Too often, beverages are an afterthought! They’re a great way to bring everyone together and make things feel special, whether it’s a hot summer day on the deck or a cool winter night by the fire. Don’t save special drinks just for company!
Fall Spiced Tea: This recipe is a family favorite – sipped hot or served cold as a punch, it is pretty incredible with its mulled spices, tea and pear juice. It’s easy to riff with whatever’s on hand.
Frozen Coffee Frappes: (like McDonald’s only better) Made in a blender with frozen cubes of coffee, a little condensed milk and plain old milk. Wonderful made with flavored coffee, and adults might wish to add a touch of a favorite liquor. Make up your signature flavor!
Green Smoothies: Hippocrates lived around 460 B.C.; amazing, isn’t that we still haven’t learned this lesson – at least I always need to keep reminding myself! One thing I think I do right? These babies.
Horchata: I was introduced late in life to this lovely, light and refreshing beverage – don’t make the same mistake! Super easy to make at home from common ingredients. Perfect with Mexican food.
Orange “Julias”: A copycat recipe of the famous mall stand drinks, this is an intensely flavored smoothie that can be made in minutes. Perfect for a brunch and great in the summer.
Pumpkin Spice Latte: A warm coffee drink blended with a little pumpkin puree and beautiful array of pumpkin pie spices. Amazingly inexpensive to make at home and far better than anything out!
Spa Water on a Budget: Add appropriate trimmings, seeds, cores, hulls, etc. to a mason jar, fill with water and place in the fridge to gently infuse for a day or a few days. Such a cheap treat!
Whipped Cream for the Freezer: Whip some up (or use extra from a dessert) and dollop onto plastic. Freeze until firm, then store. Flavor as you wish. No waste, no additives.