Spa Lemonade Recipes

Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe (Serves 1):

Ingredients:
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup of raw sugar or ¼ cup raw honey or xylitol
4 cups of water
1 cup fresh organic blueberries, stems removed (reserve 5-6 blueberries)
1/3 cup fresh mint (reserve 1-2 leaves)

Instructions:
Juice the lemons and transfer juice into a large pitcher.
Add the sugar (or other sweetener) and the water and stir well to combine and dissolve the sugar.
Add the blueberries and mint.
Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and the mint is finely chopped. Let the flavors sit for 1 hour and then pour the mixture into another pitcher through a strainer to remove the blueberry skins and mint leaves.
Garnish with the reserve (5-6) whole blueberries and a few mint leaves.

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Lavender Lemonade

Yields a little over one quart
4 cups of water
4 fresh organic lemons, squeezed and seeds strained out (but leave in some of the pulp)
1 tbsp dried lavender buds
1/8 cup raw blue agave nectar
Pour one cup of boiling water over lavender buds.
Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Combine remaining 3 cups of water with lemon juice.
Mix with steeped lavender water.
Add agave nectar and stir.
Chill before serving.

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Christmas Cocktails Recipes

Here are the top 10 Christmas cocktails recipes to try:

  1. Candy Cane Cocktail: Festive Christmas cocktails add to the cheery atmosphere. For this drink, combine 2 ounces strawberry vodka, 4 dashes white creme de menthe, 2 ½ ounces cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Combine well and strain into glasses. Use crushed candy cane as a garnish around the rim.
  2. The Blizzard: Hot Christmas cocktails are a comforting beverage when it’s cold outside. In a glass coffee mug, stir together 1 ½ ounces Irish whiskey or rum, ½ ounce hazelnut liqueur, and ½ ounce Irish cream liqueur. Top with hot coffee and a dollop of whipped cream.
  3. Pear and Cranberry Bellini: This pretty drink pairs well with elegant bites. In a small pitcher, combine 1 cup pear nectar and 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail. Set out 8 champagne glasses and pour ¼ cup of the juice mixture into each. Finish by topping off with Prosecco or another dry sparkling white wine.
  4. Eggnog Martini: This Christmas cocktail recipe puts a new spin on an old classic. Stir in your favorite brandy with either homemade or store-bought eggnog and ladle into glasses garnished with pumpkin-pie spice.
  5. Kumquat-Champagne Cocktail: Spreading good cheer is easy with this sparkling drink. Prick two pints of kumquats with a pin and cover with cold water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then drain immediately. Repeat this process twice and then add 3 cups sugar and 2 cups water to the drained kumquats in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat immediately. Let your kumquats and syrup cool completely. To serve, spoon 3 kumquats and 1 tablespoon syrup each into 12 glasses and top off with champagne.
  6. Berry Little Cocktail: Lend some festive fizz to your holiday bash with this light and bright drink. Dissolve ½ cup sugar into 1 ½ cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add a cup of fresh cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes or until softened before removing from the stove and letting cool. Strain your berries and place them on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. For each drink you will need to chill 2 ounces of champagne, 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and 1 ounce black currant juice. Mix liquids in a champagne glass and garnish with a skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries.
  7. Mulled Wine: Warm Christmas cocktails are a toasty treat. Start by zesting and then juicing a large orange. With the flat side of a knife, bruise two cardamom pods and combine with the zest, juice, 6 whole cloves, 6 allspice berries, 6 whole black peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cups of fruity red wine, ½ cup of sugar, and ¼ cup of brandy in a large non-aluminium pot. Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until the flavors have melded (approximately 30 minutes). Pour through a fine-mesh sieve and serve immediately.
  8. Winter Solstice Cocktail: A citrusy delight for your tastebuds! Combine 1 ½ ounces orange vodka, ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur, ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a splash of chilled club soda and garnish with a mint leaf and raspberry.
  9. White Cosmopolitan: Perfect for a chilly, sophisticated Christmas cocktail. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add 1 cup white-cranberry juice, 4 ounces vodka, and 2 ounces Cointreau. Shake to combine well and strain into large martini glasses. Serves 2.
  10. Gin Fizz: Invented in New Orleans in 1888, this concoction has a distinctive frothy cap. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce gin, 3 dashes fresh lime juice, 3 dashes lemon juice, 3 dashes orangeflower water, 2 teaspoons superfine sugar, 1 large white egg, ¼ cup light cream, and ice. Shake vigorously and pour into your cocktail glass. Top with ¼ cup seltzer and garnish with ground cinnamon.

About April M. Monterrosa 

April Monterrosa April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor.

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