Whenever I see sangria on the menu at a new restaurant, I feel compelled to order it to try their variation, especially if fresh fruit is involved! It always reminds me of summer days relaxing on a patio, sunglasses on, chatting and soaking in some sun with friends. Which can be a very welcome respite in the usual rainy months of Vancouver.
It’s like a mini-vacation in a glass. Fresita is a Chilean sparkling wine that’s infused with freshly-picked intensely flavored Patagonian strawberries. I thought this would act as a great base for a sangria, so grabbed a bottle from a nearby BC liquor store and set about creating a recipe. I personally love fruit, so I incorporated a lot of it into this drink, but you can play around and adjust that to your own taste.
-1 cup kiwi, muddled
-1 cup blueberries
-1 cup sliced lemons
-1 cup sliced limes
-1 cup sliced grapefruit
-1 cup triple sec
-1 bottle chilled Fresita 750ml
-2 tbs raw cane sugar (for rim)
1. Zest a lime onto a plate, and add the cane sugar.
2. Pour the triple sec into a pitcher, and add sliced fruit (lemon, lime and grapefruit). Chill in refrigerator for 1.5 hours to develop the flavors.
3. When ready to serve, rub a sliced lime over the rim of the glass, and dip into sugar lime mixture. Add a generous spoonful of muddled kiwi.
4. Take out the pitcher, and add the Fresita. Pour it into each rimmed glass, and top off with blueberries.
*This post was sponsered by Branding & Buzzing*
Watermelon is one of my all-time favourite fruits. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like biting into cold sweet cubes of juicy watermelon to cool off. I decided to take it one step further, and created some Watermelon Popsicles!
It’s super simple to make, with just pure watermelon being the main ingredient. I threw in some fresh chopped mint and a squeeze of lemon to brighten up the flavours, but be careful not to add too much so that it’s not overpowering.
I also spiked these with some Samuel Adams Boston Lager beer, which you can usually get it at any local liquor store in Canada. I got mine from a BC Liquor Store here in Vancouver.
See below for the recipe!
-2 cups watermelon cubed
-1 tablespoon chopped mint
-Squeeze of lemon juice
-1/2 cup beer (I used Samuel Adams Boston Lager)
-1 tablespoon simple syrup (optional depending on how sweet the watermelon is)
1. Blend watermelon with mint and lemon juice until smooth
2. Add beer to mixture
3. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze
4. Add popsicle sticks after 20 minutes
5. Freeze an additional hour or until completely set.
Happy popsicle making!
*This post was sponsered by Branding & Buzzing*
If you’ve ever browsed the baking aisle of your neighborhood grocery store, you’ll know that the frosting selection is often quite limited. It’s rare to see more than the standard offerings of vanilla and chocolate unless you visit a specialty shop.
One way to combat this, is to create your own frosting from scratch. The options are limitless when you can add whatever flavor or use whatever method you choose.
Sadly, not all of us have the time and skill to conceive well-rounded flavors from just raw ingredients.
I wanted to share a really great and simple effective way to work around this: bubble tea powder mix.
I’ve found that adding a few tbs of bubble tea mix powder to your generic vanilla icing will really give it that unique flavor.
And bonus: it adds color as well, so no need for food coloring!
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One of my favorite summer treats is a freshly blended avocado smoothie. They’re a great alternative to ice cream on those hot days, and pretty low-cal considering how rich and creamy it is.
It’s super simple and easy to make. See more below for my recipe!
-1 ripe avocado (halved and pitted)
-1 1/2 cups ice cubes
-2 cups skim milk
-2 packets Splenda + 2 packets sweet n’ low* (or substitute 3 tbs honey if you don’t want to use artificial sweeteners)
*I like to combine two different types of artificial sweeteners to create a real sugar taste. I find that if I just use one brand, things tend to taste “fake” or somehow off. This way, you get all the taste with a fraction of the calories!*
Blend all ingredients together on high. Serves 2.
Calories per serving: 224
Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you’re all having a great time relaxing, and spending time with loved ones.
Our tree finally got some presents underneath!
For my days off, I decided to tackle a tiramisu recipe from scratch. It’s one of my favorite desserts, and I’ve always wondered how it was made.
Here’s a quick recap of my kitchen adventure.
Decided to do dark chocolate shavings rather than cocoa powder dusting.
I was bringing this to a Christmas dinner so I really wanted the presentation to be on point. I knew from past trifles that it can be quite hard to make the layering look pretty, so I went with a ladyfinger fence instead.
Kinda just winged it from seeing pictures, but I think it turned out pretty well.
There’s always time for a ribbon.
I left it in the fridge overnight for all the espresso flavors to sink in, and voila!
Couldn’t believe how easy this was to make this intimidating dessert.