Category Archives: Drinks / Beverages

Homemade Rose Hip Iced Tea – Tastes just like Lipton’s

Nothing says summer like iced tea. Some herbal teas are not that refreshing, but this one will quench your thirst because of the lemon and rose hips. And…we kid you not, this tea recipe tastes just like Lipton’s instant iced tea – only slightly better and without all the preservatives and processing.

Most people never think of making anything out of rose hips, but they should. They taste better than they sound when used in certain things, such as teas. If you like the taste of hibiscus, you will like the taste of rose hips; they are very similar. A light, tangy, citrus flavor. Makes excellent sun tea as well.

rose hips4 Tbsp dreid rosehips

2 slices fresh lemon, remove rind

4-5 Tbsp honey

2 cups boiling water -preferably filtered or distilled

2 cups cold water – filtered or distilled (or can use ice cubes)

Pour the 2 cups boiling water over the ingredients in a large jar with a lid. Let steep for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, the mixture will be like a thick syrup, so thin it out with the remaining cold water or add ice cubes to your glass and pour this refreshing iced tea over the top.

You can purchased dried rosehips in bulk from may herbal resellers online or in some health stores. It is best if they are fresh, and if you are lucky enough to grow enough of your own roses, any rosehips will work. Pick them in the fall, dry them, then grind them in a coffee grinder and keep for hot or cold tea. Yummy and full of vitamin C, natural collagen and flavor.



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Out-of-This-World Fresh Ground Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a chocolate-lover’s favorite usually anyway, but I recently had a cup of hot chocolate – or cocoa in some regions – that was out-of-this-world! What made it the best I ever had was the fresh-ground ingredients with a special, spicy, smoked twist with the chipotle.


1 coffee cup 95% filled with milk (almond milk is good and soy will do)

1 tsp fresh ground cinnamon chips or sticks

1 Tbsp honey

1 heaping Tbsp fresh ground cocoa nibs or fresh cocoa powder.

Dash or two of fresh ground chipotle pepper – amount depends on how spicy you like your Mexican Hot Chocolate

Pour the milk from your favorite coffee cup into a pan and heat the milk until steaming. In the same coffee cup, mix the ground cinnamon, chipotle and cocoa with just enough water to make a paste while the milk is heating up. When the milk is hot, pour it into the cup and add the honey. Let is steep for about a minute before drinking. Awesome and the chipotle pepper is good for digestion and circulation.


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Chai Cow Dessert Drink

This drink doesn’t just taste terrific – like gingerbread cookies – it’s chocked full of nutrients. It’s absolutely incredible how nutritious molasses is. Just one tablespoon of the blackstrap, unsulphured version contains a whopping 600mg of potassium, 20% of the RDA of calcium and magnesium and 20% of the RDA of iron. In one tablespoon! Plus some trace nutrients that aren’t found in many foods, such as selenium, phosphorus and choline. And the almond milk will give you 50% of your RDA for vitamin E. Not too shabby for one little ole’ drink. Be wary of the brand of molasses you buy though, some brands are more watered down than others and are just sugary syrup without as many nutrients. Plantation Brand makes a good, thick molasses and an organic version.

Anyway, back to the recipe.

1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses 8 oz almond milk 1/4 tsp ground ginger – fresh is best for flavor. 1/4 tsp cinnamon a pinch cayenne pepper – good for circulation not just packing a punch optional: 4 oz green tea brewed strong.

Mix together in a shaker or blender and serve chilled over ice for a very tasty, nutritious cool drink. Or, make a Brown Cow: skip the green tea and add a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream to the recipe above for a real treat! Also skip the tea if you want to go caffeine-free, it tastes just as good without it.

Serve this recipe as a hot chai drink and it will heat up your very soul on a cold, brisk day.

 Just for the heck of it, here’s a traditional Black/Brown Cow recipe:

2 scoops organic vanilla ice cream 10 oz root beer – there are some superior all-natural root beers available now and made with evaporated cane juice instead of corn syrup. 1 tbsp chocolate syrup (you could substitute molasses here)  whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

Pour root beer over ice cream and chocolate syrup in a large tumbler glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw and a long spoon.

