It's always time for tea! Or coffee! Or something a little more exciting (i.e something with a kick)!
Beverages are my favourite thing in the whole world. Right now I probably have over forty boxes of tea sitting in my pantry. Gosh.
But when it's time for something other than tea from a box, here are some lovely ideas.
This is a refreshing Cuban drink. It's hard to stop drinking these on a hot summers day. I made these for the fourth of July and we went on to 3 yes 3 pitchers! If you don't have a muddle stick try a mortar and pestle or the end of a wooden rolling pin. Please use fresh lime if you cannot go ahead and try the already bottled lime juice but if you do think about that when you rate this recipe! I did both and there's nothing like fresh! Same goes for the fresh mint if you need to you can use frozen but I DON'T recommend extract. And for the sugar real granular is what helps muddles the lime and extract the mint oils from the leaves.
Growing up with parents who were born in Cyprus (Turkish Speaking). I was basically taught how to make Turkish Coffee which is called Kahve at a young age (well old enough to safely be around flames from the stove). Kahve is traditionally prepared in a small long handled pot narrowing on at the top this is called cazve. Kahve is ideally made one cup at a time and served in a small espresso cup. Measurements for one cup is equal to one espresso size cup about 90 mls/3 oz. There are different varieties of Kahve with four listed below.
A little something I put together to get my DM to eat a decent breakfast, she refused to eat cereal out of a bowl or eat fruit but put the lot in a blender (or use stab blender) with milk and it was gobble, gobble, gobble. I mainly use tinned fruit - peaches, fruit salad, pears, apricots, mango or fresh banana or equivelent of canned for fresh.
I make this in a French Press, but could be made with drip coffee. For hot milk, I use a glass milk-frother. Heat milk in microwave and use plunger to froth lightly. Strain milk into coffee, remove lid, and put some foam on top of coffee.
This is how my Granny made sweet tea and it is some kind of sweet. Know that and beware. Pa-Paw used to down 2-3 glasses after working in the garden all day. Back off the sugar if you can't handle it. This one is for true southerners only ;)
A friend just gave me this recipe and I made it up as an alternative for our workday morning coffee. Although it's recommended for iced coffee, it works equally well for hot coffee -- and it's EXTREMELY easy to put together in the morning, since you don't have to fuss with equipment or with cleaning. My husband's view (he's the coffee drinker in the family) was that it made very good hot coffee, but GREAT iced coffee.