Table 38 Specialty Drinks

pumpkins

 

 Pumpkin Smoothie

 

 

Thinking of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie in the middle of summer?  Gotcha covered with a pumpkin smoothie.  You’re gonna love it.

 Serves 8

 Ingredients

  • 1 15oz. can pumpkin pie filling
  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1/2 Cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

  • Divide and spoon the pie filling into 8 muffin tins, cover with foil and place in the freezer overnight.
  • Place the milk, yogurt and 4 frozen pie filling sections into a blender.
  • Add the cinnamon and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into 4 individual glasses and top with a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs and enjoy.

⇒ Store the remaining 4 frozen pumpkin sections in a zip lock bag in the freezer for the next time you have a craving for a healthy Pumpkin Smoothie.

Did You Know…

…that pumpkin is a great source of fiber?

…that 1 cup of cooked pumpkin provides your body with more than 200% of the daily recommended Vitamin A?

…that pumpkin is rich in carotenoids & beta carotene which your body converts into Vitamin A?  Great for your eyes, your skin and it even boosts your immune system.  Good to know!

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Classic All American Root Beer Float

The key to the perfect float is first, run each glass mug under cold water and place in the freezer for an hour or so.  When ready to serve, add a few scoops of premium vanilla bean ice cream into each frosted mug and carefully fill to the top with chilled, quality root beer. Add a straw and long handled spoon and you’ll feel like a kid again as you slurp up every foamy spoonful.

Nostalgia is even better with a little kick in it.  Make an adult version of the Root Beer Float by using vanilla and sarsaparilla spiced craft ale, “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”.

Want More?

⇒ How about a few scoops of raspberry sherbet or sorbet in a frosted mug, filled with grape soda and a fresh mint garnish?

⇒ Or a few scoops of French vanilla ice cream in a frosted mug filled with orange soda, garnished with an orange slice.

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pomegranate-cocktailBreakfast Pomegranate Cocktail

In a tall glass pitcher, combine:

  • 1 1/3 Cups Pomegranate juice (not from concentrate)
  • 2 1/3 Cups sparkling water
  • 1 Tsp sugar, or to taste
  • 1 Tbls freshly squeezed lime juice

Stir, serve over ice and garnish with slices of fresh lime.

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cocktails

 Host a Cocktail Party

 

Show off your gardens at their peak time.  This creates the perfect ambience for entertaining. Light up your garden with battery operated pillar candles and string white Christmas lights.  How romantic a setting… a table or 3 under a light-strung tree.

Make cocktails the star… If possible, use glass.  For some reason, unless you’re hosting a beautiful wedding reception in a historic barn, cocktails always taste better in glass.  Serve 2 or 3 different kinds of craft beer in bottles…never cans and have frosted mugs ready in the freezer.

May I suggest…

When summer is in full bloom and you’re craving a cocktail or planning a cocktail party/gathering, freeze fresh berries to serve as a garnish or in ice cubes for your Sangria or other drinks.  Some good ideas are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries.

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Sparkling Lime Fizz…Fit for a Party

In a large pitcher, combine:

  • One 750ml bottle of Vermouth
  • One 750ml bottle of sparkling wine
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice
  • 3/4 cups simple syrup

Stir, serve over ice and garnish individual glasses with slices of lemon, lime and fresh mint leaves from your garden.

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fresh-apple-and-carrot-juice

Fresh Apple and Carrot Juice

In your juicer, mix the following ingredients for a healthy and nutritious single serving juice drink.

  • 1 Red Delicious apple,washed and stems removed
  • 1 Fuji apple, washed and stems removed
  • 1 Large carrot, to add a vitamin boost and a sweet flavor difference

Please read my product review of the Breville JE98XL juicer which you can pick up for a pretty good price.

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Tequila-sunriseTequila Sunrise

To make two tall, refreshing healthy drinks, fill glasses with ice cubes and the following:

  • 8oz of fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 4oz tequila
  • 2oz seltzer
  • Stir and add a slice of blood orange for the garnish

Better yet…make a pitcher full and call up a few friends.

 

 

The Delicious Mint Julepmint-julep

Please read my blog “Spring is the Season for Fresh Ideas” and check out the recipe for this delicious and Addictive Mint Julep cocktail using fresh mint from your garden.

Make a pitcher and share with a few friends. They’ll be glad you did.

 

strawberry-mojito

Strawberry Honey Mojito

Find this recipe in my blog “Spring is the Season for Fresh Ideas“…just click here to learn how to make your own Strawberry Honey Mojito and enjoy!  Grow your own or purchase freshly picked strawberries at your local farmers’ market.

Please check back often for new Table 38 Specialty Drinks

I welcome your feedback and comments, below.  Have a question or specific recipe request?  I’ll be happy to research and find an answer.

Skål

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