Archive for the ‘drinks’ Category

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soda sữa hột gà (egg soda)

October 15, 2013

I remember, as a child, reading an old book where the kids drank egg creams. I begged my mom to let me try one. Finally, she let me have one in a dingy old diner. I was horrified by it. No egg? No cream? Not overly sweet? Misleading!

This year, I tried a soda sữa hột gà with my friend in a great Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago. That was what I wanted as a kid, all those years ago. We both loved it. I’ve craved it a few times since then (like now)

It’s light yet heavy, sweet but not overwhelming, and not nearly as strange as it sounds. Think of a lighter, unspiced eggnog.

1 T sweetened condensed milk
1 egg yolk
seltzer (as needed, 1-2 cups)
ice
two glasses

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adapted from wikibooks

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blueberry oatmeal smoothie

May 9, 2013

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1/2 cup berries (frozen are ok; i used a combination of blackberries and blueberries)
1 small banana, broken into 3 or 4 pieces
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
handful of fresh strawberries
honey, to taste (~ 1T) (optional)

soak oats in milk when you get up.

make smoothie 15 mins later.

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adapted from here

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i didn’t have oats (whoops, forgot about my oatmeal-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip cookie baking spree a few weeks ago) so i used a little oat flour. i added the strawberries to the original recipe, and it is totally awesome. a perfect breakfast for a spring morning!

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strawberry-banana juice plus

May 3, 2013

handful of strawberries
banana
a splash of juice (whatever you have)
few spoonfuls of ice cream (i used vanilla; you can use strawberry, chocolate, or whatever you have around – wonderful with vegan ice cream or sherbet, too)
pinch of cardamom (optional)
pinch of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (optional)

blend

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really delicious!

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cold ginger-melon soup

December 22, 2012

puree 2 cantaloupes or muskmelons

stir in
a cup of fresh orange juice
a quarter-cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

add a tablespoon of ginger juice or puree
(you can squeeze minced ginger in a cheesecloth to juice it with your hands)

refrigerate for two hours.

garnish with kiwis, strawberries, or fresh mint.

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from the joy of cooking

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update 8/14

i pureed a mess of cantaloupe with ginger juice, half a ripe nectarine, half a lemon’s juice, and a handful of frozen mixed berries. i think the orange juice must really lend a sunniness to it, because it seemed to be missing something. i think next time, i will add fresh mint and be sure to not skip the oj. it’s more of a drink than a soup. i prefer the blueberry oatmeal smoothie, but this is a good way to use up all that melon from the garden!

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arnold cranpalmer

November 25, 2012

lemonade
cranberry juice (sweetened with simple syrup if unsweetened)
cold herbal or black tea
ice cubes
bourbon or your favorite booze

a little sourer and better looking than your average arnold palmer. this is awesome!

invented for today’s brunch

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the worker

November 18, 2012

5-6 fresh mint leaves, plus extra to garnish if you want

25ml/1fl oz bourbon

splash of cranberry juice or concentrate

splash of ginger ale

Place the bruised mint leaves into a glass and cover with ice. Pour over the bourbon and cranberry juice, then top up with the ginger ale.

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modified from “the boss”

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krupnik (vanilla spice vodka)

September 8, 2012

krupnik sounds a lot like some other infused vodkas i’ve made… but i’ve never used vanilla extract before. what a fantastic idea! i think this will be a new favorite. wiki says its russian and polish cousins are called medovukha and miód pitny.

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1 1/2 cups honey
2/3 cup water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
8 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
3 strips lemon peel (2 inch each)
1 bottle vodka (4/5 qt – 3 1/2 cups)

Combine honey with water, vanilla, spices and lemon peel in a large saucepan.
Bring to boiling.
Cover and simmer 5 mins.
Remove from heat.
Add vodka.
Serve hot or cooled.

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started 9/15
incredible. one of my favorites. do this immediately.

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