Category Archives: drinks

Watermelon And Cucumber Cooler

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

Hi dear Friends!

May I invite you for a drink today? (Or should I say ‘July I invite you …’)? :)

It is sweet, cooling, refreshing and boozy too!

Sounds good?

Then here it is…

 

watermelon and cucumber cooler - recipe

To get that lovely drink, all we need to do is cooperate here a little… :)

So, to start, let’s find the above mentioned ingredients somewhere.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

1. Cut the watermelon and cucumber into cubes or chunks.

Try to get rid of as many watermelon seeds as possible.

Or try to get a seedless watermelon… which would solve the whole situation… which leads me to a thought that I might have mentioned this fact earlier… but better late than never, right? Sorry!

 
 

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2. Place the fruit chunks in a blender.

Save a few for garnish.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

3. Blend, blend, blend until all you see is a lovely puree.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

4. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher and working in batches, pour the puree through the sieve.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

5. Now press on solids with a rubber spatula to get as much liquid as you can…
or want :)

:) :) :) I am smiling a lot today. I wonder why…

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

6. In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice and honey.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

7. Add to the watermelon and cucumber juices.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

8. And then, ta-dah, add vodka. And if you decide not to, it will still taste very nice.

Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired.

 
 

watermelon and cucumber boozy cooler - recipe

9. To serve, fill four glasses with ice and top each with the cocktail. Garnish with cucumber and watermelon skewers.

I think this drink just screams ‘SUMMEeeeeeeR’!

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

(This recipe was adapted from MarthaStewart.com. Makes 4 servings.)

 

Banana Milkshake

banana-milkshake-step-by-step-picture-recipe

This was my lunch yesterday.

It was beyond yummy.

These days we are completely addicted to our cold milkshakes and sandwiches.

And you know what? You just need to have that shake in your life too.

I’ll show you how to make it.

You won’t believe how simple it is…

 

banana-milkshake-step-by-step-picture-recipe-ingredients

This is what you need.

Yes, only this few ingredients.

 

banana-milkshake-step-by-step-picture-recipe, slice the banana into rounds and place the round into your blender

1. First, slice the banana into rounds and place the rounds into your blender.

Detox Smoothie

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial

Yep, that’s a healthy green smoothie?

I realize things like these are rather scarce over here, at this little place of mine.

But before you start wondering whether I’ve overcome a head injury recently, let me explain what’s going on…

 

I made this smoothie yesterday. That allowed me to tick off my first New Year’s resolution – to bring a little more health into my life.

Then I did three (3) sit-ups.

I was feeling amazing.

A new person was born.

 

Today I made a batch of cookies and had two glasses of wine.

So everything is back to normal.

The new person has grown up rather quickly, it seems.

 

Still I wonder what made me feel better, the alkalizing smoothie or the lovely wine.

Need to think it all through.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, ingredients

Here’s what you need to prepare this healthy beverage.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, pour the juice into the blender

1. Pour the juice into the blender.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial,add the lemon juice

2. Add the lemon juice.

Minus the seeds.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves, they have rather mild flavor so they won't affect the final taste of your drink substantially

3. Grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves.

They have rather mild flavor so they won’t affect the final taste of your drink substantially.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, throw them into the blender

4. And throw them into the blender.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, peel the fresh ginger and grate it finely

5. Peel the fresh ginger and grate it finely.

 

Fresh ginger is beyond healthy but very flavorful.

A little goes a long way.

We need just about 1/4 teaspoon.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, blend

6. And into the blender it goes as well.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, blend till liquefied and green

7. Blend till liquefied and green.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, this super detox smoothie is great for alkalizing your system, it is refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes

This super detox smoothie is great for alkalizing your system. It is refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes.

And when you drink it, you’ll feel like a new person.

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This recipe was loosely adapted from pattycake.ca.)

 

Hot Chocolate

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures

I love it when fall strikes and days get colder.

The reason why I love this time of year so much might have something to do with the fact that I suddenly have all the good reasons to indulge myself with sweet mulled wine or hot chocolate.

The best hot beverages ever!

Oh, how I love them!

They are true soul soothers!

 

The following recipe is just delicious.

The taste vastly depends on the kind of chocolate you use. So get the one you really like.

Also, there are different types of chocolate when it comes to its fat content. So remember – the higher the fat content, the more creamy and rich your hot chocolate will be.

So let’s experiment!

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, ingredients

These are the ingredients you will need.

Just this few.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, break chocolate into smaller chunks, place the chocolate chunks into a heatproof bowl

1. To prepare your own soothing drink, first break the chocolate into smaller chunks.

 

2. Place the chocolate chunks into a heatproof bowl.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, add the sugar

3. Add the sugar.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, add the milk

4. Add the milk.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, place the bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water, stir until the chocolate melts, keep stirring until the mixture gets hot, nearly boiling

5. And place the bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

 

6. Stir until the chocolate melts. Then keep stirring until the mixture gets hot, nearly boiling.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures, pour the chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder

7. Pour the chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.

homemade hot chocolate recipe with step by step pictures

And in case someone comes and steals your chocolate shamelessly be really thankful that this recipe yields two mugs.

Enjoy, dear friends!

(This lovely recipe was adapted from Joyofbaking.com.)