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Cashew and Pumpkin Spice Horchata

29 Oct

To me, Horchata is like liquid heaven. This sweet beverage is traditionally made with ground almonds, barley, rice, sesame seeds or tigernuts, and is popular in Latin America, Spain, and increasingly, the United States. Depending on the country of origin, horchata is prepared with different ingredients: some add milk, spices or vanilla while others don’t (source).

This fall-inspired version is not only made with cashews, it is enhanced with pumpkin and various spices.

Cashew and Pumpkin Spice Horchata

Cashew Pumpkin Spice Horchata
Yields approximately 5 cups

1-1/2 cups dry-roasted, unsalted cashew pieces
5 cups filtered water
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup agave nectar
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Place cashew pieces and water in a blender and puree for 2 minutes. Set aside and allow to soak for 8-10 hours.

After soaking, blend mixture a second time for 2 minutes.

Using a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag, strain mixture into a large bowl, discarding any solid pieces.

Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Serve over ice.

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Martini

16 Dec

As we wrap up our holiday shopping (pun intended) and finalize our travel plans this holiday season, many of us can’t help but to think of what delicious food and drink we will be enjoying before the New Year. One particular ingredient that comes to mind when I think of the holidays is peppermint. This cool and refreshing herb is the star of many beverages and desserts during this time.

Fresh peppermint is a very good source of Calcium, Copper, Dietary Fiber, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Riboflavin, and Vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of Niacin, Phosphorus and Zinc (source). In addition, peppermint boasts various health benefits. Check them out in a previous post, here.

This easy and festive martini features chocolate and peppermint to satisfy your sweet tooth, with a candy cane dusted rim. Should you prefer, a virgin beverage can be made by either adding ½ to 1 teaspoon candy cane dust or ¼ to ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how flavorful you want your drink). Add an extra shot of almond milk in place of the peppermint schnapps.

Happy Holidays, my friends!

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Martini

1 regular-size peppermint candy cane
2-1/2 shots regular unsweetened almond milk*
1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
1 tablespoon non-dairy chocolate syrup
1 ice cube

Chocolate Peppermint MartiniUsing a food processor or mortar and pestle, process/crush candy cane until it reaches a consistency similar to that of dust. Dip rim of martini glass into water and then dip into candy cane dust; set aside.

Combine almond milk, peppermint schnapps, chocolate syrup and ice cube in a martini shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and pour into martini glass. If desired, garnish with non-dairy whipped cream and a sprinkle of candy cane dust.

*Should you prefer an even creamier beverage, you can easily substitute your choice of non-dairy creamer in place of the almond milk.

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