cold drinks

Infused Water

Infused-water

We have all been told the benefits of drinking water and staying rejuvenated but did you know that water and watery foods like melons and other fruits and vegetables can boost your metabolism and keep the fat off. Drinks such as coffee and other caffeine drinks only give you momentary fixes but a drink like this boost your body where it needs to be and you will feel the effect all through the day. The fruit in this drink lasts about 4 days before you need to change it before that just keep refilling the water. Make sure you allow it to sit overnight to let the taste burst through.

1 gallon freshwater
1/2 cup clean mint
1 orange, quartered
1 green apple, sliced

In a pitcher add mint, apple and oranges. Add water, stir well and refrigerate overnight.

Homemade Mint Syrup

Can you believe that I had never had a mint coffee drink before I made this and its hands down my new favorite drink? I guess when I had heard the words mint and coffee being used together I was kind of turned off but when I started thinking about I realized that I like mint in most things and after all the Starbucks Mocha Peppermint drink did look pretty good. This is another drink we do not have here in Saudi and the reason being is that Saudis do not like these flavors, it’s a western thing.

I thought I would go ahead and make my own mint syrup and the great thing is that you can use it for coffee and tea. I am a coffer lover while my husband is a tea lover and in Riyadh everyone drinks mint tea so the herb is always in abundance. Not only is this good in hot tea and hot coffee its great in ice tea and ice coffee as well.  Every recipe I had saw used peppermint extract but I wanted to use the real thing, fresh mint. As you see real mint syrup will have a light green color that’s the way it should look.

Mint syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves

1. In a small saucepan on high heat add water and mint, bring to a boil then reduce to low. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add sugar bringing to boil again. Reduce heat to low-medium and allow cooking for a remaining 15 minutes.

2. Strain mixture into a glass jar and allow cooling, and then add the lid tightly. Store in the refrigerator or a cool dark place.

Peppermint Mocha Latte:
1 shot of espresso or 1 cup strong black coffee
1 tablespoon of mint syrup (or to taste)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
Whip cream, homemade red sugar and mint leaves for garnish, optional

1. In a cup add mint syrup, coffee, cocoa then milk.

* The signature red-and-white stripes of the peppermint candy cane did not
become traditional until the 20th century, but nobody is quite sure who
first thought of the design.

Cold Coffee

You all know by now that I love trying new coffee and all the accessories that go with it. I am kind of late in the game with trying the popular cold brewed coffee all over the net but a few months ago I finally ordered some cheesecloth and made it. What can I say but that I instantly fell in love and I can hardly have any other coffee after I tried it. The coffee taste much stronger and more pure made this way. The only thing I hate is that you have to use so much ground coffee and have such a small amount of actual coffee in the end. It’s a 1-2 ratio with the grounds with the, yea that much. So with that being said you can make as much as you want to try it like I did just add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 1 tablespoon of water.

And while we’re talking about coffee have and of you heard of the Bialleti Moka espresso stovetop maker? I have heard so many great things about it that I had to order one. I will let you know how that goes but hey it’s starting to cool off and I need a nice espresso to get me through it. What about home brewed coffees have you heard of that? I first read about it on this post over at The Foreign Native (awesome pictures right you can get the same look with my actions and curves here). After some research I realized that I had in fact had this coffee before. This is the how the Japanese make coffee remember when I had it here. It’s a really good cup of coffee and I think it’s really referred to as drip on coffee. Now where can I find this is all I can think about? Obsessed, yea probably!

I made some coffee cubes with takeout coffee I had from Dunkin Doughnuts and I just pop a few in fill the glass about 3/4 cup full and add milk and sugar. 

2-1/2 quarts cold water
5 ounces ground coffee (Starbucks Blonde is my favorite for this)

1. In a pitcher add coffee ground and carefully pour water on top. Place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning add a cheesecloth on top of another pitcher and carefully pour.

*Norway drinks the most coffee per person. The United States is ranked number 12.