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Welcome to my blog! I am a Creative Communications student at Red River College. My blog will feature local specialty drinks and my own favourite recipes from home! Take a break from the books and check in every week for weekly specials and events, and holiday features!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mo drinks fo Movember

Movember Mo’jito
Nothing screams Movember like a delicious mojito with a peachfuzz spin.

Ingredients (serves 4-5 staches)
            3 cups chopped ripe peaches
            1 teaspoon grated lime rind
            1 cup fresh lime juice (4 large limes)
            3/4 cup sugar
            1/2 cup packed mint leaves
            2 cups rum
            4 cups club soda
            Crushed ice
            Mint sprigs
            - Blend peaches in a blender or food processor; until pureed; discard solids.
            - Combine rind, lime juice, sugar, and mint in a large pitcher
              - Add peach puree and rum to pitcher
             - Stir in club soda. Serve over crushed ice
             - add mind sprigs

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Winter Picks

This week I am going to talk about some of my favourite winter drinks to help you keep warm in our always fun Winnipeg winters. I will also share a couple of my favourite party drinks for your winter formals and holiday get togethers.

Winter and Christmas specials are back at Starbucks. 

1. Caramel Brûlé Latte
 The Caramel Brûlé is made with espresso and your choice of steamed milk or soy. They flavour the beverage with Caramel Brûlé sauce, and top it off with sweetened whipped cream and Caramel Brûlé topping

2. Eggnog Latte
 The Eggnog Latte is Starbucks longest running holiday special. It has been served for 24 years! Order it hot today or make it at home! Espresso and steamed eggnog, topped with some cinnamon or nutmeg on top!

3. Peppermint Mocha
The Peppermint Mocha is a mix of steamed milk, espresso, mocha sauce and peppermint flavouring. Believe it or not you can also make this one at home!

4. Gingerbread Latte
While you’re building your holiday gingerbread house, stop and pick yourself up a gingerbread latte to get in the holiday spirit. Steamed milk, espresso, and Starbucks’ gingerbread sauce.

my good friend Tammy enjoying her holiday special


If you’re in North Kildonan come see what you’ve bean missing at Mountain Bean.
Holiday spirit is in the air and our most popular blend; the holiday roast is back at Mountain Bean. Grab a cup to go, pick up a bag of beans for your family, or the always popular stocking stuffer.
The have three kinds of hot chocolate to choose from! Try the standard hot chocolate, caramel hot chocolate, or white hot chocolate, always topped with whipped cream!
1. Candy Cane Mocha/ White Mocha
The Candy Cane Mocha is similar to Starbucks peppermint mocha but I will argue more delicious. Mountain Bean offers their holiday mocha in both white chocolate and dark chocolate flavours, mixed with their candy cane flavouring, espresso, steamed milk, and topped with whipped cream and candy cane sprinkles.

2. Maple Latte
The holiday favourite and Canadian special is this maple treat! They use espresso, steamed milk and maple syrup flavouring. For an even different taste try it with soy milk!
3. Brown Sugar Latte
The brown sugar latte is a combination of steamed milk, espresso, and their secret brown sugar syrup recipe.
Mountain Bean also offers the Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte.

try this stocking stuffer!
buy a $25 gift card for someone special and get a $5 for yourself!
buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 gift card to buy yourself a treat or two!
Earls Sour Grinch Martini                        
- 1 oz sour apple
- 1 oz vanilla
- 1/2 oz of pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz of cranberry juice
shake and pour over ice!


Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini

Photo: oprah.com

Servings: Serves 2
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila
1 ounce Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Splash of sparkling water (optional)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
 Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.

Use a premium tequila and white crème de cacao (as opposed to brown) for the best results. Serve a Frostbite on the rocks, filling the glass with cream and turning it into a blue White Russian from south of the border.
1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz white crème de cacao
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1/2 oz cream 
Pour the ingredients and ice into a martini shaker.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry

photo courtesy of about.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Buddha Bev

Every year for my sister’s birthday we go to the Ichiban restaurant. We started going when she was 10 years old and since then it has become a tradition. 
She just turned 17 on Tuesday Nov. 8 and to celebrate of course we went to our regular spot. It’s always fun to step outside of the box and try something different. The tricks never get old; flipping dishes, tossing eggs, juggling knives and setting the tables on fire, well the grill anyways.
Even though Kate is underage, they still offer fun drinks for all ages! 

Order the drinks below or try Kate's seventeen year old special "The diet Pepsi panda"

Our No. 1 exotic fruit and Rum drink. Served in a BUDDHA MUG YOU GET TO KEEP!
Geisha Girl
A delicate temptress with Rum, Banana Liqueur and tropical juices in a 
A delicious blend of Melon Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Rum with pineapple and orange juice 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Meyer Family Vineyards

My dad recently brought home a new BC treat! He was raving about meeting one of the owners of the vineyard, and raved about the wines. He brought home a case this weekend and of course I had to try some!
Meyer Family Vineyards have 19 acres under vine, and focus their attention on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “To produce the best wines we use the best barrels, absolute care and attention to detail and the best winemaking protocols. As you sip each bottle of wine from Meyer Family Vineyards, imagine that it reflects the soil, the sun, the people and the location of the beautiful Okanagan Valley.” 
My dad is a HUGE red wine connoisseur and brought home a case of the 2009 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir. I usually prefer my white chardonnays or rose wines but I won’t pass up a free bottle! 
I have to warn you it is a very dry wine. It is made with “aromas of cherries and berry fruits intermingled with dried herbs and spice.” If you are in to the full bodied wines to go with a nice steak dinner this wine is a nice selection. It is reasonably priced at $25.00 a bottle.  
Check out their website and order your case today!

Check out the promo video!!