Friday, October 24, 2014

The ABC's of Beverages

I had the privilege of trying out some of the recipes in Holly’s cookbook, The ABC’s of Beverages. We had a fun time trying to decide which book I would feature since I’m both a vegan and I don’t eat chocolate. But this book had many drinks I could try and I have two to share today.

I love apple cider and including caramel complimented the flavor. What really made it was the vanilla - yum! And I really wanted the picture to capture the delicious curls of steam.

Hot Caramel Apple Cider

1 7 1/2 cups apple cider
1 & 1/2 TBS caramel syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apple cider is hot. Serves 1.

We are always making smoothies in the blender. This one was a perfect fit and delicious.

I also picked this based on the name. When I was a teen, I was a bit of a wild child. To my credit, I got great grades and never got into trouble. However, the words “Jungle Juice” brings back memories of some of the parties we used to throw. Our Jungle Juice was a bottle of 7UP, orange juice (or whatever fruit juice we could find,) and a bottle of Seagram’s 7. (For the first batch. Subsequent batches could contain just about anything.)

I promise, this Jungle Juice will not give you a hangover!

Jungle Juice

1 banana, cut into chunks
2 cups orange juice
dash of ginger

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serves 1.

One commenter on this post will win a free digital copy of this cookbook. To enter, just leave a comment. If you want to leave a comment but don't want to enter, add "I hate food" to your comment. The winner will be announced on October 31st on Holly's blog.

The ABC’s of Beverages
This book contains 78 of the best beverage recipes. Included are classics (like Hot Caramel Apple Cider), favorites (like Tiramisu), and my own creations (like Ultraviolet Smoothie).
Cost: $2.00 ebook
Where to get it:
Barnes & Noble

Holly Sinclair, who goes by Southpaw on the Interwebs, finds cooking cathartic. The recipes she's created and collected grew into cookbooks. Holly's trying her hand at fiction and food seems to creep into most of her books.
Holly Sinclair Cookbooks,the website.
HR Sinclair, the blog.

Join Holly on the rest of her Blog Tour, each stop features a different cookbook and a chance for a free ebook!

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  1. I think I'll like Holly's Jungle Juice much better than yours!

  2. I love that cup in your first picture. Thanks for hosting and reviewing my book today.

  3. Both of these beverages look really good, and the addition of caramel to hot apple cider and ginger to the fruit smoothie are very innovative! Good luck on your book, Holly!

  4. My crowd had jungle juice, too - more like yours than Holly's :)

  5. Oh my gosh, what a funny cup.

  6. Holly, you are most welcome.

    Carol, we knew how to party, didn't we?

  7. I am going to have to try that Hot Caramel Apple Cider! YUM!

  8. That smoothie - Jungle Juice - looks delicious!!!

  9. Hi Diane .. great thoughts here and I could try those .. but I'd rather have another mug if possible! Not too sure about the cider caramel .. but I'm sure it'd do me good if I was feeling coldie and 'down' ...

    Cheers Hilary

  10. Love the cover of the book. Gonna try that jungle juice.

  11. how fun! i love the sound of both! sounds like a great recipe book!

  12. The days are getting chillier, so hot apple cider would be good.

  13. I'm going to try that! And love the cover!

  14. I love cider too. The apple cider-caramel-vanilla mix sounds divine. Thanks for sampling it for us.

    Have a nice weekend, Spunk.

  15. I love fruit smoothies and hot cider. The cider especially as the nights become chilly.

  16. Love Smoothies. I'm a fan of anything Blueberry!

  17. Not eat Chocolate? I...I can't comprehend that.

    The Jungle Juice looks really good. That looks like a delicious book.

  18. Sounds like a fun hop. Thanks for sharing with us some great drinking beverages.

  19. I love the drinks you selected~ What a great idea Holly! Wild child and Jungle Juice can you do the Tarzan yell?

    Oh, caramel and apples-yes, please!

    You are fun, Diane-I have missed you!
    Holly I love this concept, but Z scares me a bit~

  20. Hilary, around here all the mugs come with cat hair.

    JE, I gave up chocolate years ago.

    Ella, I can't do a Tarzan call. I can promise that Z is not Zebra Juice though.

  21. Both recipes sound good. Best wishes to Holly on her tour!

  22. Thanks for introducing this book. Apple and caramel and vanilla in a hot drink now that sounds great. A bit like eating a caramel apple or drinking one.

  23. We are in DC this weekend for the Marine Corps Marathon and I had an Acai Berry Boost from Tropical Smoothy. I'm not one for fruity drinks, but DANG that was good.

    I'll try more fruit concoctions now, so thanks for sharing your recipes. :D

  24. YUMMM! I'll be trying these soon! The apple cider caramel/vanilla sounds luscious.

  25. Hey Diane,

    Yes, blink and realise that it's actually shy and humble me finally visiting again.

    One smoothie of a posting and thanks. Of course, getting back to my snarky self, I shall do my utmost to ignore yet another mention of a Blog Hop! :)

    Nice to see you, my friend.


  26. I love the cup and jungle juice sounds delicious.

  27. These sound delicious -- I do like me some cider.

  28. Very cool. Thanks for sharing! Apple cider is great. And yeah, jungle juice when I was younger also had... well, whatever liquor was left and whatever juice (or "it says 2% juice" so that's close enough) was around. LOL

  29. Ella "but Z scares me a bit" teehee - drinks are easy for Z's.

    The drinks are Zombie Light (a virgin Zombie), a Zulu Warrior, and a Zebra. X is the hard one (for all the books.) I took some creative license there.;)

  30. Dude. That Hot Caramel Apple Cider sounds divine! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!