Almond Recovery Smoothie

Makes 4 cups
Ingredients
½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice
Directions
Combine all items [...]

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Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

Makes 3-4 milkshakes
Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts.
Ingredients
1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
1 banana, ripe and cut [...]

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Crenshaw & Basil Frozen Ice

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
2 cups crenshaw melon, cubed in 1 inch cubes and frozen solid overnight (or other melon)
1 cup simple syrup (infused with basil a plus)
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and icy. Be careful not to over blend as the frozen honey dew will melt [...]

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Cucumber & Gazpacho Granita Ice Bites

Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced semi thin
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

On a [...]

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Grapefruit Tarragon Soda

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ cup water
1 cup sugar
2 fresh tarragon sprigs
2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
Ice
Soda water
DIRECTIONS
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add water, sugar, and tarragon, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with tarragon. Strain syrup and cool. Once chilled, add tarragon syrup to grapefruit juice.
To serve, fill a glass with ice [...]

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Herbal Ouzo Lemonade

Makes one pitcher of lemonade

Ingredients

½ cup fresh tarragon leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh thai basil leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
1⁄3 cup water
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1½ cups ouzo
Ice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the fresh herbs (leave the reserved herbs [...]

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Lavender Peach Soda

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
¼ cup fresh lavender flowers
2 ripe peaches, chopped
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
Ice
Water
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, peaches, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes. [...]

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Lo-Cal Milkshake

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped (optional flavor choice)
2 tablespoons chocolate powder (optional flavor choice)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup ice
¼ cup honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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Middle Eastern Frozen Lemonade

Makes enough for your freezer to make a few pitchers

This is a take on the classic Middle Eastern frozen mint lemonade that is found throughout all parts of the Middle East, fresh and cold and always delightful.  This recipe allows for ease in the summer as you through the ice cubes in the blender [...]

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Persian Lime-Ginger Soda

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed
1½ cups sugar
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
Ice
Soda water
DIRECTIONS
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add lime juice, sugar, and ginger, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with ginger. Strain, and cool.
To serve, fill a glass with ice, and add 3 to 4 [...]

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Pink Grapefruit Champagne Ice

Makes approx. 4 cups

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Raspberry Tingle

Makes one drink
This zippy little drink is sure to refresh and enliven the pallet. The freshness of the mint, parsley and fresh lime, combined with the tangy fresh raspberries, makes your mouth tingle with completeness!
Ingredients

Crushed ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)
1 ounce sweet minty [...]

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Stone Fruit Herbal Sodas

Makes 1 soda
Ingredients
Ice
2 ounces herbal stone fruit syrup of choice
Soda water
Stone fruit garnish of choice
Directions
Pour two ounces of the stone fruit herbal syrup on a large glass filled with ice. Fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness, stir and garnish with a piece of stone fruit or an herb leaf.
Tarragon [...]

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Vanilla Spiced Ice Coffee with Agave

Makes 4
Ingredients
4 cups leftover coffee
2 cups of ice
1 teaspoon agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ cup almond milk
Directions
In a small ramekin mix agave, vanilla & spices until they are all combined. In a martini shaker place a few cubes of ice, coffee, milk & agave mixture. Shake well and serve over [...]

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