Tag Archives: drinks & cocktails

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

Pakoras, Cake and Chai. A Menu Worth Replicating

I had my cousins over for tea a couple of weeks ago as I hadn’t seen them in a while, and when all our schedules finally aligned, getting together for Sunday afternoon tea seemed like the perfect low-key way to meet up, catch up, and hang out with some afternoon treats.  What I had planned for tea was going to be delicious and fun 😋 😃. Continue reading Pakoras, Cake and Chai. A Menu Worth Replicating

Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Kashayam is an herbal tonic used in the ancient Indian healing and medicinal art of Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water tonic that is made with a single herb or spice or a combination of herbs and spices.  Kashayam has been used for thousands of years in southern India as a form of homeopathic and natural medicine to help clear away coughs to common colds, sore throats, and stomach issues. Kashayam is not a medicine but rather a soothing herbed water to help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. Continue reading Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Chai. Indian Spiced Tea

Looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter afternoon?  Try making Indian chai. Indian chai also called masala chai is black tea brewed with milk, sugar and a complex blend of herbs and spices. Typical chai spices consist of cardamom, ginger, and cloves. These spices are known to create a warming soothing effect and act as a natural digestive aid. Continue reading Chai. Indian Spiced Tea

The Dawa Cocktail

Last summer we visited family in Mombasa, Kenya; on one of the evenings we went on a sunset dinner cruise on a traditional Arab boat known as a dhow. To take a look at some pictures of this amazingly romantic sunset dinner cruise check out my earlier post:  Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa, Kenya

On this dinner cruise the Tamarind Hotel and Restaurant that hosts the cruise serves a refreshing cocktail called the Dawa. It is the perfect drink on a balmy summer evening in tropical Mombasa.

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Harvest. Unexpected Projects Using Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis

Harvest. Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis is a fun, beautiful, inspiring, and informative gardening cookbook I recently bought. I pre-ordered this book and I never pre-order a book.  I like to read the reviews and have the book be out for a while to see what people think of it before I get it. But the name of this book got me hooked – Harvest!  What a lovely name for a gardening book.  Harvest speaks volumes just by the meaning of the word – the feel good images it conjures of fields and farms, of flowers and nature. Continue reading Harvest. Unexpected Projects Using Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis