Homemade Lemon Radler

Every good party needs a signature cocktail! Switch things up with a beertail, I promise even non-beer lovers will enjoy this refreshing beverage.

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So I will admit that I’m not a very big fan of beer. I have been to many many breweries in my life and I generally am the person that is asking what the lightest beer option is and ordering that.

Now a couple of summers ago when we were spending lots of time working on our back yard I did get into drinking Radlers, only because it doesn’t seem right to drink a glass of Chardonnay while digging in the dirt. So while I was enjoying drinking a Radler from the can it never occurred to me to make my own.

So while I was thinking about what type of drink to serve for a Super Bowl party a beertail seemed to be the most natural option, but so many are made with dark beers which are just not my thing. Now what I love about this drink is you can still use your light beer, and you can make your own simple syrup and you know exactly what your drinking. It also lightens things up so you're really only having half a beer for every 1 drink - win-win right!

Now the one thing that you want to make sure that you use is lemon-lime soda water, not soda so that you are not adding extra sugar where it’s really not needed!

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 5 hour

total time 15 minutes

servings 4


Ingredients

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 small lemons)

2 cans or bottles of light beer

Lemon Lime soda water

Instructions

In a small saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a simmer stirring continuously until sugar is melted. Add the juice of your lemons and allow to cool.

Divide lemon simple syrup evenly between 4 glasses (approx. 2 oz per glass). Pour half a can of beer into each glass then top with soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.

*Be sure to use unsweetened soda water, you do not want to add additional sweetness to your drink.

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Orange Dream Smoothie

One of the best parts of January is the amazing selections of oranges! When it’s cold and dreary outside this is a great way to brighten up your day!

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Ok so I don’t know about you but I love oranges this time of year. When it’s so cold outside having that sweet and tart orange just is one of the best ways to brighten up your day.

Now with this recipe, I went with a tangelo, mostly because I love them so much, but you could use any type of orange that you love. Maybe a blood orange, imagine how pretty that would be!

This is also my take on that old favourite the Orange Julius, but with fresh oranges and greek yoghurt, this is one that you can enjoy for breakfast without any guilt.

So run to your closest grocery store and stock up on all the oranges, you won’t be disappointed.

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prep time 10 minutes

blend time 5 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

3 tangelos (or navel orange)

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups ice

Instructions

In a blender place peeled tangelos, greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Blend until tangelos are fully pureed. Add in ice and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

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Cucumber Ginger Gin Fizz

This Cucumber Ginger Gin Fizz is the perfect healthy-ish cocktail. With a full blended cucumber and some spicy ginger, it’s like having your green juice and cocktail too!

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So apparently today is Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year, so I say you should definitely do something extra fun today to combat those winter blues. I would highly recommend making up a batch of cocktails and watching an old classic on Netflix.

The best thing about this drink is that since your using a full cucumber, so if eating healthy was one of your New Years resolutions this drink is the perfect option. By blending the cucumber you get a bit of foam on the top which I personally love, but that’s not your thing you could certainly strain your drink and it is still just as awesome.

This also makes a really great mocktail, so if you are in the middle of a dry January no fear, this is almost as good without the gin.

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 5 minutes

total time 15minutes

servings 4


Ingredients

1 long english cucumber

1 inch piece of ginger peeled

2 lemons

4 oz gin

1 cup sugar

1 cup cold water

soda water

ice

Instructions

To make your simple syrup combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Stir constantly until sugar is fully dissolved - allow to cool.

In a food processor place your cucumber that has been cut into 1-inch slices and your peeled ginger. Blend until cucumber is fully pureed and no chunks are remaining.

Pour your cucumber ginger mixture into a cocktail shaker along with the juice of 2 lemons, 4 oz of gin and 4 oz of simple syrup. Top with ice and shake until well combined. Divide between 4 glasses and top with soda water.

*If you don’t use all of your cucumber ginger puree store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

This delicious hot chocolate gives the dairy-free people of the world the option to enjoy this classic treat!

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Well, Christmas is over which means one thing in Canada - Boxing Day shopping and trying to find the best sales all while freezing because you had to park about a mile away from each store and you need to go to at least 6 different places.

So what better way to warm up than with a big mug of hot chocolate? Now here is the question, do you know the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder and hot chocolate is from melting down chocolate. So to use up all those bars of chocolate you inevitably have leftover hot chocolate is a natural choice. Making it with coconut milk also means the entire family can enjoy it and you can splurge on one last decadent treat - that is until New Year's Eve!

If you want to make this treat a bit more adult you can always add a shot of baileys of peppermint schnapps. That is only if your celebrations plan to continue on for the rest of the week!

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 10 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1 can light coconut milk

1 can regular coconut milk

1 bar of solid milk chocolate

1 bar solid dark chocolate

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tbsp almond extract

Instructions

In a large sauce heat both cans of coconut milk and whisk until smooth. Break chocolate into pieces and place into milk. Slowly bring to a low simmer until chocolate is melted. Simmer 5 minutes then add vanilla and almond extract. Serve immediately.

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