Tag: Drink

Coffee Brewing – How-to

One important key to making great coffee is to choose coffee you love. Using this process, the scent and the flavor of your beans will shine as will any unbalance or flaws. Experiment with the best quality beans you can find. Pay attention to the characteristics you like best and to which varieties satisfy your palate. Ignore any coffee experts who try to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. Coffee is highly personal.

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Turkish Cardamon Syrup

Cardamon syrup is a great digestive for a variety of coffee, tea, and cocoa drinks. I use just a dab in my latte, chai and iced coffees to add a hint of floral sweetness and to help my stomach better tolerate the dairy. I like it so well that I’ve been known to stir a wee-bit into my non-dairy coffees, teas, and cocoas as well.

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Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar

I once had an abundance of strawberries. After we’d canned, frozen, dried, fermented, and eaten all we could, we still had a few pounds left. Inspiration struck as I read the herbal vinegars section of James Green’s The Herbal Medicine-maker’s Handbook. Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar quickly became one of our favorite herbal vinegars, and with good reason. The flavor is absolutely delightful. The scent is delicious. And, it’s packed with nutrients.

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Sweet and Sour Strawberry Spritzers: Easy Shrub Recipe

A few years back, I made several gallons of Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar. It was absolutely delicious in salad dressings and drizzled over sweet breads. One day, my son wanted to try something new to drink, something sweet but not as sweet as soda or juice, bubbly, cool, interesting. Thus was born the Sweet and Sour Strawberry Spritzer. For my son, I added a scant teaspoon of honey, but for myself I generally omit the sweetener altogether. Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar is fairly sweet, to my taste.

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Strawberry Wine Coolers

Strawberry wine coolers were born one year after I’d bottled my Strawberry Melomel and discovered I had about half a bottle left. I’d bottled a lot of mead and wine that day, and I was in no shape to be imbibing any more. Patrick suggested we turn it into wine coolers. They were delightful, and I’ve used a slightly modified version of this recipe to turn a variety of fruits into light, refreshing, lower-alcohol fermentations akin to hard cider.

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Dandelion Porter recipe for All-grain Beer Brewing

My goal was to develop a good porter that did not use hops. With it’s liver-supporting properties and wealth of vitamins and minerals, Dandelion seemed like the perfect substitute. In the original version of this recipe, I used a combination of fresh and dried dandelion tops for bittering, which yielded a well-balanced, lightly bittered porter, and fresh and dried sage and calendula to achieve a hop-like aroma. At first, the aroma wasn’t right, but after letting the brew age for three weeks the scent had mellowed considerably to one quite reminiscent of the Tetnanger hops I might otherwise have used.

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Moroccan Sun Tea

Summer is my favorite time to enjoy iced tea. This recipe is based on the sweet mint teas brewed in traditional Moroccan households to greet visitors and beat the heat. In Africa, gunpowder tea is brewed and flavored with spearmint or absinthe and then sweetened with copious amounts of sugar. This recipe hopes to honor the wisdom of using green tea and mint to cool the body but without quite as much sugar.

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Iron Booster Tea

Anemia just wears a person down. The symptoms include fatigue and sleeplessness – a double edged sword. A low iron count is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies around the globe. The problem is our intestines only absorb about 10% of the available iron from our food. This tea blend is also designed to raise blood sugar quickly and keep it stable. This formula is well suited for pregnant women who struggle with anemia.

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Healthy Bone and Joint Cocktail Recipe

I got a recipe for Healthy Bone and Joint Cocktail from my massage therapist because my knees and joints often feel a little sore in the mornings. I modified it to use some of the herbs I keep on hand. It’s meant to be taken at night, about half an hour before sleep, because when you sleep your body does the bulk of its recovery and repair work. My massage therapist said the nutrients this cocktail offers give your bones and joints a particular boost. On the morning after I drink Healthy Bone and Joint Cocktail, I’ve noticed I rarely feel sore at all, so I reckon it’s working splendidly.

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