Hot Pomegranate Cider.

Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider! It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN. Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many […]

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Time to cuddle up with a mug of pomegranate cider!

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

It’s spiced and fruity and warm and if you dollop it with whipped cream, you will be in HEAVEN.

pouring hot pomegranate cider in mug

Okay so… embarrassingly enough, this is not the first time I have made a recipe after a candle. I mean, I have made many. Many many many! 

Back in the day I was a crazy candle lady. I even worked retail at yankee candle part time when I quit my job to blog full time. Considering I just talked about my favorite fall candles, I guess that I could still be considered crazy. But trust me – the obsession? It’s nothing like it was before.

Anyway!

Waaaay back then, they had a pomegranate cider candle and I loveeed it so much. Like, almost more than apple cider. It was just incredible – spiced but sweet, not overly sweet, and all sorts of fall feels. It smelled good enough to eat.

hot pomegranate cider with dried apple slices

So here we are a decade later and I still can’t stop thinking about pomegranate cider. I’ve made a few pomegranate + apple cider drinks in the past, like these pomegranate cider mimosas and this sparkling pomegranate cider punch mocktail.

But! I wanted to do a hot version. Like warm, cozy apple cider, but pomegranate. Infused with brown sugar and spices and maybe even served with a dollop of whipped cream. Sounds amazing, right?! Head over to my instagram to see me make this step-by-step for you. 

hot pomegranate cider

Heaven knows we all need some coziness right now! 

hot pomegranate cider

This cider simmers on the stove just like apple cider or mulled wine – it makes your house smell incredible. Simmer for a few minutes then pour into a glass and serve while it’s piping hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, or a dollop of whipped cream or a shake of cinnamon.

And if you’re really feeling it, add a drop of bourbon or rum. Ahhhh.

hot pomegranate cider with whipped cream

Pomegranate Cider

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Pomegranate Cider

This homemade pomegranate cider recipe is perfect for cool, cozy nights. Spiced to perfection, serve topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pomegranate juice, use 100% juice, not a cocktail
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange, freshly juiced (about ½ cup)
  • orange rind, from the orange above
  • for serving: whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate arils

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine the juice, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise, orange juice and orange rind. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and taste. If it’s too tart and not sweet enough, whisk in a bit more sugar, about ¼ cup, and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Strain out the cinnamon sticks, anise and orange rind. Ladle into mugs. If desired, serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks!

hot pomegranate cider

I can feel the warmth.

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What’s the Difference Between Champagne, Prosecco & Cava?

When given the choice, I almost always would like a glass of sparkling wine to drink. (Well… unless I want a Manhattan.)
But while I am an enthusiastic appreciator and I extend my love to virtually any wine with bubbles, sparkling wine is by no mean…

When given the choice, I almost always would like a glass of sparkling wine to drink. (Well... unless I want a Manhattan.)

But while I am an enthusiastic appreciator and I extend my love to virtually any wine with bubbles, sparkling wine is by no means a single thing. It’s an umbrella category, and though we often speak of different types of sparkling wine in the same breath, there are differences in how they are produced, the grapes they use, and how they taste.

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Pumpkin Coconut Cream Cold Brew.

Here’s a peek at how I’ve been making pumpkin cream cold brew at home! I mean, to say that I’m obsessed with the pumpkin cream cold brew is an understatement. Remember a few weeks back when I shared this coconut cream cold brew? Well, it easily became a staple here, especially the afternoons. This is […]

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Here’s a peek at how I’ve been making pumpkin cream cold brew at home!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

I mean, to say that I’m obsessed with the pumpkin cream cold brew is an understatement.

can of cold coconut milk

Remember a few weeks back when I shared this coconut cream cold brew? Well, it easily became a staple here, especially the afternoons.

