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Elderflower Coridal (Elderflower Syrup)

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

 A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy!  Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

When I think of a refreshing Spring drink, the first thing that comes to mind is elderflower cordial. It is such an essential refreshment during this time of year.

I don’t make it often, though. My parents-in-law make a ton every year. They give another ton to us. Sorry for exaggeration but it’s really a huge amount! If I made more, I don’t think we’d drink anything else during the year.

If you’ve read my Guide to seasonal eating you know I’m all about preserving food that’s in abundance for other times of the year. If you haven’t picked the guide yet, you can get it here. Elderflowers are in full bloom over here in Slovenia. They are a bit late this year as most of the flowers and foods. If you have them too, go ahead and pick some and make some elderflower cordial. It’ll last you through Winter!

I was so excited to see the blossoms that I just had to go and make a batch of the cordial 🙂

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

So, what makes the elderflower syrup so special, you ask?

I say it’s the flowery flavor and the added citrus zing. And it is so versatile. You can drink it diluted with water or sparkling water or make a cocktail or mocktail. But here’s the thing, you can use it in baking. I love elderflower desserts. I put elderflower in cookies and cakes all the time!

Let me know in the comments below, what is your favorite way to use elderflowers?

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

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Elderflower Cordial

Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 20 elderflower heads
  • 1 l water (4 1/4 cups)
  • 1 kg sugar (5 cups)
  • 2 organic lemons cut in slices
  • 1 tsp citric acid (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove any insects from the elderflower blossoms. Do not wash them!

  2. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

  3. Place the elderflowers and lemon slices into a large container (or a pot) and pour the syrup over the lderflowers and lemons. Cover and let steep for 24 hours at room temperature or in the frige.

  4. Strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve lined with a cheesecloth or a paper towel and add citric acid. Stir well then pour the syrup into sterilized bottles or jars.

  5. Once opened store the bottle in the fridge.

Notes

The citric acid adds flavor and acts as a preservative to make the syrup keep longer. You can find it in any grocery store. You can also omit it and simply add some lemon juice instead. 

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

Mango Margarita Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos? I sure do!

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

Hey, it’s been a LOOOOOONG time. Way to long. 

I’ve missed posting here so much. I’ve kicked myself in the rear end this week and made a plan for a few future recipes. Hopefully, I can see them through! Baby Jernej is not so little anymore. He’s standing on his own now, crawling all around the place, exploring the world and filling our hearts with all kinds of joy. If you wanna see what’s going on in our personal life head on to my personal Instagram account

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

And now to the recipe. Today is National Margarita Day and I made a non-alcoholic mango margarita smoothie.

I’d say cheers, but it’s long gone.

There’s something about mangos in smoothies. Puréed mangos give such a nice smooth texture to drinks. They are one of my favorite fruits to put in smoothies, besides avocados. All due to the texture. Okay, and flavor too 😀 What are yours?

Since becoming a mom, maintaining a healthy diet has been so hard. The biggest problem for me is forgetting to eat, which I find super weird and annoying. And that’s why recipes like this are super important… Simple, easy and done in no time. I’m planning on sharing a few other recipes suitable for mom’s with little time to prep and also for little kids to enjoy. Btw, baby J tried the mango margarita smoothie and he approves 😀

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

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Mango Margarita Smoothie

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (chilled)
  • 3 oranges (chilled)
  • 2 limes (chilled)
  • salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel mango and juice oranges and limes and blend all until smooth.

  2. Run a lime wedge around the outside of a glass and dip the rim in some salt for garnish and taste. Pour in the smoothie.

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

Refreshing Vanilla Strawberry Iced Tea

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea – perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

 A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days! 

I’ve made this delicious drink last week while baking the strawberry cake for my birthday. My birthday is on March 22nd and it just happens that that’s also World Water Day. I love that! I love water! Water is also my absolute favorite drink in the entire world, besides tea. I don’t actually know anyone who would drink as much tea as I do.

I’m gonna be honest with you – tea can get boring at times. Adding fruits and some ice will do the trick though. Makes it refreshing and adds a bunch of vitamins to your drink. Since I was already making the strawberry cake last week I figured why not make a strawberry iced tea. I had a ton of strawberries anyway.

