Tag Archives: drinks & cocktails

White Grape Juice Peach Sangria

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a wine based sangria that I made over the weekend with rose wine and white peaches.  My twins kept eyeing it in the refrigerator asking if they could try some “It looks so good Mom, can we try it?”   Of course our answer was a big fat “NO!”  It had an entire bottle of wine plus port, and definitely not for kids.  But I did feel bad that I made such an enticing drink that the twins couldn’t have, and made a non-alcoholic version just for them! Am I good Mom or what?

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White Peach Rosé Sangria

Summertime deserves at least one recipe I post to be a cocktail 🍷🍹.   Here it is a sangria made with white peaches and rosé wine.  White peaches are at their peak right now and these sweet juicy peaches are perfect in a light sangria.  It’s a cool drink that is fruity and delicious.  Add in white grape juice and a hint of port and you get this tangy sweet sangria perfect on a hot summer’s day. Make it the night before so all the fruit gets a chance to flavor the sangria. Continue reading White Peach Rosé Sangria

Ginger Orange Mocktail

I was sitting enjoying a salad and a sandwich up in my veggie patch on a hot sweltering summer morning last week when I saw her appear, with these beautiful cold drinks. I tell you folks, to sip a cold drink on a hot balmy morning, that mocktail tasted like ambrosia!!  This ginger orange mocktail was created by my daughter Anjali for a brunch time treat on my birthday last week. The mocktail was refreshing, fizzy and tangy and on a hot summer day a cold drink like this one really hit the spot! Continue reading Ginger Orange Mocktail

Blueberry Smash Kambucha

Oh its hot outside! This week started off on a warmer note with temps in the 90s! I can’t drink enough water and don’t really feel like doing anything except just lazing around. On a lazy week like this one I asked one of my twins if she would replicate her mocktail she made last Sunday for Father’s Day.  It’s a refreshing drink with lots of berries, sweetened with honey 😃🐝🍯,  tangy and fizzy from the fermented kambucha.  It also has a herby flavor boost with the addition of fresh mint.  However rather than just muddle the mint it is blended into a pulp along with the blueberries so you get fresh minty flavor all throughout the drink.  Give it a try! Continue reading Blueberry Smash Kambucha

“A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

Hello and a good Monday to you all.   “A cup of tea would restore my normality.” by Douglas Adams from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Screenplay, these words have more meaning now than they ever did before for me.  When all around normalcy seems so far, a warm cup of tea has never felt more normal.  It’s a simple cup really, nothing fancy – just a bag of black tea with a splash of milk and a drizzle of honey.  It’s the simple things that I took for granted, that now have more meaning. Continue reading “A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

Homemade Oat Milk

Oat milk is all the rage right now as an alternative to dairy milk, in fact it is so popular around here that many times when I try to pick it up at the grocery stores they are out of stock.  The first time I had oat milk was at a coffee shop in Healdsburg, California couple of years ago when we were on a Thanksgiving holiday in Sonoma Wine Country.  They were promoting oat milk and were offering a little discount if you gave it a try – and I did!  Imagine my surprise when the latte was as creamy as a regular milk latte and just as delicious. I was sold! Continue reading Homemade Oat Milk

Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

Come along inside for a warm cup of tea.  I’ve learnt over the years to appreciate the little moments. Time spent with the family on an uneventful weekend for example.  Or time spent with a friend over quiet conversation on a weekday.  Moments such as these become extra special when accompanied by a warm cup of tea. So come along inside for a warm cup of tea. Continue reading Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

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