This is super similar, except we’re making a pumpkin coconut cream mixture, much like the pumpkin cream cold brew from starbucks. Which is my LOVE. I mean, I could drink one everyday. I just adore that drink. 

whipped pumpkin coconut cream

My version is much similar, but no where near as sweet. Don’t get me wrong – there is sugar in the pumpkin coconut mixture, it just not as sweet as the store version. Which is fine, because I like to save any of my sweet(er) coffee drinks for outside the house. But in the case that you DO want it sweeter, you can add more!

I mean, doesn’t this look like ice cream below?!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

This is how it goes down!

You start with coconut cream. I always have a few cans in the refrigerator – store them there because they need to be cold for this. You can use the cold cream from the milk to whip, or you can actually buy a can of coconut cream too. Either way works.

And don’t worry about it being super thick, because it works better when it’s softly whipped anyway. Think super soft peaks!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Whip in the pumpkin, some spice (I like less, most people prefer more than I do!), vanilla extract, some sugar and salt. 

Pour a glass of your favorite cold brew. Or if you really want, you can absolutely throw this on top of hot coffee too! 

Top the iced cold brew with a few spoonfuls of the pumpkin coconut cream. Oh my gosh. It’s heavenly! 

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

If you’d like, you can add some pumpkin syrup, vanilla syrup, or heck even maple syrup to the cold brew.

This is such a great drink because you can really customize it to your liking.

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

And for me, it’s ALWAYS iced coffee season. I love iced so much more than hot. Once this season is over, I’ll move to an iced eggnog latte. Give me iced all the time!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

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Pumpkin Coconut Cream Cold Brew

This pumpkin cream cold brew is made with whipped pumpkin coconut cream, spiced with cinnamon and served over ice. It's perfect!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 can cold coconut milk, or ½ cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, depending on your preference
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice, if you prefer, plus more for sprinkling
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 ounces cold brew coffee

Instructions

  • Remove the can of coconut milk out of the fridge. Open the can - the cream should have separated from the liquid. (If you’re using coconut cream, it will not have liquid and you can just whip that.) Discard the liquid, then scoop the firm coconut meat into the bowl of your electric mixer. Add in the pumpkin puree, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Beat on medium speed until it's softly whipped and slightly thickened. Taste and add more spice or sugar if you’d like. I don’t like a lot of spice, so I only add a bit. Feel free to add more nutmeg, allspice, cloves, etc! (You can store this in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days!)
  • Pour the cold brew over ice. If desired, you can add a syrup, honey or sugar to the cold brew to make the coffee itself sweeter. Top the iced coffee with a few big spoonfuls of the pumpkin coconut cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Drink!
  • Notes: You MUST use full-fat CANNED coconut milk for this. I keep a few cans of coconut milk or coconut cream in my fridge at all times so I can make this when I want!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Swirls together nicely too!

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Citrus Immunity Shot

This super-simple-to-prepare, this Citrus Immunity Shot recipe is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day! Citrus Immunity Shot This wellness shot recipe nourishes, fuels and aids your body in the morning and it’s so easy to make. If you’ve ever purchased immunity shots in the store, you will […]

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This super-simple-to-prepare, this Citrus Immunity Shot recipe is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day!

This super-simple-to-prepare Citrus Immunity Shot is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day!
Citrus Immunity Shot

This wellness shot recipe nourishes, fuels and aids your body in the morning and it’s so easy to make. If you’ve ever purchased immunity shots in the store, you will know how expensive they are. Making them from scratch saves money!

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake

This overnight Vegan Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake recipe has oatmeal added to it so this shake will keep you full all morning long. Early Fall and Pumpkin Spice Even though fall doesn’t start until the end of September, somehow as soon as Au…

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake
This overnight Vegan Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake recipe has oatmeal added to it so this shake will keep you full all morning long. Early Fall and Pumpkin Spice Even though fall doesn’t start until the end of September, somehow as soon as August ends, it feels like fall to me. Maybe it’s wishful thinking?

