Quench your thirst!

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Warm summer weather and patios call for deliciously refreshing drinks. Although I do love a crisp cocktail to cool off on a warm summer day, sometimes I really just need a drink that will quench my thirst. I have always been an avid water drinker {great for my health, terrible for teeny tiny bladder!} and this is a fun way to spruce up my go-to drink. The best thing about it is that you can truly get creative by mixing up new delicious pairings with each pitcher.

My favourite combinations right now are:

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

 

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

There really is no recipe but I do recommend that if you are using any sort of herb {mint, sage, basil, etc} you give it a quick little crush with your hands to release the flavours.

Try this this weekend for your summer party or BBQ or your R&R time- it is a quick and beautiful way to keep your guests {and yourself!} hydrated.

 

Quench your thirst!

The Best Mulled Wine

MulledWine copyOne of the things that left me smitten with London were the many little markets that are scattered through out the large city. They are found in the most unexpected of places -under a gorgeous brick bridge, next to a hidden little chapel or in the old Royal horse stables. Although each market has something different to offer – from vintage finds to gourmet pies- every market has at least one lovely mulled wine stand with a “bloke” inviting you to “have a try, love”. I found myself drinking this warm and comforting drink every single evening as we walked through the Borough market and took in the Christmas lit scenery.

We set up our Christmas tree this past weekend and with London in mind I knew right away that a mug of delicious mulled wine would be the perfect addition to our traditional routine. Although there are many recipes out there, I found this one to be most like the ones I had in London. On top of being delicious, it is easy and fast and will be a hit at your Christmas party!

Ingredients 

1 bottle of {cheap} red wine – just make sure the blend you pick is not too sweet

1/4 cup of sugar

1 star of anise

4 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 oranges

{Pour the bottle of wine into a pot over medium heat and mix in sugar, spices, cinnamon sticks and the juice of the first orange.Cut the second orange into slices and then quarter each slice – add them into the wine mixture. Let the wine and spices simmer for 5-7 minutes while stirring continuously. Do not allow the wine to boil. Serve into beautiful mugs & enjoy!}

{Makes enough for 2 and a half mugs}

The Best Mulled Wine