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Since olden times, mint has been enjoyed for its wonderful aroma, its healing power and its nice taste. Mint has also been said to help with asthma and other allergies. You can buy fresh mint leaves in the supermarket and you can add to teas and coffees or prepare tasty mint drinks .

Though the directions might seem longer than your usual cocktail recipe, don’t be put off: it’s actually a lot simpler than it looks.

Turkish Mint Drink Recipes 

Ingredients:
1 kg raw sugar
600 ml water
300 ml cider vinegar
1 cup fresh mint or spearmint

Preparation:
1 Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, dissolve and then add the vinegar.
2 Bring to boil again and then simmer for at least 30 minutes.
3 Add the mint, remove from the heat immediately and cover pot with a firm fitting lid. Allow to cool.
4 When cool, transfer to dry bottles along with the mint leaves for storage.
5 Serve with water and ice in the desired proportions. Garnish with a few fresh mint or spearmint leaves.

Lime Mint Iced Tea Recipes

For those of us who love a cup of tea, there’s nothing better in a hot, sunny summer day than a glass of Iced tea. The good thing about it is that you can have any flavors of tea you like made into Iced tea in just a few steps. But there are also some special recipes for more refreshing drinks.

First, the ingredients for the Lime Mint iced tea (enough for 4 people):
– 1 quart boiled water
– 4 tea bags (regular)
– 1 3/4 cups fresh mint leaves
– 1/4 cup of sugar
– 1/4 cup of lime juice (preferably, freshly squeezed)

Once the water is boiled, mix the tea bags, mint leaves and sugar in it. Let it steep for 15 minutes and strain out the tea bags and mint leaves. Chill and then mix in the lime juice.
Serve in glasses with Ice.

Chocolate Mint Drink Recipes

This is a chocolate mint drink with milk, ice cream, malted milk powder, and mint flavoring.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chocolate malted milk powder
4 cups cold milk
dash salt
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint chocolate or vanilla ice cream

Preparation:
In a pitcher, dissolve malted milk powder in about 1 cup of the milk; add remaining milk. Stir in salt, peppermint, and vanilla extract. Chill thoroughly. Pour into glasses and add a scoop of ice cream just before serving.
Serves 4 to 6.

Orange Mint Tea Recipes

Orange mint tea recipe is a drink with orange juice, freshly made tea, and mint leaves, along with lemon juice and sugar.

Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 tea bags
3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation:
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags, mint leaves, and sugar; let stand 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Transfer to a large pitcher; stir in orange juice and lemon juice. chill thoroughly before serving.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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A mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, carbonated water and mint. Its combination of sweetness and refreshing citrus and mint flavors are intended to mask the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear cocktail a popular summer drink. Wikipedia

But what about non-alcoholic drinkers?

Of course, there can’t be a problem to make any non-alcoholic drink from any cocktail, all the more so non-alcoholic drinks are more cool and refreshing. Let’s discover how to make non-alcoholic mojito!

To make non-alcoholic mojito (nojito) you need:

  • Fresh mint
  • 1 lime
  • 1 packet sugar substitute
  • Crushed ice
  • 6 fluid ounces lime-flavored sparkling water

Crush a sprig of mint in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Squeeze the juice of one fresh lime into the glass. Add 1 package of sugar substitute, crushed ice, and 6 ounces of lime-flavored sparkling water. Garnish with mint and serve.

Or you can try this variation of nojito (mojito) recipe:

  • crushed ice
  • 8 mint leaf
  • 3 ounces lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces sugar syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • garnish with mint

Fill a pint glass 1/3 full with ice, then add mint leaves. Add the lime juice and sugar syrup. Lightly mash the leaves together with the liquid using a muddle stick or wooden pestle, careful not to tear the leaves. Fill the glass with more ice, then add club soda. Garnish with mint, serve, and enjoy!

Very nice, right?

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Tomato Juice is a very healthy, tasty and easily prepared drink that can help rejuvenate your energy.

Tomato contains (per 100g):
Calories: 23 kcal
Protein: 0.88g
Carbohydrate: 3.92g
Sugar: 2.58g
Fat: 0.2g

Also Tomato gives you as much as 10% of daily dose of Vitamin A, 13% of Vitamin C, 1% of Iron and 1% Calcium.

And it’s the most wonderful – you can easily prepare different kinds of Tomato Juice at home.

Nothing tastes better then homemade Tomato Juice.

