Mango Mint Kombucha

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I am a huge fan of kombucha.  O Organics now offers a line of kombucha that’s available at grocery stores and is affordable.  This is a sponsored post.

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Have you ever made your own kombucha before?  It’s really not that hard, but it’s intimidating.  Buying a scoby or finding someone to give you one can make you a little nervous.  After all it is a mushroom of sorts.  A scoby is a: symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast.  

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BUT…the health benefits of drinking kombucha outweigh the scariness of it all.  If you’re not into making it yourself, I highly recommend checking out the O Organics line from Safeway and/or Albertsons.  I’ve been drinking it for the past few weeks and absolutely love it.  

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O Organics Kombucha is made with USDA Organic ingredients.  Additionally, each bottle contains more than two billion probiotic organisms as well as live kombucha cultures.  The light fruit flavors are really delicious.  I’d have to say that for me it’s a toss up between the Mango Mint and the Guava.  They are both refreshing and delicious and I love the digestive health benefits of kombucha.  I’d love to hear what your favorite flavor of kombucha is in the comments below.

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2-Ingredient Dole Whip

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Dole Whips have a cult following at the Disneyland Parks, but now you can make it at home with just 2 ingredients and a big fat straw.  This is a sponsored post.

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I am a sucker for ice cream and apparently it’s genetic as my son could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner….daily.  If you’ve had the fortune to go to Disneyland, chances are you stood in line for a frosty cold Dole Whip.  {raising my hand}  They are creamy and drizzled with fresh pineapple juice and they have a cult following.  

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Now don’t get me wrong, this is amazingly delicious and if you’re looking for the EXACT Dole Whip, well, that recipe is a guarded secret, so this is an easy copycat.  Best of all…you don’t need a soft-serve machine to make this happen in a flash.  Blender – Check.  Food Processor – Check.  Yonana’s Frozen Dessert Maker – Check.  Pick one, any one and you’ll be eating a Dole Whip in a flash.   

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dole in the past and am proud to announce that I’ll be a Dole Ambassador for 2015.   Part of this years initiative is the Get Up and Grow! Tour which I have to admit I am TOTALLY stoked will be coming to Spokane WA.  Being on the east side of the state it seems all of the fun stuff happens in Seattle, so I was pretty jazzed that the tour is stopping right down the road from me.  Here’s a little about the tour:

DOLE’S 2015 HEALTHY-EATING TOUR CHALLENGES NORTH AMERICANS TO GET SERIOUS

Get Up and Grow! Tour, the largest in company history, will visit 45-cities across the U.S. and Canada in an effort to make the world a happier, healthier place.  Visitors who complete the Get Up and Grow! Pledge can win free produce, Fitbits® and a California wellness vacation.

Dole is convinced that the secret to a happier, healthier world is increased fruit and vegetable consumption so it is hitting the road this summer to directly challenge North Americans to make healthy eating their #1 priority.  

After spending the past few summers sampling recipes and working with retailers to show what’s possible, the produce giant is turning up the volume in 2015 with the largest North American tour in its history and a first-ever customizable healthy-living pledge that rewards participants with various wellness incentives including Fitbits®, DOLE® produce and the chance to win a six-day health-makeover getaway to California.

The 115-day, 11,700-mile journey represents a joint effort between Dole Fresh Fruit of Westlake Village, Calif., Dole Fresh Vegetables of Monterey, Calif., and the Kannapolis, N.C.-based Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI), and is co-sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond.

Multiple colorful Get Up and Grow! Tour caravans with rolling kitchens will deliver innovative new recipes, product samples, a do-it-yourself smoothie bar, free giveaways for the whole family and other activities specifically created to showcase the fun, flavor and preparation possibilities of fresh fruit and vegetables and a plant-based diet. Visitors can also present a grocery receipt showing a qualifying level of DOLE® fresh purchase to receive a limited-edition, commemorative Get Up and Grow! item.

The Eastern Tour departs from Pittsburgh and visits Carlisle, Pa.; Baltimore; Edison, N.J.; Morristown, N.J.; New York City, Boston; Albany, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, N.C.; South Georgia; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Miami.