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over rooibos tea, which I find so nice and sweet with a slight vanilla flavor. Besides my daily three cups of raspberry leaf tea this is the one tea I drink the most. Since it’s getting quite warm over here, I’m drinking it cold. And GUESS WHAT it’s a perfect match for strawberries. It really is! And since I’m loving the mild vanilla flavor in the rooibos, I added more vanilla, ‘cuz WHY NOT?

Yay, my favorite refreshing iced tea was born 😀

Let me know if you try it and think the same!

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

Regarding the prego belly. It’s still here and the baby is still very and I mean VERY lively. Doesn’t seem to want to come out any time soon, but we never know. I’m hoping for April 1st!

Seems like the last month my sweet cravings have gone over the roof. I’m eating more junk than ever and feeling so so regretful about that. I should probably stop feeling like that, because it doesn’t really do much good. I still eat junk if I feel like it. Okay, I’ve kindda managed to keep myself away from nutella. Kindda… I make pancakes for breakfast just to have an excuse to eat Nutella. Otherwise I have like five slices of bread with butter and honey for breakfast. Okay, honey is now bad, but the amount of honey is. Trust me five slices full of dripping honey is too much. But I guess the cravings will go aways eventually 🙂

Did I mention there’s honey in the strawberry iced tea? Of course there is, duh 😛

I’ve also managed to do some gardening. I’ve tranfered my little tomato seedlings to bigger pots, so they’ll have enough room to grow. The truth is, we have to buy tomatoes by the middle of July, sometimes even more. It’s seems so unfair. I’m looking at the growing plants for months before the tomatoes go red. It always seems like the wait is way too long, although totally worth it. Okay, I’m babbling. I’ll stop now.

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

That’s all for now! By the time I post another recipe I might be writing with one hand full of baby cuteness. If you don’t hear from me for a while, you know what happened 😉

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A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!
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Refreshing Vanilla Strawberry Iced Tea

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 250 g strawberries
  • 600 ml water
  • 4 tsp red rooibos tea
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla seeds (from one vanilla pod)

Instructions

  1. In a big saucepan boil water and add red rooibos tea and steep covered for 10 minutes. After the tea has finnished steeping strain it into a big jug.

  2. Uncover and leave to cool.

  3. Meanwhile, remove strawberry stems and discard. Place the strawberries in a blender and make a smooth purée. If you prefer your purée to be without the tiny pits, strain it through a fine strainer.

  4. When the tea has cooled down to almost room temperature add honey and mix well. Add strawberry purée and vanilla, mix well and pour into glasses filled with ice.

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie

This blueberry matcha smoothie is full of antioxidants and a perfect energy boost for the morning. It’s a delicious healthy vegan, dairy free and gluten free green smoothie with blueberry mash. So good!

Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie. This blueberry matcha smoothie is full of antioxidants and a perfect energy boost for the morning. It's a delicious healthy vegan, dairy free and gluten free green smoothie with blueberry mash. So good! | www.useyournoodles.eu

I’m getting so excited about spring and can’t wait for everything to go green. We’re already able to waste our time outside in nothing else but a sweater. Remember my love of balcony life. Well, here it is! I can almost smell spring 😀 Winter this year sucked, almost no snow… I mean it was cold, which is okay by me, but no snow. Come on, that’s just unfair!

Yeah, yeah, I’ll stop complaining 😉

This spring will bring a new little cuddling creature to our life, so there’s really nothing to complain about. Only one more month to go, but I’m hoping sooner 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you little baby! These past 8 months went by really fast, I got very attached to my big belly and the very intesnse baby kicks. I’m begining to think this baby will be a kickboxer or something. I remember reading about having to count kicks if the baby is not moving enough and then I think is there also something like kicking too much?! Probably not 🙂

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Back to the recipe!

With the spring knocking on the door, the season of some new green leaf veggies is starting and I’m able to add them to my green smoothies. I got hold of some really nice fresh spinach last week and I couldn’t resist to make a delicious smoothie for breakfast. There are still some frozen wild blueberries in the freezer, which I love for breakfast. In the winter I heat them up and pour over the pancakes with some yogurt. Yum!

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Ok, ok, back to the smoothie. So I named this drink matcha smoothie, because I added a little for some nice morning tea feeling. Mmm, cozy 🙂 I don’t know why exactly, but for me drinking matcha – in any form – is like a warm hug. Even if I drink it cold.

