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How to Make the Perfect Mojito

Perfect Mojito Recipe

When you’re looking for a cool cocktail to satisfy your summer cravings, a refreshing mojito is just the drink to soothe your senses and encourage some evening relaxation. Wondering how to mix up the most balanced blend of citrusy sweetness, cool mint and carbonation with a tasty twist? It’s simple. Here’s how to make the perfect mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 bottle lemon-lime seltzer
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 mint leaves

How to Make:

  1. In a small-sized Collins glass, mix your lime juice with 1 teaspoon superfine sugar, stirring until sugar granules are smoothly integrated into the liquid.
  2. Next, add your mint leaves and mash them against the sides of the glass until they’re broken up, then stir.
  3. Fill the glass halfway with cracked or crushed ice, then pour the rum on top.
  4. Top your perfect mojito with your tangy lemon-lime seltzer and enjoy!

4 Tasty Twists on Sangria You Have to Try

Fruity Sangria Recipes

With summertime just around the corner, nothing sounds more satisfying than sitting in the sand, by the pool or on your patio, soaking up the sun and sipping on a refreshing, fruity cocktail that just screams seasonal flavor. If you’re looking for fruit, fun and a touch of extra excitement in your summer drinks, sangrias are the perfect solution to keep you relaxed and rejuvenated from June to September. Whether you’re entertaining and looking for an easy sangria recipe for a crowd or hoping to catch some me-time with a cocktail in your hand, these fruity sangria recipes with red or white wine are sure to satisfy.

Sparkling Peach Sangria

Looking for something a little light and sweet? This bubbly take on a traditional sangria incorporates the sweet, summery flavors of peach and raspberry for the perfect party crowd-pleaser or private enjoyment. Here’s how to make your own:

  • Ingredients: 3 cups sliced or diced fresh peaches, 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 cup peach schnapps, 25 pinot grigio, one bottle any champagne or flavored sparkling water, 1 cup simple syrup
  • How to Make: In a large pitcher, combine your raspberries and peaches and mix gently to evenly distribute the fruit. Next, pour the simple syrup, wine and peach schnapps over the fruit and stir. Place your pitcher in the fridge and allow to sit for at least one hour, or overnight for a stronger taste. When you’re ready to serve, choose your favorite wine glasses or summery mason jars and combine equal amounts of your wine and fruit mixture with your champagne or sparkling water. Sip away!

Watermelon-Strawberry Summer Sangria

This bright, bold drink offers a burst of berry flavor and summer melon with a twist! Here’s how to mix up your own:

  • Ingredients: 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon, 1 pound sliced strawberries, one bottle rose wine, 1 cup vodka, 1 cup blood orange juice, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, one sliced orange, one sliced lime
  • How to Make: Combine strawberries and watermelon in a blender and mix until liquid is smooth, then strain into a pitcher and combine with orange juice, vodka, rose wine and liqueur. Stir gently, then add the lime and orange slices and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill. When you’re ready to serve, top with some sliced strawberries for a sassy and delicious garnish.

Citrus and Melon Sangria

Craving something sweet, citrusy, tart nd tangy? This combination citrus sangria is the perfect solution. Here’s how to mix one for yourself:

  • Ingredients: 3 cups rose wine, 3 ounces triple sec, 3 ounces tequila, 3/4 cup lemon-lime seltzer, 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice, one cubed lemon, one sliced orange, 4 pounds cubed cantaloupe
  • How to Make: Combine your orange, cantaloupe and lemon in a large pitcher, then stir in tequila, triple sec, rose wine and grapefruit juice. Refrigerate for one to eight hours to chill and distribute the flavor, then add your lemon-lime seltzer and serve with ice. Pucker up and enjoy!

Grape and Plum Sangria

If you’re searching for a richly flavored, deeply satisfying fruity sangria recipe with red wine, this sweet blend is sure to tantalize your taste buds this summer. Here’s how to make this velvety fruit cocktail:

  • Ingredients: Two bottles red wine, 4 cups blueberry pomegranate juice, four sliced plums, 1 cup halved grapes, a few diced watermelon cubes
  • How to Make: Combine your sliced plums, halved grapes and cubed watermelon in a pitcher, then pour red wine and pomegranate juice over the fruit mixture and stir gently to mix. Add some ice cubes to chill and serve generously for some summery evening enjoyment.

Cleansing Drink Recipes

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Love the idea of doing a juice cleanse to restore your body’s natural rhythm and balance?

