Drinks

Crockpot Mulled Wine

  • Posted on: 4 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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The ancient Romans are thought to have brought mulled wine to Europe in the 2nd Century. They believed by drinking warm wine brewed with certain spices they would ward off disease and keep themselves healthy throughout the colder months. I am not certain how or if mulled wine would improve my health, but I know it improves my mood! This recipe is simple and the perfect drink to warm up your home and put you in a state of relaxation and joy. The smell alone is enough to boost your mood- oranges, cinnamon, cider and wine will fill your senses with holiday cheer. We opted to avoid any added...

The Abbey: Coffee Shop and So Much More

  • Posted on: 18 January 2016
  • By: jessica
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The first time I stepped foot into this lovely establishment located in the heart of the Avondale community, I fell in love. The vibe that greets you is one of warmth, neighborly love, and friendship. I have frequented a few times a month over the last year and loved chatting with Carrie and Noah as they made my whole milk lattes. The Abbey proudly serves a vast array of local products including Red Bike Coffee , Leaf N Petal teas , Bread Works Breads and they make their own pastries and sandwiches in house. Their pimento cheese sandwich is one of my very favorites! In my most recent visit, I...

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

  • Posted on: 13 January 2016
  • By: jessica
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There is nothing like the perfect cup of bright, chocolaty espresso made right in the neighborhood. This lovely new shop is called Woodlawn Cycle Cafe- combo handcrafted coffee bar/cyclist shop. The Euro-Industrial style cafe will have your heart yearning to snap photo after photo of this lovely space. They are serving up MapCap Coffee from Grand Rapids, Michigan and selling some pretty rad cycling gear. The idea of the shop comes from Armand Margjeka and Kyle Campbell, who are leasing the location from Rev Birmingham . Our city is coming back to life and spots like this are ushering in new...

Fire Cider

  • Posted on: 27 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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When I was a little girl, my mom and I would go into Christmas shops. I distinctly remember the smell of cinnamon being in each store. Sometimes the stores would have hot apple cider to sip as you shopped. Those were my favorite. The taste and smell of spicy cider brings me back to those amazing times. We first tried this drink at our friend's wedding and completely fell in love. The crisp taste of apples and the hint of cinnamon will have you in a festive mood right away.

Warm Brandy Apple Cider for One

  • Posted on: 2 November 2015
  • By: jessica
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Here in Alabama the weather is perfectly dreary. The wind is howling, the sky is a beatiful gray, and the rain comes and goes. This Autumn weather calls for a warm drink to sip as you cozy up and watch the leaves fall from the trees. Our recipe for Warm Brandy Apple Cider will make a marvelous companion for all of the brisk Autumn days ahead.

Thirsty Thursdays: Vegan Christmas Cocktails

  • Posted on: 18 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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Only a few short days before Christmas! What better time to talk about Christmas Cocktails! I've put together a list of a few that I am excited to try. They are all vegan and vegetarian friendly. Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! 1. White Christmas Sangria from Cooking Stoned This beautiful drink comes to you courtesy of Jerry James Stone. I adore his quirky, vegan style. Check out the video for this fruit filled recipe here on Cooking Stoned . 2. Vegan Eggnog from Tasty Yummies I am absolutely in love with this next drink! I am a huge cashew fan because of their healthy fat content and the...

Monday Munchies Switchel: A cider version

  • Posted on: 2 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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A new friend recently told me about a drink called Switchel. I had never heard of it before, but he boasted of its health benefits and delightful flavor, so I was intrigued. Switchel originates as an Amish tradition. The drink is used to quench thirst and aid in electrolyte balance during harvest time. Switchel typically consists of vinegar and ginger. Sometimes honey or molasses are added. I chose to use my Champion juicer and juice 6 apples, 1 carrot, and 1 small piece of fresh ginger. I then added 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all spice, 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, a couple sprinkles...

Golden Milk

  • Posted on: 16 October 2014
  • By: jessica
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I woke up this morning with swollen, puffy eyes, stinging ears, and a headache. I don't think my body is as excited about the Birmingham Fall as I am. I thought about making my Immune Boosting Chicken Soup, but realized I do not have that kind of time today. After dragging myself into work two hours late, I did a little research on Golden Milk in between clients. Here is what I found out. Golden Milk is believed to: 1. Act fast as an anti-inflammatory 2. Improve brain functions 3. May reduce risk of heart disease and Alzheimers I decided to take it a step further and instead of using simply...

Clean Eating Frozen Hot Chocolate

  • Posted on: 21 July 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi all! Welcome back to Monday Munchies where I share with you a simple recipe that you can make using ingredients you most likely already have on hand. As I stepped outside this afternoon it hit me: I need a frozen drink, and I need it now! This Alabama heat takes a toll on a gal. Then I thought, why not chocolate? Cocoa is mood boosting and delicious. So here is what I did. Yum! I had this entire thing drank before I ever sat down to start sharing the recipe with you! So delicious. Take 8 oz of whole grass-fed milk and add it to your blender. Then add 1 1/2 tablespoons of organic dark cocoa...

Thirsty Thursdays: Skinny Mojito

  • Posted on: 1 May 2014
  • By: jessica
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I am back to the world of the living!!! April was a sick month in my house, but I am back and ready to bring you a wonderful drink for Thirsty Thursdays ! Today I will be making a Skinny Mojito using fresh mint from my garden, Perrier, stevia, fresh squeezed limes, and rum. Spring is here! I've made a simple recipe that will have your taste buds delighted without the guilt of tons of sugar! 1. Roughly chop your mint leaves. 2. Slice Your Limes 3. Add your mint leaves to the bottom of your glass and sqeeze your lime juice into the glass. 4. Add your Stevia packet. 5. Add your rum. 6. Take a...

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