Fig + Ginger Horchata

 Prep Time : 5 + 30 Minutes | Cook Time : 0 Minutes | Total Time : 4 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! Since we’ve been talking about non-alcoholic drink options lately I have another one. A bit more work than the lemonade but so delicious and refreshing. One of my favourite people made horchata to bring along to friendmas and I absolutely loved it! It has the same creamy mouthfeel and refreshingness as cold milk. But without the heavy feeling. With a few added spices and sweetened with a little dried fruit it becomes addictive. It does need to be well chilled or it will seem sweet and a bit cloying. As well as just knocking it back I can recommend pouring it on cereal or adding to black tea. Use the most blender-ing appliance you have because the smoother you can blend it the more creamy goodness you can extract. When it’s sitting in the fridge it will settle out into layers – just give it a good shake before drinking.

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Lemon + Tarragon Soda

 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 5 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! At this time of year a lot of toasts are made and a lot of drinks are provided. But what if you don’t drink alcohol? I don’t drink anymore apart from the odd mouthful on a very special occasion because it’s not good for my mental health. My body and my brain are not fans. While I make no bones about it there are a lot of people who would rather not drink a lot or at all for reasons they may or may not be comfortable sharing. It’s important to look after those people too. Give them something better than “back up” options. With the crazy heat in NZ at the moment we need all the cold drinks we can get! I’ve been making lemonade the way my mother taught me for years. It has 2 ingredients and takes no time at all. Today we are going to level up using one of my favourite herbs. Tarragon adds a glorious herbal anise flavour that goes wonderfully with lemon. Herbs are woefully underused in sweet foods and drinks and they’re a great way to add a new dimension of flavour. Made up with soda water this is a fabulous drink on it’s own but if you must it is also delicious in gin cocktails.

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Sunshine Punch

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 5 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! This week is brought t you by desperately clinging to warmer days. Bright golden summery-seeming punch today. Golden sunny saffron rolls later on. Let me have this one. I’m wearing two layers of woollen socks. Homemade cordial couldn’t be easier. It’s just juice, a bit of sugar and maybe some extra spice. We are keeping the sugar low today so this one will need to be kept in the fridge. No biggie. Winter citrus is a miracle. Fruit that conjures up bright sunny days and zesty refreshment. And it comes into season right when you need cheering up. Citrus is one of my all time favourite things. Smells good, is a bit bitter on the outside but is a big sunny hug on the inside. A bit like me. This punch also makes great cocktails. Just add your favourite white spirit and you’re away. Now this does have a bit of passionfruit in it. You can still get them in stores here and you only need one. I do recommend getting frozen passionfruit to have on hand when you need an injection of sunshine!

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Spiked Hot Lemon, Honey + Ginger

 Prep Time : 5 Minutes | Cook Time : 0 Minutes | Total Time : 10 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Spiked Hot Honey Lemon + Ginger

So you know how I said I had a sore throat last week? My go to when I come down with colds and other gooby afflictions is this delicious hot drink that’s tart and soothing at the same time. It’s full of some of my favourite things – lemon, ginger and honey – and it really does help. Classically it’s made without rum, but sometimes you just need a little something extra to perk you up. Rum is the answer. Surprisingly often…

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