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Refreshing July Cocktails

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The hot month of July calls for some refreshing and relaxing cocktails by the pool. We have found a variety of cocktails to accompany you on those hot July weekends!

Lets get to surfin’ and sippin’

Grilled Mango Margarita

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Ingredients:

2 oz silver tequila

1 oz triple sec

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz fresh orange juice

1 oz simple syrup

grilled mango puree (strained)

tajin salt for rim

Directions:

Heat grill to medium heat. While the grill heats up, cut the skin off the mango and cut into slices about 1″ thick. Add the mango slices to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they have a nice char on the outside. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, place the mango in a blender with a handful of ice cubes and pulse until it forms a purée. Strain into a container to store. To make the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels frozen. Rim your glass with Tajin. Strain into a fancy margarita glass with ice or up.

Rose Water Gin Fizz

Photo from littlekitchenbigworld.com
Ingredients:

2oz gin

.5 oz heavy cream

.5oz lemon juice

.5oz grapefruit juice

.25oz elderflower liqueur

3 dash rose water

1 egg white

Soda water to top

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the shaker except for soda water. Add one ice cube and shake until the ice cube dissolves. Open the shaker and fill with ice, shake 30 more seconds, and double strain over ice in a glass of your choice. Slowly add soda water pouring to one side of the cocktail.

Sage And Cranberry White Sangria

Photo from Jojotastic.com
Ingredients:

 1 bottle vino verde

1/4 cup brandy or apple jack brandy

1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

2 oz fresh orange juice

fresh fruits, such as citrus, cherries, peaches, applies, and blackberries

club soda or 7up

sage for garnish

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups water

1 cup fresh picked sage leaves

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water, and bring to a simmer. While syrup is coming up to temperature, take a small torch and lightly burn the sage leaves a couple at a time. Add the burnt leaves to the saucepan mixture. Simmer for three minutes and remove from the stove. Let steep for two hours. Strain sage leaves through a double strainer into an airtight jar for storage. Combine all ingredients except club soda or 7up into a pitcher. Let sit for 24 hours. Pour individual servings into a glass with ice until 3/4 full, then top with club soda or 7up.

Sparkling Kombucha Cubana

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz white rum

1 oz Humm Kombucha passionfruit mango

.5 oz lemon juice

3 dashes of black walnut bitters

champagne

thin lime slices for garnish

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients. Cover and shake. Double strain into a glass with ice and thin slices of lime. Top with bubbles!

Strawberry basil caipirinha

Photo from PeasandCrayons.com
Ingredients:

2 oz Cachaca

1/2 lime, juiced

1 bar spoonful of simple syrup

a few dashes of cherry bitters

fresh basil

fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Muddle the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add in the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with more strawberries and basil

White Negroni

Photo from Imbible Magazine
Ingredients:

1 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

1 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth

Organic blueberry Juice

Directions:

The night before, mix together blueberry juice and water in an ice tray. Freeze overnight. The next day, combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with regular ice, stir, and strain over the glass of your choice. Place blueberry ice cubes in drink and stir.

Thai Chili Colada

Photo from Jojotastic.com
Ingredients:

2 oz dark rum

1 oz coconut rum

2 oz coconut milk

4oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz lime juice

Pineapple 

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup water

3 Thai Chilis

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Remove pineapple rind. Slice pineapple width wise into very thin slices. Place pineapple slices onto a baking sheet spaced evenly. Bake on one side until it looks dry, begin checking at the half hour mark. Flip pineapple slices and bake that side until dry. Remove from the oven and place pineapples in an empty egg carton to make the “petals” curve up. Meanwhile, Slice Thai Chilies and remove seeds. Dice peppers. Bring a cup of sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chili peppers and remove from heat. Let cool and strain out peppers. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, adding 1/2 oz – 1 oz chili syrup based on your heat tolerance. Shake for 2 minutes to get the drink cold and frothy. Strain into a tall glass. Top with pineapple flower for garnish

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6 Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipes to Recreate At Home

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Let’s face it. For many of us, Iced coffee is way better than hot coffee, especially during these hot summer months. However, making Iced coffee at home never tastes the same and buying coffee everyday can really hurt your wallet in the end. But this does not have to be the case anymore! We have found 6 at home Iced coffee recipes to try right now! Delicious, easy and affordable. Now that is what we are talking about!

Let’s get energized

Regular Iced Coffee

A classic, this OG drink will have you feeling refreshed during a hot summer day!

Ingredients:

• Coffee

• Ice

• Simple Syrup

• Half & Half

Directions:

fill a glass with half ice and half coffee, stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and splash in some milk.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

This sweet and delicious iced coffee will make you look forward to mornings.

Ingredients:

•Espresso

•Ice

•Caramel sauce

•Vanilla syrup

•2% milk

Directions:

Add together ⅔ cups of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of milk and half a glass of ice together. Top mixture with a single espresso shot. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

The seasonal special is always a huge hit. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you definitely need to try this delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Ice

•Half & Half

•Pumpkin Spice Syrup

• You also need a french press to make this recipe!!

Directions:

Add half a cup of half & half and pumpkin spice syrup into a french press and pump a few times. In another glass, mix pumpkin spice syrup into 8 oz of coffee. Then pour the coffee over a glass filled half with ice and top with foam from the french press.

Iced Mocha

Rich and chocolatey goodness mixed with coffee. Sign us up! This recipe will be your new favorite drink.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Milk

•Ice

•Chocolate syrup

Directions:

Shake 8 oz of Coffee and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware. Pour concoction over glass that is filled halfway with ice and a splash of milk

Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam

This is for the at home barista that loves to go above and beyond.