You never have to give up great taste just because you’re drinking your calories. In fact, these cleansing drink recipes will leave you feeling satisfied and pleasantly surprised by their flavor.

Tangy Apple and Lemon Cleanse

Mix four apples, two peeled lemons, two cucumbers, a few small chunks of fresh ginger and a cup of your favorite clean water brand in your juicer. You can also use a blender if needed. Want more tang? Incorporate cinnamon in for a taste of apple pie!

Sweet Green Cleanse

Still looking for the right green cleanse for you? Try blending or juicing one kale leaf, a cup of spinach, a Granny Smith apple, a peeled lemon and a peeled orange. If you still feel like the taste is a bit too green for your palate, add a little pure apple juice with nothing else added.

Tropical Delight Cleanse

Whisk yourself away to the land of palm trees by tossing a cucumber, cut-up pineapple, a handful of green grapes, peeled lemon, quartered apple, one cup of coconut water, and a bit of fresh mint into your juicer. You’ll appreciate how refreshing it is. You can even put it into an ice pop mold for those warm evenings when you want a treat that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or guilty!

Be sure to try these and other cleansing drink recipes. Remember that plenty of our beverages can be used as part of cleanses, and we have a variety of healthy beverages to choose from. Live in Manhattan? Delivery is always free!

5 Must-Try Seltzer Water Recipes

Seltzer Water Recipes

Are you trying to cut back on your soda intake or attempting to drink more water every day? If you want to do either one or both of those things, you’re probably looking for fizzy substitutes for soda and tasty alternatives to plain old water. Luckily, seltzer is a great replacement for soda and, when you infuse some creativity in your drink, can be a flavorful alternative to plain water.

Even if you already love seltzer water on its own, the drink is like a blank slate for creating signature drinks you can enjoy anytime of day or night. If you want to jazz up your seltzer water, check out our five must-try sparkling seltzer water recipes below.

1. Chia Fresca

Popular in Mexico and Central America for years, Chia Fresca is as healthy as it is yummy. To make this simple drink, add some chia seeds, a bit of lemon or lime and a dash of honey to your seltzer. If you’re using lemon or lime-flavored seltzer to start, you won’t need to add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your drink.

As you’ll quickly see, the chia seeds will absorb some seltzer water, making them gelatinous and your drink thicker. This will cause your beverage more substantial and filling. In addition to adding some mouth-pleasing texture to your drink, the chia seeds will provide some health-enhancing omega-3s, protein and fiber to your beverage.

2. Mocktail With Seltzer Water

If you’re wondering what to mix with seltzer water when you’re throwing an adult party and don’t feel like consuming alcohol, you’ll love this simple mocktail recipe. Grab your favorite seltzer water and just add some bitters to your drink.

While this mocktail is easy to make, it has a complex flavor profile you’ll want to enjoy repeatedly. When added to your seltzer water, bitters will release the taste of botanical extracts, making your beverage both bitter and sweet at the same time.

3. Not Exactly Your Usual Sangria

This is one of our favorite flavored seltzer water recipes for people who want to enjoy an alcoholic drink while cutting calories. To make a sangria-like drink without all the calories a typical sangria has, mix some lime-flavored seltzer with your favorite sauvignon blanc. Then add some fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries or blueberries — or all three – for an even fruitier enhancement.

4. Popping Soda-Like Pop

This is one of the best fruit-infused sparkling water recipes you’ll find if you have some frozen fruit in your freezer. While some people may scoff at the notion of using frozen fruit in their drinks, frozen fruit is versatile and affordable enough to use in any seltzer beverage you want to make.

To make a soda-like pop that literally pops with flavor, add some frozen raspberries and peaches to your sparkling water. Cover your pitcher and put it in the refrigerator for two to three hours before serving to let the fruit thoroughly infuse the drink with flavor.

5. The Stress-Ender

If you’re looking for sparkling water drink recipes that will help you unwind after a stressful day at the office, you’ve come to the right place. While loosely based on a mojito recipe, this recipe combines healthy ingredients in an ideal blend of yumminess. Just remember to make this drink several hours ahead of time, as it will have to chill in your refrigerator before you drink it for all the flavors to come together.

To make this beverage, pour your favorite lime seltzer into a pitcher. Add some fresh mint leaves, being sure you squeeze them before you drop them into your pitcher. Add pre-sliced rings of lime and orange to your pitcher, making sure they’re completely submerged. Finally, sit back and prepare for the stress of the day to vanish once this soothing beverage crosses your lips.