Classic Mojito

Finally! I’ve figured out how to make the perfect homemade mojito. Mojitos are bubbly rum cocktails that taste minty-fresh, citrusy and a little sweet. Club soda stretches…

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best mojito recipe

Finally! I’ve figured out how to make the perfect homemade mojito. Mojitos are bubbly rum cocktails that taste minty-fresh, citrusy and a little sweet. Club soda stretches out the flavors to create an afternoon-worthy sipper. Mojitos are ultra refreshing on warm days, and I feel like I’m on vacation every time I get my hands on one.

Mojitos originated in Cuba and I hope to taste a real one someday. We enjoyed Cuban-style mojitos in Miami over a long Valentine’s weekend earlier this year. Mojitos happen to be the only cocktail my husband will drink (he’s usually more of a beer and wine guy). I studied the bartenders’ methods while we were there so I could learn how to make them at home.

At Old’s Havana, they lined up highball glasses all the way down the bar, added a generous spoonful of sugar to each, followed by several sprigs of fresh mint (or yerba buena, as they call it). They mixed the mojitos in the glasses by the order, garnishing them with real sugar cane. I swizzled my drink and swayed to the beat of lively Latin string music playing just a few feet away. I honestly don’t know if it was an authentic or manufactured Miami experience, but it was magical nonetheless.

mojito ingredients

Outside of Miami, great mojitos can be hard to come by. Many bars don’t keep fresh mint on hand so they’ll turn down the request, and my own homemade attempts over the years have been lackluster. Now that I’ve studied and practiced my mojito technique, I’m excited to share my mojito recipe with you today!

Turns out, you just need five basic ingredients (mint, lime, sugar, rum and club soda) and a few simple tips to make the best mojito you’ve ever had. You won’t even need a shaker or simple syrup for this classic mojito recipe. Cheers to a long weekend!

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Tom Collins Cocktail

Do you know Tom Collins? The cocktail? If not, you’ve been missing out. I used to serve Tom Collins way back when I was a bartender, and…

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best tom collins cocktail recipe

Do you know Tom Collins? The cocktail? If not, you’ve been missing out. I used to serve Tom Collins way back when I was a bartender, and I believe this classic drink deserves some more attention.

Tom Collins cocktails taste like grown-up lemonade. They’re irresistibly citrusy, fizzy and refreshing, with herbal notes from the gin. While lemonade can be cloying, Tom Collins need not be too sweet—I like mine with just a splash of simple syrup to round out the flavors.

tom collins ingredients

If you enjoy a cold French 75 or Bee’s Knees, you’ll definitely enjoy a Tom Collins. They all share a similar flavor profile. Tom Collins are the perfect cocktails for hot summer afternoons, since they’re served over ice and full of hydrating club soda. I’ll always choose a Tom Collins over a gin and tonic.

To make a Tom Collins from scratch, you’ll need a few basic ingredients (gin, lemons, club soda, and sugar or honey), a cocktail shaker and plenty of ice. Add a fancy cocktail cherry if you really want to do it right. Cheers!

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How to Make Simple Syrup

True to its name, simple syrup is so simple to make. And yet, homemade simple syrup can seem intimidating if you haven’t done it before! Today, I’m…

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easy simple syrup recipe

True to its name, simple syrup is so simple to make. And yet, homemade simple syrup can seem intimidating if you haven’t done it before! Today, I’m sharing a basic recipe describing how to make classic simple syrup to sweeten your cocktails, coffee or tea, or any other beverage, really.

In its most basic form, simple syrup requires just two ingredients, sugar and water. Plus, it’s ready in just a few minutes, and you’ll be one step closer to enjoying your drink when it’s done. Cheers to that.

how to make simple syrup

The beauty of making your own simple syrup is that you can make it more than just sweet, if you wish. You’ve seen me take advantage of this opportunity in a number of drinks made with simple syrup over the years. So below, you’ll find some fun variations to flavor your simple syrup with fresh herbs and other seasonings. Off we go!

