I found my new drink.
I’ve had a handful of mixed drinks that I’ve ordered on a regular basis. Vodka Sour was one for a while, Mojito was another. I don’t like Martinis and I usually order a vodka drink if any. But this one sounded so unique and delicious. I made the simple syrup last week and the smell permeated the house. Loved it. I finally got all the ingredients together to try it out.
The combination of flavors is so delightful. Yes, its delightful. And the smell and flavor of the rosemary lingers after you’ve guzzeled down your sip. Let me just say, I bought two little bottles of Bombay Gin and I’m making a second cocktail as soon as this post is up. Done. Scuse me while I get my drink on.
Recipe courtesy of Designsponge.com
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
Over medium-high heat, mix together the water and sugar in a saucepan and place rosemary sprigs in the mixture. Bring to a boil and boil for about 1 minute or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Rosemary Gin Rickey
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
- 1.5 ounces gin
- club soda
- rosemary sprigs for garnish
Fill a collins glass with ice, then pour in the lime juice, simple syrup and gin. Top with club soda and insert a sprig of rosemary as a garnish. Enjoy!
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Not only am I doing this Pinterest challenge, but I am also participating in the annual Gold’s Gym Challenge. The 12 week challenge is a contest to get fit, transform your body and meet your fitness goals; and possibly win some cash. So you’ll probably see several of my Pinterest Challenges involving health food, training programs and weight loss. I promise I won’t go too crazy with the fitness stuff. And if I do, it will probably just be from January to March. So bear with me and take it all in.
What a jump from fried food to a protein shake. Gotta have the bad with the good right. This is a tasty treat when you’re trying to avoid a really tasty bad for you treat. It’ll fill you up and it tastes, well, like Chai tea. Drink up.
- 8 oz. Oregon Chai slightly sweet Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- splash of skim milk
- cup of ice
In a blender mix Chai tea, protein powder and milk. Add ice and blend till ice is incorporated and shake is thick. Drink it.
I recently got an email from a friend of my sisters asking this question: What can you do with the leftover pulp after you juice a variety of different fruits and veggies?
And here is my answer:
- throw it in the composter if you got one
- incorporate it into a recipe. Example: carrot cake, banana bread, zucchini bread. These sweet breads usually incorporate lots of fruits and veggies anyway so adding a little pulp will add some extra vitamins, moisture, and flavor. I have this great recipe for Morning Glory muffins that I may post soon and incorporates apples, carrots, and pineapple. Pulp is also easy to freeze, thaw out and add to a recipe. My juicer came with a recipe book utilizing pulps in this way.
- Dry the peels if you can separate them and toss them in the fireplace or leave them out for birds or deer (if you want wildlife near your house).
- Separate out any seeds and add pulp to a smoothie.
- Add the pulp back into the juice for a pulpier juice experience.
- Add to oatmeal
- If you got kids, its great to add pulp to kid friendly foods like pasta sauce, baked goods, meatballs, or mac and cheese for example. Gives them the vitamins they miss out on when you have a picky eater. A great book to get it Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious. She uses cooked and pureed veggies and fruits in her recipes. Same concept.
- Add to soups
- Make a flavored cream cheese
- make a facial mask (okay that’s a stretch but I wanted to get to 10. Here’s a link to check out for mask ideas: http://beauty.about.com/od/skinflaws/a/facemasks.htm)
When I was working at the bakery, Michele, my former boss, would make this crazy good lemonade using frozen Minute Maid concentrate, fresh ginger and sugar. I promise you, it was crazy good. But I got addicted to the Minute Maid lemonade without the added ginger and sugar and would drink it all the time. I started calling it crack and it has forever remained that in my house. I don’t drink it often, usually in the summer and that’s about it. But I could probably put down a 2 quart pitcher of it in one sitting. It’s that addictive. So during a visit to Trader Joe’s I spotted their version in the frozen section and grabbed a can. Let me tell you, this stuff is just as good, and, if I dare say, even better. It’s not as sweet as the Minute Maid brand and it has pulp, which normally I wouldn’t care about, but it make me feel like it might be fresh squeezed. Buy it, make it, drink it. It’s better than crack.