Blood Orange Cayenne Cleanser

Happy New Year! I am SO READY for this year, more than I can adequately express. I’m blessed and honored to have you on this journey with me. Lately I’ve been doing a ton of photography work, which is making my heart so happy and thankful! Cheers to you, your ambitions, and everything 2018 has in store. I pray you aim really high– and go for it!

I’ve partnered with Health-Ade to bring you a few awesome mocktails this year! Introducing our first: the Blood Orange Cayenne Cleanser, made with, you guessed it: Cayenne Cleanse kombucha. It’s got major kick, so I paired it with in-season sweet blood oranges for balance. There’s carrot juice in here too. All to promote a healthier you in 2018! Xo

 

Serves 4

  • 1 bottle (1 pint) Health-Ade Cayenne Cleanse
  • Juice from 4 blood oranges, plus 1 sliced blood orange for garnish
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon plus zest for garnish
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Cayenne pepper, for sprinkling
  1. Combine Cayenne Cleanse, orange juice, carrots, lemon juice and ice into a high-powered blender. Blend on low, slowly increasing to high speed. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth consistency is reached.
  2. Strain drink through a fine mesh sieve once or twice. Divide drink equally between 4 cocktail glasses. Serve on ice if desired.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel 4 long ribbons of lemon zest. Place 1 ribbon into each glass.
  4. Slice remaining blood range in wheels and place one face up in each glass.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch of cayenne pepper into each glass. Enjoy cold. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

Original recipe by Ashley Cuoco, sponsored by Health-Ade.

American Berry Swizzle

Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

The 4th of July weekend is here! Its shaping up to be a hot one in New York. Cold drinks are a must. Alcohol is optional. I’m all about mocktails these days, for three reasons: one, there is absolutely no limit to how many I can suck down (the limit does not exist). Two, my all-time favorite alcohol substitute is kombucha: not only delicious, but actually GOOD for you. Three, mocktails are just plain trendy now. You don’t need to feel guilty about excluding the prego’s, the underaged or your 85 year old grandpa with health issues. Your gaurenteed to have a killer time when the whole gang’s counted in.

This drink is a “swizzle,” which originates in the Carribean and is traditionally made with rum. Today the name really just refers to the method of mixing: muddling or churning with a swizzle stick. You can swizzle anything you like. Check out this video on the FeedFeed where I demonstrate the swizzle. Celebrate safely and have a happy 4th of July!

Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

Serves 4

  1. Chill glasses for at least 15 minutes before starting!
  2. Divide mint leaves evenly in 4 glasses. Add a half of the frozen raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Muddle with the back of a spoon just to break up the juices.
  3. Fill each glass almost to the top with crushed ice. Pour in even amounts of the kombucha, energy drink and blackberry juice.
  4. Using your swizzle stick (or a small bar spoon) hold the stick between the palms of your hands and rotate the stick rapidly by sliding your hands back and forth. Now you’re swizzling!
  5. Garnish with the remaining fruit and serve immediately.

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