Happy Hot Chocolate

It’s been a year exactly since I started this blog so I’m trying to celebrate. When I think celebration, I think of drinks and the “cheers” motion. But I have been feeling a little down lately and I’m not in the celebrating mood. So what better way to cheer myself up/cheers with myself? Hot chocolate. It’s a drink and I can physically do the cheers motion with it and also CHOCOLATE.

This would have been more ideal if I had red wine at home, because I could have made my red wine hot chocolate again but alas, I don’t have any wine at home. But I have another secret ingredient 😉 Not so secret or special but evaporated milk in hot chocolate just makes it that much better. It’s really going the extra mile.

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Anyways, let’s get to making the kitchen smell wonderful!

Recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk

METHOD

  1. Whisk the water, cocoa powder and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat. When everything has combined evenly, reduce the heat and let simmer for 7 . Whist occassionally
  2. Stir in the evaporated milk and let simmer for two minutes then serve

Nutella Frappucino

Hello everyone!

If you have tried the famous Starbucks nutella frappucino and loved it, or if you are just a Nutella or coffee lover,  you will LOVE this post.

This drink is super easy to make and perfect for a nice summer day. It’s also a nice mid day pick me up because it has coffee in it.

Here’s the easy squeezy recipe:

 

Ingredients

Nutella Frappuccino

  • ¾ cup coffee
  • 2 cups ice (16 ice cubes)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp nutella

Topping

  • whipped cream
  • caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. In a blender, put all the nutella frapuccino ingredients and blend until even.
  2. Serve Pour in a glass and top with shipped cream and caramel sauce.

 

Friday Funday Rosé Sangria

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I’m at work posting this because I’m dreaming of the sangria I’m going to have when I get home 🙂

Tonight, we’re hosting a kareoke party and I decided to make sangria for the pre party. I love sangria as much as the next person but I often find it too sweet or too fruity. I just can’t have a whole glass usually so I decided to modify the usual sangria recipe.
Instead of using the regular fruits like strawberries, oranges, peaches and all that, I decided to go with something more subtle- cantaloupes and honey dew. Because I let everything steep in over night, you can still taste the fruity-ness but it’s mild. Most of the fruitiness of this drink comes from the juice. I also decided to include lemon in this sangria to combat some of the sweetness from the rosé  wine.

 

I decided on rosé wine instead of white or red because that`s my favorite kind of wine. I only drink red wine with dinner and I’ll only drink white wine if it’s the only kind available. Rosé is just my all time favorite! 🙂

Anyways, it was so hard to leave this in my fridge overnight. When I tasted it before refrigerating it, I literally fell in love with a drink and I don’t know if I’ll be able to have regular sangria anymore. #prayercircleforyve

So there are three alcoholic beverages in this- obviously rosé wine, Triple sec and bourbon (I used honey bourbon; you can use any type). Then there is pineapple-citrus-mango juice which is perfect for sangria of any type! (If you can’t find this type of juice, you can use 1/3 cup each of orange, pineapple and mango juice)

This is a special post because today is my sister’s birthday and unfortunately I can’t be in her city. So I’m dedicating this post to her and having an extra glass for her tonight 😉 (not self serving or anything)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SESTRA!

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lime

1 cup peeled and diced cantaloupe

1 cup peeled and diced honey dew

1 bottle of rosé wine

1 cup pineapple-citrus-mango juice

1/4 cup triple sec

2 tbs bourbon

Method:

  1. Slice lime into circles then half the circles (toss out the ends of the lime). Toss into jug/ punch bowl.
  2. Add in the cantaloupes and honey dew. Mix up the fruits
  3. Pour in the wine, juice, triple sec and bourbon
  4. Stir and refrigerate overnight.

 

Berry mango smoothie 

Hey hey! So I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie binge since I made that mango lassi. 😍 I just feel so healthy!

Anyways, I decided for dinner I would have a smoothie because I had a rather large lunch (we all know I’m going to snack later but whatever)!

I need to have two tablespoons of flax seed each day for my stomach issues and I’m always looking for fun ways to make eating flax seed fun! So I decided to try it in a smoothie. I found a few frozen berries and mangos in my fridge and knew exactly what I was going to make! THIS:

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I think I’ve found a new staple smoothie and I’m in love! Anyways, try out the recipe below and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Soy milk

3/4 cup Frozen raspberries

1/2 cup Frozen Mangoes

2 tablespoons Brown sugar

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup Frozen mixed berries

2 tablespoons Flax seed
Method:

1. Pour the milk in a food processor and add the raspberries. Blend them till you get an even consistency

2. Add the mangoes, brown sugar and water and blend again till you get an even consistency.

3. Blend in the frozen mixed berries and flax seed till even.
Tip: you might want to use a wooden spoon to help along your blender 🙂

Blueberry Purple Rain Martini

Hey hey!! Happy #wastedwednesday! It’s the middle of the week and I’m already exhausted and needed a boost. I could exercise or sleep but I’d rather drink (because logic)! This martini is amazing and did just the trick. Although I am getting very sleepy now (I wonder why).

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So I did not have a martini shaker but this still worked…obviously. I just used a reusable water bottle.

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My “martini shaker”
It’s really strong, so you may want to add some more juice to even out the flavor. Pineapple juice also works great in this. Enjoy! Hope the rest of your week goes well!

Cheers!

 

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RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 shots of Blueberry vodka

1 shot of blue curacao

1 shot of cranberry-pomegranate juice

4 ice cubes

Blueberries for garnishing

 

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or reusable water bottle and shake for 30 seconds
  2. Strain into a glass and garnish with a blueberries on a toothpick

Fancy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hello!!

Although it doesn’t feel like winter, being 4 degrees out and all I still want to do winter-y things- Like play in the snow (WHICH THERE IS NONE OF), or wear my cute winter outfits (BUT I CAN’T BECAUSE IT’S TOO WARM FOR THAT). But I guess the only winter-y thing I can do right now is cuddle in bed with my study sheet and drink hot chocolate. At least I can make it fancy and drink it with a candy cane!

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Also the mixture before you add any liquid kind of looks like a constellation:

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This totally cheered me up! Wish me luck on my midterm tomorrow! 🙂

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 4 whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Method:

  1. Stir sugar, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Add in hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat. As it’s boiling, keep stirring for two minutes
  2. Add milk and warm the mixture for five minutes while stirring
  3. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla
  4. Top with whipped cream because marshmallows are over rated.