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Super Refreshing Peach Rosemary Michelada

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An easy, quick, and super refreshing Peach Rosemary Michelada made from beer, peach and tomato juices, sugar, and ice. The perfect cocktail for Cinco de Mayo!

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Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated soon… with this super refreshing Peach Rosemary Michelada! The drink itself screams fiesta! It’s perfect for bringing family and friends together throughout music, dance, parades, great food, and of course, drinks. 😉

As a resident of the great state of Texas, and having several Mexican-American friends, I started celebrating the day a few years ago. In my city, San Antonio, Cinco de Mayo is a big deal.

There is a rodeo, a big downtown parade, music featuring country, Tejano, and other rhythms, and many other extraordinary entertainers.

Schools and libraries celebrate the day in educational ways. Restaurants are packed– especially the ones on the River Walk. Bars and clubs host major parties, serving all kind of drinks, especially micheladas.

A beer glass mug of peach rosemary michelada between a bottle of Clamato tomato juice and a wedge of lime.

I could say that micheladas are the official drink of Cinco de Mayo! Our own Peach Rosemary Michelada is something to watch for. It is easily made with light beer, peach juice, Clamato® Tomato Cocktail, lime, sugar, and ice.

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As an option, you can sprinkle in a bit of chili powder or add a few drops of hot sauce.All we have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a large glass beer mug and enjoy. Awesome, right?

A bottle of Clamato tomato juice being poured into a beer glass mug filled with ice and peach juice.

Another great thing is the convenience of finding Clamato Tomato Cocktail in Walmart‘s juice aisle… as well the other ingredients, all in the same supermarket.

Walmart shelf with bottles of Clamato tomato juice and a juice aisle sign.

Clamato® Tomato Juice Cocktail Original is a tomato cocktail that comes in various sizes — including the 64 fl. oz size. It adds more to your meals and cocktails – just like the perfect Michelada– and also really spices up parties and get-togethers with family and friends!

We are serving our Peach Rosemary Michelada with grilled peaches wrapped in jamón and drizzled with a bit of honey — which pairs perfectly with our drink. Jamón is dry-cured ham similar to prosciutto.

Two beer glass mugs filled with peach rosemary michelada between a bottle of juice and skewers of peach wrapped with prosciutto.

I am telling ya, these sweet/tangy/spicy Peach Rosemary Micheladas will have you cheering for Cinco de Mayo along with your loved ones and friends… and having lots of fun!

Now tell me, what are your plans for Cinco de Mayo? 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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Peach Rosemary Michelada
An easy, quick, and refreshing Peach Rosemary Michelada made from beer, both peach and tomato juices, sugar, and ice. The perfect cocktail for Cinco de Mayo!
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  1. Run quartered lime across the rim of each mug.
  2. In a deep plate, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1-2 Tablespoons chili powder. Dip mugs one at a time in the mixture to coat rims evenly.
  3. Add ice cubes and then, combine 8 oz beer, 6 oz Clamato, 3 oz peach juice, juice of half a lime, and 2-3 Tablespoons sugar PER MUG. Stir in a pinch of chili powder if desired.
  4. Garnish each mug with a quartered peach and a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!
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Our Peach Rosemary Michelada can be served with grilled peach and jamon skewers drizzled with a bit of honey -- or any other appetizer of your choice.  Jamon is dry-cured ham similar to prosciutto.

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Light and Refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha

Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It’s quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada!

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It’s Carnival time in Brazil! And this year we are celebrating with this light and refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha (Caipirinha de Tomate e Manjericão).

Because, honey, if you think caipirinhas are made only from lime, sugar, cachaça, and ice… then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. It’s the Brazilian version of the famous Bloody Mary and the Mexican Michelada.

If you are a fan of these, you will love our flavorful caipirinha.

But let me tell ya, caipirinhas come in all kind of flavors: passion fruit, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, and so on.

They are quite popular in the hot climate Brazil — not only during Carnival but all year long. Pretty much most bars and restaurants serve them in a variety of flavors.

Well, since I won’t be in Brazil celebrating Carnival this year (or any time soon), I will sip my Tomato Basil Caipirinha while listening to my favorite Carnival rhythms: frevo, axé, and samba!

