Another example of modern studies proving nothing, a recent report maintains that 25 cups of coffee isn't bad for your heart because it doesn't stiffen arteries. Look, I love coffee. It's one of my top 5 favorite things. But if I even drink half that much I can attest to how damaging it is on me just on that same day! Between the anxiety, hyperactivity and general heart palpitations, it's scary business.
Food & Beverage
Most people give up something for Lent--beer, sex, red meat, what have you. But did you hear about the man who drank a beer diet and lost over 40 pounds doing so? He only drank beer and water during Lent without food and lost 43 pounds. Yeah, if you skip eating for 45 days, you're going to lose weight, no matter what you drink.
When it comes to Easter-themed drinks, I always have to go with a mimosa. It's a tried and true classic that's delicious no matter how you make it. They are SO easy to make, too. This list from Woman's Day has a bunch of simple ideas you can incorporate into your Easter brunch. Strawberry grapefruit? Rose raspberry? Yes, please.
Prepare yourself for some wholesome content. Faced with a market of fewer drinkers (which hopefully means healthier people, fewer people drinking and driving and so forth), alcohol companies are finding themselves developing non-alcoholic drinks in order to make up for lost sales.
Is there anything richer, anything more soothing, than a chai tea? Maybe a London Fog with lavender would fit the bill, but a good chai will fix 4 out of 5 rotten days for me. There are so many ways to make a good chai that I'm always trying out new methods to find what I like best.
With so much more snow and cold temps than usual, this winter feels as if it's been endless. Spring is coming--it has to, right?--and with it, we can enjoy some cocktails that are perfect for warmer weather entertaining and fun.
St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and while many of us already have delicious favorite drinks we're looking forward to enjoying, there's always something new to mix up and try. For example, have you ever thought to mix a Bailey's Mint Martini? Adding some Creme de Menthe to Bailey's is so simple, yet I've never even considered the idea. Now I want one right now!
My friends all know that if I could just drink my food, I would, and often do. I much prefer drinking to eating and am constantly finding new favorites. My current favorite is a lemon loaf Tazo tea with a bit of stevia and heavy cream. It's delightful, but I do recommend two teabags. My favorite cocktail is much simpler--just some pineapple juice with vodka in it. It's popular in Spain, where I taught for a semester, and I've always carried it with me, although I'll try almost any cocktail once.
I don't know why people use "vanilla" to describe boring things. It's my all-time temptress flavor. I'll succumb to vanilla Oreos far sooner than the chocolate ones, and don't even get me started on Nilla Wafers! Did you know that there's a martini mde with Nilla Wafers? It's really just amaretto and vanilla vodka, but could you imagine lining your glass with wafter crumbs? Mmmm... It supposedly tastes just like Nilla Wafers.
Gravy fat and turkey stock in a cocktail? Gin with celery syrup and cilantro? Ugh, I can't stand cilantro (the soap herb!) and I didn't even know there was a such thing as celery syrup. These surprise ingredients are supposedly the makers of exquisite cocktails that only sound weird and gross and terrible but are actually amazing and enjoyable.