It is a wonderful alternative to store bought juice, and you’ll be surprised at how great it tastes! Low-Fat Tomato Juice fights negative effects of increased fat intake, otherwise rapidly absorbed by the body.

5 Recepies of Low-Fat Tomato Juices:

1. The Gardener

Ingredients:
1 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon celery juice
Parsley
Salt
Combine all ingredients; stir well.

2. Piquant

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 teaspoon grated onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients; stir well. Chill for several hours; serve in juice glasses.

3. Easy Tomato Juice cocktail

Ingredients:
18 lbs. ripe tomatoes (7 qts. juice)
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. sugar
4 tbsp. picking salt
1 tbsp. celery seeds

4. Fresh

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh tomato juice
1 cup fresh carrot juice
1 cup fresh red beet juice
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
Combine all ingredients; stir well. Serve in juice-jug with ice.

5. Hospitality

Ingredients:
1 liters fresh tomato juice
Tomato pieces
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
Parsley
Combine all ingredients; stir well. Serve in juice-jug with ice and olives.

The best way to get the most flavor out of your tomatoes is to juice them by themselves. However, there are a lot of options if you would like to flavor your tomato juice. You can add spices, some pure vanilla extract or some stevia to your tomato juice to suit your tastes.

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Non-Alcoholic Mixed Drinks are often served to children, designated drivers and anyone else who wishes to enjoy a refreshing, (usually) fruity, drink without alcohol.

Virgin cocktails are usually made in a similar manner as the traditional cocktails, adjusting the proportions of other ingredients as necessary to fill the same volume, while retaining the overall taste and feel of the drink.

1. Amaretto Stone Sweet Mixed Drink Recipe

  • 2 1/2 oz Blanks® Amaretto (One of a range of non-alcoholic and lower-calorie liqueurs produced by Blanks.)
  • 2 oz Cherry Syrup
  • 4 oz Orange Juice
    Orange juice is one of the most important ingredients (and the most important fruit juice) to have when making cocktails. To get the most juice out of a fresh orange, bring it to room temperature and roll it under your palm against a hard surface before squeezing. Another method is to microwave them on high power for 30 seconds, let stand a couple of minutes before cutting and squeezing them.
  • 4 oz 7-Up® Soda
    Ice

Blend with ice.

2. Avocado Milkshake Mixed Drink Recipe

  • 1 liter Milk
  • 2 – 3 Halved and Peeled Avocados
  • 1/2 cup Sugar

Blend on medium for 3 to 5 minutes. (Use sugar, peeled avocado, condensed milk, and evaporated milk, and ice… works. delicious).

3. Banana Grape Smoothie Mixed Drink Recipe

  • 2 Large Bananas
  • 2 Handfuls Red, Seedless Grapes
  • 1 cup Ice
    Ice is essential for all types of mixed drinks, and it should always be clean and clear. Usually you would add ice to a glass before pouring any ingredients into it. This cools the liquids and prevents splashes.
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Place the bananas and grapes into a blender and mix until it is a “smooth” liquid. Add the ice and blend until crushed. Add milk, mix until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass. Serve.

4. Black Cow Mixed Drink Recipe

  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 10 oz Root Beer (A non-alcoholic, carbonated drink, sweetened and flavored with a combination of artificial and natural flavorings).
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Syrup (A sweet combination of unsweetened cocoa powder, corn syrup and sugar, amongst other flavorings).
  • 1 1/2 oz Whipped Cream (A type of cream containing sugar and emulsifiers. Whipped cream expands on release from pressurized cans).
  • Maraschino Cherries (A sugar syrup coated cherry, dyed red and flavored with almond).

Pour root beer over ice cream and chocolate syrup in a large tumbler glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw and a long spoon.

5. Cherry Spritzer Mixed Drink Recipe

  • 2 oz 100% Cherry Juice
  • 4 oz Mineral Water
    Mineral water is water is considered spring water with a larger amount of dissolved mineral salts, that is, at least 250 parts per million of dissolved salts.There is no unpleasant taste in mineral water, and a neutral odor. Although, despite claims to the contrary, there is no proof that mineral water is any better for your health than tap water.

Pour the cherry juice into the old-fashioned glass filled previously with 3 to 5 ice cubes and add the mineral water. Stir before you serve. You can mix the juice and the mineral water in the fifty-fifty percent relation too, but it is faster energy-delivering and even healthier this way.

