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Mara’s Cold Brewed Coffee

For many, many years I was not a big coffee drinker. I instead enjoyed an afternoon PG Tips tea with a spot of milk and honey with the occasional thin biscuit on the side. Then I met our real estate agent Mara. During our open house tours, Mara got me completely hooked on her delicious cold brewed coffee which was rich and smooth and unlike any coffee I had yet encountered. I’ve since completely reworked my approach to an afternoon beverage and I’m now one of the coldest brewers out there!

I think what gives Mara’s coffee a little something special is the addition of a few raw cocoa nibs to the brew. It gives the whole beverage a luscious texture that is at least three degrees beyond the usual levels of delicious. Another tip is that you want to do your brew in a glass container, and use freshly ground coffee for the snappiest results. I really like this drink served over a few ice cubes with a splash of cream. It’s just like drinking coffee ice cream!

Here’s how simple it is to make:

Cold Brewed Coffee Ingredients:

    4 Cups filtered water
    1.5 Cups coarsely ground coffee
    2 Tbs. raw cocoa nibs
    (Optional: Star anise, cinnamon stick, nutmeg)

If you need to get yourself a good brewing vessel to fit all these ingredients, these nice big Bormioli Canning Jars are pretty great. You can also use them to make iced tea, which is also pretty darned refreshing!

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Ruby Red Vodka Punch

When Kendra had her family visiting for the holidays a little while back, I knew I had to find a great beverage that was going to keep everyone happy. Since Kendra’s people don’t speak a lick of English, I’ve found that having a cocktail or two lubricates any friction imposed by language barriers. Emily’s Ruby Red Vodka Punch turned out to be the recipe I was looking for. Wow, just pour a few of these beauties, and stand back and watch as everyone bonds with laughter inspired by impromptu pretzel mustaches!

When you’re serving a cocktail for a crowd, there’s really is nothing better or easier than a delicious bowl of punch. In this video, we get a wonderfully refreshing libation recipe from Emily that’s perfect for the holidays. It’s bursting with berries and citrus, so this goes down in a refreshingly dangerous manner. The secret, aside from the fancy berry lined ice cube that Emily creates, is to have all your ingredients chilled beforehand so you have cold punch when everything is all mixed up in a nice looking glass punch bowl!

Here’s how to get your punch on:

Ruby Red Vodka Punch Recipe:

    1/2 Cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    2 Cups Pomegranate Juice
    1 Cup Cranberry Juice
    (Juice note: Use just straight juice! No sweeteners or blends. Also chill it in the fridge before making your punch)
    1 Cup Vodka
    1 Cup Triple Sec
    1/2 Cup Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
    Splash of soda (or sparkling wine!)

Serve up each punch with a skewered cranberry for a little seasonal flourish. Then sidle up to the nearest hearth, say hello to a new friend, and extend them a hearty cheers!

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