The Anti-Green Juice

  Us yogis and foodies are always blabbing about the benefits of green juice and green smoothies, but what about purple juice, orange juice, or pink juice? I made a pretty rockin’ orange juice today….with no actual oranges in it. A little tart, a little sweet, a little bitter, and a little spicy. Here’s the recipe. Ingredients 2 servings. 3 ruby Red Grapefruits, rind removed 2 Nectarines, pitted 1 Sweet Potato 1 inch of ginger 2 carrots Instructions: 1. Rinse and prepare your fruits and vegetables and then juice the hell out of them. I double processed mine to get a little extra juicy goodness….and I like the pulp. 2. Enjoy!!!

Blackberry Bliss

Summer is right around the corner and we’re excited for long sun-filled days full of mountain biking, hiking, SUP and maybe a little day drinking. I love fresh berries and mint is always so refreshing, so I combined the two … Continue reading

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Recipe Serves 1. 2 oz. tequila 1/2 oz. triple sec 2 lemon wedges 2 lime wedges (plus one for garnish) 2 teaspoons sugar 4 slices of cucumber 3 slices jalapeño coarse sea salt Instructions 1. Muddle ice, lemon, lime, sugar, … Continue reading

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Recipe Serves 1. 2 oz. tequila 1 oz. simple syrup 3/4 oz. triple sec 4-5 chunks of fresh pineapple 2 slices jalapeño (red or green) 2/3 of one lime, cut into wedges Instructions 1. Muddle pineapple, jalapeño, and lime wedges … Continue reading

Oregano Infused Paloma

Hello Tequila!!! Steve and I are emptying our liquor cabinet…we don’t want any booze to go to waste….that would just be alcohol abuse. We’re currently working on making a bottle of Quervo 1800 and a GIANT bottle of Sauza disappear….and … Continue reading

Hot Apple Pie

Recipe 1 oz. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur 3/4 oz. Flor de Caña rum 4 oz. spiced apple cider graham cracker crumbs sweetened whipped cream ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick Instructions 1. In a small sauce pan bring your hot apple … Continue reading

Apple Thyme Cocktail

Recipe Serves 1. 2 oz. bourbon or whiskey 1 1/2 oz. spiced apple cider 1/2 oz. thyme infused simple syrup 1 apple sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch slices, 1 slice cut in to chunks 1 sprig fresh thyme Instructions 1. … Continue reading

Playing with Knives

Yep, it’s raining again….not exactly surprising. Steve and I conjured up a fantastic idea to keep us occupied… taste all the pumpkin beers we can get our hands on while slicing and dicing our own pumpkins. Here are the results:

Pumpkin Beer

All things pumpkin: drinking pumpkin and carving pumpkin


Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Lakewood, New York)

Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale

YUM!!! The Pumking is by far my favorite of the pumpkin ales. It’s like drinking an alcohol spiked pumpkin pie. This malty, copper colored brew’s prominent flavors include brown sugar, vanilla, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie spices.

ABV: 8.6%

IBU: 25ish?

Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Seattle, WA)

Elysian the great pumpkin imperial pumpkin ale

Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale

This was another good one. Great Pumpkin definitely has pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, allspice, and nutmeg on the nose, which is balanced by a certain breadiness that reminds me of pie crust. The pumpkin pie spices are a little more subtle than the Pumking. The hops do provide a slightly drier finish to this beer.

ABV: 8.1%

IBU: 22

Elysian Night Owl (Seattle, WA)

Elysian The Great Pumpkin and Elysian Night Owl

Elysian The Great Pumpkin and Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Dessert in a glass. I could probably drink two of these, but then I’d have to call it quits. Night Owl is sweeter and spicier than the Great Pumpkin and has stronger notes of ginger, cinnamon and clove.

ABV: 5.9%

IBU: 18


Uinta Brewing Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Uinta Brewing Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale

On first taste I said “WOW, this is BOOZY!” and every sip after you can still taste the booze. At 10.31% ABV this beer packs an alcoholic punch. The booziness overpowers this beer’s subtle flavors of pumpkin, vanilla and spice. I would compare this beer to pumpkin bread instead of pumpkin pie, as it is not cloyingly sweet like some of the others.

ABV: 10.31%

IBU: 39



Uinta Brewing Punk’n (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Uinta Punk'n

Uinta Brewing Punk’n Pumpkin Ale

This was probably my least favorite of the pumpkin ales. It smelled and tasted like fresh cut pumpkin and had a raw, earthy, vegetable flavor to it. While the beer did have hints of honey (yum) I would have liked more spiciness in the form of cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger etc.; Punk’n might pair nicely with foods that have that flavor profile.

ABV: 4%

IBU: 10

Feeling saucy Steve and I managed to get two pumpkins carved without losing any fingers…yay!!!

Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!

Bring on the sugar overload! Here are some of my favorite tropical rum drink recipes from around the Caribbean. Enjoy!


The Painkiller (made famous at the Soggy Dollar Bar; Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands)

4 parts pineapple juice

1 part Coco Lopez

1 part orange juice

2-4 parts Cruzan or Pussers rum


fresh grated nutmeg


Build over ice, shake it like you mean it, and garnish with fresh nutmeg.

The Mojito (made famous at La Bodeguita del Medio, a bar frequented by Ernest Hemingway; Cuba)

2 oz. light rum (Flor de Caña 7 Year is also delicious)

½ lime cut into thirds

1 tablespoon sugar

Soda water

6 mint leaves



Muddle mint, lime and sugar in a pint glass with ice. Add rum, extra ice if needed and then top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with a mint sprig.

The Panty Ripper (Caye Caulker, Belize)

2 parts Old Master Coconut Rum

4 parts pineapple juice



Pour over ice in a girly glass.

Ron y Piña (Roatan, Honduras and beyond)

Flor de Caña 4 Year rum

pineapple juice



Pour over ice in whatever portions you like.

Ron y Agua (Roatan, Honduras)

1 part Flor de Cana 7 Year

1 part water

slice of lime



Drink like you’ve been there awhile and hydrate while you dehydrate….pour over ice and garnish with a squeeze of lime.

Rum Punch (My version, based on many years of swilling rum drinks)

3 parts Caribbean rum

2 parts pineapple juice

2 parts mango juice

2 parts orange juice

2 slices of lime squeezed



Pour juice and rum into tall glass, squeeze limes into cocktail and stir…or shake if you have a Boston shaker.

Note: I like to add a little club soda to mine so it isn’t so sweet.