drinks

Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

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My  old standard smoothie recipe used to be ice, fruit, ice cream and lots of liquor.
I could never get enough of those rum and/or vodka spiked concoctions, which I drank by the bucketful and although they had quite a kick, they always made me feel that I am drinking healthy, what with all that fruit in it…… 🙂
So after I went cold turkey two years ago, I never felt the craving for smoothies, because frankly – no booze? – then what’s the point ?
But then somebody treated me to a smoothie about a week ago and I was hooked again. That particular smoothie was made with just mango and ice, no other ingredients. Although it was pretty good, it was at the same time lacking some more refinement, either in the form of some booze 😦 or some other taste and texture enhancer.
So today I had these slightly over-ripe mangos and nectarines in the cupboard, yogurt in the fridge and thanks to modern appliances, Ice is always just a push of a finger away at the ice-dispenser. I added a bit of organic honey, some 2% milk  –
And just like that, Voilà ! My new favorite drink was born 🙂
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À Vôtre Santé !   Life is Good !

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P.S.
Adding a few jiggers of rum to this………ahhhh….
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Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

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Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

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Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

Mango, Peach And Yogurt Smoothie

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Preparation :
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Happy Sunday ! – “Soupi’s Peachy Dream’s”

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Usually,   the fruit and vegetable section in my neighborhood’s  publix’ is nothing to write home about, but the peaches they are selling this week are spectacular. Since I made some limoncello and orangecello  last week, this cocktail was a snap to prepare and it did the peaches full justice.
Make a fruit puree by blending the pitted, raw, un-peeled peaches with a bit of simple syrup and crashed ice until very smooth. Fill a pitcher (or glass)  3/4 with the fruit puree, top off the other 1/4  with half white wine and half orangecello. (Substitute wine with champagne  or  prosecco if you want more fizz ).
Have a  Happy Sunday 🙂

Cheer’s !   Life is Good !
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Soupi's Peachy Dream's

Soupi’s Peachy Dream’s

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Soupi's Peachy Dream's

Soupi’s Peachy Dream’s

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Soupi's Peachy Dream's

Soupi’s Peachy Dream’s

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Soupi's Peachy Dream's

Soupi’s Peachy Dream’s

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Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Lately I find myself making Limoncello and Orangecello often. They are simple to produce and, if you decide to make it your self,  you can easily adjust the taste exactly to your liking by adjusting the ratio of the ingredients, as well as by changing the type of vodka and / or fruit you you use. Try mixing some other citrus fruits into your concoction, such as lime, calamansi, blood oranges, etc. The possibilities are endless and you can proudly promote your own, home made, personalized liquor. Think special bottles, labels, presentation boxes and so forth. These will make great gifts and provide you and your friends with that special drink for that special occasion. ( Coming home from work would be a great occasion. Just saying…… 🙂
So, today I brought home some fresh blueberries which I thought I will turn into a nice pie. However, when opening the fridge to put the blueberries away until tomorrow, I thought I heard the limoncello bottle call out to me:  Hey, wait a minute………
So, just about five minutes later, I was out on the terrace, enjoying my new creation and congratulating myself to this new recipe in my dessert repertoire.
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Blueberry  Smoothie With Limoncello & Prosecco

Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Ingredient’s :

Fresh blueberries,   four cups, chilled
Limoncello,   one cup
Vanilla greek yogurt,   two cups
Prosecco,   two cups
Honey,   1/4 cup
Crashed ice,   two cups
Serves 4

Method :

Pulse all ingredients in a blender until berries are crushed .
To serve, sprinkle with some fresh blueberries.
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Limoncello / Orangello Recipe :

Ingredient’s:

Lemons,   one dozen  (for Orangecello, replace the lemons with nine oranges)
Vodka,   one quart
Water,   four cups
Sugar,   3 cups

Method :

Peel the lemons, making sure that there is no white part remaining on the peel   ( bitter ! ) .
Put the lemon peel and the vodka in a sealable glass bottle. Let stand at room temperature for two days. Strain, discard peel.
Dissolve the sugar over low heat, remove from heat and let cool completely.
Mix the syrup with the vodka, chill until very cold.
Enjoy by itself, over ice , or as a longdrink mixed to your taste. Cheers !

Cheers !   Life is Good !
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End Of The Week Treat # 3 “Vodka Macerated Rambutans”

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Yesterday  after work I finally was able to enjoy what had been getting ready in my fridge during the past week:
Probably the best dish that includes rambutan 🙂
Lately,  rambutan which used to be pretty exotic around here, have become easily available, but strangely enough, they are still not very popular. That’s actually a good thing, because it keeps the price down, at least for now.
In my opinion, rambutan is one of the best tasting, most beautiful fruits .  They lend them self to a large variety of uses. The following is one of my favorite ways of preparing them.
Peel the fruit, top with your favorite spirit, cover airtight and keep in refrigerator for at least 5 days. When you eat them, either just pick the fruit and use the liquid for something else, or do the “sensible” thing, eat them with a spoon, mixed with the liquid.  Either way, have fun, but please don’t operate heavy machinery after you enjoy these 🙂

Note: My favorite Spirits used to macerate are vodka, dark rum and red wine. Just make sure you use the best quality liquor you can afford, no point of skimping here.
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Cheers !    Life is Good !
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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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