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Rooibos Latte

For years I’ve been looking to cut back on my coffee habit.  I love it and still believe in moderation it’s fine but the truth is, it’s highly acidic which really isn’t the healthiest way to begin the day.  In my hunt to find some equally delicious alternatives I found this recipe for a Rooibos Latte on Oh How Civilized. Some of the amazing benefits of Rooibos Tea, a native herb of South Africa, include:

  • High in the super-antioxidant compound quercetin.  Quercetin is beneficial to the heart, helping reduce the risk of various cancers, fighting viruses and is significantly anti-inflammatory.
  • Has a unique set of compounds and nutrients
  • Caffeine free which is much healthier for our bodies and makes it a great after dinner or evening treat
  • Very little tannin so no matter how long you steep it, it won’t get bitter

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ROOIBOS LATTE
Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons rooibos (or 2-3 tea bags if you don’t have loose)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup almond milk (or whatever type of milk you prefer)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
honey or stevia (optional)

EQUIPMENT
Saucepan
Electric milk frother
A tall container or saucepan to froth the milk

DIRECTIONS
1. Boil water and take off heat. Steep rooibos for about 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract.
2. Heat milk in a saucepan & pour into a tall container. Whisk to create froth.
3. Pour rooibos, then milk into 2 mugs. Add honey or stevia as needed. Top with cinnamon. Enjoy!

St. Patty’s Day Cocktails

If drinking green beer doesn’t do it for you, here are a couple of cocktails from Cosmopolitan to whet your whistle!

Shamrock Shaker

1½ oz.  Reposado Tequila
½ oz. sour apple liqueur
¼ oz. agave nectar
2 oz. lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with thinly-sliced green apples.

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Celtic Sea Breeze
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2½ oz. Medea Vodka
Splash of club soda
Basil
Garnish: mint
 

Add lime juice, simple syrup, Medea Vodka, and basil into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda, and garnish with two mint leaves.

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The Shamrock-arita

1 oz. Sauza Blue Gold Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
 

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain the ingredients into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Emerald Isle

2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
4 cucumber chunks
5 mint leaves
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. soda water
Garnish: 3 mint sprigs and a cucumber sliceTo make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and mint leaves. Fill shaker with ice and add lime juice, simple syrup, and wine. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with three mint sprigs and a cucumber slice.

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