When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts, exhausted from all that shopping, or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!
Make this juice recipe your new main squeeze for Fall. It contains this season's superstars: apples, celery, and of course, beets. This deep red juice will get you into the Holiday spirit and keep you feeling healthy all season long.
Learn how to make this beet juice recipe after the break!
With a dainty name like the gingersnap, one might assume that this cocktail is best reserved for ladies' night, but think again. Smooth and spicy, this warming tipple manages to steer clear of syrupy-sweet territory thanks to a heavy-handed dose of bitters and is an all-around crowd-pleaser, perfect for sipping throughout the holiday season.
If you need further convincing, it's one of those rare-gem restaurant recipes (an adaptation from a cocktail served at Momofuku Ko) that neither requires obscure ingredients nor intimidating technique. All in all, a win. So what are you waiting for? Get
If you're vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just a general health nut, chances are you've had a fair share of almond milk. If you're a serious juice freak, raw foodie, or gourmand, then you definitely drink the fresh, homemade stuff. Comparing store-bought almond milk to the fresh stuff just isn't fair — raw almond milk will always win. But it gets even better with one simple tweak.
When Can Can Cleanse unrolled its new Fall line, the hazelnut almond milk is what drew me in. It gives classic almond milk an intriguing twist by spicing it up with metabolism-boosting nutmeg and the sweetness of hazelnuts. What you're left with is a rich and creamy drink that is great on its own and even better when used in a smoothie, poured over oatmeal, or stirred into coffee. Beyond adding a new flavor profile to almond milk, hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fats (shown to help decrease belly fat!), B vitamins, and protein.
Learn how to make this recipe after the break!
Every year at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, there's at least one thing we absolutely have to come home and hack. Last year it was the Chipotle chili, and this year, it's undoubtedly the Garden Variety Margarita developed by mixologist Jason Mendenhall of The Wayland.
Consisting of blanco tequila, lime juice, agave, ginger and kale juices, and a smoked chili salt rim, this green juice margarita makes kale juice extremely palatable. The tequila tones down and complements the bitter-spicy flavors of the kale and ginger, and the chili salt . . . well, let's just say you may find yourself licking the smoky blend clean off the glass. Salud to beginning and ending the day with green juice!
The key to weight loss is filling up on low-cal foods that are high in fiber and protein to keep you satiated longer. Pears, berries, kiwi, avocado, greens, and flaxmeal are known for their high fiber content. Throw in some Greek yogurt for protein, and you've got a tangy breakfast that'll keep hunger at bay for hours, which means fewer calories consumed throughout the day.
It's an easy way to sip down 19 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein. Keep reading to learn how to make this 350-calorie weight-loss smoothie.
Just in case you don't have enough Halloween-themed cocktail recipes, here's another! The trick-or-tini is a twist on the classic martini. With its fun name and Halloween hues, this candy corn lookalike is a dessert in itself. Heavy whipping cream, juice, and banana liqueur are carefully layered to make this festive cocktail.
To prevent mixing when layering liquors, be sure to pour superslowly with a steady hand over the back of a big spoon. Want to make this tonight? Get the recipe when you read more
Green smoothies are all the rage, but does the green color and flavor bum you out? Superfood expert Julie Morris knows that not everyone appreciates their morning blend to look like pureed vegetables, so she developed a "green" cherry vanilla smoothie that's not actually green.
Williams-Sonoma just picked up her latest cookbook release, Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing, and Nutrient-Dense Recipes ($17). Julie says it's a sign of the times (and the growing green drink trend) that a store known for its pastry supplies would want to feature a book on superfood-packed smoothies; people love treats like cupcakes but want to find easy, fast, and palatable ways to eat more fruits and veggies. Her cookbook covers tons of enticing smoothie recipes (chocolate chip cookie dough, for instance), but the catch is that all the ingredients are superfoods (aka nutrient-dense foods).
When demoing the cherry vanilla smoothie, Julie shared some tips on smoothie-making technique. Always put the densest fruit first, in this case the frozen cherries. Follow it with lighter greens, almond butter (so it doesn't stick to the blades or the sides of the blender container), and coconut water. Lastly, prevent any powders, in this instance wheatgrass, from sticking to the sides by adding them in last.
This green smoothie truly tastes like a cherry vanilla shake, and yet it contains a salad's worth of the good green stuff. Keep reading for the recipe.