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Hibiscus Refresher

As the name of this beverage implies, it is made from the deep crimson or magenta calyces (sepals) of  the roselle flower: Hibiscus sabdariffa. It

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Strawberry Smoothie

 Smoothies are a perfect breakfast food, and they’re also a fabulous addendum to a book and a hammock or any other slow-food activity. Use whole

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Blended Iced Coffee

Shakerato Courtesy of David Lebovitz:  The Sweet Life in Paris I should mention before the recipe that David was so taken by the name “Shakerato”

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Coffee Milkshake

Want dessert and a delicious pick-me-up? Have a coffee milkshake!  It’s the perfect refreshing end to a late afternoon or evening barbecue on a warm

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiris are refreshing and delicious, and with all of the fresh berries available in Summer, so easy to make!

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Vanilla Mule

Want to enhance a classic Mule? Add Vanilla to it! Spicy, tangy and refreshing, The Mule, with its hint of mint and twist of lime

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Mint Julep

  The Mint Julep has long been associated with the south, but is thought to have gotten it’s roots centuries ago in the Arab world,

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Fresh Berry Vanilla Shrub

Have you noticed how food trends and recipes are recycled — what’s long forgotten is once again the next best thing? Except it often reappears

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Tropical Paradise

Living in coastal California, our summers come twice — it gets hot in May, then it remains cool and often foggy while the inland valleys

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Mango Lassi

If you are unfamiliar with lassis, they are a traditional Indian yogurt-based beverage designed to refresh and to cool you down. They can be served

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Hot Vanilla!

Trouble sleeping? Overstressed? Feeling Chilled? You don’t want tea or coffee because of the caffeine and the alkaloids in hot chocolate will wire you. Instead, make

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An Eggnog to Remember

 This is a full-on eggnog that features a slew of tropical spices, plus rum, sugar, vanilla and candied orange peel.  We can only imagine how

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