Drinks,Recipes »Watermelon Lemonade

Summer Perfection

While I wait to make this myself, I’d like to share this refreshing concoction of Watermelon Lemonade while the days are still so steamy.

Thanks to Chloe who made this for a recent party. It’s really a pregnant woman’s dream but, of course, delicious for everybody:

I used one of those mini watermelons. In 2 or 3 batches in my food processor i blended up the watermelon then put it through a sieve. Once it was all processed I put the whole batch trough the sieve again to take out more of the solids.

Juice of 5 or so lemons and a lime or two. Add to the watermelon juice.

Then I added maybe 1 part water and some simple syrup to taste (not necessary if you like it less sweet of course)- the turbinado sugar gives it a slightly more caramel flavor.

I like it diluted with seltzer too.

The photo comes from Smitten Kitchen, which has a similar recipe.

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Posted on July 25, 2012

Drinks »Arnold Palmer Slushie

from Kelvin Slush

I’ve been wanted to try the Kelvin Slush for some time but have never been lucky enough to happen upon the Vendy-winning truck. Fortunately, Smorgasburg delivered the natural, icy treats to my doorstep.

The sign for Arnold Palmer slushies stopped me in my tracks. It sounded like heaven. Granted, heaven ended up a little more sugary than I expected, but it was still a noteworthy, refreshing summer treat.


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Posted on May 19, 2012

Drinks »Spindrift Sparkling Half and Half

20120228-091917.jpgA Fresh Take on Sodas

Arnold Palmers can be sparkling? I gave out an audible squeal when I saw the answer was yes.

Sprindrift makes a carbonated version of one of the most satisfying drinks known to man.

But beware, this one, though heather than regular soda, not for those with a wimpy sweet tooth.

I found it at the Meat Hook.

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Posted on February 28, 2012

Drinks »Wolffer Verjus

Non Alcoholic Wine

Everyone knows I’m pregnant the first meal out when I forgo the cocktail.

It’s a fair enough vice to give up for the health of my little one, but I’ll admit there are times I’d love a drink.

Dead friends Astrid and Marcus, sensitive to this dilemma, bought me a wonderful bottle of Wolffer Verjus.

This non alcoholic beverage, which is a lovely mixed with sparkling water, and resembles a dry white wine makes me feel like I’m enjoying a spritzer along with my wine guzzling friends.

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Posted on February 25, 2012

Drinks »Cocoa Bar

228 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

An iced hot chocolate is more than an oxymoron – it’s a very special thing.

It’s the rich. snooty older cousin to chocolate milk and Cocoa Bar in Park Slope mixes a mean one with chunky high end chocolate and creamy whole milk.

The pleasant cafe also offered lots of cakes and other chocolate treats.

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Posted on September 1, 2011

Drinks »Dry Lavender Soda

Soda Re-Imagined

Innovation in American companies belongs to the little guys. While Pepsi and Coke are fighting the fact that soda is bad for us with lobbyists, rather than offering alternatives, Dry has re-imagined soda and made it better for you, better tasting, and all natural.

Like many of you, cutting soda out of my lifeĀ  was an easy healthy step but if I were to indulge in a bubbly drink – and now that summer’s almost here, it does sound enticing – this low calorie Lavender Soda is perfect.

I’d love to try their other flavors as well: Lemongrass, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean and Cucumber. I can only imagine that these also make incredible cocktails.

I tried a bottle in Colorado but found that you can purchase several places in NY including Marlow and Sons, Fairway and Whole Foods.

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Posted on May 11, 2011

Desserts,Drinks »Xocolata a la Pedra

from Spain

This thick hunk of Xocolata a la Pedra came home with us from Spain. We doled out chunks to eat like candy bars and I was instantly in love with the grainy rich deliciousness. We both agreed it tasted like hot cocoa powder condensed into a block, but not any old, bland Swiss Miss kind.

Well, after a little bit of research, I found out it tasted like that because that’s exactly what it is – condensed hot chocolate. Oh, turistas idiotas!

So, I tried it the correct way – as a hot beverage: Simply heat a block in a sauce pan with a little milk and add more milk as it melts. Without more precise instructions, I just eyeballed the amount of milk and under did it a bit but am happy to have a rich hot cocoa for the winter season that tastes this good.

Though, to be honest, I actually most prefer it the way I first tried it – nibbled raw – incorrectly or not. Wish I had grabbed a few more bars because it sadly doesn’t seem to be something I can purchase easily in the states.