The Central Tour leaves New Orleans; Indianola, Miss.; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland; Detroit; Grand Rapids, Mich.; St. Louis; Springfield, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; Omaha, Neb.; and Lincoln, Neb.

The Western Tour leaves Dallas and visits Houston; San Antonio; Phoenix; Los Angeles; Berkeley, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Spokane Wash.; Boise, Idaho; and Salt Lake City.

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Summer just got awesome with this 2-ingredient frozen treat.  I won’t tease you anymore…let’s get to the recipe for this super easy Dole Whip.  If you’re in Spokane, let’s meet up at the event.

2-Ingredient Dole Whip

Yield: 2 Servings

2-Ingredient Dole Whip

Dole Whips have a cult following at the Disneyland Parks, but now you can make it at home with just 2 ingredients and a big fat straw.

Ingredients

  • 3 Frozen Dole bananas
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice, cold

Instructions

  1. Using a Yonana's frozen dessert maker, blender or food processor, process the frozen bananas into a soft serve consistency. Add to 2 glass immediately and pour 1/2 of the juice over one and repeat with the second. Stick in a fat straw and enjoy.
  2. It's seriously that easy.
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Bloody Maria with Lime Chile Salt

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A quick and easy recipe for a Bloody Maria.  This is a sponsored post.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!  How do you plan to celebrate the day that Mexico defeated France in 1862?  I plan to celebrate with a frosty glass of this insanely easy and lip puckering Bloody Maria.  We all know her vodka-infused sister Mary, but Maria is drunken with silver tequila.

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I have the great fortune to work with Sabra Dipping Co and sample all of the different product lines they offer.  Including their salsa line.  I don’t mean the salsa line that you danced at your cousin Suzie’s wedding, I’m talking tubs of tomatoey deliciousness that is sooooo fresh, it’s almost impossible to tell that it wasn’t made 5 minutes before.  Our family favorite is the Restaurant Style.  It’s not quite as chunky and comes in a HOT version that’s just the right level of heat for my taste.

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So what does this cocktail have to do with salsa?  Well, it’s made using the hot restaurant style salsa mixed with a little water and of course tequila.  Because the salsa is made with hand-picked, vine-ripened Roma tomatoes and pieces of fresh vegetables, it’s easy to use it for more than just dunking a tortilla chip.  

You can kick up the garnishes on this sipper with anything and everything Mexican.  I chose to use halved taquitos, radishes, pickled jalapenos and fresh lemon wedges.  Just like a martini, Bloody Maria’s (or Mary’s) are great for sipping and for snacking.  Imagine mini tacos or even a wedge of a steak quesadilla…ok, I need to stop before I jump up and go make another one of these beauts.  

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Bloody Maria with Lime Chile Salt

Yield: 2 Glasses

Bloody Maria with Lime Chile Salt

A quick recipe for a Bloody Maria using Sabra Restaurant Style Salsa and tequila.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sabra Restaurant Style Salsa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Silver tequila (to your liking)
  • Ice
  • Lime Chile Salt:
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons crushed chile flakes
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh lime peel
  • Garnishes:
  • Beef Taquitos, cooked and halved
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Lemon or Lime Wedges
  • Radishes
  • Quesadilla wedges
  • Grape Tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In the jar of a blender, add the salsa, water, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth.
  2. On a small plate, add the salt, chile flake and lime and stir to combine. Wet the rim of 2 tall glasses with a lemon wedge and dip into lime salt mixture. Fill with ice and add tequila and top with the salsa juice. Stir to combine and top with garnishes of choice.
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Easy Cashew Horchata

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An easy recipe for Horchata using cashews in place of the typical almonds.  So delicious you’ll question why you haven’t made it sooner.

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I seriously never knew that I was a horchata fan.  I used to live in San Francisco and frequent many a taqueria and always saw the horchata there, but could never bring myself to ask about it, or even better, order it.  While searching for recipe ideas, I happened on horchata and I thought, now is the time Heather, to give this stuff a shot.  It takes overnight to make it, so there’s no instant gratification in this sipper, but it was worth every second of waiting.  Wow.  I am now kicking myself for waiting so long to give it a shot.  It’s one glass of deliciousness for certain.   

