Category Archives: beverage

Pumpkin Spice Mix

Athina is the author of the wonderful blog “Kicking back the pebbles” where you will find much more than only recipes, it’s like an open window from your desk directly to the vibrant Athens. She published a lot of interesting articles.

I just tried her awesome pumpkin spice recipe (about 1/8 teaspoon, but more is great as well ūüėČ ) with some sweetened and thickened (I used 1 teaspoon rice ¬†glutinous flour) milk. The result is a wonderful pumpkin spice latte perfect for the cold and humid days like here now.

This mix can be used in many different ways; you will find the suggestions in her blog!

Thanks !

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon allspice
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon ground mace
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Source and description: http://www.kickingbackthepebbles.com/diy-pumpkin-spice/ by Athina

Golden Milk

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Today I simply followed the steps of C G (@Celestina9000) who suggested us “Dr.Taz’s Golden Milk”. As her suggestions are always a great option I tried this one and …amazing, WOW ! I really did not expect such a great taste and delicious taste! Thanks a lot Celestina!

Ingredients:

  • 2 c water
  • 1 cm¬†piece of fresh ginger, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger root ( used the fresh as well as the dry one, both half quantity)
  • 1-2 whole cloves (one clove for me!)
  • ¬†1-2 tsp ground turmeric (I used 2¬†teaspoons)
  • 1 tsp honey (best quality!) ( I added more)
  • 2 tsp milk (or dairy sub: coconut, almond, for ex.)

Source and recipe description:  http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/hot-drink/dr-tazs-golden-milk.html By C G @Celestina9000

 

Coffee Mocha Frosted

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So yummy and refreshing!

I prepared this wonderful beverage for only for me as for the morning break before shopping.

As I don’t have chocolate syrup I melted the chocolate in the hot espresso using a small ceramic bowl in the¬†microwave. Then I place the bowl in a cold water bath to cool down. I placed the second espresso in the cold water bath to cool down as well.

I blended the ice-cream with the chocolate-espresso mixture, after this I added the second coffee and blended shortly.

It came out very creamy, sweet but not too much and tasty!

Thanks a lot Twissis  for this wonderful morning break!

Ingredients (US mesurements, makes 4 portions):

  • 1 cup brewed coffee (hot & freshly brewed)
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 pint ice cream (vanilla, softened)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (cold)

Ingredients (Metric mesurements, makes 1 smaller portion):

  • 30¬†ml brewed coffee (hot & freshly brewed) = one hot espresso
  • 20¬†ml/g chocolate syrup ¬†= I used dark sweetened chocolate
  • 100¬†g/ml¬†ice cream (vanilla, softened) = 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 30¬†ml brewed coffee (cold) = one cold espresso

Source and recipe description: http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/coffee-mocha-frosteds-17714 Created by: twissis

Agua de Jamaica – Hibiscus Iced Tea

 

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WOW! This very inspiring recipe really gave me a lot of fun during the preparation as I love to see how the color develops and I enjoyed fixing this color with the camera.
The taste was amazing, not too sweet, with a tropical touch and refreshing! I just used the first springs of mint (“Chocolate mint”) which are coming now in spring and I had all the ingredients at home including the fresh ginger and allspice berries.
Great recipe a real winner! Thanks Celestina!

Ingredients:

2 qt filtered water, divided (8 cups total)
3/4-1 c sugar
1 small cinnamon stick
few slices of fresh ginger
2-3 whole allspice berries, lightly crushed
1/2 c dried hibiscus flowers
5 sprig(s) fresh mint sprigs or 2-3 mint tea bags (yerba buena)
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract (or a 1″ piece of vanilla bean)
orange or lime slice, for garnish
mint sprigs, for garnish
ice cubes

Source and recipe description:
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/other-drink/agua-de-jamaica-hibiscus-iced-tea.html by CG (Celestina)

How to Make Turkish/Greek Coffee

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Annacia’s¬†Turkish coffee recipe is simply perfect and the coffee I preapred was the best¬†Turkish coffee I’ve ever prepared. The main point is: heat slowly and don’t let it boil. I was scared to prepare this because I still had some coffee (I used Greek coffee powder) that I had to use and I was not sure if this was fresh enough.

