Fruit Tea à la Nashville, Tennessee

Fruit tea is delicious. If you have ever been to Nashville, you know that there are certain places you can get a special kind of fruit tea. It’s like a minty juice-tea hybrid, and it rules. As luck would have it, I ended up with ingredients in my house that I thought, if combined, would make a similarly delicious fruit tea. The results were pretty fab. Here it is:

Makes 2 cups of tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tazo® Zen Green Tea with Lemongrass and Spearmint K-Cup or Tea Bag (Having spearmint is an important part of the fruit tea equation)
  • Orange, Pineapple and Banana or Orange Pineapple Juice (I used Dole®)
  • Ice
  • 2 spoonfuls of sugar (Also an important part of the equation, because well, it’s the South)

Instructions:

  1. Brew tea either in your Keurig or 8 oz. of hot water. Brew in a 2-cup measuring cup.
  2.  Add 2 spoonfuls of sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add ice cubes until tea is at 1 ¾ cup line. Stir until ice cubes are mostly melted and tea is relatively cold.
  4. Fill with juice up to the 2 cup mark.
  5. Pour into cup(s) and add more ice then DRINK UP!

Yum!

 

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Cafe Americano

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Cafe Americano

 

My name is Lauren, and I am a coffee addict. I am actually okay with this. I love the aroma & flavor of a fresh cup of black coffee. In the early hours of the morning, there is nothing better than getting my hands on a piping hot cup of joe.

Many mornings I am a slave to the Starbuck drive though next to my house, but there is something truly satisfying about making my morning Americano with my own know-how & two hands. The below recipe makes two 16 oz containers – great for Monday mornings – when I need a double dose!

Cafe Americano

  • 3 tablespoons of espresso beans, ground (I use Starbucks Dark Espresso Roast)
  • 1 1/4 cups of cold water (for the coffee maker)
  • 3 3/4 cups of water, boiled on stove
  • 2, 16 oz hot beverage containers (I use Thermos Brand – and I love them! They keep my coffee hot all day!)
  1. In an automatic coffee maker, brew the espresso bean – this yields about a cup of finished espresso.
  2. Pour 1/2 a cup of espresso into each container.
  3. Fill the remaining space in each container with boiling water.
  4. Done! Make sure you let the coffee cool off before drinking, it is very hot!

 

 

Raspberry & Ginger Smoothie

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Raspberry & Ginger Smoothie

Earlier this year I did a 30 day smoothie challenge through Young and Raw. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make it through the whole 30 days, but I did find some awesome recipes that I still continue to enjoy. The Raspberry & Ginger smoothie works for me because I keep most of the ingredients on hand. Also – this recipe is 4 year old & husband approved, which isn’t always the case at my house. 🙂

This smoothie is adapted from Young and Raw’s, Warming Blueberry & Ginger smoothie (also good).

The Raspberry & Ginger Smoothie

  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 cup of coconut water (I only use Harmless Harvest 100% raw coconut water)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Add all ingredients to a blender & blend*.

*If you have a high-power blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) you should only have to blend for about 45-60 seconds. If you are using a standard blender (total fine), you will need to blend longer & may need to add some water.

Enjoy!

Tequila Paloma

Joia Grapefruit Soda

Joia Grapefruit Soda

The Paloma is quickly becoming known as the margarita alternative. But, in my opinion, the margarita should watch its back. The Paloma has a refreshing taste that can definitely hold its own. Personally, I have a connection with the grapefruit used in the recipe. My family is from Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. This area is one of the largest producers of grapefruit & my family resides amongst the grapefruit farms. Drinking grapefruit juice (or in this case, grapefruit soda) evokes memories of spending time at my grandparents house. Every time I taste it, I think of it as a tribute to my late grandfather, Alejandro, and I can’t help but smile.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) reposado tequila
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) grapefruit soda (I used JOIA all natural soda)
  • Splash of fresh squeezed lime juice.
  • Pinch of course sea salt

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker.
  2. Give it a quick shake
  3. Serve over ice in a salted or unsalted glass with a lime.
Grandpa with his great-grand daughter

My Grandpa with his great-grand daughter