Cashew Horchata
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I love cashews.  Whenever I’m at Trader Joes, I always, and I do mean always, pick up 2 pouches of raw cashews.  I smoke them with spices, I oven roast them and sometimes pan saute them for a quick addition to salads.  But as I mentioned above, they can also be used to make luscious, delicious, milky horchata.  You can seriously go crazy with the spice combos on this recipe.  Imagine making a chai spiced horchata with cardamom and cinnamon sticks or authentic Mexican Horchata.  However you decide to do it, my only suggestion is….don’t wait eons.  It’s easy, it’s delicious and you should really just go for it.

Cashew Horchata

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Cashew Horchata

An easy recipe for cashew horchata. You'll question why you haven't made it sooner.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice (I used jasmine), uncooked
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup white sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add the rice to a blender, cover and blend until it starts to become powdery. Add rice to a medium bowl with the 1 1/4 cup warm water, cashews, star anise, cinnamon stick and orange zest. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. Transfer mixture to blender, add 2 cups water, cover and blend until smooth.
  3. Line a fine meshed strainer with 3 layers of cheesecloth. Pass liquid through, pressing solids to squeeze out any liquid. Discard solids.
  4. Transfer strained mixture to a large pitcher. Stir in remaining 2 cups water, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Serve over ice.
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S’mores Martinis

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You know, sometimes you just need to bring the outdoors in and well, kick it up big kid style.  This s’mores martini from David Venable’s latest cookbook: Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook does just that.  Sweet, toasty and adults-only deliciousness that harkens the memories of sitting around the campfire during the summer months.

David Venable QVC Back Around the Table | farmgirlgourmet.comDavid’s entire book is a treasure-trove of amazing recipes, great commentary and even a foreword from my sweet friend Ree.  Deciding on a recipe to make from this book was the hardest thing to do.  So many delectable choices.  Here were a few of my faves:

  • Spiced Bacon Skewers – Umm…..HELLO Christmas morning!!
  • Cherry Strudel – I <3 strudel
  • Seven-Layer Taco Salad – Yes yes and yes
  • Kansas City-Style Smoked Chicken – I drool!

I lead a crazy hectic life.  Having go-to recipes that will feed the hungry troops, not take eons and are delicious is what I strive for and this book does not disappoint in that arena.   There are over 100 recipes in David’s latest book with 11 chapters and tons of beautiful color photography to get your mouth watering.  

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This recipe is soooooo easy to make and even easier to drink.  Toasting the marshmallows in a hot frying pan is genius!  You could also use a kitchen torch if you’re feeling fancy.  :)  Here’s the recipe.  Salud!

If you think your family will enjoy this recipe, be sure to visit qvc.co/AroundtheTableCookbook to learn more about and purchase Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook. Filled with 156 great recipes like this, you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle and gathers everyone back around the table!

S’mores Martinis

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Makes 2

S’mores Martinis

This delicious concoction can me made for Valentine's Day or an anniversary dinner, or really anytime you feel like having s'mores in a slurpy sweet adult beverage.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 marshmallows
  • ¼ cup marshmallow vodka
  • ¼ cup Adult Chocolate Milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Put 3 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup on a small plate. Place the crushed graham crackers on another small plate. Dip the rims of two martini glasses in the chocolate syrup, then dip the rims into the graham cracker crumbs. Quickly turn the martini glasses right side up and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup in a spiral design on the insides of the glasses. Put the glasses in the freezer for 1 hour to let the chocolate harden.
  2. Remove the glasses from the freezer. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put each marshmallow on the end of a skewer. Place the skewers in the skillet with a flat side of the marshmallows facing down, until the marshmallows turn golden, about 45 seconds. Remove the skewered marshmallows from the pan and, using the tines of a fork, push 1 marshmallow into each martini glass.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, half of the marshmallow vodka, half of the Adult Chocolate Milk, and half of the cream. Shake well and strain the mixture into one of the glasses. Repeat for the second drink.