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Posted on December 15, 2010

Drinks »Banana Smoothie

Simple And Yummy

Smoothies are great. You get your creamy, your protein (we add vanilla protein powder) and your fruits with little effort. This week we’ve been enjoying a simple Banana Smoothie. The key is one banana to one cup of milk, no more, no less.

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Posted on October 4, 2010

Drinks »Horchata

Traditional Drink

We drank all the left over Horchata before I remembered to take a photo, so I must give credit for this lovely photo to Food People Want. I must give thanks and credit to Andriana and Krista (of radiogastronomy) for bringing homemade version of the delightful, refreshing, milky, spiced beverage to my party. It was actually my first encounter with the Latin drink, that matches perfectly with the spice of Mexican food. Versions of the drink go back to ancient times and have made their way all across the world.

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Posted on August 29, 2010

Drinks »Mint Watermelon Lemonade

at The Big Booty Bread Co, 261 West 23rd St

I really don’t think that while I was waddling the streets of Chelsea in the heat that I could have dreamt up anything more appealing than a sign telling me to “cool off” with “Mint Watermelon Lemonade”. It was The Big Booty Bread Co, which I recommended years ago for their sweets, that was offering this lovely refreshing beverage that sounded like the elixir of the gods to me (mint, watermelon and lemonade?? in one drink?? genius!) and it was heavenly. Here’s a recipe over at Smitten Kitchen if you care to make it yourself (just add mint).

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Posted on August 8, 2010

Drinks »Coke Slurpee

Only at 7-11

The addition of a 7-11 to Greenpoint meant only one delicious thing to me – coke slurpees!! These frozen indulgences bring me back to my adolescence when mom would drive my sister and I to the 7-11 on 8th street in Colorado after school. It was a pleasure to be able to walk up the street for this long lost treat and it’s a yummy as I remembered.

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Posted on August 1, 2010

Drinks »Gem Spa Egg Cream

131 2nd Avenue

Gem Spa, a corner over-sized bodega, cluttered with cheap sunglasses and trinkets doesn’t strike one instantly as the very best place to find anything, but they boast, in their signage at least, to have the best egg cream in New York. Having not tested every egg cream out there, but having had my share of separated ones that have that strange tongue coating plastic-ness caused by incorrect balance of ingredients. I can say that this one, offered in a paper cup with no fanfare or even a smile is pretty excellent. I’d definitely go back to get an egg cream fix- Brooklyn (vanilla) style of course. It’s such a temperamental though simple drink that you want to make sure you get one that’s made right, plus Gem Spa’s a bit of old New York and one of the few places left to get the native beverage.

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Posted on June 27, 2010

Drinks »Maple Cream Soda

from Radish, 158 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Radish is a fairly new charming Neo-olde-timey food store that popped up pretty quickly in the old home of no good cupcakes, Pennylicks. The comforting space features a really nice staff, lots of local imported food specialities and home made take home foods like meatballs and pasta salads. However I was drawn in by a sign that read “Maple Cream Soda”. Just the idea was mesmerizing, and the reality is quite delicious. They use soda from their own tap and the cream is a handmade mixture that’s sweet and thick. It’s like a newfangled egg cream and worth a visit to try.

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Posted on June 13, 2010

Drinks »Arnold Palmer

Lemonade and Ice Tea

The Arnold Palmer has always been a splendid beverage. The sweet tartness of the lemonade is tempered by the refreshing iced tea with wonderful results… but let me tell you, when you’re pregnant, it’s that great times a million.

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Posted on June 6, 2010

Drinks »Sparkling Vanilla Float

from Suite 101

Not sure about the inclusion of vanilla extract, it gave this Sparkling Vanilla Float a bit of a chemical taste, but otherwise, this is float with less sticky sweetness because it uses seltzer instead of soda. I also used frozen yogurt in place of ice cream.

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Posted on May 16, 2010

Drinks »Orange Blossom Lemonade

at Hampton Chutney

Fair warning, I have to let you know that the adjective “flowery” is not a bad thing to me when it comes to food and drink. It tastes like a perfume, i am probably right as rain with it. So, yes, Hampton Chutney Co’s Orange Blossom Lemonade is flowery but in my opinion, also incredibly amazing and lovely to drink any day the sun is out.

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Posted on May 9, 2010

Drinks »Soda Stream

Make Your Own Seltzer

Genius!! It seemed like all my friends had some sort seltzer maker that I would gaze at with envy and now I’m keeping up with the Joneses and with my very own Soda Stream. It’s easy to use, if a bit loud, and makes fizzy perfect seltzer every time.

I am in love with a product that may very well be the fondue fad of our time.

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Posted on April 18, 2010