Beverages

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Lazy summer days call for Fresh Peach Iced Tea.

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OK, so my summer days have been anything but lazy, but I am an iced tea lover through and through. I’ll admit that I generally drink my iced tea unsweetened, but every once in a while I enjoy a little flavor action.

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When I was a kid, I LOVED sweetened iced tea, and more specifically, sweet tea made by my aunt in Georgia. Nothing tasted better than her sweet tea. I would watch her make it on the stove, throwing tea bags into a sauce pan. I always remember I thought it was so strange to make tea in a pan… Continue reading

Pomegranate Valentine Mimosas

Pomegranate Valentine Mimosas

Let’s mark the calendar because this is a first. It’s happening right here, right now….Pomegranate Valentine Mimosas are the very first “grown up” drink I’ve posted. They were inspired by a brunch I hosted a week or so ago, and even though it was the last day of January, it had hints of a Valentine theme to it.

Pomegranate Valentine Mimosas

In my life as a merchant, I was always working a good year, sometimes 18 months ahead of real time. We needed to travel the world to identify future trends. Then, we needed time to digest all of that information and settle on what trends would inspire our next collection. Some product… Continue reading

Fresh Lemonade

Fresh Lemonade

“You’re going to do a blog post on Fresh Lemonade???” asked my daughter.

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Yes.  Yes I am.  “But isn’t lemonade just sugar, water and lemon juice???” she persisted, having made her own juicy concoctions in the past. Pretty much. But you can make good lemonade and not so good lemonade. This is going to be good lemonade.

This Fresh Lemonade uses a lemon simple syrup which makes for an easy and delicious drink. A basic simple syrup uses one part water to one part sugar. I often make a plain simple syrup if we’re serving a crowd and I’ve got iced tea on the beverage menu. A… Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

It’s Monday.  How about a milkshake?

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A Pumpkin Pie Milkshake, so it’s very November appropriate, even if it is the Monday after a possibly splurgey Halloween weekend of candy and/or parties.  I wanted to post this recipe this week, so I waited until after lunch yesterday to make it and then split it amongst the four of us to minimize the damage.

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I will tell you, however, that splitting the milkshake did little to satisfy my family.  They all wanted it “for real” for dessert last night.  Between the parties we attended and trick or treating…I’m pretty sure they didn’t need more treats by… Continue reading