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kachumber cooler

If you go way back in the land of Smitten Kitchen, you might know that one of my favorite restaurants of all time was called Tabla, specifically the more casual, heavier on the small plates, downstairs space called the Bread Bar. In my early y…

If you go way back in the land of Smitten Kitchen, you might know that one of my favorite restaurants of all time was called Tabla, specifically the more casual, heavier on the small plates, downstairs space called the Bread Bar. In my early years in New York, I went there as often as I could scrape the change together. I’m pretty sure we ate there for my 25th birthday. Alex met my parents there for the first time. We even put the (now discontinued) wine glasses on our wedding registry. I obsessed over every dish and can reel off the names of several just from memory — saag paneer pizza, potato apple chaat, black pepper shrimp, boondi raita, aloo kulcha, and the mango kulfi pops. The cocktails were also exceptional; Alex loved the Masala Mary, and I loved the Tamarind Margarita and the Kachumber Cooler; we drank them standing up, because it was always crowded, and snacked on my desert island favorite, the bar popcorn with ghee and chat masala, although we’d also never say no to the chickpea-battered onion rings with a spicy masala ketchup.

cucumber, jalapenomuddle it

After Tabla closed in 2009, we went out to eat everywhere the chef, Floyd Cardoz, cooked next — North End Grill, Paowalla, later called Bombay Bread Bar, where he rekindled the menu with many Tabla favorites, much to our delight. It closed a little under a year ago, and I was impatiently waiting to hear what he’d be up to next when a friend texted early one morning in March that he had died of complications relating to Covid-19. He was only 59.

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2 Ingredient Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

This frozen strawberry lemonade is the easiest thing you’ll make all summer. Embarrassingly easy, I tell you! See that icy, frozen drink perfection? It’s about to land in your kitchen. Okay so you only need two things here. TWO! Your favorite lemonade (a recipe, or bottled) and frozen strawberries.  That.is.it. Of course, you can add […]

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This frozen strawberry lemonade is the easiest thing you’ll make all summer.

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Embarrassingly easy, I tell you!

See that icy, frozen drink perfection? It’s about to land in your kitchen.

frozen strawberry lemonade in a blender

Okay so you only need two things here. TWO! Your favorite lemonade (a recipe, or bottled) and frozen strawberries. 

That.is.it.

pouring frozen strawberry lemonade

Of course, you can add some lemons or strawberries or fresh mint for garnish too. If you want to get fancy. But this is just about the least fancy recipe there is.

Oh! To get EXTRA fancy you could add some vodka. A splash or so. A shot or two. Blend it all up and voila! Boozy frozen strawberry lemonade, that is only three ingredients with the booze. 

THIS IS SO SIMPLE.

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Right now I’m having a love affair with the Costco organic lemonade, so that’s what I use. I’ve tried it with Simply Lemonade which I also like. I never use a frozen lemonade concentrate – just the frozen berries. And depending on the brand of lemonade you use, you may need a few more strawberries or even a drop of honey.

AND! You can obviously use other kinds of frozen fruit here too. Blackberries! Blueberries! Peaches! Mango! They all sound delish, right?

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Can you tell how obsessed I am with this ridiculously simply “recipe?”

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

I just love a good slushy drink!

I’m not one to order a frozen margarita since I love those on the rocks, but other frozen drinks always entice me. This is a super fun way to enjoy the last six weeks of hot hot summer at home. Blend one of these up and sit on the patio – and you can even do it during the day with this non-alcoholic version. No happy hour required! Reminds me of my lemonade frosé without the rosé.

Plus, the kids love it. It makes everyone feel like a kid again!

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

This frozen strawberry lemonade could not be easier! It only has two ingredients and comes together super fast. Perfect for summer!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 16 ounces frozen strawberries
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • fresh mint, for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the lemonade and strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth and frozen. Pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh mint!

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

I’d like to float on that strawberry raft.

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