Ingredients:

•Cold brew coffee

•Ice

•Half & Half

•Sea salt

•Caramel sauce

•Simple syrup

•You also need a french press for this recipe !!

Directions:

Add ⅔ cup of half & half and two tablespoons of simple syrup in french press and pump a few times. In a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware, add together 8 oz of cold brew, three teaspoons caramel sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. Shake these together until evenly mixed. Pour coffee over a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with caramel cold foa

Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

A new addition to the starbucks menu and your new favorite to make at home. Try out this Iced Brown sugar for a delicious and refreshing drink.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Milk

•Brown sugar

•Ice

Directions: Boil water. Once water is boiling, add brown sugar and mix. Quickly set aside to cool. Once a little cooler, add simple syrup to the glass. Then add ice to the glass with milk. Top the drink with coffee. You should be able to see three different layers in the glass!

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4 Plant-Based Energy Sources

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A cup of caffeine is almost necessary in the morning, but too much can cause jitters or a crash. One way to fight these symptoms is to utilize plant-based energy sources. These sources will give you energy that will last all day meaning you can get through your 3:30 meeting without the crash from your second cup of coffee!

Let’s get energized

Masala Chai

Masala chai is a hot beverage that is not only good on a cold winter’s night but also has some serious benefits. The brew is made by boiling together black tea, water, milk, aromatic herbs and spices. The tea originated in India but has gained serious popularity worldwide. When following a traditional Masala Chai recipe, this beverage averages around 240 calories. Besides the tea providing energy, it also boosts immunity, aids in digestion, contains antioxidants, prevents cancer, and more. The list of benefits is never ending! Definitely add this drink to your daily routine ASAP.

Chaga

Chaga is a mushroom that grows on birch trees. The fungus has gained popularity in recent years due to its benefits including lowering blood sugar, alleviating arthritis, reducing blood pressure and lowering inflammation. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, calcium and more. The mushroom is typically sold as a coffee alternative in powdered form and can be mixed with milk or put into your coffee brewer as if it were coffee beans. They also sell k-cups for those who have a keurig.

Cacao

For centuries, cacao has been used in traditional ceremonies, as chocolate alternatives or as caffeine alternatives. Cacao grows on the tropical american evergreen tree and can be roasted and fermented to make coco, cocoa butter and chocolate. These seeds are primarily grown in West Africa because of the tropical climate. The dark bitter powder can be boiled with milk to create a beverage similar to hot-chocolate. Packed with flavonoids, some benefits include improving blood flow to the brain and heart, reducing risk of diabetes, preventing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. Between all the antioxidants and minerals packed in this drink, your body will be thanking you for making the caffeine switch to cacao.

Tumeric

Turmeric is a plant that grows in Asia and is a popular spice used in various asian cuisines. The spice is part of the ginger family and has been around for thousands of years. If you are a fan of curry, you are very familiar with the turmeric spice because it is the main spice used in a curry recipe. The bright orange hue adds brightness to condiments and dairy products, but also has a handful of benefits including prevention of alzheimers, prevention of cancer, promotion of weight-loss, reducing inflammation, and helping with skin health. It is packed with antioxidants which will protect your body from free radicals. Try a tumeric latte the next time you are at your local coffee shop!

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Must Try NJ Breweries

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If you are 21 and over, summertime is an exciting season to sit outdoors, relax with friends and sip on a cold beer. New Jersey is a hot spot for craft beer breweries and even if you are not from the state, it is definitely worth the trip to check out these local bars. We have found the top 4 breweries that are worth trying out this summer.

Let’s take a look

Fort Nonsense Brewing Company, Denville, NJ

This spot specializes in a nanobrewery brewed with local ingredients. The company emphasizes a relaxed community where they encourage bringing your own entertainment such as “Bringing food, playing board games, reading books, attending trivia night or participating in yoga class.” Fort Nonsense is so passionate about their brews that they want to educate those that come in through taste tests and tours. Their beer garden and taproom are open 10 on Saturdays and Sundays. For more about Fort Nonsense, subscribe to their newsletter on their website!

Brix City Brewing, Little Ferry, NJ

A funky joint with bold tap beers in a friendly atmosphere. Though they are famously known for their New England IPA’s however, they have a great selection of experimental sours, traditional Pilsners, and Barrel-Aged Stouts. The name Brix City comes from an equation that the company created. The Brix is the symbol for sugar content in a water solution. The City portion commermates the 50 Newark breweries in the city that were alive during the prohibition period. Thus creating the name Brix City. Check out their to-go menu to get beers on tap to go!

Wet Ticket Brewing, Rahway, NJ

The brewery where “nothing is prohibited.” The name is in reference to the individuals who went to court to stand against prohibition. Wet Ticket Brewing wants to continue the “for-the-people-attitude” that the Wet Party candidates had. This is more than just a brewing company but a spot that honors history, education and travel. With funky beer flavors, like Pineapple hopper (New England IPA) and Coconut Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout, you will have a traditional but different tasting room experience.

Jersey Shore Brewing, Hackettstown, NJ

The 5 Year old beer stop prides itself on its successful expansion in a short period of time. Located in a 10,000 square foot space, the company has a 30 barrel brewing system meaning one barrel produces 31 gallons of beer. Due to the large space, 75 people can be in the vicinity enjoying Jersey Shore Brews at one time. All grains are carefully inspected to create a delicious craft beer experience. Some famous beers include “Wisdom and Witchcraft,” a citrusy Belgian Wit and “Elder Magic,” a fruity Hefeweizen made with Elderberry and Lemon. It is safe to say these beers are packed with bold flavor.

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