Drinks

Hawaii National Margarita Day

Hawaii—The Perfect Place To Celebrate National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day is just around the corner—February 22, in fact. And what better place to celebrate this “holiday” than in sunny Hawaii, at the beach, with the sun on your face and the sound of waves in your ears?

Make no mistake, Hawaii is the perfect place to kick back, relax and say, “Ahhhh…” as you take a sip of one of America’s most favorite drinks Margarita. It can be frozen or on the rocks; in a salt-rimmed glass or not, or adorned with something else, say, chili powder; traditional or updated with mango, pomegranate, grapefruit or other out-of-this-world … Read More

Tropical Smoothies

5 Smoothie Recipes To Give You A Tropical Feel

Smoothies are the best options for breakfast. Many people prefer smoothies for breakfast. They are the best especially not only during winter but every morning. They revive your hormones and refresh your body organs. Most of the tropical smoothies are made using fruits and frozen fruits work very well.

Smoothies rejuvenate our hormones and refresh our body organs. If you haven’t been taking a glass of smoothie in the morning, it is the perfect time to consider taking some. There are different types and recipes of smoothies. We are going to discuss different kinds of smoothies.… Read More

Tropical Drinks

5 Tropical Drinks To Help You Beat The Heat

If you live in California, then you surely know how hot it can get; especially in Southern California. In fact, the news is full of with reports that it is about to get hotter in the southern parts of California like Los Angeles. One way for you to beat not only the heat but also forget it momentarily is to have a delicious and refreshing glass of a drink made with tropical rum. There are lots of different tropical drinks that you could whip up for yourself.

Here are 5 tropical drinks recipes that my husband and I absolutely … Read More

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Tropical Fruit Smoothie

There are a lot of different dietary lifestyles out there these days, and it’s hard to know which one is best. Is going vegan the answer, or is paleo the way to go?

At the end of the day, there are good arguments for both options, even though vegan and paleo are incompatible with one another most of the time.

Then there’s the whole ‘wheat belly’ argument. Is gluten really as devastating as it’s been made out to be the last couple of years?

So it can be hard to come up with a tasty treat that’s not only nutritious … Read More

mango margarita

Isla Sangria Frozen Margaritas

Recently, my husband and I had a rare chance to spend some time together away from the kids – we flew down to Cabo, San Lucas, for the weekend. The resort we stayed at was all inclusive, and there was a lot of alcohol available. A lot of it was Sangria – but I find the traditional Sangria drink is too tart for my taste.

When I was down there, I missed the richer, fruitier taste of my favorite Hawaiian-style drinks.  So after I came home, I decided to give the basic Isla Sangria an upgrade. My version uses Read More

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Hawaiian Shaved Ice With Homemade Syrup

September Is Often The Hottest Month Of The Year In California.

Sometimes temperatures soar up to 90 degrees or higher!

For many CA families, it’s not a problem because they own an air-con – but many of us don’t have an easy way to save ourselves from the scorching heat.

During these times, a Hawaiian shaved ice can serve as a huge relief for yourself and your family. I remember a time when my family was hit with a heat wave and this recipe saved us.  It became a favorite recipe of mine and my children from then on.Read More

Mango Monday The Detox

Use This Delicious Carrot-Mango Juice to Detox

Detox Time!

This is a great-tasting detox drink that can really help you recover after a long weekend.  It’s so detoxifying, it might even help you pass a hair drug test!  Also provides a ton of Vitamin A. Makes about 2.5 cups.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 medium carrots
  • 1 mango, pitted
  • 1 large strip of orange peel
  • 1/2 peeled navel orange

DIRECTIONS

  1. Press all ingredients through a juice extractor. Stir, and drink immediately.

NUTRITION

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0%
Saturated Fat 0%
Trans Fat  
Cholesterol 0%
Sodium 115mg 4%
Potassium
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kiwi passion margarita

Kiwi Passion Margaritas

It’s margarita time!

Well, it’s Cinco de Mayo time again in California. And that means time for ‘ritas.

Margaritas are great for parties, but they can get boring after a while. What we need is an infusion of fresh tropical fruit to get the party started again!

My sis and I went for Passion Fruit and Kiwi this year. Our Kiwi-ritas were the hit of the party, and the relatively low alcohol content means we didn’t have to suffer the next day (too much!).

The Cinco de Mayo party was such a blast. We had it in the afternoon, invited Read More

horchata white russian

Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail

Don’t you just love the movie, The Big Lebowski?

Hi-freakin-larious.

It’s one of my all-time favorites. If I’m having a down day, or if it’s raining outside, then I’ll close the garage door over our enclosed patio, turn on the television and spend the next 90 minutes with Lebowski. It’s a slam dunk that I will feel warm and content by the end, because let’s be honest: it’s impossible to feel cheated by the world when you see how happy The Dude is just being himself.

the Dude abides

The Dude embodies the California lifestyle (well, one subculture) so well, it’s Read More

Raspberry-Apple Champagne Slushies

Raspberry-Apple Champagne Slushie

Here’s a fruity frozen drink that’s elegant, fizzy and easy to make. To come up with this recipe, I used a frozen Raspberry Margarita margarita recipe I found online and substituted Champagne for tequila and added some pureed apples to boot. It’s really good!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raspberry margarita mix – or – 6 oz frozen raspberries if you don’t want the lime
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced green apples, skinned
  • 1.5 oz. Triple Sec (adds an orange zest and a little more alcohol)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1.5 cups Champagne or sweet Sparkling Wine
  • add sugar to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all
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