Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

While walking the streets of Beirut during my recent trip to Lebanon, I saw an old man, sipping on a Moroccan tea. I stopped by a little bodega and asked the guy how to make one. And I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to make it. It was as simple as steeping fresh spearmint in hot water, so say no to buy prepackaged tea bags!

This tea is soothing for the soul, and a touch of lemon adds just a right amount of zing to the drink. Naturally decaffeinated, and absolutely tasty. It’s a perfect way to end your long day with a hot cup of tea.

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1L water

  • 2 bunch of spearmint

  • 1 lemon, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil water.

  2. When ready, pour over mint in a tea pot. Let it steep for 8 minutes or longer, if desired for a darker, stronger flavor.

  3. Garnish with sugar cubes and lemon slices.

Cucumber Thyme Fizz

Cucumber Thyme Fizz

Cucumber juice has just started being on my radar. Not only is it refreshing, but it's bright in flavors when you add some lime juice in; the cucumber flavors really come through! This is a perfect drink for summer, or fall, in fact, any season!! Have some fun with it and use vodka or gin. Enjoy!

Photos by Lauren Zaser

Serves: 6-8 people

INGREDIENTS

Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 bunch thyme, fresh

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 2 cup water

Cucumber Thyme Fizz:

  • 4 cucumbers, peeled

  • 1 cups thyme simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed

  • 1 cup vodka or gin

  • 1 bottle (25.3 oz.) sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS

Thyme Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pot combine sugar, water, and thyme.

  2. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved about 10 minutes.

  3. Let cool.

Cucumber Thyme Fizz:

  1. Slice cucumbers and blend for 2 minutes.

  2. Strain the cucumber juice.

  3. In a large pitcher or a serving bowl, combine strained cucumber juice, thyme simple syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, alcohol, and sparkling water.

  4. Stir all the ingredients until well combined.

  5. Serve in a large glass over ice, and garnish with sliced cucumber or cucumber peels.

  6. Cheers!

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon is my favorite fruit period. So why not blend it and add vodka to it and slurp it all summer long!! This is your refreshing way into summer happiness. Serve it in the watermelon bowl, or in pitcher this is what you need to be making for your next party! 

Happy Summer :)

Now go make a splash!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1 Pitcher

Watermelon Splash:

  • 3 Cups Fresh Watermelon juice

  • 1 Cup Basil simple syrup

  • 1/2 Cup Lime Juice

  • 1 cup Vodka or Gin

Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup of fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

Basil Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pot, combine sugar, water, and basil.

  2. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved about 10 minutes.

  3. Place the syrup in a blender, and blend until green and smooth.

  4. Let cool.

Fresh Watermelon Juice:

  1. Slice a seedless watermelon in half.

  2. Scoop out flesh into a food processor, for 2-3 minutes.

    • you can discard the rind, or use it as a serving bowl.

  3. Strain juice,

Watermelon Splash:

  1. In a pitcher, add the watermelon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and lime juice, stir until well combined.

  2. Pour into watermelon bowl, or a glass - on ice.

  3. Garnish with edible flowers, or watermelon wedge.

Cheers!

Chocolate Negroni

Chocolate Negroni

A dark powerful drink to start your night off right! A Negroni is an aperitif that is normally served straight up in a rocks glass. I added some chocolate bitters, and shaved chocolate to garnish the drink and make it sweeter for your loved one this Valentine's Day! Doesn't matter if your going out or staying in this is the exact drink you need to start your night off correctly!

Photos by Jessica Marx

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 drinks

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Gin

  • 2 oz Campari

  • 2 oz Vermouth

  • 6 to 8 dashes Chocolate bitters

  • Shaved Chocolate, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large shaker start by adding the ice, then combining the gin, campari, vermouth, and chocolate bitters.
2. Stir until well combined, and chilled. 
3. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. 
4. Garnish with chocolate shaving
5. Cheers!

Cranberry Lime Fizz

Cranberry Lime Fizz

Here's a festive drink to help you ring in the New Year! Wishing you a positive and cheerful year from my kitchen to yours! 

Photos by Jessica Marx

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingridients:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberry

  • 2 lime, wedged

  • 1 btl champagne or prosecco

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    Place a handful of cranberry, and 2 slices of lime in glass. 

2.   Pour champagne, and enjoy!

P.S. Time will macerate the cranberry and lime flavor into the champagne. You can infuse the drink in advance in a pitcher to let the cranberry soak the flavor.

 

Moscow Mule

Make it Your Way
Moscow Mule

My go-to vodka drink. It's perfect for a cocktail party, dinner party, or for when pregaming with friends. Add fruity or herbal simple syrup to enhance the flavor; or keep it traditional with lime! Cheers to the weekend!

Photos by Brandon Kaiser

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: 

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (POM)

  • 1 cup sugar

Rosemary Simple Syrup: 

  • 6 sprigs, rosemary

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

Moscow Mule:

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

  • 3-4 can/btl ginger beer

  • 2-3 limes, juiced

Garnish:

  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeded

  • rosemary sprigs

  • 1 lime, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Simple Syrup:

1.     In a small pot, add all ingridients - liquid, (sprig), and sugar.

2.     Stir the juice and sugar, and cook for about 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid becomes thicker.

Moscow Mule:

1.     In a large pitcher, add ice, vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

2.     Mix; add desired simple syrup, mix well.

3.     Pour Moscow mule into individual cocktail glasses, and garnish with either a tbsp of pomegranate seeds or rosemary sprig, and lime wedge.

Cheers!

Rose Water Lemonade

Rose Water Lemonade

Aight aight I know what you are saying - it's fall I want a fall drink but let's be honest lemonade is a all year round drink - at least in my house. This drink is floral, acidic, sweet, and different! So let's keep pretending that it's summer and enjoy this spiked rose water lemonade! Cheers 

Photos by Jessica Marx

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

Spiked Lemonade:

  • 1/2 cup rose water (preferably al-wadi)

  • 3 1/2 cups lemonade

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 2 lemon, juiced

Garnish:

  • Dried rose petals

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    In a large pitcher, mix together the rose water, lemonade, vodka, and lemon juice.  

2.   Fill a glass up with ice. Pour the spiked lemonade.

3.    Garnish with dried rose petals. 

4.     Drink up!!

P.S. You can make the lemonade alcohol free, or alcoholic by adding one 2oz shot of vodka to each 8oz glass! 

Frosé

Frosé All Day!

If you know me well enough, you would know that the only thing I drink is rosé. 365 days a year I am sipping on rosé. So this summer I decided to spice things up and turn my favorite drink into my new favorite slurpee! Shake things up this summer and make your life a little pinker! Cheers from Brooklyn!!

Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS
Simple Syrup:

  • 1 Qt strawberries (halved), or watermelon (cubed)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

FROSé:

  • 1btl rosé

  • 1 lemon, squeezed

  • 1/3 cup simple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a freezer safe container, pour the bottle of wine - and freeze for 6-24 hours.

  2. In a blender combine frozen rosé, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 1-2 cups of ice.

  3. Purée until smooth!

  4. Serve right away, or keep in freezer until ready to serve! Can be made a week in advance!

  5. Slurp Up!!