I couldn’t resist but adding some lime juice to this almost-spring-celebrating smoothie. Delicious! 🙂 It’s sweetened with honey, which you probably already know is my favorite sweetener 🙂

Now I’m anxiously waiting for strawberries, especially wild strawberries to make strawberry layer cakes and elderflower to make some cookies. With a little bit of luck, the baby and I will be well enough by the time those two are in season and we’ll be strolling through forests searching for these beauties 🙂

Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie. This blueberry matcha smoothie is full of antioxidants and a perfect energy boost for the morning. It's a delicious healthy vegan, dairy free and gluten free green smoothie with blueberry mash. So good! | www.useyournoodles.eu

And now here’s the recipe, finally. This matcha smoothie is packed with antioxidants and contains a bunch of cashews and an avocado so it will leave you fed for a while. Cheers!

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Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie. This blueberry matcha smoothie is full of antioxidants and a perfect energy boost for the morning. It's a delicious healthy vegan, dairy free and gluten free green smoothie with blueberry mash. So good! | www.useyournoodles.eu
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Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 50 g spinach (or a big handful)
  • 4 tsp matcha powder
  • juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
  • 3 TBSP honey (or other sweetener for vegan version)
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Mix everything except blueberries in a blender until smooth. If the smoothie is to thick add more water.

  2. Place blueberries in two glasses and mash them gently with a spoon or a mortar.

  3. Pour the green smoothie over mashed blueberries and enjoy!

Antioxidant Packed Blueberry Matcha Smoothie. This blueberry matcha smoothie is full of antioxidants and a perfect energy boost for the morning. It's a delicious healthy vegan, dairy free and gluten free green smoothie with blueberry mash. So good! | www.useyournoodles.eu

Sparkling Pomelo Ginger Shandy (Virgin And Not So Virgin)

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

What do you do when you can’t have booze? Make something out of beer.

Yeah, yeah, I know many of you will say beer without alcohol is not beer at all and you might be right. Some of them taste…hmmm. How should I put it? Miserable.

But when you’re pregnant and can’t have alcohol, trust me, it’s much easier to like non-alcoholic beer. Some brands make very good ones, but I’ve also had one that tasted like a chewing gum. Uhm, not so good!

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

Well, it was about time to make another drink recipe, since it’s been a while now. I’m all about citruses during this winter. I don’t think I’ve eaten so many oranges and mandarins at any point in my life and a big squeeze of lemon in a glass of water is a total must. I haven’t had any pomelo, so I thought I’d put it in a sparkling beer drink with some spicy ginger and have a pomelo ginger shandy.

Pomelo is such an awesome fruit, it’s sweet like a grapefruit, but doesn’ have the bitterness, which is great for a beer drink, since beer is already bitter. 

On top of all the pomelo juice, the ginger gives the drink a little heat and warms you up 🙂 That’s why I love ginger!

And pretty much everything about this drink 😀

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This pomelo ginger shandy is such a nice refreshing drink for the lazy days leading to spring, sitting in the sun on a balcony wrapped in a warm blanket. Listening to bird singing starting again, such a lovely time. I’m getting sentimental.

Our balcony life (yeah, this should totally be a title of a movie) is gone during the winter, but when the sun starts to become warmer and the days get longer, we start hanging out on the balcony again. During the spring and summer it’s where we eat, play board games, read and do pretty much everything. Like, who needs the indoors, anyway?!

So, I’m very happy with the longer not so freezing cold days 🙂

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

And I’m happy to have this non-alcoholic drink, which can also be alcoholic, whatever you prefer. It’s a great way to pimp up your favorite beer and add some fruitiness 🙂

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Sparkling Pomelo Ginger Shandy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Simple ginger syrup

  • 4 TBSP cane sugar
  • 3 TBSP grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TBSP pomelo zest
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice

Pomelo Ginger Shandy

  • 500 ml pomelo juice (juicing described in the instructions)
  • 500 ml lager beer (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Instructions

Simple ginger syrup:

  1. Add all ingredients to a mortar and make a smooth paste.

Juicing pomelo:

  1. Pomelo is a big fruit and it's hard to juice it on a regular juicer. I peel the pomelo and remove the thin white skins, then blend it in a blender for a minute or two and use a nut milk bag or a tea towel to squeeze out the juice.