Notes

Ask for Adult Chocolate Milk and Marshmallow Vodka at your local wine & spirits store.

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Venable’s second cookbook, Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie, has recently been released in October 2014 and features more than 100 brand-new recipes, as well as 30 fan favorites, that highlight David’s inventive spin on traditional comfort food favorites.

Recipes including Banana-Peanut Butter French Toast, Sunday Pot Roast, Smoked Brisket, Five-Cheese Fifteen-Minute Mac’ n’ Cheese, and Mimi’s Blackberry Cobbler–can be found in Venable’s second comfort food cookbook. QVC’s resident foodie shows you how to transform recipes you know and love into exciting new dishes that still remind you of home.  

Plus, with 11 chapters–some designed for your favorite kitchen appliances like the pressure cooker or slow-cooker, as well as a bonus holiday chapter that’s only available in cookbooks purchased from QVC–you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle and gathers everyone back around the table.

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Now that we’ve all changed our clocks back in an effort to conserve daylight for the winter months (except the lucky folks in AZ & HI), I find myself driving to and from work in the dark.  I live in the North near the Canadian border where the sun rises at 7 am and sets at just before 4 pm.  Getting that much needed vitamin D can be incredible tricky when you’re sitting in an office or at school all day. 

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

When you think of vitamin D, you probably picture a day lounging at the beach.  And while it’s true that our bodies do make the important nutrient while basking in those controversial rays, it might not be enough for our children’s budding bodies.  So how else can our children get enough vitamin D (without risking a major sunburn)?  With milk, of course!  Fortified with vitamin D, milk is delicious, nutritious, and the ideal drink for kids of all ages—and grown-ups too!

One of my favorite ways to incorporate milk during the winter months is making a DIY Pumpkin Spice latte.  I even make them for my kids without the coffee, of course.  This Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is quick, easy and packed with vitamin D and real pumpkin deliciousness.  

More Milk Facts

Sunshine in a Glass
An eight-ounce glass of milk gives you 25 percent of your daily vitamin D. Unfortunately, more than 75 percent of Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. And that number is likely higher in the Pacific Northwest. Good thing milk contains the vitamin D that clouds keep away.

Build Healthy Bones
Vitamin D helps budding bodies absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus, two things that are vital for building healthy bones. And that’s one major reason little bodies should get 400 international units of vitamin D—or four cups of milk—each day.

Milk Might Promote Immunity
New research has emerged indicating that vitamin D may play a part in promoting a healthy immune system, potentially warding off certain cancers, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. We’ll drink to that!

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Sweet Green Tea & Ginger Mojito

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Sweet Green Tea & Ginger Mojito | farmgirlgourmet.com #truviaHaving a trusty thirst quencher on hand when the summer days get warm is essential.  For the afternoon it’s a tall glass of sun tea & a splash of lemonade, but as the day turns to evening, I like kicking up the kid-friendly tea to an adults-only sipper by adding in a little rum and fresh mint.  A mojito made easy!  This recipe is so easy to make and can be kept in the fridge for a few days, if it lasts that long!  We’ve been making them every night – for testing purposes, of course.  :)

My neighbor popped over and I made her (ok, not really “made”) take a sip and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.  Imagine sweet refreshing tea with hints of fresh ginger, mint and rum.  It’s cold, crisp and delicious.  Did I mention it’s skinny?  The simple syrup is made using Truvia Baking Blend which has 75% less calories than white sugar.  I’m a huge fan of stevia and that’s exactly what Truvia is made from.  So skip the guilt and pour yourself a tall frosty glass of this green tea and ginger mojito on the next warm summer day.

Sweet Green Tea & Ginger Mojito

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Sweet Green Tea & Ginger Mojito

A skinny sweet green tea & ginger mojito using Truvia. Easy and a summer thirst quencher.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 1 2" piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1/2 cup water
  • fresh mint
  • rum (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags and ginger. Allow to steep for 20-30 minutes, covered. Remove tea bags and ginger and pour the tea into a small pitcher. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the Truvia Baking Blend and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear. Do not boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour into a small pitcher or glass jar. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. When ready to assemble, fill a glass with ice. Add a jigger of rum, 1-2 tablespoons Truvia simple syrup, fresh mint and fill glass with green tea. Stir and enjoy.
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Pumpkin Spiced Hot Buttered Rum

Pumpkin Hot Buttered Rum

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Kahlúa, Kahlúa and more Kahlúa!  Which is not a complaint!  If the other 4 didn’t whet your whistle then this one definitely will!