I made this only for me: I heated one coffee cup of water with the sugar and cardamom. When I saw it was hot I added the¬†coffee powder and I continued heating slowly, without let them boil. As soon as I saw that the coffee started to sink and the foam begun to be be formed. I stirred once.¬†I did not let him turn to hot and not let him “to rise” I simply continued brewing for about 2 minutes until I feel that it was ready: foamy but no more coffee powder on the surface.

The coffee was perfect, great taste, foamy and enough and the powder stood only on the bottom of the cup!

I enjoyed it with a small “quince paste” and a glass of water.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small turkish coffee cups fresh cold water
  • 2 Tbsp turkish ground coffee (powder)
  • 4 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 2 pinch ground cardamom

Source: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-non-alcoholic-drink/how-to-make-turkish-ccoffee.html by Annacia *

Iced White Chocolate Coffee

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If look for a white chocolate iced coffee this is what you are looking for!

To prepare this coffee I used white chocolate, which I dissolved into the still hot coffee. This I added the ice cubes  and I one scoop vanilla ice cream. After this I poured the coffee mix into glasses and added the second ice cream scoop. I decorated it as suggested using some fresh self made white chocolate flakes and the instant coffee granules.  And WOW what for coffee!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz brewed coffee, cold, strong, fresh brewed french-roast
  • 2 Tbsp white hot cocoa mix (ghirardelli’s), I used white chocolate
  • 1 1/2 oz white chocolate liqueur (godiva) (optional), I did not use this
  • 2 scoops french vanilla ice cream, large
  • 2 – 4 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules (garnish)
  • 2 tsp white chocolate, flaked (garnish)

Source and recipe description: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-hot-drink/iced-white-chocolate-coffee.html?p=3 By Baby Kato

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Creamy Spiced Coffee

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I’ve tried several coffee variations by Baby Kato and this is another winner!

The citrus taste combined perfectly with the coffee and the spices and made this beverage highly enjoyable.  I enjoyed is slowly slowly, a great way to start the day!

Ingredients:

  • 2 c coffee, strong, fresh brewed
  • 2 tsp orange peel
  • 2 tsp lemon peel
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, small
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 2 tsp sugar (or to taste) (optional), I added this
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream (heavy cream) (optional), I added this

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-hot-drink/creamy-spiced-coffee.html by Baby Kato

Amaretto Sour

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I always have some Amaretto at home; not for drinking, since for preparing different kind of dessert and give the particular taste to sweets. I don’t drink pure Amaretto, as it is too sweet for me, but in this variation with the sour of the lemon everything changed and, oh WOW, this was good!

The mentioned quantities made two portions for us, which I decorated with candied cherries!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of Amaretto
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1/1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • Ice, as needed

Source and recipe description:  http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/amaretto-sour-2526  by ahmafor3 (Lauralie)

Mexican Mocha Coffee Creamer

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An easy way to pop up your usual coffee. I used the ingredients listened and I used the powder to give a special flavor to my sweetened coffee.

I will bring the jar (made half recipe) with the powder at work to make our coffee “much better”! ūüôā

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2¬†cup hot chocolate powder
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4¬†cup nonfat dry milk powder

Source and recipe description:  http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-hot-drink/mexican-mocha-coffee-creamer.html by Annacia *

Blood Dripped Glasses

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Honey-blood was may choice! Easy to make for Halloween parties with only a few drops food coloring and 1 tablespoon melted honey!

I added the stamp of the lips to make this look more real. I used a small spoon to add little quantities onto the borders to let this drop down better.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey (for 4 glassed one tablespoon is enough)
  • 12 drops food coloring, adjust quantity to need

Source and recipe description: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/non-alcoholic-drink/blood-dripped-glasses.html  Annacia *