Have you ever tried beet kvass? Earthy, salty, sour, and sweet, this jewel-toned lacto-fermented beverage is full of probiotic goodness. Plus it's ridiculously easy and affordable to brew right on your kitchen counter.
The last two weeks at our CSA we got to PYO (Pick Your Own) blackberries. After we ate enough to give us belly aches, we put them aside for a couple of days. Unfortunately, when I went to grab a handful, some were too soft and squishy for snacking. I wasn't up for making jam or baking so into this week's cocktail they went.
There are lots of ways to heat up your drinks, from fresh cracked peppercorns to wasabi and my personal fave — freshly grated horseradish. Add the endless array of fresh peppers (habañeros, serranos, thai bird chilies, etc.) and the even wider variety of hot sauces out there, and you're choices are endless. Flavored and infused spirits are in the spice game, too, from vodka to tequila. While spicy cocktails aren't for the faint of heart, if you're ready to turn up the heat, then this cocktail is just for you.
Several years ago, I jumped on the detox bandwagon. For one week, I cut out gluten, alcohol, dairy, caffeine, deadly nightshades and a host of other things. I wasn't entirely convinced but figured I could stand to lose a few pounds and clean up my diet. I refused to buy a juicer for the week, though the menu called for some juices. They sounded gross. A few days in, I was feeling great and decided to go whole hog (or, rather, hog free) and get a cheap juicer. Oh, how I love the juice.
IKEA is known for being intuitive to small space design and budget-minded shoppers. Apparently they are also in tune with the intense feeling of anxiety one experiences when approximately a third of the way through their store, thus requiring a stiff drink upon departure. So I was thrilled to find they offer two fun and cheap mixers along with those Swedish meatballs and dollar soft serves at check out. You see, everyone wins at the end of the IKEA maze.
I had heard about the magical benefits of undiluted, unsweetened cranberry juice, and I always wanted to start drinking it, but got sticker shock every time I saw it on the shelf. I would reach for the bottle, nestled so innocently among other fruit juices, only to sigh at the price tag, usually around $7, but as high as $12 in some markets. But now I know better, and cranberry juice is a staple in my fridge.
The classic Negroni cocktail might be my favorite drink. I know this is a bold statement, but the combination of four simple ingredients is seriously the perfect sip. A friend once said, "That's a guy's drink right?" Au contraire, mon frere. This cocktail is sexy and smooth and perfectly suited for either gender in need of a delicious happy hour.