I happen to love Hot Buttered Rum in the winter months.  The spices, the sweetness, the rum.  It’s the perfect warm-you-up concoction after a long day in the snow.  I had never thought to put Kahlúa in my Hot Buttered Rum before, but after all, Kahlúa is rum with the greatness of coffee mixed in.

Now take the Hot Buttered Rum to the next level and add Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice.  That was the deal sealer right there.  The room was filled with “mmmmm” after the first sip.

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I made the batter as simple as can be.  Only 4 ingredients.  Butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and orange zest.  Mix it up and put in a sealed container (not that it will last long) and pop in the fridge so it solidifies.  Then all you need to do is fill the kettle, get it whistling and you’ll be sipping Pumpkin Spiced Hot Buttered Rum in a flash.  6 ingredients, one mug of delish!

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Pumpkin Spiced Hot Buttered Rum

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings (8 total servings of batter)

Pumpkin spice infused Kahlúa Liqueur mixed with a spicy batter and boiling water makes for a perfect winter sipper.

Ingredients

    For the Drink:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons batter (recipe follows)
  • 2 ounces Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • For the Batter:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (about 1 medium orange)

Instructions

  1. Add the batter and Kahlúa to 2 mugs. Top with boiling water and stir to combine. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  2. For the Batter:
  3. Add butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and orange zest in a medium bowl. Mix well to combine. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa

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Aztec Kahlua Hot Cocoa

I am a fan of hot cocoa.  I don’t mean the powdered stuff that you add hot water to.  I’m talking about melting semi sweet chocolate into rich whole milk for a mug full of chocolate-y deliciousness.  There’s nothing better on a cold and blustery winter day.

Now imagine, if you will, adding Mocha Kahlúa and cayenne pepper to your chocolate milky concoction.  It takes the ordinary to whole new level of delicious.

 

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The first hot chocolate beverage was created by the Mayans over 2000 years ago and cocoa beverages were an essential part of the Aztecs culture.  If they had Kahlúa in 1400 AD, I bet it would’ve been added to their cocoa.

Each year during the holidays, we get together with our neighbors for what we call Yule Bakken.  It’s an evening spent eating finger foods and sipping holiday beverages at several homes in the neighborhood.  Along the route to the next house, we sing Christmas carols loudly with a merry caravan of holiday spirited adults and children alike.  It’s an evening we all look forward to that usually ends at our house.  Guitars come out and we all squeeze into our livingroom with mugs of warm cocoa (some spiked, most not) and sing along like the most perfect Norman Rockwell depiction of the best Christmas ever.  I can’t wait to have a big pot of this Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa waiting for my Yule Bakken guests this holiday.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?  I love hearing what others do during the holidays to create lasting memories.  Tell me in the comments below.

Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa

Yield: 4 servings

Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa

Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa is a mix of spicy, sweet and Mocha Kahlúa rum. Perfect for warming up the adults on a chilly winter day.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of Kosher salt (optional)
  • 1 cup Mocha Kahlúa

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, add the milk, heavy cream, chocolate, espresso powder, cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Warm slowly over medium-low heat, until chocolate is melted. When warm enough to serve, add the Kahlúa and stir to combine.
  2. Ladle into mugs and serve immediately with marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream.
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Kahlúa Mexican Crema

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This my friends, is the stuff dreams are made of right here, for real!  If you like Irish Cream, you will fall head over heals in love with Mexican Crema!  It’s sweet with a Kahlúa kick that is great stirred into coffee, hot cocoa or drizzled over ice cream.  I die!

Kahlúa asked me to create 5 different recipes for the holidays using any of their coffee infused rum flavors.  You may recall the Pumpkin Pietini which I must tell you – is so darned good that you will want to serve it any time of year!

