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Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a fabulous week ahead.  Today I would like to share another tea recipe that I recently learnt how to make from my brother’s in-laws who visited us from Dallas, Texas last week.  Darshana and Yogesh came on a fall-California road trip and headed up from LA to Northern California to visit with a friend of theirs and us. It was a quick 2-day visit during which time I took them around our beautiful hilly terrain and of course showed off my garden 😊. Continue reading Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Fresh Ginger Honey Black Tea

Ginger honey tea is nothing new to many of us as this soothing drink is a go-to warming tea and the perfect drink to relieve a sore throat when we have a cold or a flu.  This ginger honey tea recipe on the other hand is for a ginger honey tea made with black tea and milk. Honey sweet, gingery spicy; with the pick me up of black tea that is made all creamy with whole milk, you might as well call this a ginger honey dessert tea! Continue reading Fresh Ginger Honey Black Tea

Mixed Berry Julep

My daughter Anjali made this refreshing mixed berry julep for our Father’s Day dinner last Sunday that was deliciously summer. With loads of fresh berries, lots of mint leaves, sugar and fresh lemon all muddled together to bring out the berry juices; and then mixed with chilled ginger ale – oh my gosh just listing all the ingredients makes my mouth water 😋! I have to ask Anjali to make it again! Continue reading Mixed Berry Julep

Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

I love sweet fizzy sodas. It’s one of those things that I know isn’t good for me but I do love that fizzy sweet taste. I am trying very hard to stay away from soda as we all know its loaded with too much sugar, this is one of those recipes I came up with when I was craving soda and wanted something on the healthier side. I figured sparkling mineral water couldn’t be bad for me – right?  And if I add ginger and honey I should get a healthier version of soda?  That’s how I came up with this homemade ginger honey soda. Continue reading Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

Rose Drop Cocktail

A cocktail with the dreamy fragrance and color of roses? All made with roses from the garden? This is one gorgeous cocktail that looks as beautiful as it tastes. I found this rose infused cocktail recipe in one of last year’s Sunset Magazine’s western edition but couldn’t make the cocktail then as by the time I read the recipe my roses were winding down for the season, however I did save it to make this year when my roses are in full bloom again. Continue reading Rose Drop Cocktail

Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Warm apple ginger cider is a cider that is served during the winter months at our local bakery Manresa Bread here in Los Gatos, California. Their hot apple cider has to be my daughter Anjali’s all-time favorite drink. Any time Hitesh stops by the bakery to pick up pastry or bread he comes home with Manresa’s apple ginger cider for Anjali. She could drink this all year long if only Manresa would sell it all-year round. But alas it is only available in the winter months. So what does Anjali do the rest of the year when she craves apple ginger cider? I make it at home. With warming fresh ginger, slices of fresh orange, and sweet cinnamon  – apple ginger cider is the perfect drink on a cool afternoon at any time of the year! Give it a try! Continue reading Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Rose Geranium Spritzer

Looking for an alluring avant-garde drink that is cool and refreshing?  Then this rose geranium spritzer is the one. Mrs. Iyengar who is my dear friend Rahika’s Mom came over for tea one Sunday afternoon some time back and Aunty who loves flowers and gardening noticed my rose geranium plant as she was leaving and casually gave me a quick recipe for rose geranium syrup. I thought why not try and make her rose geranium syrup? I must admit I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful it turned out. The syrup has the enticing flavor of rose essence similar to what you find in Middle Eastern desserts with an edgy herb flavor. Try this rose geranium syrup in a spritzer for a refreshingly unique and artsy drink that is perfect on a warm summer evening.   Continue reading Rose Geranium Spritzer

Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Fresh herbs herbal tea is a refreshing drink that has no caffeine, no sugar, all the goodness of herbs, plus antioxidants to boot. My sister Banu makes a delicious herbal tea from freshly picked herbs from her garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and keeps a bottle of it ready to drink in the refrigerator all summer long.  Continue reading Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan mint tea is a refreshing green tea drink infused with fresh mint leaves that is  served in countries like Morocco, Tunisia, and a few Arab states as well. Moroccan mint tea is typically served with brown sugar lumps or white sugar lumps, but rarely is it had with milk. For a long time I tried very hard to drink Moroccan mint tea without the sweeteners purely to avoid sugars, but then one day my friend Radhika who grew up in Morocco told me that in Morocco mint tea is served so sweetened that flies would hover around the tea trays! I asked her “You mean it is supposed to have sugar and plenty of it?”😋😋  I was so thrilled to hear this little tid bit! I love anything sweet (sugary anything is my Achilles heel)!  Sweetened or unsweetened, Moroccan mint tea is a refreshingly delicious drink any way you have it. Continue reading Moroccan Mint Tea