Cool down this summer with an ice-cold glass of yummy lemonade. Rather than buying the same bottled drink from the supermarket, make your own at home with these refreshing recipes infused with fresh fruit.
Ingredients: soda water, sliced lemon, lavender simple syrup
Ingredients: lemon, crushed ice, soda water, watermelon
Ingredients: fresh raspberries, cold water, ice, lemon, pink lemonade
Ingredients: lemons, fresh mint leaves, sugar, cold water, ice
Ingredients: lemons, lime, pineapple, pineapple juice, soda water, ice
Ingredients: blueberries, sliced lemon, pink lemonade, ice water
Ingredients: crushed ice, strawberries, soda water, lemon and lime juice
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If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, throw away the sit-down dinner menu and whip up some easy and delicious appetizers to excite your guests. These recipes are also vegetarian-friendly!
Onion and goat cheese tartlets
2 tbsp olive oil
4 red onions, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 sheets shortcrust pastry
3.5oz fresh goat’s cheese
Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
- Heat olive oil in a pot. Add the onions and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, cooking over medium heat and stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes. The onions on the bottom should become quite dark but not burnt – when it darkens, remove from heat and allow to sit for 3-5 mins for the onions on top to sweat and soften those underneath. Stir well, return to the heat and continue to cook for about 10 mins until the onions are completely soft and dark, golden brown, removing the pot from the heat occasionally to allow further softening. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
- To make the tart cups, lay pastry sheets on surface and cut into circles (2 inches diameter). Grease a muffin tray or tartlet cooking cups with butter. Fit pastry circles to cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool.
- Spoon equal amounts of caramelised onion into tartlets. Top with a small slice of goats cheese and garnish with thyme to serve.
Note: To speed things up, purchase pre-made tartlet cups from the supermarket.
Olive and sundried tomato crostini
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C)
- Combine cream cheese and feta in a mixer until smooth.
- Slice the bread into 1/4 inch slices, place on a baking tray and splash with olive oil. Toast in oven until golden.
- Put garlic cloves, olives and sun-dried tomatoes in bowl of food processor. Pulse until coarsley chopped but not pureed. Slice basil in ribbons and stir into tapenade.
- Roughly spread the olive and tomato tapenade onto crostini and serve.
Smoked salmon on rye
Makes approx. 24
1 loaf rye bread, lightly toasted
5 oz crème fraiche
5 oz light cream cheese
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh dill, 1tbsp finely chopped
8 oz smoked salmon
Pinch of salt
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out circles (1.5 inch diameter) from the lightly toasted rye bread. Alternatively you can cut into halves or quarters.
- Using an electric mixer, mix crème fraiche, cream cheese and lemon juice together until smooth. Fold through dill and chives, and add a pinch of salt. Using a teaspoon, dollop a small amount onto the rye toast.
- Slice smoked salmon into strips and roll up. Place one on top of each canape. Garnish with sprig of dill.
Images via seriouseats.com, garnishwithlemon.com, goodtoknow.co.uk
Creating new and interesting snacks for kids is difficult enough without resorting to sugary sweets. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cater for your child’s birthday party without breaking the bank! Below are just a few ideas to get your inner-foodie inspired.
This one is easier than it sounds! A great option if you really don’t have the time to be baking all morning, but still want a delicious way to treat the kids. Fill up some of your favourite cups with single servings of chopped strawberry, grapes, watermelon, mandarin, and apple.
You can even let the kids decorate the cups beforehand!
Isn’t it just a nightmare trying to coerce the kids to enjoy just one serving of vegetables? Create this delicious snack which basically just requires removing the centre of a cucumber, filling it with cheese, and sticking in a few carrot sticks. This also can control double-dipping!
Decorate your standard cheese sticks with some of your favourite characters for a delicious way to serve to kids. All you need to do it stick on the face, clothes, and hat for a snack which will surely have all the kids raving.
Use those old-school cookie cutters to make interesting shapes out of watermelon. Simply chop the watermelon into 3-5cm slices, then push through the cookie-cutter and onto a plate. Refrigerate immediately, and serve only until all of your guests have arrived.
Chocolate-dipped kiwi fruit
Okay, we cheated and brought the chocolate in for this last snack, but how could anyone resist!
These delicious fruit kebabs are dipped into chocolate sauce and frozen for a delicious snack during the warmer months.
Images via Sugar and Charm Blog, Weheartit, Make The Best of Everything, No Biggie, Glorious Treats
You don’t have to be in Mexico to enjoy tequila a variety of different ways. Bypass the standard shots at the bar with our list of five ways to celebrate tequila properly, thanks to Tequila Blu.
Spiked Mexican hot chocolate
This spicy hot chocolate gets its kick from the Oaxacan chocolate that is traditionally used to make it and with the inclusion of agave nectar and fine tequila, like Tequila Blu, this drink screams with the taste of Mexico!
3 cups milk of choice
1 ½ bars of good quality, spicy chocolate
6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 ½ shots Tequila Blu
½ heavy whipping cream or ½ cup water
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
- Warm the milk in a saucepan on the stove.
- Add chocolate, cocoa and agave nectar and whisk to melt chocolate.
- Season with cayenne pepper.
- Pour into two large mugs, top with whipped cream and garnish with ground cinnamon.
Tequila and orange
When you think of drinking straight tequila you might jump to thoughts of lime and salt, a seedy nightclub and a bad hangover… but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Why not try something different like the Tequila Blu Citrus Harvest?
45 ml Tequila Blu
Slice of fresh orange
Or try making a tequila and orange granita:
1 ¼ cups water
½ cup sugar
juice of 7 oranges
6 tablespoons of Tequila Blu
- Combine 1 ¼ cups water, ½ cup sugar (or agave nectar for a more Mexican twist), juice of 7 oranges (2 1/3 cups approx.), and 6 tablespoons of Tequila Blu, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour into a baking pan and place in freezer until frozen, and then use a fork to break up the ice before re-freezing until solid. Continue to break up ice crystals with a fork every 20 minutes until the mix becomes slushy. Spoon into glasses and garnish with orange slices.
Margarita ice cream
125 ml lime juice
2 tablespoons tequila
3 tablespoons Cointreau (or triple sec)
150 grams icing sugar
500 ml double cream
- Pour the liquid ingredients (lime juice, tequila and Cointreau) into a bowl and stir in sugar until it is dissolved.
- Add cream, whip til it becomes think and smooth but not stiff!
- Place in an airtight container and freeze overnight.
Tequila poured over sorbet
This one is an easy twist on an old favourite.
Place a few scoops of lemon, lime or berry sorbet in a glass with a salted or sugar coated rim, and drizzle with tequila for a deconstructed margarita.
Edible strawberry and tequila bites
Large strawberries (amount required depends on how many shots you plan on making)
1 x packet of jelly (choose a flavour that will go well with strawberries)
- Prepare your strawberry cups first.
- Chop off the top/green part of the strawberries and hollow out to create a cup or mould. If your strawberries are large enough you may like to cut off the bottom, just enough to make the strawberries able to stand up on their own but be careful not to cut through to the hollowed out middle.
- Follow instructions on the packet to make your jelly, substituting ¾ cup of water with tequila. We suggest preparing the jelly in a jug so it is easy to pour into the strawberry cups.
- Once you have made the jelly liquid, fill the strawberry cups and place in the fridge until jelly is set. If your strawberries aren’t able to stand up, an empty egg carton will make a great tray. You can experiment using oranges and other fruit too!
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