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Hot chocolate is a welcome treat on a cold fall or winter day. It’s a classic delicacy loved by adults and children alike. There are many unique flavors and varieties of instant hot chocolate available in stores, but they can be quite expensive. You can make your own delicious hot cocoa for a fraction of what stores charge. Besides being less expensive, homemade hot cocoa is often richer and tastier than hot cocoa available in stores.

White chocolate has a rich, creamy flavor that is quite different from regular brown chocolate. The following recipe makes six delicious cups of creamy white hot chocolate. This unique drink will surprise and impress chocolate connoisseurs as well as those who prefer white chocolate to brown chocolate.

Making a Cup of Hot Chocolate

Most people don’t know how to make hot chocolate from cocoa properly. While if you are making hot chocolate from hot chocolate powder, you can just slop it into a mug with some milk and microwave it, this approach will not work for cocoa, or for cold chocolate.

Those of us accustomed to eating chocolate may be surprised to learn that chocolate was originally enjoyed as a drink. Although most of us today make our chocolate from a powdered mix, making the real thing is as simple as melting some chocolate and mixing it with hot milk. And does it taste good! This recipe makes about 10 servings.

Steps of Homemade Hot Chocolate Preparation

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the milk over medium-low heat until it steams and is very hot to the touch.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Shut off the heat.
  4. Ladle out about 1 c. of the milk and pour it over the chocolate.
  5. Let the chocolate melt slowly. Stir it with a whisk to get all the chocolate in contact with the milk.
  6. Continue adding milk and stirring until all the milk has been incorporated.
  7. Stir together, then ladle into serving cups.

Angelina’s Hot Chocolate

The Angelina Cafe in Paris, open since 1903, serves a thick hot chocolate version in demitasse cups with a tiny dollop of mascarpone and whipped cream. They are famous for making hot chocolate from melted chocolate bars. It is incredibly easy to prepare by mixing chocolate shavings with hot water. You can serve it in small cups or in 17th-century style chocolate pots and demitasse cups such as those sold in gourmet shops.

  • 6 ounces fine-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 cups hot milk, divided
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream, if desired

In a double boiler over low heat, combine chocolate and 1/4 cup water until melted, stirring occasionally; stir until smooth.

Remove top of double boiler pan from. Whisk in 3 tablespoons hot water. Pour into pitcher or divide among individual 4 mugs. Either stir 3/4 cup hot milk into each mug or serve milk in a separate pitcher. Pass sugar and whipped cream in separate bowls; add to taste.

Makes 4 servings… and eat all Hot Chocolate… because it’s so tasty

Hot Chocolate for Adults

Don’t bother chopping up chocolate, this recipe calls for easy-to-use chocolate chips. This is a pretty strong but mellow hot chocolate cocktail.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup half-n-half
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico)

PREPARATION:
You don’t really need to chop the chocolate chips, but you can if you want the chocolate to melt really quickly. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or whatever method you prefer.

In another saucepan heat milk, half-n-half cream and sugar to almost boiling.

Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the chocolate and mix well. Pour into the rest of the milk and stir until smooth. Pour in rum and liqueur. Heat the finished hot chocolate through, and serve.

Mayan Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate recipes

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 chile pepper, cut in half, seeds removed (with gloves)
  • 5 cups light cream or whole or nonfat milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate or
    3 tablets Mexican chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey, or to taste
  • l tablespoon almonds or hazelnuts, ground extra fine
    Whipped cream

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add chile pepper to boiling water. Cook hot chocolate until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove chile pepper; strain water and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cream or milk, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick until bubbles appear around the edge. Reduce heat to low; add chocolate and sugar or honey; whisk occasionally until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves. Turn off heat; remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Add chile-infused water, a little at a time, tasting to make sure the flavor isn’t too strong. If chocolate is too thick, thin with a little more milk.

Serve in small cups and offer ground almonds or hazelnuts and whipped cream.

Wich of Hot Chocolate recipes do you prefer?

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You may be getting plenty of exercise, watching watch you eat and counting those calories carefully. But did you know that more than twenty percent of your daily calories could be coming from what you drink?

The calories in drinks do not stop with the sodas, and fruit drinks you take every day with your meals, but also with the alcoholic drinks you are consuming and with the flavored waters, you might be drinking as well. Look on the label and see what the calories are in each serving, and then look to see how many servings are in that bottle or glass you are pouring.