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Ways To Improve Your Screwdriver Drink

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A two-ingredient cocktail — what can be simpler or more pleasing than that? Made with some fresh orange juice and vodka, the Screwdriver is a crowd-pleaser despite its simplicity. A drink doesn’t need to be complex to hit the right spot, after all.

Tips for Making the Best Screwdriver

While the process of making the Screwdriver is easy and straightforward, here are three quick tips to keep in mind when preparing this savory cocktail:

1. Skip the OJ and Go Straight for the Orange. The fresher, the better! Using juice squeezed straight from the orange ensures your drink has the cleanest taste possible.

2. Don’t Be Shy About Ice. The Screwdriver is a drink that’s best served cold — icy cold, preferably. If you’re going for fresh juice straight from the orange, the extra addition of ice prevents any form of staleness from occurring.

3. Experiment With Brands. Don’t let a bad vodka spoil your drink. Find what works best for you, and make sure to leave it at the front of your shelf whenever you need a nice Screwdriver to complete your day.

How Is The Best Moscow Mule Made?

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Moscow Mule? At first glance, you might think you’re going to read about a horse native to Russia. That wouldn’t exactly be easy to make, however. In the drinking world, a Moscow Mule is a tasty traditional American mixture of vodka and ginger beer. Confusing? Perhaps. Delicious? Of course. Don’t take our world for it, though. Try a glass for yourself by following our simple recipe below.

How to Make It

Start your recipe off with a few basic ingredients:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • Ice cubes for chilling

Start off with a Moscow Mule mug and drizzle some freshly squeezed lime juice into the center. Add your preferred amount of ice and finish your drink off with the vodka and ginger beer. That’s as simple as it gets — despite the complexity of the name.

Spooky Halloween Punches for Kids

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Usher in the autumn season with a few Halloween-inspired drinks meant to satisfy your little goblin’s cravings. Get your cauldron ready — here are three tasty and easily prepared, non-alcoholic punches your tiny ghouls are sure to enjoy!

  1. The Jack-O’-Lantern Blood Orange Juice

    Nothing says Halloween more than a creepy-grinning pumpkin. Get your punch bowl — or cauldron ready. Here’s a seasonal spin on a classic orange-flavored punch.

Start your recipe off with a few basic ingredients:

Combine your drinks in a punchbowl big enough to yield about six quarts, mixing your orange and pineapple juice with your lemon-lime soda, finishing off with your ginger ale. Top it all off with a few scoops of ice cubes for a bone-chilling treat. Beware — this drink yields a larger quantity making it ideal for a gathering of ghouls.

For added fun, supply your goblins with an assortment of sharpies and orange plastic cups. Challenge them to make the best jack-o-lantern face on their cups to pour their delicious punch in!

  1. Phantom Potion Punch

    hat all goes into a phantom’s potion, you ask? How about a few delicious worms — gummy worms, that is!

    Prepare your punch bowl with these three simple ingredients:

Combine your fruit punch and lemon-lime soda in a pitcher for a frighteningly-quick thirst-quencher. Pour the mixture into a cup and allow your child to garnish it all off with some slithery worms!

  1. Bone-Chilling Eyeball Sipper

    Create a tasty blueberry punch before the delicious fruit goes out of season — it just won’t look like a blueberry punch. With eyeballs and a ghastly green appearance on the outside, the taste makes up for its spooky appearance.

To make this punch, you’ll need:

Start off by peeling your lychees and inserting a blueberry in each lychee to create your eerie “eyeballs.” Pop them in the freezer for an hour for a scary addition to your cauldron full of punch. In your bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, adding a few drops of food coloring for a ghoulish appearance. Pour the mixture into tall clear glasses — you won’t want to miss out on seeing the eyeballs, after all.

 

Revitalize Your Natural Energy With Fresh-Pressed Juice

Pressed Green JuiceYou’ve probably heard time after time about the advantages of fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices. They’re not just a quick way to enjoy all the vitamins and minerals abundant in the produce aisle — they also happen to taste amazing!

Consider starting with a healthy green juice featuring pressed Granny Smith apples, kale, half a lime, a few celery stalks, a cucumber and perhaps even a bit of ginger for a refreshing zing. It’s a taste sensation that will keep you going throughout the day or while powering through your after-hours workout. Plus, you can use it as the springboard for other juices that tempt your palate day after day and help keep you healthy year-round.

No time to press juice yourself? Don’t have a blender or juicer to turn your yummy ingredients into pure, organic juice? No problem! Swap your homemade juice for 100% natural beverages like Zoe Juices, which give you the fresh-pressed flavor and benefits without any fuss or muss.

