Category: Beverages

  • Cranberry Sangria

    2 C fresh cranberries, plus a few extra for garnish 1 C water 1 C sugar 750-ml bottle of red wine 1 C orange juice 1/2 C brandy or port Put cranberries in a small saucepan with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the berries are…

  • Magic Zikr Chai

    The best chai I’ve ever tasted was made by Hafizullah Sufi for his weekly classes. Here’s his original recipe. 1 cup fresh chopped ginger root 10 star anise 2 tbsp cardamom seed 1 to 1½ tbsp coriander seed 1 tbsp whole cloves or ½ tbsp clove powder 5–6 stix of cinnamon ?–1 tbsp fresh ground black…

  • Homemade Tonic

    This makes the best gin and tonic ever. 4 C water 2-1/2 C sugar (or more, to taste) 1/2 C (about 2 stalks) finely chopped lemongrass Zest and juice of 2 limes 3 T powdered cinchona bark 3 T citric acid 1 t juniper berries 1/2 t peppercorns Bring water to boil in a saucepan.…

  • Homemade Instant Coffee and Tea Drinks

    Each of these makes 20-30 servings. Store in an airtight container. To serve, mix 2 t with a cup of boiling water and stir well. Swiss Mocha: 1 C instant coffee granules 1/2 C sugar 1 C nonfat dry milk powder 2 T unsweetened cocoa Cafe Vienna: 1/2 C instant coffee 2/3 C sugar 2/3…

  • Buttered Rum Oatmeal

    This was published under the title of “Off-Watch Rejuvenator,” to be enjoyed after a cold night watch. It was submitted to The Best of People & Food Cookbook (copyright 1983) by Ernie Copp. It looks like a intriguing alternative to Killer Oatmeal (although my husband might proclaim me blasphemous for saying so)! Make a mug…

  • Sangrita (a tequila chaser)

    This sounds like an intriguing beverage to take to Burning Man…or maybe I just need to go to Mexico again! 1 C fresh-squeezed orange juice 1/2 C fresh-squeezed lime juice 2 T grenadine 1 t cayenne powder -or- 2 t bottled hot sauce Salt to taste Chill and serve in shot glasses as a chaser…

  • Rosemary Martini

    Rosemary syrup 1 C sugar 1 C water 4 4-inch sprigs of rosemary Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve. Add rosemary, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Cool and discard rosemary. Martini 1 oz rosemary syrup 2 oz vodka 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 1/2 oz…

  • Gingerbread martini

    We usually have butterscotch schnapps, also known as “Buttershots,” on hand, because it goes extremely well in hot chocolate. Here’s another use for the super-sweet liqueur. 1-1/2 oz vanilla vodka 1-1/2 oz Frangelico or hazelnut liqueur 1 T butterscotch schnapps 4 oz ginger beer Extra-dark rum Shake the vodka, Frangelico, and schnapps together with ice.…

  • Holly Jolly Roger (modified)

    Based on a drink I found on barnonedrinks.com. I love the name, and the flavor is unique and very smooth. 2 oz Cruzan blackstrap rum 1 oz amaretto Dash of anisette 6 oz apple juice or cider

  • Fruity cocktail

    This is one of those mixtures that happened serendipitously, and I simply didn’t want to forget it. It was very smooth and potent. 1 shot lemon vodka 1/2 shot triple sec 1/2 shot peach schnapps Splash of amaretto 2 oz pineapple juice Combine and serve garnished with pineapple. This would also be good with selzer,…