You will find that many bottles of soda are going to state a 20-ounce drink is one and a half or two servings, and the calories that are stated, are not how many is in the entire bottle. Read the labels, think about how many you drink every day and then if you are taking in more calories than what you should be, change the drinks you are having all the time. Calories in drinks you have every day are vital to keeping yourself on a diet that will help you lose weight.

Pure fruit juices contain a high number of calories per serving but are often overlooked as a contributor to obesity because many contain valuable vitamins and minerals. But when it comes to obesity and weight control, isn’t a calorie a calorie?

The number of calories in drinks sweetened by added sugars compared to those in naturally sweetened drinks is almost identical. An 8-ounce serving of cola, on average, contains 93 calories and fruit punch has 104. The same serving of orange juice contains 102 calories, while apple juice has 107. All these drinks contain similar amounts of sugars.

The most high-calorie drinks

Let’s see how some of the most common drinks measure up on the calorie counter. The following beverages are being compared to water (0 calories); coffee and tea (5 calories per 250 mL); 1% milk (110 calories for 250 mL) and orange juice (60 calories in 125 mL).

Coffee Drinks

Mochaccino or iced coffee drinks (300 mL or 10 oz) usually have over 250 calories. The syrup flavor alone has 80 calories and you may want to think twice about the whipped cream. If you absolutely must have your fancy coffee fix, make sure to get it with skim or 2% milk.
The Verdict: Coffee drinks deserve their reputation as an adult milkshake.

Individual juices
Juices sold in convenience stores typically come in 473 mL (16 fl oz) or 591 mL (21 fl oz) bottles. Believe it or not, the calories ring up quickly. A bottle of orange juice is 225 calories and the larger bottle of apple juice is just less than 300 calories. To put this in perspective, that’s more calories than a can of soda. When it comes to drinking juice, one glass to start the day is more than enough.
The Verdict: The sugar and calories in large juices rarely justify the “fruit” status.

Sports Drinks
Some sport drinks come in large “individual serving size” bottles. One brand has almost 800 mL with 250 calories. On the bright side, there is some sodium and some potassium, which may be helpful if you have worked up a sweat in humid weather. This drink also has about 60 ml (4 tbsp) of sugar.
The Verdict: If you need an extra 250 calories, fine. If not, drink water after a workout.

Sweet Fruit Juices
Grape juice and cranberry “cocktail” are two popular beverages, which carry the same calories and sugar as a soft drink. When purchased in 475 mL bottles, there are 290 calories or more. In the case of grape juice, it’s naturally sweet; cranberry cocktail has sugar added to the same level as a soft drink. So although you may think you’re getting a better nutritional value, you may just as well go for a can of soda.
The Verdict: Split a bottle of grape or cranberry cocktail over a few days.

Cocktails
Let’s get right down to the numbers. A Pina Colada rings in at a hefty 260. Rum and eggnog has 330 calories and the trendy chocolatini comes in with a whopping 440 calories. The alcohol, sweet mixes and fat in the coconut mix, eggnog and cream liqueur, all provide extra calories. That’s one thing few of us really need at this time of year.
The Verdict: Enjoy alcohol in moderation and skip the high sugar and fat mixes.

Frozen Carbonated Beverages
Frozen ice mixed with soft drink concentrates make for high calorie drinks. Furthermore, these drinks contain no vitamins or minerals. The beverages have 50 to 100 calories per 100 mL. Since the smallest cup is 500 mL (16 fl oz), the calorie content starts at 250 to calories per drink
The Verdict: A sweet drink is better left as a childhood memory.

How to avoid calories in drinks

  • Have diet mixers in drinks.
  • Have light beer and lager.
  • Avoid sugary and rich creamy drinks.
  • If having wine have it with low calorie tonic water or diet lemonade this will dilute the alcohol and reduce the calories available.
  • Have fresh fruit juice as a mixer if available.

Alcohol will increase your appetite and this will also contribute to the calories consumed, to avoid this avoid the kebabs and the chips and cheese etc.

The problem is usually not one high calorie drink, but rather the number of high calorie drinks consumed each week. Is it three, five, or maybe more? Think about you how you might enjoy an extra 750 calories per week. Choices could include three of these drinks, something more nutritious, or perhaps a completely different small indulgence. Whatever you decide, I’ve laid out the facts so you can drink to your health.

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