I know, I know… when you think Carnival, Rio may come to mind.

But actually, one of the best places to celebrate Carnival is right in my own hometown, Recife.  Galo da Madrugada is simply named in the ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ as the biggest Carnival parade in the world (yes!!!).

It joins together more than 2.5 million participants — dressed in typical costumes and dancing frevo and other rhythms in the streets of downtown Recife, where gigantic dolls are displayed.  

Several combined images of the Carnival in Recipe, Pernambuco, Brazil

Carnival in Recife (by permission of Diário de Pernambuco).

During these festivities many beverages are consumed, including Brazilian limeade and caipirinhas of many flavors, such as Tomato Basil Caipirinha.

Image of Brazilian limeade containing 2 glasses with confetti and a carnival mask on a table close to the drinks, which is consumed during carnival.

How to Prepare Tomato Basil Caipirinha

This Tomato Basil Caipirinha requires less ingredients and is quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada. That’s right!

All we have to do is place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass.

Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (or white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.

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As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil… and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball. Simple and quite DE-LI-CIOUS.

It’s an eat-and-drink cocktail!

So there’s no excuse for you not to experience a true Brazilian party… in your mouth! 🙂

Cheers to happiness!!!!

P.S.: A special thanks to Diário de Pernambuco for permitting me to use their gorgeous Carnival photo montage! (Obrigado, Diário de Pernambuco, por nos permitir usar a sua linda foto montagem neste artigo!)

 

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Tomato Basil Caipirinha
Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It's quicker to prepare than Bloody Mary or Michelada!
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  1. Place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass.
  2. Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.
  3. As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil... and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball.
  4. A true eat-and-drink cocktail!
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For a virgin version you can substitute sparkling water for the alcoholic beverage in the recipe above.

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Dairy-Free Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This quick and delicious Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with simple dairy-free ingredients and tastes like Autumn!

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Fall is in the air! Yay!!!  It is time to prepare comforting autumn recipes to keep you warm and cozy.  Our dairy-free Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is the one of the easiest and most delicious hot beverages for you to enjoy this season. And you know what? It can be prepared in 15 minutes, with only 6 essential ingredients purchased at Walmart,  saving us time to enjoy all the other perks that Fall has to offer.

It is prepared with 6 (yes, just 6) needed dairy-free ingredients: Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk, natural unsweetened cocoa (100% cacao), pumpkin pie spice, sugar, mini marshmallows, and caramel sauce. To make the hot chocolate thicker, we optionally added just a wee bit of dairy-free dark chocolate, and also served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

And you know what? I loved the convenience of being able to purchase Silk®Almondmilk right from the Walmart dairy case. And so will you!

To prepare this beverage, all we have to do is to simmer Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa and pumpkin pie spice until no lumps remain. Finally add dark chocolate (if desired) and sugar, and then cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted (about 2-4 minutes).

Voila!  It’s time to divide the hot chocolate into mugs…

… top with mini marshmallows…

… and a drizzle of caramel sauce. To make it even more scrumptious, you can drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the marshmallows if desired.

As you can see, a cup of chocolaty goodness is all ready and waiting for you — perfect for sharing with your loved ones. This Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is rich, smooth, comforting, and oh-so-good, including for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk, Silk® Light Vanilla Almondmilk, and all other Silk® Almondmilk flavors — the new silky smooth taste you’ll love– are dairy-free and lactose-free. Actually, they contain 50% more calcium than dairy milk, and absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat. They make the perfect ingredient to use in your favorite seasonal, holiday, or everyday recipe — the perfect companion for your cereal, hot beverages, desserts, soups, and more.

Quick and hot beverages are a must for rainy Fall days in my household. And how about yours?  I would love to hear what your favorite Silk® Unsweetened flavor is, as well as your most enjoyable dairy-free recipe.

Cheers to the season!!!

