Beverages

Strawberry, Rhubarb Infused Iced Tea

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Rhubarb “Tea”

This Strawberry, Rhubarb Infused Iced Tea recipe is a slightly modified version from marthastewart.com. The sweet/tart combination of strawberries and rhubarb make a cooling summery iced tea that’s naturally caffeine-free.

Ingredients

  • Rhubarb stalks.
  • 1 cup water for each stalk of rhubarb.
  • Sugar to taste (optional) For a vegan-friendly version substitute with honey.
  • Fresh mint and sliced strawberry to garnish.

Directions

Wash the rhubarb stalks and cut into three inch lengths and place in a heavy bottomed pot. Add about 1 cup of water for each stalk of rhubarb, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook, stirring occasionally, for about one hour. Strain, and add sugar to taste while the infusion is still warm. Add sliced strawberries to a pitcher and pour cooled rhubarb infused tea over. Refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice, and garnish with mint and a sliced strawberry.

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Chocolate Margarita

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Enjoy a relaxing  evening sipping this wonderful chocolate treat. The perfect drink for chocolate lovers on this National Margarita Day!

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Ingredients

To rim the glasses:

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

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Rim the glasses with syrup and chopped chocolate using 2 small dishes. Moisten the rims of 4 margarita or martini glasses with the chocolate syrup. Dip them in the Mexican chocolate until coated. Set aside.

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12 Days of Delicious: Home Cooked For The Holidays

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12 Home Cooked Holiday Recipies

Impress your guests this holiday with these home cooked and delicious holiday delights.

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Beat the yolks with the sugar until thick. Gradually add the almond milks, bourbon, rum, brandy. Chill

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