Pomelo ginger shandy:

  1. Mix together pomelo juice and simple ginger syrup, pour into glasses and add beer.

 This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Sober Festive Sangria

I love non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and Christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

Anyone up for a festive drink?

I know, I know, it’s not Christmas yet, but we’re slowly getting in the mood. I’m already making plans for Christmas baking and seeing some lovely Christmas market. Oh, I love those! I’m not a fan of crowded places, but Christmas markets are an exception. They don’t really make sense if you’re there all alone. The great thing about them is the smell. The smell of spices and sugar accompanied by Christmas lights and friends. 

I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

I don’t know if you guys remember, but I’ve been angry about Christmas stuff being in the stores and on the streets way too early in one of the last years post. I’m over it this year… can’t really wait for December to come with all its perks. 

So super excited about the almost festive time I made this very simple festive sangria with pear juice. If you prefer apple juice, that’s fine, use it. Or make it half-half. It’s not really a stick-to-it-100% type of recipe, you can totally make it your own. I’m using pear juice because I love it and I don’t drink it that often. It’s kindda hard to get in the stores, so juicing fresh pears is often the only way to go. I cheated this time 😉

Alcohol lovers, there’s none in the recipe, but if you’re up for a boozy version, you can try adding wine or some fruit liqueur.

I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

Now, obviously there are winter spices in here! OBVIOUSLY. You can’t go without 🙂

I added some cinnamon sticks, star anises and cloves for that Christmasy feel and some ginger and peppercorns for a nice spicy kick. I just realised there probably aren’t many thing I don’t put peppercorn in, some baked goods and some cocktails, otherwise it’s there. All the time. It’s getting worse with the pregnancy, I simply can’t eat anything witout it. And apparently, I can’t drink it either. Remember the Mulled Mandarin Juice. You can find those there, too 🙂

You might think I’m crazy, but they actually make a big difference, so please please don’t leave them out. Or at least don’t tell me 😛

I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time. I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

The fun thing about this recipe is, you make it a day ahead and when you’re ready to party, take it out of the fridge, add some sparkling water and you’re on 😀

I love simple and quick recipes!


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Sober Festive Sangria
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups pear juice
  2. 2 cups sparkling water
  3. 2 pears
  4. 2 apples
  5. 2 oranges
  6. 1 pomegranate
  7. 3 cinnamon sticks
  8. 3 star anises
  9. 6 slices of ginger
  10. 1 tsp peppercorns
  11. 5 cloves
Instructions
  1. Slice pears, apples and oranges into 3mm slices or chunks as big as you like.
  2. Remove seeds from pomegranate.
  3. Place all fruit, cinnamon sticks, star anises, ginger, peppercorns and cloves in a big bowl or a jar and pour over pear juice.
  4. Keep in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Before serving add cold sparkling water.
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I love a non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and christmas spices. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time.

I love non-alcoholic festive sangria, especially when it tastes like winter with all its beautiful mixed fruits and Christmas spices. It's the easiest thing in the world to do and you can prepare it ahead of time. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Mulled Mandarin Juice

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

I really hope y’all love mandarins as much as I do. They’ve been my main food these days. A nasty cold decided to haunt me, but I was prepared…

With tons of mandarins. I mean I probably ate a few kilos of them. And I’m not exaggerating at all! I’m feeling much better now and ready to bring you another awesome recipe.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Inspired by mulled wine and apple cider, I decided to give warm drinks a little twist. I’ve added mandarins to those two drinks before, but never tried cooking mandarin juice on its own. And man, I’m sorry I didn’t!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love mulled apple cider, but it needs lots of lemon to reduce the sweetness. Well, not mandarins. Especially the sour ones. Which are my favorites, btw 🙂 There’s just a little honey or any other sweetness necessary in this recipe, or if you prefer sour drinks like me, you can omit that.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Now that we got this straight, let’s talk spices.

