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10 ways to instantly upgrade your hot chocolate

Winter has arrived and that means it’s time to break out your fuzziest slippers, coziest sweater, and snuggle up to a piping hot mug of hot chocolate for a few guilt-free hours of Netflix and chill. But no matter whether you use a homemade recipe or open a packet of the powdery stuff, basic hot chocolate can be pretty boring—especially as the winter wears on. Upgrade your old, uninspired recipe with one of these exciting, delicious hot chocolate additions. Also try this Winter White Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon. What to add to hot cocoa Add-in any of these ingredients for a brand new hot chocolate experience: Cinnamon brown sugar  Sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar for a decadent hot chocolate you only thought possible in your winter dreams. Freshly-brewed espresso or coffee The coffee/hot chocolate classic combo never disappoints. Go for freshly made espresso or coffee if…

Pomegranate Gin Fizz with Rosemary sprig

The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is perfect for all types of holiday and winter gatherings. It’s seriously crisp and refreshing and makes the perfect Christmas cocktail. This beautifully bright red fizzy drink bursting with juicy arils and aromatic herbs will impress any guest. Holiday tip: Mix a large pitcher ahead of time and pour over ice as guests arrive. Pomegranate Gin Fizz Makes 1 drink Ingredients crushed ice to fill glass 1 ounce gin 2 ounces pomegranate juice club soda to top spring of fresh rosemary (for garnish) 2 tsp pomegranate arils (seeds) Directions Pour gin and pomegranate juice in short whiskey glass. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice (almost to the top). Sprinkle with arils and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary. Also see, A perfect holiday punch recipe. Follow us on Instagram.

Tips and tricks to save your smoothie

Smoothies are a fun way to get your daily fruits and veggies, but sometimes things can go a little awry. They can turn out too thick, too thin, or just plain “blah.” But there’s no reason to throw all of that goodness down the drain just because it doesn’t taste right the first time. Turn your smoothie into something delicious with just a few quick tips and tricks. Here are the best ways to save that smoothie: It tastes too watery: Perhaps the ice cubes got away from you and left you with a watery tasting smoothie. The fix Save it by adding more frozen fruit (or fresh fruit if that’s all you have). Then add something creamy (like almond butter or Greek yogurt) to help lessen the watery taste. Add a splash of flavorful fruit juice (whatever you have in your fridge) and a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, or…

10 things you never knew about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Forget about changing leaves, cozy sweaters or football games, the official signal of fall has arguably become the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks cafe menus nationwide. But before you take a sip of your first PSL this season, here are 10 fun facts you need to know about everyone’s favorite fall beverage. Also read, how Americans became so obsessed with pumpkin in the first place.  1. A smashing pumpkin success Starbucks sells about 20 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes every year. Considering how many I personally purchase … yeah … that sounds about right. It remains the store’s best-selling seasonal drink of all time. And more than 200 million have been sold worldwide. 2. It’s all thanks to Peter Dukes Peter Dukes was the director of espresso Americas for Starbucks back in 2003. He led a development of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. His team of employees ate slices of…

Shark attack cool kids “cocktail”

Straight out of the deep blue, sip this cool kids cocktail as you watch things heat up during Shark Week. This fun themed drink is perfect for kids or adults. Feel free to substitute the soda with a lower sugar option like tonic, or throw in a few peach rings or Lifesavers to turn your glass into a full-on ocean scene. Shark attack kids cocktail Ingredients Sprite or lemon-lime soda Lemonade Blue sports drink (Like Powerade or Gatorade) Gummy sharks Ice fun straw Directions Fill pitcher, bowl, or individual glasses with ice. Then pour in 1/3 Sprite, 1/3 lemonade, and then 1/4 or less blue sports drink (mostly to give it some color). Add gummy shark below, in, or above the ice. Serve with a fun straw. Now get back to Shark Week! ALSO TRY: Easy life preserver donuts will save you during Shark Week. Follow us on Instagram.

How Arnold Palmer invented his namesake drink

How exactly did a mixed glass of iced tea and lemonade come to share a moniker with the late legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer? There are countless rumors, including the most common that it was a happy accident — like the Slinky or Penicillin. But a few years before his death in 2016 at age 87, Palmer set the record straight in an “ESPN 30 for 30” short documentary. “My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey, Babe, I’ve got an idea. You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade it in and see how that works.’ We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it, and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, Babe.…

These are the most popular cocktails in America throughout the day, research shows

You probably wouldn’t do a shot of tequila with your morning toast any more than you would sip a mimosa at midnight. We have come to think of different alcoholic drinks as being better suited for different times of the day. So which cocktails are our a.m. and p.m. favorites, and which remain popular around the clock? Nielson, a global analytics company, arrived at this answer by compiling data collected from restaurants and bars over a four month span of time in 2018. So what are Americans drinking these days? Nationwide, the most popular cocktails 24/7 were the margarita, martini, old fashioned, mimosa, and the Moscow mule. Things get more interesting when broken down by depart. Nielson defined morning at 6 .m. to noon, afternoon as noon to 6 p.m., evening as 6 p.m. to midnight, and night as midnight to 6 a.m. The favorites were as follows: Morning Mimosa Bloody…

Quick and easy Indian mango lassi recipe

If you’ve ever gone out to eat at an Indian restaurant and didn’t order a mango lassi, you’re seriously missing out! The mango lassi is a popular Indian drink made by combining yogurt with mangos and milk. This cool, creamy drink is the perfect accompaniment to spicy Indian food and the subcontinent’s hot weather, yet, it’s so good, you’ll want one all of the time no matter where you live. It’s like the most delicious milkshake you’ve ever had, but so much healthier! Here’s an easy recipe that will take you 5 minutes or less. Mango Lassi Ingredients 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced 5 tbsp honey (or agave nectar) 1 heaping cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1%, or skim — your choice!) 1 cup ice (optional) Directions Add all ingredients into blender and blend well. Scrape down sides if ingredients are getting stuck. Sample, and adjust…

7 Keto-friendly drinks you can order at Starbucks

So you have the keto thing down no problem when you cook at home, but when you go out to eat, things can get pretty tricky. Sometimes you might just decide just to skip the restaurant entirely if you’re not sure of its menu options, but skipping out on Starbucks? Well, is that really ever an option? The good news is that you don’t have to give up your beloved coffee run. The java giant offers plenty of keto-approved caffeinated drinks so you can have your morning pick-me-up, while still staying true to your diet. Overall, keep in mind when ordering any drink at a Starbucks or another coffee shop, you’re going to need to order sugar-free, since sugar is basically just carbohydrates. Also, order heavy cream or coconut or nut milk instead of regular milk. That will help you customize most drinks to be more in-line with keto, but here…

America’s favorite seasonal hot beverages

Nothing says winter weather quite like cuddling up on the couch in your flannel and fuzzy socks and a mug full of your favorite warm beverage. But, give the choice, what do you like to fill that mug with? Of course coffee and tea are welcomed any day of the year, but what seasonal drink do you go for around the holidays? An online poll recently asked Americans to share their favorite seasonal drink, and these were the top eight favorite drinks. So, do you agree? What drink would you add to the list, and which ones have you already crossed off the list this holiday season? 8. Mulled wine On a cold day, spiced wine is the perfect way to warm up. Make your own in a crock pot with bold red wine, spices, fresh fruits and some cognac. 7. Hot Buttered Rum This decadent drink will help you…