Summer Kick Back

2parts Vodka

1part St. Germain

2slices ginger

about 5 cilantro leaves

dash lime juice

1/2 part prosecco or soda

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the fresh ginger, cilantro, and lime juice. Add the vodka and St. Germain and ice.  Shake well.  Pour into glass and top with prosecco or soda.

Refreshing Margarita by Melanie Zook, RD



Maple Bourbon SourBourbon Sour

1/3cup bourbon

2Tbsp Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice

Shake and mix well. Serve over ice. *makes 2 drinks


I travel with my husband to Germany once a year and when I go during the fall or winter season Gluhwein (called mulled wine here in the states) is my favorite treat (fresh pastries are a close second).  Its made in a couple different ways but here is my favorite spice mixture for this warm, cozy and elegant treat…


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • Whole allspice
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • Sherry or Port Wine if desired- will make the drink strong so be careful!
    1. Pour the red wine into a large pot and put it on the stove on a very low heat – you must not let the wine boil or the world could end… and that is not something you want to risk…
    2.  Put about 4 cloves into each orange slice, then put them in with the wine.
    3. Break the cinnamon sticks in half or thirds and put them in with the wine as well as 3-5 of the whole all spice.
    4. Add in the sherry or port as well as 1/2 cup of orange juice.
    5. Add in honey and stir.
    6. Stir on and off for about 30 mins to give the spices time to infuse with the wine and for the magic to occur.  Taste.  If still bitter, add more honey. (dry red wines will require more honey)
    7. Let it cook/infuse for about 30 mins more (again, not letting it boil).
    8. Drink and be merry 🙂

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