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, peppercorn and star anis. That’s what I used. It’s basically what I usually used in mulled drinks, sometimes I play with flavors and add someting new, but being ill and all, I wished for something very homey and familiar. Something to make me feel like a little baby 😀

And it made me so happy I just had to share this recipe with you. I have a feeling mulled mandarin juice is gonna be my everyday drink now. Since being pregnant means, I have to be careful with what kinds of teas I drink, I was also out of warm drink options. This will be perfect to spice things up.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

A little secret. I have a feeling rum would go awesomely with mulled mandarin juice, so if you can drink alcohol, try adding it after cooking. And let me know how it was 😛

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

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I want to hear everything about your other favorite winter drinks in the comments below.

And if you want to boost your immunity, so you don’t get a cold like I did, try some Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea.

Mulled Mandarin Juice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 600 ml (3 cups) freshly squeezed mandarin juice (from about 1 kg of mandarins)
  2. 600 ml (3 cups) water
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 10 cloves
  5. 4 slices of ginger
  6. 10 peppercorns
  7. 2 star anises
  8. 1-2 TBSP honey or other sweetener (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and serve hot.
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Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Minty Watermelon Slushie Drink

A simple, 2-ingredient refreshing watermelon slushie drink with mint.

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Hi, there!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I’ve had a bad gum infection with one week of high fever. I couldn’t eat anything but blended food. Luckily it’s almost over and I can tranfer to harder food. I’m totally feeling like a little baby while I’m writing this 🙂

So I was living of drinks like this watermelon slushie or roasted peach and strawberry fizz. Not complaining, but I wouldn’t mind biting into some chrisp bacon 🙂

A simple, 2-ingredient refreshing watermelon slushie drink with mint.

We’ve been having beautiful sunny summer days over here. Like perfect day, not to hot, not to rainy. Just perfect. Note: I was resting inside with fever. Not complainging, no.

And what says summer like a nice big juicy watermelon. It is perfect as is, but it’s even more amazing in combination with fresh mint. Trust me, you’re gonna be a huge fan when you try it!

I mean, look at this intensive red color. Like you can resist… I know I can’t. Wait a second, I’m gonna go whip one up.

Use Your Noodles - Minty Watermelon Slushie Drink

Done!

It’s so easy and the best part is, you don’t even need to remove the seeds. The seeds of the watermelon are packed with vitamins and minerals. It would be such a waste to remove them.

I’m usually throwing the seeds out, because they are to hard to eat, but if you blend the watermelon that’s not really necessary.

And you thought you would have to work for this drink 😉

Use Your Noodles - Minty Watermelon Slushie Drink

How to make this delicious watermelon slushie drink?

Easier done than said. Yup, throw chilled watermelon chunks and a few mint springs in a blender and you’ll get a super refreshing drink in seconds.

That’s pretty much it. Throw in awesome looking garnish and relax 🙂

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Minty Watermelon Slushie Drink
Serves 4
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 kg watermelon chunks, refrigerated for several hours
  2. 10 mint springs
Instructions
  1. Blend watermelon chunks and mint in a blender to get a smooth thick juice.
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Use Your Noodles - Minty Watermelon Slushie Drink

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Red Currant, Orange & Mint Mojitos

Perfectly refreshnig comfort summer drinks red currant, orange and mint mojitos!

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Let’s have a drink!

I’m having one for sure. Hopefully, tomorrow my splint is coming off and that’s a big reason for celebration. It’s about time, I’m not really fond of walking on three legs 😛

So join me for a glass of delicious summer cocktail. One sip and you won’t be able to stop. 

Perfectly refreshnig comfort summer drinks - red currant, orange and mint mojitos!

We love hanging out on our balcony listening to the birds in the cherry tree, playing board games, eating scrumptious chocolate brownies and drinking refreshing fruity drinks. One of our favorite summer drinks is mojito. In any form. We usually drink a traditional lime and mint mojitos, but sometimes we make some changes. Like adding other seasonal fruit.

There’s a big bush of red currants behind the house, full of perfectly sweet and sour tiny fruits 🙂 So I replaced lime with red currant and got a super delicious and refreshing mojito. I added some freshly squeezed orange for some sweetness and the citrusy taste. The combo of red currant and orange is not something I’ve tried before, but I must admit they make a wonderful pair.

Mental note to self – make cookies!

Use Your Noodles - Red Currant, Orange & Mint Mojitos

What I like about this cocktail recipe is the colour. If you’ve seen my other recipes, you’ve probably guessed that I like my food colourful 🙂 and seasonal 🙂

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To make these lip-smacking red currant, orange and mint mojitos all you need is some fresh fruit, a bottle of rum, sparkling water and mint. And of course lots of ice!