This recipe though….this is one bottle of delicious.  Imagine filling some smaller bottles and handing this out for holiday gifts?  I can tell you that it’s definitely on my list for gift-giving this holiday season.  Hear that friends and neighbors?

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This is my note to you:  It’s the holidays so please please please put away the fat free half and half and make sure you follow this recipe to a T.  It’s worth every single calorie to use the heavy cream and the La Lechera is a sticky sweet decadence that should not be modified.  It will last for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator so plan accordingly when you make it.

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Kahlúa Mexican Crema

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Kahlúa Mexican Crema

Kahlúa Mexican Crema is similar to Irish cream. Stir into coffee, hot cocoa or drizzle over ice cream for a sweet coffee infused treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups Kahlúa Original
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 14 ounce can La Lechera (Mexican sweetened condensed milk)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl or blender and ladle into bottles. Seal and refrigerate up to 3 weeks.

Notes

Will keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.

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Kahlúa Kola

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Kahlúa has long been my sipper of choice.  Maybe it’s the coffee or the sweet rum taste, or maybe it’s how amazingly beautiful it pairs with milk and ice.  In any case, I always have a bottle handy in my house.  When Tapinfluence asked me to partner with them and Kahlúa I knew it would  be a match made in Heaven.

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I decided that I needed to expand my horizons when it comes to my trusty bottle of Kahlúa and since this is a 5 part series on using Kahlúa for the holidays, my recipe brain has been kicked into overdrive.  I came up with a handful of food recipes right off the bat.  Kahlúa Ice Cream with Kahlúa Magic Shell was one…doesn’t that sound scrumptious?  Kahlúa Magic Shell has been haunting me ever since, so I’m sure it will be made sooner rather than later.

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Kahlúa’s website is filled with inspiration for creative cocktails recipes as well as their Pinterest board.  The recipe for Kahlúa & Cola is what sparked my creation.

Question:

How will you use Kahlúa in your next cocktail concoction?

I would love to hear your recipes in the comments below.  I have a few more tasty drinks up my sleeve – but first let’s get to this big kid Kola!

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This is a tasty blend of Kahlúa, white tequila and cola.  Serve over ice and let the sipping begin!

Kahlúa Kola

Yield: 2 servings

Kahlúa Kola

Kahlúa Kola is a refreshing cola drink. A little Kahlúa, a little tequila and you've got a great sipper.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • Cola
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Fill 2 tall glasses with crushed or cubed ice. Add 1 ounce each Kahlúa and tequila to each glass. Fill with cola and serve.
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Kahlúa Pumpkin Pietini

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There’s something about crisp air and leaves turning that immediately makes me crave pumpkin. Whether it’s pumpkin latte’s or pumpkin cookies, I love it. Now, imagine my glee when I heard that Kahlúa was releasing a new Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa flavor? It lives up to its name and offers everything you love from the combination of pumpkin and spice.

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Pumpkin pie happens to be one of my fall loves as well and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into this drink recipe. This is a really simple recipe using ground cinnamon flavored graham crackers for the “crust”.

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With all of that said, it’s really hard to believe that fall is upon us. I hope I’m not alone in the thinking that summer flew by this year. I feel like I blinked and POOF, it was gone.

To get myself into the fall spirit I have started planning my Thanksgiving dinner menu. It’s the one day of the year that I pull out all of the stops and I love every bit of planning it. I know one thing for sure, and that’s that these Pumpkin Pietini’s will be on the menu. They are not too sweet and are incredibly delicious.

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Kahlúa Pumpkin Pietini

Yield: 1 martini

Kahlúa Pumpkin Pietini

Pumpkin Pie meets Martini in this easy to make cocktail that infuses Pumpkin Spice Kahlua, hazelnut liqueur and a splash of cream. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg and you have "Fall in a glass".

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 part hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 1 cinnamon flavored graham cracker, crushed
  • ice
  • whipped cream
  • nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Dampen the rim of a martini glass with water, press into crushed graham crackers, set aside.
  2. Add pumpkin spice Kahlúa, hazelnut liqueur, cream and ice to a martini shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass and top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Serve immediately.
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