Spiced Cranberry Sangria

This was an easy and festive holiday cocktail that was quite popular with our Thanksgiving appetizers! One of my friends shared this recipe from PBS, of all places, and I’ll definitely look through their recipe archives after this! The recipe below is as is, but I doubled it for Turkey Day, and would do that again when making this for a crowd.

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Apple, Banana and Grape Green Smoothie

Here’s another green smoothie recipe that I like a lot.  Tastes great, and these are also awesome for using up fruit that may be on its last legs.   This one is my favorite so far.

  • 1 apple, coursely chopped
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of seedless red grapes
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • A couple of handfuls of fresh spinach

Throw it all in the blender and liquify it. 🙂  Makes a great breakfast!

Pear and Apple Green Smoothie

So I’m on this weird green smoothie kick.  I’ve been feeling pretty gross physically from all the holiday eating, and lots of eating out during our recent move.  On a particularly bad day, I picked up one of those Naked green smoothies in the bottle, and felt about 1000% better.  So, I decided to bust out the blender and give it a go at home! 

  • 2 pears, I used Bartlett, chopped up a bit
  • 1 apple, chopped up
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Couple of handfuls of  fresh spinach

Stick it in a blender and go to town!  Trust me, it’s delicious! 


Lychee Martini

I love Lychee fruit, and a sushi restaurant that a friend and I like to visit has just about perfected the Lychee-tini.  I had to see if I could reproduce at home, and it does come out pretty well!


Blackberry Mint Julep

This is way too tasty for its own good, and I don’t even enjoy Bourbon too much.  This was one of my contributions to a summer cocktail party we had a couple of months ago, and it seemed to go over well.  I got this from Martha Stewart.



One of my favorite winter cocktails, and a random use for creme de menthe. It’s festive and fun for the holidays. Courtesy of Washington Post.

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces cognac
  • 1 ounce white creme de menthe
  • Twist of lemon peel

Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice. Add the cognac and white creme de menthe. Shake well, then strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with three or four ice cubes (not crushed ice). Garnish with a lemon twist.