cold drinks

Ginger Lemonade

I love the smell of fresh ginger and the
taste of is even better. The smell always takes me back to south Asia where you
smell ginger everywhere. You always find drinks filled with oranges, lemons,
mint and fruits everywhere you go. All of them being fresh and equally exotic. This
lemonade has become a favorite in my house even my picky son loves it and with
lemons and ginger you can be happy. 
cups water, divided
1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 7 large lemons)
1. Combine 1 cup water, sugar, and ginger in a
small saucepan; bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool.
2. Strain ginger mixture through a sieve into
a pitcher, and discard solids. Add 4 cups water and juices, and stir well.
Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon and lime slices, if desired.

Cardamom Iced Coffee

When the weather starts to get warm I absolutely adore iced coffee.  I am really not a fan of vanilla or even chocolate coffees so I usually opt for plain. One day I had the idea to add cardamom to mix as I was making it and it quickly became a favorite. Cardamom goes along very well with coffee like it does with most things. You can even make this mixture ahead of time and store in the fridge minus the ice cubes of course, I do.

2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Ice cubes
Whip cream for topping, optional

1. In a cup add coffee, sugar, and cardamom and boiling water, stir allowing dissolving. 

2. Add coffee mixture into a blender cup. Add milk, blend well. Pour into a tall cup adding whip cream on top.

Yields: 1 cup 

Spinach Smoothie

Back home Jamba Juice was one of my
favorite places to grab a drink. I loved that you were drinking healthy and
could get a dose of much needed extra vitamins as well. It’s so easy to do at
home that we should all try to make a smoothie or two daily for our health. One
smoothie that I am in love right now is this Spinach Smoothie, it taste great. It’s
no secret that spinach is extremely good for you but come on how many of us
ever really eat a lot of spinach?
I love to add fresh or frozen mangoes or
mango juice to a smoothie like this because it covers up the taste 100%. All
though this smoothie is packed with spinach you do not taste it what so ever. Vitamin
D and Calcium deficiency is a huge problem effecting women in Saudi Arabia, me
included. I have to take 5 huge pills throughout the day. I throw my
ingredients and pills in the bender and just drink it up in a smoothie these
days. Spinach Smoothies are a great source of vitamins that we all need and a
great coffee replacement in the morning. You will soon start seeing the huge
amounts of energy you have throughout the day. 
2-3 cups spinach leaves
3/4 cup milk (lowfat, rice or soy)
4 strawberries
1 cup mango juice
1. Add everything in a blender and blend until smooth and no chunks are left. 

Yields: 2 cups