 

 

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This quick and delicious Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with simple dairy-free ingredients and tastes like Autumn!
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  1. In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa and pumpkin pie spice until no lumps remain. Then whisk in dark chocolate (if desired, but it will make drink thicker and creamier) and sugar. Let cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and chocolate had melted (approximately 4 minutes).
  2. Divide hot chocolate among 2 mugs. Top with mini marshmallows and drizzle with caramel sauce (1 tablespoon per mug) and optionally with chocolate syrup (1 tablespoon per mug). Enjoy dairy-free caramel pumpkin spice hot chocolate!
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You can add more sugar to the recipe or even use a sugar substitute if desired. The amount of marshmallow is free -- it depends on you!

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Homemade Caramel Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

This homemade Caramel Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer can be prepared in 10 minutes and makes coffee taste like Autumn.

Coffee creamer? There are several brands that offer different flavors in the supermarket. But you can easily customize your own in 10 minutes, with no cooking required. Don’t believe me? Well, try our Homemade Caramel Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer next time you drink a cup of coffee. You’ll be hooked!  It tastes just like Autumn.

It is pretty easy to prepare. All you have to do is whisk heavy cream or half-and-half with canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, caramel sauce, and vanilla extract. Then, store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

And there you have it.  Any time you want to drink coffee, you can enjoy the delicious taste of the season in a cup.

Easy peasy!

If you want, you can even develop new flavors using gingerbread spice, candy cane essence/extract, cocoa powder, and the list goes on and on. All you need is heavy cream or half-and-half mixed with a flavor of your choice and a touch of a sweetener — such as caramel sauce, maple syrup, sweetened condensed milk,  agave nectar, honey, etc.

My children were quite excited to enjoy morning coffee all jazzed up with homemade coffee creamer, along with buttered griddled French bread and seasonal fruits. It tasted like love, according to them.

Something that Mommy made especially for them. And you know what? You can pour some love into your coffee, too.  Make your own coffee creamer and you may never want to buy the one in the supermarket fridge ever again.

I hope you enjoy the fall season with all the goodies and the warm, comforting flavors that it has to offer.  If you like, you can enjoy a piece of bread or pie  while drinking coffee with our homemade caramel pumpkin spice coffee creamer.

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This homemade Caramel Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer can be prepared in 10 minutes and makes coffee taste like Autumn.
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  1. Whisk all ingredients well until obtaining a creamy, homogeneous mixture or blend them in a blender for about 5 seconds. Store homemade caramel pumpkin spice coffee creamer in a 1 qt sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Shake or stir before pouring into your coffee. Enjoy! If desired, serve topped with whipped cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, and a drizzle of caramel.
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Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake

Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake is a fun, healthy, and satisfying drink that can be prepared quickly and served as an after-school snack or as anytime dessert drink.

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Running out of ideas about what to prepare for an after-school snack? Well, we’ve got you covered! This Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake makes the happiest and most satisfying snack or dessert drink… for children and adults too. 😉 And you know what? They can be whipped up in the blink of an eye and decorated all colorfully and fun for or by the kids.  You should have just seen the big smile on my children’s face!

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Our Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake requires simple ingredients: Dole Pineapple Tidbits, Dole Mandarin Oranges, sweetened coconut flakes, maple syrup or honey, low-fat milk, and low-fat frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream.  It can be garnished on top with light whipped cream, mini colorful marshmallows, and a maraschino cherry.  Super fun, right?

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All one has to do is to blend the pineapple, orange, coconut flakes, honey, milk, frozen yogurt in a blender until creamy and smooth.  Pour the milkshake into a long glass…

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… and then top with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, and a cherry right on top.

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Voila! — the Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake — yes, based on the famous American ambrosia fruit salad — is ready to be enjoyed by happy eyes and hungry tummies.

It is a creative drink based on an adored, timeless classic… yet still rich with fiber and other healthy components. As a big fan of tropical fruits such as pineapple and oranges, I enjoy the fact that I can have them all year round. Dole pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges can easily be found in fruit bowls at your local supermarket, packing high-quality fruit in 100% real fruit juice, instead of the sugary syrup that other competitors use.

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The fruit bowls themselves make a healthy snacking alternative that is also very conveniently packaged for children. This makes them easy to enjoy at home or bring along anywhere they go. Alternatively, they can also be used to make easy and delish recipes like our Ambrosia Sundae Milkshake. 😉

Dole is a friendly, trustworthy company that’s been around for over 160 years… and the good thing is that it appreciates the importance of family heritage, and cares about their customers sharing family traditions and values — anytime of the day, feeding my children with healthy dishes and drinks  is a must at my household!

