14 June 2011

top three

Top Three: Drinks For Warm Days & Cool Nights

Here on the California coast, summer days can be temperate and warm, while nights tend to be chilly and foggy. Here are a few drinks to both refresh you in the sun and warm you in the dark.

1. Ginger Fizz
Grate about a tablespoon of ginger, or use a ginger tea bag. Pour just enough boiling water over it to submerge the ginger. Let steep for at least five minutes. Add ice cubes to glass. Fill glass with sparkling water. If you want it sweet, add honey to the hot water. Other possible garnishes include lemon, mint and basil.

2. Melonade
To make the lemonade that constitutes the foundation of this drink, heat four cups of water and one cup of sugar until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add lemon juice. Set aside 2 cups of lemondae to puree with 4 cups of chopped honeydew or canteloupe. Add the rest of the lemonde to the mix. Stir. Toast. Would be great with a little vodka.

3. Mexican Hot Cocoa
Heat a big cup of milk - or your preferred non-dairy alternative; I'm currently using almond milk - in a saucepan on the stove. Stir in 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder. I prefer using unsweetened chocolate, and adding honey to sweeten it to my taste. Stir in a tablespoon of cinnamon. The more cinnamon you use, the goopier the cocoa gets. Perfect to sip from a spoon!

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