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Electrolyte Tea

Medical reports are increasing regarding the number of people who are suffering health problems and heart damage due to not getting enough potassium in their diets. Potassium is found mostly in raw, uncooked foods and the majority of the public simply just does not eat enough unprocessed fruits and vegetables to get the RDA of 5000 mg of potassium daily. Reports show that the average person does not even get 2,000 mg of potassium daily. Electrolytes play a huge roll in providing energy to the body. The four major electrolytes are calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. This tea will give you an even electrolyte boost that is much healthier for the body than a sudden jolt caused by energy drinks.

This tea is not big on taste, but it is big on vitamins, minerals, and supplies more electrolytes than Gatorade.
1C alfalfa leaves and flowers
1C dried nettle leaf
1C dried oat straw
1/2 C crushed rose hips

Mix above dry ingredients together in a glass jar with a lid and store in a dark kitchen cupboard. When ready to have tea, use 1 Tbsp of this mixture for 1 cup of hot or cold tea. The above recipe makes enough for several cups, so it can easily get you through a week or more. If you want to sweeten it, using unrefined, unfiltered raw honey is best.

Optional: You can ad hibiscus, dried fruits or berries, mint or other herbs to boost up the flavor a bit. Flavored with fruits, it makes a good iced tea or cold beverage to take to work and replace sugar-laden sodas with.

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Chico Latté

Chicory root is very good for cleansing the liver and kidneys. This makes an excellent-tasting alternative to coffee as well.

chico-latte1 tsp to 1 Tbsp. roasted chicory root (amount depends on how strong you like it)

1 C. water or milk, soy milk, almond milk.

Put roasted chicory in a tea strainer and pour hot water or milk over it. Steep for desired taste, chicory tends to be strong in a very short amount of steeping time.

Add honey or half and half to taste. Can make Chai by adding ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Tastes much better when grated fresh ginger is used rather than the dried ginger powder, and it gives the Chai a little kick.

If you like that little kick in the morning to wake you up, you can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper. And for extra flavor, a dollop of whipping cream and chocolate sprinkles.

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Cranberry Slush

cranberry slush

This cranberry slush makes a great holiday after-dinner drink.

1 1/2 qt cranberry juice

12 oz lemonade concentrate

12 oz limeade concentrate

1 cup water

2 cup vodka

Mix all ingredients in a 5 quart bucket and freeze it for parties or after dinner. Serve with Sierra Mist or other clear soda.

RAW DIET VERSION: Blend fresh cranberries, lemons and limes with about 1/2 cup water in a blender until smooth. Unless you make your own vodka, that will still have to be processed or eliminate the alcohol altogether and this is still a good drink. Add our homemade elder flower champagne to it to give it some fiz. (Do a search for the champagne recipe.)

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Safe Homemade Eggnog

eggnog_homemade-1024x685Homemade eggnog is always a special treat, but many people worry that eating the raw eggs is not safe. Studies prove that E-coli and Salmonella from raw eggs comes from dirt and bacteria from the outside of the eggshell, not the inside of the egg.  So if you take extra precautions and wash your eggs before you crack them open, you should be fine. However, if that just doesn’t put your mind at ease, we have posted a “pasteurized eggnog” recipe below this one. Feliz Navidad!

6 eggs (Wash before cracking open.)

3/4 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey

1 cup heavy cream or half and half to cut calories.

1 tsp vanilla or rum extract

2 cups almond or soy milk  – will help reduce calories greatly if used in place of cow’s milk  and tastes just as good.

sprinkle nutmeg and 1/4 tsp.

Separate eggs putting yolks in a blender and whites in a small bowl. Blend egg yolks on high until very thick and lemon-colored. Add 1/2 of the sweetener and continue beating until it’s dissolved. Add milk and cream or half and half.  Add vanilla or rum and 1/4 tsp nutmeg and blend until foamy.

