The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate [RECIPE]

Hot chocolate

This simple recipe raises the bar for your hot chocolate cravings.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Cooler temperatures means warmer beverages, and one of my absolute favorite cold-weather drinks is a delicious cup of cocoa. Although many of you probably grew up on instant hot chocolate packets made with water like I did, I think you deserve something a bit more decadent. So here’s our recipe for the perfect cup of hot chocolate. And here’s an extra tip: They go wonderfully with snickerdoodles! Read more of this post

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Hawaiian Breeze

Hawaiian Breeze

Don't throw out the rind the next time you buy a fresh pineapple! Instead, use it to create our refreshing tropical beverage, Hawaiian Breeze or Hawaiian Breeze Tea!

One of our favorite fruits is a big, bold, juicy pineapple! Whether we’re slicing them up to caramelize them with ham or poultry, chopping them to go in a fruit salad or shredding them to prepare our yummy pineapple jam, we’re always left with one thing: the peel, which until now was always tossed into our compost bin. But now we sometimes buy pineapples just for their rough skins to make this tropical beverage we’re sure you’ll love! Tinged with fresh ginger, allspice and a bit of sugar, our Hawaiian Breeze is so refreshing you’ll want to make it again and again!

PREP: 10 minutes + 24 hours brewing time

INGREDIENTS

  • Peel of 1 pineapple, washed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon peeled, freshly grated ginger (about one ½-inch piece)
  • Ice, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Place pineapple peel, sugar, allspice, and ginger in a large heatproof pitcher. Pour boiling water into pitcher and stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours; strain. Transfer to refrigerator to chill; serve over ice.

TIP: You can also use this recipe to make Hawaiian Breeze Tea. Simply add two family-sized teabags to the ingredients in step two and allow tea to brew.

YIELDS: 4 8-ounce servings

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Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

Delicious and refreshing, our blueberry mojito is the perfect summer drink.

Although we don’t always serve alcohol when we entertain, sometimes we do crave an adult beverage. At the peak of summer, during berry season, there is little more refreshing than this ice-cold blend of macerated fruit, mint and rum. This drink is perfect served with freshly grilled seafood or alongside a sizzling platter of fajitas.

PREP

10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 4 mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • Club soda or seltzer water
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 3 tablespoons white rum
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle 1/2 cup blueberries with the sugar, lime wedges, mint and a splash of club soda. Add the ice and rum and shake.
  2. Spoon the remaining 2 tablespoons of blueberries into a tall glass and pour in the mojito. Top with a small splash of club soda and garnish with extra mint leaves if desired.
YIELDS

1 drink

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