All that I can say is, invite Dole to your home and prepare to be surprised with everything they have to offer.

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I hope you have fun preparing this new fave of ours!

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  1. Blend the pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut flakes, honey or maple syrup, milk, and ice cream or frozen yogurt in a blender until creamy and smooth. Pour into 2 tall milkshake-type glasses and then top each with whipped cream, 6 mini marshmallows, and a cherry. Drink immediately and enjoy!
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If desired, you can reserve 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of pineapple, mandarin oranges, and coconut flakes to place into each glass before pouring the milkshake into the glasses -- this way fruit can be eaten at the end as well.

 

 

 

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Creamy Pineapple Coconut Cocktail (Batida de Abacaxi com Coco)

The Olympic Games will take place between August 5 and 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!  For two weeks, athletes from 207 countries from around the world will be competing for a gold medal in 28 different sporting events. And we will be cheering for our favorite team(s) with this super refreshing Creamy Pineapple Coconut Cocktail, known as a Batida de Abacaxi com Coco in Portuguese… a winning drink typical of the host state of this year’s Summer Olympics.

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Batida means ‘shaken’ or ‘milkshake’ and is a Brazilian cocktail made from a blend of one or more fruits of your choice, sweetened condensed milk, ice, and cachaça Brazil’s national distilled spirit. Our pineapple coconut cocktail incorporates frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, cachaça, and ice… all blended smooth in a blender.  Vodka can be used instead of cachaça, which has limited availability outside of Brazil. In fact, if you prefer cocktails on the lighter side, use vodka to replace that Brazilian alcoholic spirit.

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Sipping this pineapple coconut cocktail is like drinking an adult tropical milkshake. It is fruity, creamy, smooth, sassy, and so delicious! 😉 Batidas (plural for batida) are a staple in the bars of both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and they are available in many different flavors — such as lemon, passion fruit, coconut, guava, mango, and pineapple. Many exotic fruit combinations are served too — such as pineapple coconut.

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Batida has not spread in Brazil to the same extent as other drinks like the caipirinha but it is appreciated enough to sometimes replace caipirinha when serving feijoada, a black bean and pork stew considered Brazil’s national dish.

One interesting thing is that the word batida also means a “crash,” and is the usual term to refer to a car crash. The drink can be quite amazing, but due to its alcoholic content must be ingested cautiously — it could make you crash on a bench or something worse. The word can also refer to a musical beat — and the drink may get you shaking to its delicious tropical feel, too. 😉

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If you plan on traveling to attend this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio,  while you are there you can’t miss out on having this Rio de Janeiran (Carioca) special treat– and if you aren’t traveling to the Games, no worries!  You can still raise your glass and celebrate your team with this happy pineapple coconut cocktail. Cheers!

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A traditional Brazilian alcoholic milkshake-like drink made from a blend of pineapple chunks, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, ice, and cachaça ( or vodka).
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  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.
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If you would like to, you can add 1/4 cup granulated sugar for more sweetness. It is very important for this pineapple coconut cocktail to be served immediately in order for it not to become bitter.
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Frozen Pineapple Mint Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo… with this super duper refreshing Frozen Pineapple Mint Margarita! The drink itself is so good that it can spell ‘viva’, ‘olé, or any other celebratory word in Spanish and many other languages. 🙂

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Cinco de Mayo or May 5th is a Mexican day of celebration, very popular in the USA, which commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla– not Mexico’s Independence Day, folks!  The celebration includes music, dance, great food, and of course, drinks. 

You may be asking yourself what this has to do with Brazil and this blog, right? Well, besides the fact I live in the United States where the celebration is popular, nothing at all. I don’t usually celebrate the date… until this year, when my fellow blogger, Kate from Hola Jalapeno, invited me and a bunch of other Latin and American bloggers to celebrate this fiesta with Margaritas. So yes, babe, it is #margaritaweek… and there is a flavor for everyone.

