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Glühwein (German Mulled Wine) is a great hot beverage to have outdoors on a cold evening with good friends. Spiced to perfect and sweeter than wine, this concoction is heart-warming around the Holiday season. Glühwein is a warm and spiced wine is made to be taken outside, at the Christmas market, but it could also just be outside after a winter activity or to welcome guests over with this heartwarming drink. My husband is German, and his whole family enjoys every year going to the Christmas market while sipping on that comforting spiced-up wine. It makes you forget about the cold, and dipping your nose into the cup (yes, they drink this in a cup) makes you think of those perfect Christmas memories. The Spices The secret to a good gluhwein finds itself in the spices. I suggest some mix here, with lots of cardamom, but you could modify it slightly to…

The popular Hugo Spritz is a beloved cocktail cherished for its delicate aroma and festive side. Crafted from elderflower syrup, sparkling wine, mint and lime, this enchanting concoction is served over ice with a hint of sparkling water. Hugo Spritz is a popular European drink made of a simple mix of sparkling wine and water, elderflower syrup, mint, and a slice of lime served on the rocks. It’s so simple, no need to take the shaker out, and it’s a delicate and festive cocktail that suits any occasion. Originally made with Italian Prosecco sparkling wine, this version uses Spanish Cava for a bubblier touch. Origin of the Hugo Spritz This cocktail originated in 2005 from a German living in the Alps who wanted to find a light, festive new aperitif for his guests, a summerish, not-too-strong cocktail. Originally, the drink was called Otto and made from Lemonbalm essence. Being a…

Cranberry Gimlet is the perfect fizzy drink for the holidays! A fizzy ruby red cocktail; who could say no to this? A lovely mix of aromas from bitter cranberry to sweet mandarine, orange-infused gin and a touch of sparkling wine! The Holidays will taste much better this year! Impress your guests with this fizzy Christmas Cranberry Gimlet! The drink uses cranberry juice, the juice of a mandarine, some Sevilla-infused Tanqueray Gin (not sponsored), homemade cinnemon and mandarin syrup, and a lot of sparking wine! Because for the Holidays… bubbles are mandatory! Inspiration A Gimlet is an old classic of gin, sugar and lime. It was invented by sailors to fight against scurvy, in other words, to preserve the limes for longer on their long journeys. Still, many years later, this beloved sweet-and-sour drink is a scrumptious classic! Christmas Version To make this drink Christmas’y’, I’ve switched the sour lime with…

Originating from the mountainous regions of Peru, Chicha Morada is a traditional alcohol-free beverage crafted from purple corn, pineapple peel, cinnamon and cloves. This delightful concoction is highly customizable, going from healthy to sweet. Despite its roots in Latin America, it is a delicious drink that deserves recognition worldwide. Chicha Morada holds a higher level of popularity in Peru than Coca-Cola. While it’s available in various forms, such as bottled, powdered, or gel, nothing compares to authentic homemade juice. Crafting it at home is surprisingly easy; the most challenging part may be sourcing dry purple corn (maíz morado), typically found at your local Latino market. If not available locally, you can likely find it online, ensuring it’s from Peru as they have the unique entirely purple cob. Particularly favoured among children, there’s also an adult version called Chicha de Jora, which includes alcohol, offering a different twist for the grown-ups.…

Cappuccino on the Rocks is the way to bring all the chocolate notes out of your coffee beans! Pour the hot espresso directly on big ice cubes, add a bit of cold milk foam and voila! This Cappuccino on the Rocks is an excellent start on a hot summer day. All the elements of your favourite cappuccino are in there, with a few extra ice cubes. Strangely, dropping the espresso shot directly on ice cubes brings out the chocolate aromas from the coffee grains. Making ice latte, nitro, or cold brews doesn’t bring out this chocolate touch as this technique does! The only rule about this version is to sip it up rapidly, not to dilute your coffee into the melting ice. The Technique Foaming Cold Milk Dropping directly on Ice First, foam the milk for about 20 seconds with those affordable manual milk frothers (the ones with a round spiral at the…

An autumnal cocktail to warm up and keep it fun and fizz. Try this Spiced Apple Spritz with spiced rum, sparkling apple juice (or cider), cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. There are zillions of great summer cocktails, but not as many Fall ones. Let me introduce you to this lovely spiced-up cocktail called Spice Apple Spritz. It is ultra simple to prepare and easy to turn into a grown-up punch, too, with extra apple pieces. Rum Choice This recipe comes from a Jamaican descendant friend, so she recommended a mix of a white overproof Wray& Nephew and brown rum. For those who don’t know what an Overproof rum is, it has more than 50% alcohol. It is 60% in this case, which is a bit scary for some people. I kept the drink a bit softer and used spiced rum instead, which works wonders. If you want the real Jamaican deal,…

White Sangria with Berries is a simple, delicate and made-on-the-spot drink filled with all kinds of berries and a splash of Brandy to keep it authentic and loads of ice to keep it ultra fresh! White Sangria with Berries is a delightful and refreshing twist on the classic red sangria. This fruity, vibrant drink is perfect for summer gatherings and can be customized with various fruits. In this recipe, we’ll rapidly infuse the sangria with a medley of juicy berries to create a visually appealing and flavorful beverage. So grab your pitcher, gather some fresh berries, and let’s get started! On the Spot Sangria vs. Macerated Ones A traditional Sangria would need a few hours of fruit maceration, which needs good planning, time-wise and quantity-wise. This white version you can easily make on the spot, no worries, and the strawberries will macerate or give its flavour in less than 10…

Tamarind Iced Tea or juice is the new lemonade to quench your thirst this summer! It is served with extra lime, cilantro and many ice cubes to make it chilled! Homemade Tamarind iced tea is the drink to quench your thirst this summer. The hardest part of the recipe is to figure out a place where to buy those brown beans that look like fruits. Then it’s soaking them and squeezing the pulp to make this fantastic iced tea. Tamarindo has a particularly sour taste, just like lemon or lime. And just like them, tamarind needs some sugar to balance its acidity resulting in this famous ‘sweet and sour’ dynamic duo we all love. Where is Tamarind From? The tree comes from Africa, although now it grows everywhere from Asia to South America. Meaning this fruit is popular in those continents as well. In Mexico, they call this drink ‘Agua de Tamarindo’,…

This summer, brighten your tastebuds with Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho! A fruity yet nutty cold soup also called gazpacho. This vegan soup will be all you’ll need to make an impression for your next summer feast! Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho is based on the original gazpacho recipe, “Ajo Blanco,” which contains almonds, garlic, bread and a bit of vinegar. The traditional one doesn’t have pineapple, but sometimes grapes are used. A traditional and ancestral Spanish recipe with a touch of fun pineapple! Gazpacho History Gazpacho existed way before tomatoes were imported into Europe from the New World. The Arabs imported them and later cultivated them in Spain. Back in the day, Spaniards used to make “cold soup” gazpacho with almonds and vinegar. They are quite a few excellent recipes using them in Spain. Often used in the “Picada” last aromatic touch at the end of cooking. Plus, it thickens sauces…