The recipe calls for fresh red currants, that you blend into a puree, which means you keep all of the goodies from the fruit. If you don’t mind about the little seeds, you don’t need to strain the puree.

Now, let’s get the party started!

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Red Currant, Orange & Mint Mojito
Serves 4
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Mojitos
  1. 2 cups red currants, stems removed
  2. 2 cups orange juice, freshly squeezed
  3. 1/2 - 3/4 cups white rum
  4. 3 cups sparkling water
  5. 2 tsp unrefined cane sugar (Optional)
  6. handful of mint
  7. abundance of crushed ice
Garnish
  1. 1/4 cup red currants
  2. 4 mint springs
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend red currants to get a pureé.
  2. Use a muddler to crush mint to release the mint oils. Add 2 TBSP orange juice and unrefined cane sugar and muddle a little more.
  3. Divide red currant pureé into 4 glasses, add ice, mint mixture, remaining orange juice, white rum and sparkling water.
  4. Decorate and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Mocktail version: Replace rum with orange juice.
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Also try these tasty summer drinks:

Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail With Rosemary And Ginger

Roasted Peach And Strawberry Fizz

Use Your Noodles - Red Currant, Orange & Mint Mojitos

Use Your Noodles - Red Currant, Orange & Mint Mojitos

Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz

Delightful spring mocktail – roasted peach and strawberry fizz!

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Yey, so excited about this recipe!!!

This drink to me is like pie. You know the feeling, when you take out a pie and all the syrupy juices are sizzling around the fruit? And the smell… so good 🙂 This is like a pie in a glass 🙂 

And I love it!

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz!

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz! Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz!

This roasted peach and strawberry fizz is soooo simple. Sometimes, I can’t belive, how many great thing you can do, with so little. This is definitely one of them! 🙂

All you’ll need to do is cut peaches and strawberries in half, roast them and blend them. Then add a little apple juice, preferably homemade or organic, and some sprakling water. And there it is.

A perfect spring drink!

While we’re on the spring subject. Spring has been awfull this year in Slovenia. Ugh, my tomato, pepper and chilli plants are barely holding on in thir tiny cups, just waiting to be planted outside.

But its so COLD. I mean, I make drinks like this, just to feel like it’s spring. It’s a crime!

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

But good news… Today it is sunny and we’re having a big picnic party for my brother’s and friend’s 30th birthday.

Lots of people, lots of good food, beer, friends. That’s what I call spring. Hopefuly, the weather will hold and let us have the party we deserve 🙂

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

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Now, go on… try the the recipe 🙂

Roasted Peach And Strawberry Fizz
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 peaches
  2. 600 g strawberries
  3. 1 1/2 cup apple juice
  4. 1 1/2 sparkling water
  5. abundance of crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C.
  2. Cut peaches in half and remove the pit. Cut strawberries in half. Place the fruit on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for 25 minutes.
  3. Take the tray out and leave to cool for 10 minutes or more.
  4. Remove the skins from peaches and blend the flesh together with apple juice in a blender to get a smooth pureé.
  5. Blend the strawberries separately.
  6. Divide the strawberry pureé into 6 glasses and add ice. Pour the peach and apple juice mixture over ice and add sparkling water.
  7. Serve immediately.
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Also try this refreshing drink:

Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail with Ginger and Rosemary

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail with Ginger and Rosemary

A cold grapefruit-lime cocktail with ginger and rosemary to take you to your favourite beach!

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Have you ever sat down in a nice cozy chair on a sandy beach somewhere far far away, having a waiter bringing you a cocktail whenever you ran out of the previous one. If your answer is YES – you’ve got my admiration and a bit of jealousy 😉 . I haven’t done that yet, but it is on my THINGS-TO-DO-BEFORE-I-DIE LIST. Until then, I’m making my own coctails, or if I’m feeling extra adventurous, I’ll go out and order a mojito!

This cocktail I’m showing you today is not a mojito, but it also contains white rum. Yum, right?

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Well, being a fan of sunny days and cold drinks, it’s kinda hard to watch out of my window. You guessed it right – it’s raining. Blah…

Luckily, I have a whole fridge of these delicious grapefruit-lime coctails in my fridge. 

