State Fair Lemonade, chef john

  • 6 lemons
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 5 cups cold water

  1. Wash lemons and peel off all the zest using a vegetable peeler. Set peeled lemons aside. Add the lemon zest to a bowl and cover with sugar. Toss to combine. Cover and let sit for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pot over high heat; turn off heat and pour in the lemon-sugar mixture. Stir and let sit until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through a mesh strainer back into the same bowl and discard the zest. Let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze into the bowl. Pour lemonade into a serving pitcher. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill thoroughly before serving over ice, at least 2 hours.
  • Chef’s Notes:
  • If your lemons feel waxy, give them a good scrub under hot water before using.
  • Feel free to adjust amounts of lemon juice and sugar.

Instant Pot Masala Chai from twosleevers.com

    • 2-3 teabags
    • 1.5 cups water
    • 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy substitute
    • 2 teaspoons sugar adjust to taste
    • 2 whole cloves
      3-4 sticks cinnamon

      1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
      4 green cardamom pods
      4 thin slices ginger
      Place all ingredients In a heat safe container, preferably one with a spout to ease pouring.

Cover the container with foilIn the inner liner of your Instant Pot, place two cups of water, and a trivet. Place the foil-covered pot on the trivet.Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes, and allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure.Strain into two cups and serve.

pumpkin spice latte from Sarah Carey

  • download1 cup milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup espresso or very strong coffee
  • Whipped cream for serving
  • Cinnamon for garnish
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let mixture steep for 30 minutes.

  2. Divide espresso between 4 cups. Strain milk and divide between the 4 cups. Top each with dollop of whipped cream and dusting of cinnamon.

Watermelon Mojitos

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Sipping Chocolate from food52

15592864174_11b891eb0e_b2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon honey
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon orange zest

  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and heat on low, stirring with a whisk until the chocolate has melted.
  • Continue to heat until the sipping chocolate has turned a nice dark brown color and is warm (10 to 15 minutes), stirring occasionally. Do not heat the milk to boiling.
  • Strain the sipping chocolate into 4 cups. Serve immediately.  serves 4

Dorie Greenspan’s Hot and Cold Chocolate

  • 2015_0202_dorie_greenspans_genius_hot_chocolate_as-208 15818222153_9437fb4ee3_b3cups (750 grams) whole milk
  • 1/3cup (80 grams) water
  • 1/3cup (65 grams) sugar
  • 6ounces (175 grams) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  1. To make hot chocolate: Bring the milk, water, and sugar just to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. The hot chocolate needs to be blended at this point. At Ladurée, this is done with a hand-held blender (also called an immersion blender). If you have this tool, leave the hot chocolate in the saucepan and whip it with the hand-held blender for 1 minute. If you don’t have a hand-held blender, transfer the chocolate to a traditional blender and whip on high speed for 1 minute. (When blending hot liquids, be sure to remove the center insert from the top of the blender, and cover the top with a folded kitchen towel to allow steam to escape.) The chocolate should be served immediately, while it is still very hot and frothy. Alternatively, you can pour the chocolate into a container to cool; the cooled chocolate can be reheated or served chilled. (The chocolate can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator.)
  2. To reheat chilled hot chocolate: Working in a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the chocolate, stirring gently, just until the first bubble pops on the surface. Pull the pan from the heat, whip the chocolate for 1 minute with a hand-held blender (or in a traditional blender), and serve immediately.
  3. To make cold hot chocolate: Chill the hot chocolate until it is very cold, then stir in 3/4 cup (200 grams) cold milk. Whip the cold chocolate for 1 minute with a hand-held blender (or in a traditional blender). Serve the cold hot chocolate over an ice cube or two.
  4. Keeping: Once blended, the hot chocolate can be cooled and refrigerated in a tightly sealed jar for 2 days; reheat gently, or serve as cold hot chocolate.
  5. Cold hot chocolate makes a fabulous ice cream float. Greenspan whips the cold chocolate to froth, pours it into a tall glass — beer glasses are great for this — and adds ice cream. While the traditional go-with-chocolate flavors, like vanilla, coffee, vanilla-fudge, and chocolate in all its renditions, are always good, her favorite floatable flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. serves 4

The Best — And Easiest — Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

 

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  • ripe medium or large bananas, peeled, chopped into pieces, and frozen
  • tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (soy or hemp milk will work well, too)
  1. Blend all ingredients till smooth, adding a little more almond milk as needed. Serve.
  2. Makes 4 small or 2 large servings

 

Liberté Cocktail

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3 ounces Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Hendrick’s gin (I substituted a gin I had on hand, which worked quite well with this recipe because of its citrus-y notes)
2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters (I used Regan’s)
garnish: orange peel

Stir ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of orange peel, to release its essential oils.  makes one cocktail

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails, Jennifer Kosco 

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1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
1 1/4 cups silver tequila
Ice

1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.

2. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

3. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

4. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Very Berry Basil Mojito from the chew

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3 Fresh Strawberries; hulled and sliced plus more to garnish
1 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Strawberry Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce Black Raspberry Liqueur
1 1/2 ounces White Rum Basil Seltzer

3 Fresh Strawberries; hulled and sliced plus more to garnish
1 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Strawberry Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce Black Raspberry Liqueur
1 1/2 ounces White Rum
Basil
Seltzer

Strawberry Simple Syrup
1 cup Boiling Water
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Sliced Strawberries Muddle Strawberries and Basil. Pour over Ice with other ingredients; shake. Top off with Seltzer. Garnish with Strawberry and Basil.

To make Strawberry Simple Syrup: Combine the Boiling Water, Sugar, and Strawberries. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature then strain the Strawberries from the Syrup. Keep refrigerated until use.

Helpful Tips:
1. Same simple syrup recipe, but add a cup of strawberries.