Growing up in Florida meant always looking for that next sweet, heat relieving summer treat. The one that I’ll always go back to is the Italian soda!
Italian sodas are homemade soft drinks with a dash of creaminess that make it the perfect combination of crisp and sweet. It’s completely unparalleled in freshness. Except maybe a good old fashioned sweet tea 😉
Remember that Cara Cara syrup recipe from before the laptop incident? Well, this cocktail has been sitting in the archives waiting for editing and it’s finally here! This Citrus Mint Smash just edged out Mojitos in my rankings of ‘most refreshing drinks’. read more
Since the breakfast bowl, I’ve been obsessed with Cara Cara oranges. They’re extra sweet, tangy and pink! (Well, pinker then normal oranges). But with a 10 orange bag still left, I had to look for other ways to use them. The delicious solution- cocktail syrup.
Quick explanation. Simple syrups are used in drinks instead of granulated sugar because they mix more easily. Most syrups are made with equal parts water and sugar (or sometimes 2:1 sugar to water for “rich syrup” & extended store time), and add the infusion ingredients later. But because orange juice already has high amounts of sugar and is a liquid (duh), using it directly in equal parts cuts straight to the chase.
Cara Cara Cocktail Syrup equal parts fresh Cara Cara juice & sugar
(~3 oranges = 1/2 cup of juice)
Making simple syrups might be the easiest recipe ever. Start by juicing all your oranges and strain to remove pulp (Cara Cara oranges don’t have seeds! Win.).
Combine your juice and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stir until the sugar dissolves. Let cool in a glass container. That’s it. Finito. Store in the fridge up to a month.
Best juicing practices- Have the oranges at room temperature and roll them against the counter before juicing. This will help the citrus release the juices. Don’t have any juicing tools? Try using the back of a spoon.
There’s a lot of debate on how long simple syrups keep. General rule is one month in the fridge, but some people say theirs have kept for over a year. Just keep an eye on it 😉
I love the tanginess of Cara Cara’s on its own, but if you want a sweeter variation add a splash of vanilla extract.
The original or sweetened version can be further reduced (like how we made thered wine syrup for Valentine’s Day) to make an amazing dessert glaze.
I’m working on 2 cocktail recipes using this syrup, so check back next week to see how to use it!
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up with all the themed cocktails & specialty beers! Green juice is a great way to help the aftermath aching. They’re a medley of veggies & fruit to give you a super dose of nutrients.
Jumping straight into green juice can be a shock to your tastebuds. Lots of smoothie places add high sugar fruits to mask the earthy green taste of veggies. Green juice recipes recommend avoiding this to not spike your blood sugar.
Hangover Savior Green Detox Juice
1 cup water (or coconut water for electrolytes)
1/2 c blueberries
2 cups spinach
1 peeled kiwi
1 1″ piece of peeled ginger
2 T sweetener of choice (recommend agave or maple syrup)
1 bunch of mint
juice from 1 lemon
This recipe is almost a non recipe- you just take all the ingredients and dump them into a blender or juicer. Each piece is geared to replenishing nutrients or soothing the aftermath of a night of drinking:
Cucumber- Flushes out toxins and save a few slices to soothe your red eyes
Blueberries- Packed with antioxidants that helps your body heal
Spinach- Replaces depleted zinc, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese
Kiwi- High in fiber & Vitamin C that help manage blood sugar levels
Ginger- Aids your body in absorbing the rest of the detox goodness
Mint- Promotes digestion & soothes stomachs, nausea, & headaches
Lemon- Has vitamin C and adds an extra flavor kick
Some tips on blending versus juicing Using a blender will keep all the fiber from the veggies in the drink. Juicing removes the fiber & pulp, so you will have less resulting volume with the ingredient list portions shown. If you want more juice-juice, double the recipe amount. It comes down to what you want to get out if this recipe.
Note: This should NOT be used as a meal replacement. It’s more of snack that preps your body for the day.