Best Beverages for Staying Slim: 10 Low-Calorie Cocktail Choices

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Healthy living isn’t about giving up delicious foods and cocktails you love. It’s about enjoying them in moderation and exploring healthier foods to eat and alcohol to drink when you’re on a diet. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best low-calorie drinks to enjoy when you’re trying to lose weight.

10 of the Healthiest Cocktails to Order If You’re on a Diet

You don’t have to give up your favorite cocktails. Instead, check out these 10 healthy options:

  1. Vodka Martinis are a simple and classy option that will keep your calorie count as low as 130. Just make sure not to order them dirty, as the olive juice will add a significant amount of sodium to this cocktail.
  2. A simple Manhattan is delicious, and it’s also relatively low in calories with only about 140 per drink.
  3. If you love Mojitos, simply ask for this summertime favorite to be made without the simple syrup to enjoy a skinny version that might just be the best low-calorie summer cocktail there is.
  4. Flavored Vodka & Club Soda is a good option if you’re looking for a little flavor in your cocktail, but don’t want to deal with the extra sugar that would come with flavored mixers.
  5. Mimosas aren’t just for brunch anymore! Champagne has only 95 calories per serving, so we suggest just splashing in some orange juice for color and letting the champagne take over in the flavor department.
  6. A Hot Toddy is a great option anytime the temperature dips low enough to have you craving a warm beverage. Made with tea, honey and brandy, this low-calorie cocktail choice clocks in at around 165 calories per cup.
  7. Try a Sea Breeze for a more flavorful take on a vodka cranberry while cutting out a few unnecessary calories. Since you’ll be using more grapefruit juice than cranberry juice, you can expect this cocktail to average about 180 calories.
  8. Any Liquor & Diet Soda cocktail is going to feel like the best low-calorie drink when you’re trying to lose weight, but you love the refreshing taste of carbonation. Try sticking with sodas light in color to reduce calorie counts even more.
  9. Enjoy a Mudslide on the Rocks by combining one-ounce coffee liqueur, one-ounce vodka and one-and-a-half ounces of Irish cream liqueur. Shake well and pour over ice. It has the same delicious taste of its frozen counterpart at a fraction of the calories.
  10. Dry Red Wine isn’t really a cocktail, but it’s delicious. It also has healthy antioxidants and only 100 calories per glass. Just be sure not to drink too much, or you’ll likely suffer a nasty hangover.

Best Alcohol to Drink When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

While the mixers you add to your spirits to create these delicious cocktails is where the majority of your calories are going to come from, don’t forget that not all alcohol is created equal when it comes to their calorie counts. Stick with these low-calorie cocktail spirit choices and you’ll be fine: tequila, bourbon, vodka, whiskey and gin.

And, if you’re looking for some unique juices, flavored waters and other beverages to mix into your cocktails, Beverage Universe is the place to go. Take a look at our huge beverage selection today!

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks That Aren’t Beer

St. Patrick's day beer alternatives Who doesn’t like a cool, refreshing beer on St. Patrick’s Day? While beer may be the drink of choice for many revelers, you have a lot of options if you’re looking for a new beverage you can serve to your guests that will keep up the holiday spirit.

Here are some creative drink ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

  • Green Margaritas: Simply add green juice to your next batch of margaritas and you’ve converted the drink into one that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Adding some juice from your nearest health food store is a great way to infuse something healthy into your holiday party, too.
  • Green Sangria: When you search for a green sangria recipe, you’ll see a lot of them simply call for you to add green fruit to your concoction. While that’s easy enough to do, you might want to take your batch of sangria up a notch. You can do this by mixing white wine and blue curacao to make a drink that’s really green, instead of one that simply has something green in it.
  • Green Mojitos: What do honeydew, cucumber and mint have in common? They can be combined to make the perfect green mojito to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! A mint mojito is the perfect drink for people who are too young to drink and for those who don’t want alcohol, because this beverage is yummy without the rum.
  • Green Smoothies: If you’re not going to serve alcohol at your St. Patrick’s Day bash, why not set up a smoothie bar? With kale, spinach and a host of other green ingredients readily available in your local grocery store, you won’t have any trouble making smoothies that are in keeping with the theme of your get-together.
  • Green Punch: What’s a party without punch? You don’t have to find out at your gathering, because making green punch takes less than five minutes. Simply combine some lemon-lime drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice, thawed frozen lemonade concentrate and ginger ale and voila! You have a tasty punch you can serve with or without vodka.

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