Thai Iced Tea

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Love this drink on a hot afternoon, or served with some spicy food. Cool and refreshing, and the color always surprises people. It’s made with black tea, and sweet spices like vanilla and cardamom. There are recipes to make it from scratch but for ease I buy a Thai tea mix from an Asian grocery store, or you can also find it on line*. I like mine just slightly sweet; feel free to play around with the sweetness level or also make it dairy free by using coconut milk.

 

2C boiling water

1/4C Thai tea mix

1 generous Tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk (or sugar)

1/2C half-and-half (or coconut milk)

 

Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and add the tea leaves. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes, and strain out the leaves. Add the sweetened condensed milk (or sugar) and the half-and-half (or coconut milk). Chill and serve over ice.

 

 

 

* http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Iced-Traditional-Restaurant-Style/dp/B000UPNK9S

Herbal Honey Vodka Sparkler

Herbal Honey Vodka Sparkler

This recipe was inspired by 3 things. Mainly my sister who makes this with 1T of dried lavender, but also the heat wave that’s hitting Seattle right now and the huge rosemary bushes I have in the backyard. YEAH for free ingredients!

This is a refreshing cocktail that isn’t too sweet and has an interesting herbal flavor. It’s a fun and unique drink to share at a party, and makes a great hostess gift. You can also experiment with different woody herbs; like thyme, oregano or marjoram.

1 C Vodka*

1T Honey

2 5in pieces of Rosemary (4 extra pieces if you want to garnish the glasses)

Seltzer water and ice

Combine vodka, honey and rosemary in a covered container. Let it sit for at least 5 hours, preferably over night. Place ice in a glass, pour 2oz in each glass and add 5oz of seltzer water, or to taste. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy!

Serves 4

*After trying several vodkas at a tasting I found Luksusowa, a Polish potato vodka, to be my favorite.

Fresh Prince

Fresh princeI threw a birthday BBQ for Austin last year. One of the things I served was cubed watermelon, and because it wasn’t quite sweet enough I added a little lime juice to make the fruit taste better. Towards the end of the party most of the watermelon had been eaten but in the bottom of the bowl was a cupful of watermelon juice. We didn’t want to waste it, so we poured it into a glass with a little gin and ice-so yummy and refreshing! Since we were living in west Philadelphia at the time we dubbed it the fresh prince.

I’ve changed the original a bit. Instead of the watermelon juice and ice, I’ve combined the two by freezing the melon and using that as the ice cubes. If you don’t like gin, tequila or vodka would be a fantastic substitution.

4 Cubes of frozen watermelon
1 Shot of gin
1/2 Lime, juiced

Place the watermelon in a small glass and pour the gin and lime juice on top. Wait about 2 minutes to let some of the watermelon thaw and flavor the drink. Enjoy!
This could also be pureed in a blender.

Serves 1