Most of us are addicted to caffeine. We drink it every morning out of habit, but also to give us a much-needed boost to get us going or to help us face the day. Caffeine is a stimulant targeting the central nervous system and it does a really good job of combating drowsiness and helping us feel more awake.
However, past a certain time in the day, many of us avoid caffeine for fear it may lead to a sleepless, restless night, so we turn to decaf. Let's explore some of the ways that caffeine is removed from coffee.
When it comes to cocktails, by no means does "frozen" necessarily translate to "frilly." In fact, one hot spot in the Midwest has a menu of high-end, rock-star cocktails all served frozen. Inspired by the heat and in a toast to the 4th of July, this week we decided to follow suit and take the gin and tonic, that most sublime summertime sip, to the frozen side of cocktails.
After sweet tea, a refreshing glass of lemonade is the quintessential summer thirst-quencher in the South. I have memories of gallon-sized pickle jars filled with white sugar-laced lemonade that my maternal grandmother used to make at her home in Memphis.
These days, we have a Meyer lemon tree in our backyard that produces enough fruit for us to make a gallon of lemonade every week during the hotter months, and my wife and I experiment with different combinations using fresh fruits, herbs, essential oils, tea leaves, honey, agave, and flavored simple syrups.
When two ingredients love each other very, very much, something magical happens. Peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, and eggs and bacon – they are timeless loves. Let's see what happens when rum and pineapple-coconut juice come together in an innocent little game of spin the bottle.
With the 4th of July just a few days away, it's a good time to talk cold drinks and the place where they live. Whether you're loading several coolers for a big party this weekend, or packing for a trip to the beach, there's one essential tool that should always be attached to your cooler.
It’s no secret that watermelon is the "it" ingredient this summer. It’s on craft cocktail menus, it’s served with mint and ricotta in super Instagram-able salads at mega hip restaurants everywhere, and it’s still the best barbecue go-to in all the land.
I love watermelon everything, but I haven’t figured out the perfect way to create a cocktail that doesn’t overpower the light, sweet taste. That’s why I was beyond excited to put together the Everclear® Watermelon Negroni, which let’s you fully enjoy the watermelon, without letting its flavor disappear into alcohol oblivion. It’s basically like eating a ripe watermelon, only there’s alcohol involved, and what could be better? That was a rhetorical question, because literally nothing can compare to this Watermelon Negroni.
A good drink dispenser (see some favorites here) is helpful at summer cookouts — it keeps lemonade or boozy beverages cold and makes it easy for guests to serve themselves without the need to constantly refill smaller pitchers. But beverage dispensers often aren't cheap, and honestly, I don't have room for such a bulky thing in my kitchen. This is why this idea is so brilliant — make a drink keg out of a watermelon!
Q: I am looking for either an espresso machine or a single-cup coffee machine that is very easy and quick to use (like push one button while I get ready for work in the morning kind of quick). And almost more important than the price is that it brews super-hot coffee or espresso.
It's the time of year when farmers market stands are bursting with gorgeous berries and their sweet smells fill the air. Don't resist. Go ahead grab a pint of each! If you can keep yourself from eating them all before you get home, make yourself a pitcher of this sangria — the first in a series this month of sangrias inspired by the farmers market.