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Because this Brazilian has joined the fiesta, I had to put something of Brazil in it: namely, the combination of flavors of pineapple and mint, which is very popular in Brazilian drinks, and of course, the green and yellow of the Brazilian flag.

I am celebrating with this SLUSHY Frozen Pineapple Mint Margarita made from frozen pineapple and limeade concentrate, fresh mint leaves, sugar, tequila, and lots of crushed ice — all blended in a blender and festivel enjoyed.  The contrast of sour/sweet from the drink and salt from the rim of the glass make this drink a real must-have…

… and this celebration is the perfect excuse to lift a glass full of goodness. Make it,  take a sip, and experience a fiesta in your mouth.

So CHEERS!!! — to Mexico, me, and you. 😉

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A super refreshing and delicious slushy Frozen Pineapple Mint Margarita to celebrate 5 de Mayo in style. Cheers!
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  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients together (except the ice) until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Add the crushed ice and blend the mixture until it forms a slush. Set aside.
  2. Pour into a glass with coarse salt around the outside rim (optional) and enjoy! It can be garnished with a quarter slice of pineapple on the rim of the glass and mint leaves. SERVES: 1-2 people depending on the size of the glass.
  3. NOTE: To put coarse salt around the rim of the glass, pass a cut slice of lime around the rim, and then invert glass to dip and coat the moistened rim in a bowl of coarse salt. Make sure salt coats the rim well.
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For a virgin version, use (flavored) sparkling water instead of tequila.

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10 Cocktails for New Year’s

Sharing is Caring: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Yummly“Goodbye old year…Happy New Year… May everything come true in the year that is about to arise– lots of money in your pocket, plenty of health to spare.” That is what an old Brazilian song says… and exactly what I wish for each one of you!  Nothing better to say good-bye […]

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Hibiscus Tea & A Guide To Medicinal Teas

Along with the arrival of Autumn come colds, congestion, seasonal allergies, and sleepiness, among other unpleasant effects. Drinking teas is one way to relieve symptoms while enjoying a comforting, warm beverage.  With this in mind, I decided to share with you an easy and delicious recipe for a cranberry-like hibiscus tea. And I have included an useful guide to medicinal teas as well.

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Coffee may be Brazil’s preferred beverage… but herbal teas also are well-known and highly appreciated for their health properties.

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Brazilian tea culture has its origins in the infused beverages, or chás made by the indigenous cultures of the Amazon region. Most varieties of tea came from China and neighboring countries… But tea culture has evolved since the Portuguese colonial period to include imported ones from Japan, Sri Lanka, India,  and elsewhere.

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Among the many medicinal teas consumed in Brazil (as well as other countries, including the United States) are these:

 

  • HIBISCUS (hibisco):  an herbal infusion made from the dried crimson flower of the roselle or hibiscus flower. It can be consumed either hot and cold. Hibiscus tea is used for treating colds, upper respiratory tract pain, swelling (inflammation), fluid retention, stomach irritation, and disorders of circulation. Because it has gentle laxative and diuretic properties, it is associated with weight loss. Dried hibiscus flowers, often labeled flor de Jamaica, have long been available in health food stores and Latin markets in the United States, especially in California and other areas influenced by Mexican customs.  In local American supermarkets, hibiscus tea is available as “Red Zinger”, popularized by the brand Celestial Seasonings. A great recipe for hibiscus tea can be found at the bottom of this post.

