challenge is a way to encourage people to consume more greens and for it to become a habit. I’ve been making smoothies regularly, but never daily, so I thought this was great! And 30 days of October sounds perfect, just in time for Halloween candy!

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Before you keep reading:
1- they aren’t sludge, the fruit provides flavor much stronger than the greens.
2- again, these smoothies aren’t a crazy detox they’re just part of creating a healthy habit.
3- does anyone actually think they get enough veggies?

So far so good! I like the challenge to keep me on track!

Dan’s famous apple pie – This was my first one. I loved the date in there. The cinnamon was so great. Why have I never included spices into mine before?
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The tip to blend the greens & almond milk was hugely helpful. Blend them first and then plunk in everything else and blend again.
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Cherry on Top – I love the cherries with blueberries in this one. How beautiful is this? I added in some flax seeds. This would be a good starter if the color would scare you on the others.
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U Pick Me Up – This one is has a green tea base which is totally different than any smoothie I’ve ever made. I liked it, but it seems a bit watery. It was refreshing but didn’t quite feel like breakfast.

Almond Blueberry Peach – This one is is kind of a muddy purple one but it seems really different from the others because of the almond/peanut butter.
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Shauna’s Carrot Cake – I don’t really cook carrots very often so putting them into a smoothie seemed like a good way to eat more colors. Green + Orange was a nice way to start the day. I don’t have a million-dollar blender so I steamed my carrots so they’d puree better. I was afraid the ginger might be too much but it was great!
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Check out the Simple Green Smoothies. How stunning are these?

I learned I like smoothies to be milk based so I’ve tweaked a few and made them with unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of water or coconut water. I used spinach and then found a mix of “juicing greens” that has a mix of spinach, chard, and beet tops. The smoothies have been my breakfast with another something else…1 slice of wheat toast or a hard boiled egg or a spoonful of peanut butter.

The recipes make 2 but I haven’t gotten Mr J on board yet so sometimes I’ll save one for the following day. More often, I half the recipe and make it 2 days in a row. My cousin jumped on so it is nice to know somebody who is also making them!

So, podcasts. I blew through Serial and I’m up to date on the Lively Show. What should I listen to?? I listen during my evening commute to pick up the little dude – my morning commute is for the news. I like learning something or following a story. What do you suggest?

Almond Joy Smoothie

I haven’t made a fun smoothie is such a long time. This was so different than my other smoothies purely because I didn’t use fruit in this one! I went light on the coconut and chocolate and moreso focused on the almond/oaty flavors. The mini chocolate chips were the perfect ending fitting nicely with my aluminum straws.

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I put in a bunch of grains and ice…it worked out really well! I used coconut yogurt but it’d be so great with coconut almond milk. I only used chocolate as a tiny touch but it was all the smoothie needed to also function as breakfast.

Ingredients:
5.3 oz coconut Greek yogurt
1 cup ice
3 tbs oatmeal
3 tbs almonds
1 tbs flax seed (optional)
1 cup milk
1 tsp mini chocolate chips

Directions:
In a blender, add in the yogurt, ice, oatmeal, almonds, and flaxseed.
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Add in the milk and blend until smooth.
Top with mini chocolate chips (or a swirl of chocolate sauce).
Enjoy!

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I wonder what my 75-year old neighbor things when I’m outside on the deck photographing a smoothie on a random weekday morning. Ohh well, this one was worth it.