Perfect Negroni cocktail

There’s no doubt cocktails are having a real moment. And why wouldn’t they. There’s something so deliciously pleasing about taking a bit of time to prepare a perfect cocktail, whether it be a boozy one like the classic Negroni, or a mocktail with fresh and innovative ingredients. The entire ritual around preparing a cocktail is a real joy for me- I love setting the mood with the right music and lighting, getting the ingredients out, choosing the right glassware (this is very very very important in my house!) and mixing it up. That first sip just sets the mood perfectly for a relaxing evening ahead.
Maybe it’s a result of the pandemic, but I’ve definitely seen more and more personal recipe books with incredible cocktails in them, which inspired me to put up this recipe for my fave classic cocktail. Well, to be honest, it’s a toss up between the bitter and sweet gin based Negroni and the smooth bourbon Manhattan. Both are pretty easy to make.

Ingredients

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Garnish: orange peel

Instructions

Add the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes.

Garnish with an orange peel.

Russian tea or Spiced pineapple tea

Ingredient list

Juice of 3 oranges and 3 lemons
1 #2 can of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 regular size tea bags
Instructions

Boil 1 quart water and add tea,cloves,ginger,2 lemon rinds and 1 orange rind. Let sit 10 minutes. Add sugar to 3 cups water and bring to boil and boil slowly 5 minutes. Strain first ingredients and mix with sugar water and juices in gallon jug. Add water to fill jug. Heat to drink. DO NOT BOIL!!

Sugar free, dairy-free-but delicious banana nut smoothie

Like a lot of people at this time of year, I’m looking for ways to shed a few pounds after a sinfully delicious holiday. My choice this year is to cut down on processed sugar and white starches. I’ve replaced one meal with a smoothie as well- be it lunch or breakfast.
Here’s a delicious, filling, high protein one that makes a good snack or morning meal.
Banana date and nut smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 banana
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp sugar free all natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon

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