Beat egg whites until stiff, very slowly beat in remaining sweetener and fold into blender mixture. Blend just for a couple seconds to mix but don’t flatten the egg whites too much. You want it foamy. Sprinkle with nutmeg just before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Pasteurized Eggnog:

Heat milk on stove until scalding (simmering but not boiling). Beat eggs and add half to milk. Mix well. Then add remaining eggs. (You have to add them this way to prevent the eggs from forming chunks because they cook in the mix if added all at once) Heat egg and milk mixture  until just before boiling, (steaming but not boiling) reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes to kill any bacteria. Add sweetener. Cool and add cream or half and half. Add vanilla or rum and nutmeg. Beat until frothy. Keep refrigerated.

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Green Shake

green_shakeAvocados make this shake smooth, creamy. This shake has over 2,000 mgs of potassium, and is also high in vitamin E, vitamin C, and flavor. A good kickstart for your morning. Makes 1 large shake or two medium shakes depending on how much liquid you add to it.

1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

1 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced

1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced

1-2 cups orange juice

1-2 cups almond milk

3-4 broccoli sprigs, chopped

1 apple

Pour liquids in the blender first. Add chopped broccoli and apple. Blend for a couple minutes until broccoli is finely chopped. Then add avocado, banana and kiwi. Blend. Enjoy! Incidentally, this makes a great St. Patty’s Day drink – for the hangover after.

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Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower-champagneQuite the treat if you grow your own elderberries. It is a bit of a toss-up as to whether to let the blossom heads go so you have elderberries for tasty jellies or their medicinal qualities, or to use the flower heads for this delightful and refreshing beverage. We suggest growing enough elderberries that you can do both.

Making elderflower champagne is easy.

4 to 5 large (6 inch or so diameter) or double that of smaller elderflower clusters

2 quarts warm, filtered, distilled or non-chlorinated water

2 quarts cold, filtered, distilled or non-chlorinated water

1 pound honey OR 1 1/2 pounds sugar or Rapadura cane sugar

2 large lemons (peel the rind off and slice)

 2 tablespoons cider or wine vinegar

1. Do not wash the elderberry flowers. It is their natural yeasts that will cause fermentation. Just shake off any insects and remove the thick stalks.

2. Place the honey or sugar in a very large bowl and pour in the 2 quarts of boiling water. Stir until the honey or sugar has completely dissolved.

3. Add the 2 quarts of cold water. Stir in the vinegar or lemons and the elderberry flowers.

4. Cover with a clean dishtowel and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 48 hours, stirring at least twice a day.

elderflower-champagne-makingBy the end of these two days you should see signs of fermentation: the top of the liquid will look frothy and bubbly, especially when you stir it. If the liquid is still completely still after 48 hours, add a very small pinch (just a few grains) of wine or baking yeast and wait another 48 hours, stirring occasionally, before proceeding to the next step.

5. Pour the fermenting elderflower champagne through a finely meshed sieve to strain out the flowers (and lemon rind, if using). Use a funnel to help transfer the brew into clean plastic soda-type bottles with screw tops or thick ceramic or beer bottles with flip tops. Do not use corked wine bottles because elderflower champagne is quite capable of popping out the corks or worse, exploding the bottles. Leave at least an inch of headspace between the surface of the liquid and the rims of the bottles. Secure the tops.

6. Leave at room temperature for a week, “burping” (opening briefly) the bottles at least once a day. After the week at room temperature, move them to the refrigerator, but keep “burping” the bottles occasionally for another week.Once your champagne is done doing it’s thing, then you can permanently store it in glass bottles.

Elderflower champagne will keep in the refrigerator for several months. The earlier you drink it, the yeastier it will taste. Wait at least 2 weeks from bottling if you want it at its best. The honey version takes slightly longer to ferment out than the sugar version. The final drink should be fizzy and lightly sweet.

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