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  • YERBA MATE (erva-mate or chimarrão):  it is a South American beverage made by steeping the ground leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant in hot water… very popular in Southern Brazil and Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia (chaco) where is consumed in a calabash gourd. It is rich in antioxidants, enhances physical endurance and the ability to focus, aids digestion, helps with weight control, and supports cardiovascular health.
  • LEMON VERBENA (Lúcia-Lima): Although it is native to Argentina and Chile, it is grown around the world. Lemon verbena is known for strengthening the nervous system, aiding with digestive disorders, and minimizing fevers and colon spasms. It has anti-spasmodic, de-stressing and expectorant properties.
  • LEMONGRASS (erva-cidreira): This may help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. Lemongrass also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain, reduce fever, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties.
  • CHAMOMILE (camomila): Chamomile is an herb that has been used for centuries. In many parts of the world, it is used to calm upset stomach or to help with sleep or insomnia.
  • BLACK TEA (chá preto): This is a calorie-free beverage that contains caffeine and can help lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • MINT (hortelã): This is used to relieve allergies, as a decongestant, to aid with indigestion, and to help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can be consumed hot or cold. In Brazil, it is often mixed with pineapple. For a recipe for Homemade Pineapple Mint Iced Tea, click HERE.
  • FENNEL (erva-doce): This is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas and bloating as well as loss of appetite and colic in infants. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections, cough, bronchitis, and backache.
  • STAR ANISE (anis): Originating in southern China, star anise has a licorice-like flavor. It is used for easing respiratory tract infections, lung inflammation, cough, bronchitis,  and flu (influenza). Star anise is also used for increasing sexual drive (libido).
  • BOLDUS, BOLDOA, or BOLDEA (Boldo): It is an evergreen shrub, small tree native to central Chile and Peru, also consumed in other South American countries such as Brazil. Boldo leaves have been used by South American natives against diseases of the liver and for the treatment of gallstones. It has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory and anti-fever effects.
  • HORSETAIL (cavalinha): Horsetail is astringent, antihemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic.

As everything else, herbal teas must be consumed in moderation, in accordance with their indication, and should never be used as a replacement for prescribed medicines. This includes our hibiscus tea.

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Enjoy the season!

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  1. Bring water to a boil (about 5-8 mins), turn off heat, and add the hibiscus flowers and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Strain tea into desired container and stir in sugar or honey to taste. Serve warm with lime wedges on the side. This tea can be served chilled instead. For this, add ice and orange or lime rounds.
  3. NOTE: Do not steep tea for a longer time because it can become bitter. If its flavor needs to be strengthen, add more herbs but do not steep tea longer. Inactive prep time: 15-20 minutes. Yield: About 6 cups.

 

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Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice with Grilled Pineapple

To me, nothing screams summer like thirst-quenching tropical drinks and grilled foods… “So why not to combine two of my faves into one?” I thought. 🙂  A super-refreshing and tasty Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice garnished with Grilled Pineapple was exactly what I prepared and enjoyed with my family recently. We loved it so much that I had to share it with you.  Folks, this is more than a drink… It’s a drink with eats!  🙂

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The combination of pineapple…

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…and mint is not new.

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In Brazilian cuisine, it is commonly used in teas, popsicles and ice cream, beverages and alcoholic drinks, and the list goes on and on. In fact, I used this pineapple-mint combo of flavors as an inspiration for our beverage for today.

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The difference is, I used sparkling water instead of regular water, and garnished our drink with grilled pineapple…

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… these few simple touches created a delicious summer drink with a creative presentation. You can have our sparkling pineapple mint juice as it is, or transform it into a cocktail drink by adding a bit of cachaça, white rum, vodka, or white wine.  If you are not a fan of sparkling water, you can use regular water instead– as we do in Brazil.  It’s really up to you.

Our sparkling pineapple mint juice is great for parties, get-togethers, BBQ’s, and other casual events… or just to enjoy for no reason at all!  It’s something to drink and nibble on all at once.

Make it, enjoy, and have an awesome summer!

Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice with Grilled Pineapple

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This sparkling pineapple mint juice is a refreshing and tasty summer drink that can be accompanied by grilled pineapple. A drink with eats!
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  1. Reserve about 8 to 12 cubes and 4 to 6 small to medium triangles to grill and garnish the drink if desired. In a blender, blend together the remaining pineapple chunks, sparkling water or regular water, mint leaves, and sugar until obtaining a smooth mixture. Strain the mixture, place into a pitcher with as much crushed ice as desired, and garnish with mint leaves and grilled pineapple triangles. The grilled pineapple cubes can be inserted by two's onto picks to garnish the top of each of the 4-6 glasses, as shown in the pictures.
  2. To grill the pineapple, brush a hot griddle with vegetable oil and grill both the reserved pineapple chunks and triangles on all sides until grill marks appear, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side. Let cool down and garnish the drink.
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