Iced jasmine tea with fresh lime


The lime tree is bearing so much fruit that I've been doing all kinds of things with the limes. I used a few to cook a chicken dish, I made a salad dressing with lime juice and now, this iced tea drink. And if the tree keeps bearing fruit for the next couple of weeks, I'll consider making lime jam.Lime jam? Why not? If orange peel can be transformed into orange … [Read more...]



In celebration of the birthday (name day to you, Game of Thrones fans) of my brother-in-law, Buddy, I am reposting this mojito recipe. May you have a great one, Bud, and may we all find a common to time to actually down more than a few glasses of mojito soon. … [Read more...]

Watermelon and yogurt cooler


It's summer in the Northern hemisphere but, here in the tropics, we are smack in the monsoon season. Not that it rains everyday. On the contrary, some days are so warm and humid it's like summer never went. And nothing beats the heat than a cold drink.This watermelon and yogurt cooler is a concoction of my daughter, Sam. I just took the photos. Sam did such a wonderful … [Read more...]

Chocolate and coffee cocktail. Hot and spicy. Served with ice.


Four of my favorite things in the world come together in this hot and cold cocktail drink. Yes, hot and cold. Just read on and you'll find out why. And what are the four favorite things? Chocolate, coffee, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur and Bailey's Irish Cream.But that's not all. This cocktail drink is also a combination of two of my favorite coffee recipes -- Mexican coffee … [Read more...]

Minty vanilla mocha shake


Holiday eating got too heavy? Have something for breakfast that doesn't require chewing -- a milk shake with everything in it including caffeine to wake you up, sugar to give you that needed morning boost and a touch of mint to refresh your senses. … [Read more...]

Pineapple upside-down cake


If you got here because you were searching for a recipe for pineapple upside-down cake, you came to the right place. Or not. Below is a recipe for pineapple upside-down cake but it isn't a cake-cake. Rather, it is a cocktail drink. Why it has the name of a real cake, I have no idea.I found a very interesting (and useful) infographic on Pinterest containing a list of … [Read more...]

Peach tart: peach schnapps and lime juice


If you think that schnapps, whatever the flavor, is just a sweetener for your cocktail drink, think again. A schnapps (yes, it is singular despite the "s" at the end) is a fruit-flavored strong alcoholic drink where the alcohol content can be anywhere from 15% to 50%. This drink, peach tart, has nothing but peach schnapps and lime juice but, oh boy, does it kick like a … [Read more...]

Kiwi martini


Kiwi is short for kiwifruit. This luscious fruit with light green flesh wasn't always known by that name. It had many names in different countries (it still does, actually). It became "kiwifuit" in a branding attempt by New Zealand commercial exporters. You know, to associate the fruit with the country where kiwi, a bird, is the national symbol. Apparently, the marketing … [Read more...]

Soju and passionfruit cocktail


Soju is an alcoholic beverage traditionally made from rice. It is clear and colorless and it has often been described as a sweeter version of vodka. Soju's alcohol content varies from a timid 16% to an electrifying 45%.Korea is the primary producer of soju and Jinro is reputedly the biggest among these producers. Jinro soju has been declared the world's best selling … [Read more...]

Purple Mask: the cocktail, the play and the movie


In 1905, a play called "The Scarlet Pimpernel" opened in England to negative reviews. The novel, based on the play, was published soon after and was a success. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a story about an aristocratic dandy, Sir Percy Blakeney, who led a double life as a masked hero and leader of a secret society who rescued French aristocrats from revolutionaries during … [Read more...]