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Cardamom Coffee

It’s Monday and school is closed (tomorrow too!) and we got to enjoy a lazy, no rush kind of morning.  This occasion called for something more than my regular mug of morning coffee so I decided to amp it up with some cardamom.  The aroma and flavor are subtle, yet obviously there (if that makes any sense).  It definitely sets the mood for a calm, relaxing day.

I crack open a few pods and drop them on top of my coffee grounds.  Start off with just one or two crushed pods so you can adjust the strength from there.  I just pour hot water over my grounds, but this will work in a drip maker too.

I like to serve it up black or add a bit of frothy almond milk.  Ahhhhh, enjoy!

XO

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My Favorite Summer Drink

A friend of mine [Kayti Haugh] first turned me onto this beauty a few summers ago back in Brooklyn [Thank you!].  Depending on where you are in the world, this drink is known by many names … Calimocho, Rioja Libre, and Joté to name just a few.  I call it a Cherry Coke and I take mine on the rocks.  Red Wine and Coca-Cola.  It’s as simple as that.  Ahhhhhhh, refreshing.  [Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.  Trust me – it’s divine.]

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A Tall Drink of … Basil

One of my most favorite scents in the world is fresh basil.  It’s so clean and crisp and natural … sort of like fresh cut grass, but better … because you can eat it.  I have never been a big water drinker – I need some flavor in my beverage – so lately I’ve started flavoring my water with basil.

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I love it!  You get the fresh scent with each sip and a hint of the spicy mint flavor of the basil.  I just rip a few leaves in half and stir them into my glass or into a large pitcher.  In my latest CB2 catalog, I came across this Ceylon Pitcher with a filter on one side so you can flavor your water, brew tea, whatever.  Must have!!

ceylonAnd don’t stop with basil.  Water tastes great when infused with cucumber, mint, lemon, lime, and orange too.  A great spring / summer taste sensation!

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