Let me tell you, where the hidden trick is. It’s all in the ginger and rosemery syrup. It’s a syrup that you can prepare in advance and keep in the fridge for a week, so you’ll have it on hand, whenever you feel like having a drink. It’s a pretty simple syrup. You boil the water with ginger and rosemary let steep and add some honey. 

I’m not a fan of super sweet cocktails, unless that’s because of the actual sweetness of the fruit. I normally use honey or unrefined cane sugar, because I love how they make everything taste caramely.

Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary

Why do I love this recipe so much? Because it is as delicious in a mocktail version as in the one shown in the recipe. Simply omit white rum or replace it with sparkling water and you got yourself an everyday treat!

Are you thirsty already? I sure am! 🙂

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Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ginger and rosemary syrup
  1. big chunk of ginger (~30g)
  2. 10 small rosemary stems (~10g)
  3. 4 TBSP honey
Grapefruit-lime cocktail
  1. 2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  2. 1 cup lime juice
  3. 1 cup ginger and rosemary syrup
  4. 1/2 - 3/4 cup white rum
  5. abundance of crushed ice
Decoration
  1. 4 stems of rosemary
  2. a slice of pink grapefruit, cut in quarters
Instructions
  1. Ginger and rosemary syrup: Cut ginger in thin slices and vigorously roll rosemary between your hands. Place them in a smal saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes add honey.
  3. Grapefruit-Lime Coctail: Pour grapefruit and lime juices in 4 glasses. Add ice, almost to the top of the glass. Pour over the ginger and rosemary syrup, and white rum.
  4. Decorate with stems of rosemary and slices of grapefruit.
Notes
  1. The recipe for the syrup is for 4 glasses. If you are making a batch, you can multiply it.
  2. Mocktail version: Omit the white rum or replace it with sparkling water.
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Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary

Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary

Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

The cold weather can sometimes get to us. But not with this immune-boosting turmeric tea with elderlower and some other amazing healthy ingredients.

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We got a little snowy surprise yesterday, so I ran out to shoot my immune-boosting elderflower turmeric tea. I was soaking wet in a matter of minutes, but luckily I had this (already cold) tea right at my hand. 🙂

Let me tell you what’s in this tea. Only good stuff, I promise. 

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There’s elderflower, one of my favourite kinds of tea. I pick it myself in spring and keep it airtight for whole year. It’s amazing for your immune system and for detoxifying your body. Another great ingredient – thyme. We usually use it in cooking, but it taste amazing in teas. Just be careful not to add too much or your tea might taste like soup. You can excange it for wild thyme, in that case you should double the amount, because it is milder. Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home, so I suggest you head to a gardening store this spring and get a thyme plant.

Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

This tea gets its colour mostly from turmeric. I used to hate the taste of turmeric, it kind of felt strange and too strong. But as I introduced it little by little it grew on me. Now, I love it! In cooking and in tea making. So turmeric tea in any form is amazing and super beneficial. And if you add some pepper to it, your body can absorb the good stuff much better. Ok, we got to honey. We all know honey is so much better than white sugar, because it contains lots of vitamins and minerals. But, buying just any honey at the supermarket is wasteful. It has probably been heated over 40 °C to remain liquid, but that also means it has lost a lot of its functions. Try to find a local producer that doesn’t heat honey. My favourite is linden honey.

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Like all other ingredients in this tea ginger is mindblowingly good for immune system and so much more covering from cancer to weight loss. And here’s our last ingredient – lemon. If you were like me, lemon was the first thing your parents gave when you were ill. And it was for a good reason.

There you have it, my immune-boosting elderflower turmeric tea. Helpful if you are ill, but also a good way to keep your health in check!

Head on to the recipe and let me know what kind of tea do you like to drink to boost your immunity system in the comment section.


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Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea
Serves 2
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups boiling water
  2. 2 cups room temerature water
  3. 2 heap tsp dried elderflower
  4. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  5. 1 tsp honey
  6. 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  7. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  8. pinch of black pepper
  9. 1 TBSP lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put dried elderflower and thyme in a tea infuser and steep it in boiling water for 5 minutes. Keep it covered.
  2. Remove the infuser and add room temperature water, honey, turmeric, ginger, black pepper and lemon juice. Stir well and pour into cups.
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