Spicy Pineapple Mint + Passionfruit Margs

It's that time of year again: fruits in season, sun is scorching, kids are out of school and bbq's are in full swing. 

What better beverage than a cold citrus margarita to celebrate this awesome time of year? Or maybe even passionfruit margaritas? How good does that sound? Tangy but sweet and earthy and fresh?

recipe alert! fresh spicy pineapple margs + passionfruit lemon margs. Plant-based #vegan recipes. #purekitchenblog

These tropical margarita recipes are extra special because they are easy to make, inexpensive, super unique and taste tested (and of course approved). The unique flavor combinations - of pineapple with lime and a chili rim and passionfruit with grapefruit, lemon and cane sugar - make for a great conversation starter as well.  Mmmmmmm.

recipe alert! fresh spicy pineapple margs + passionfruit lemon margs. Plant-based #vegan recipes. #purekitchenblog
recipe alert! fresh spicy pineapple margs + passionfruit lemon margs. Plant-based #vegan recipes. #purekitchenblog

This summer I started taking a plant-based nutrition course as well. It's been so fun to listen to all these PhDs, MDs and RDs finally talking disease prevention and reversal through a plant-based diet. The science is finally there guys and things are definitely changing in the world of disease research and medicine. I'm so excited to share some of the things I'm learning, so stay tuned. 

One of the things I do know and always have known is that occasional adult beverages aren't what's making you fat or giving you disease. The stress of worrying about drinking a margarita or two is quite worse. It's the high fat foods that's hurting us. 

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Blah blah, in the meantime, grab a friend like I did (she's so cute right, see above, her name is Hannah), whip up some fresh tropical margaritas, sit by the pool, have some great long conversations and let the kids run wild. 

Those types of days are the best if you ask me...and it's what childhood and parenthood is all about. You don't need to entertain your kids every second or take them on lavish vacations or worry about them not doing enough this Summer! Just being around you and with other kids doing silly kid stuff are memories they will cherish as well. 

Note these margarita recipes are not exact cups, they are ratios. I hope it's not too confusing but it's easier in the sense that it's applicable for those making larger batches or those who want just one marg. 

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Fresh Margarita Recipes

Ratio for strong marks is 1:1 alcohol : juice meaning if you have one cup of fresh juice, you have one cup of alcohol. Also feel free to swap tequila or vodka here. 

Spicy Jalapeno Mint Pineapple

Fresh Citrus Margaritas 2 recipes: spicy pineapple mint + grapefruit passionfruit.

INGREDIENTS

Juice

Alcohol:

Garnish:

  • fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • fresh jalapeño, chopped 

Rim:

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the citrus juice you want to use fresh limes and lemons. You can use a hand squeezer as I like to do or an electric citrus juicer. Combine equal parts citrus juice and equal parts pineapple juice. Add the agave or simple syrup to taste. Usually a Tbls or so per cup of juice. 
  2. Next, you'll want to combine the tequila and cointreau in a separate measuring cup. I like to use a splash of cointreau for every cup of tequila. So if you're using 2 cups of tequila then 1/4 cup of cointreau will be perfect. Combine equal parts of this alcohol mixture to equal parts of the fresh juice mixture. 
  3. For example, if you have 3 cups of juice in a bowl, add 3 cups of the alcohol mixture to the juice for a total of 6 cups. 
  4. In a separate dish you will want to muddle/mash up the chopped jalapeño and the mint leaves using a spoon or a cocktail muddler
  5. Combine all of the above together. 
  6. On a plate you'll want to combine salt and mexican chili powder. Using lime or lemon that you already squeezed, wet the rim of your glasses and then gently dip into the salt chili mixture. Add ice to the glass and using a strainer, pour the margarita mixture over the ice. 
  7. Serve immediately. Or freeze mixture until ready to consume. 

Passionfruit Citrus Margs

INGREDIENTS

Juice

  • grapefruit juice
  • lemon juice
  • lime juice
  • agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste

Alcohol:

  • tequila of choice

Garnish:

  • passionfruit

Rim:

  • sugar (fine or chunky)

  • margarita or real sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the citrus juice you want to use fresh limes, grapefruits and lemons. You can use a hand squeezer as I like to do or an electric citrus juicer. I chose to use mainly grapefruit juice with just a few splashes of lime and lemon. Add the agave or simple syrup to taste. Usually a Tbls or so per cup of juice. 
  2. Next, you'll want to combine the tequila with the juice. Combine equal parts alcohol mixture to equal parts of the fresh juice mixture. 
  3. For example, if you have 3 cups of juice in a bowl, add 3 cups of tequila to the juice for a total of 6 cups. 
  4. Add the passionfruit. This part gets a tad trickier portion wise but you'll basically want to add half a passionfruit to each margarita. I would probably do 1 passionfruit per 3 cups of mixture. 
  5. Combine all of the above together gently. 
  6. On a plate you'll want to combine salt and sugar. Using lime or lemon that you already squeezed, wet the rim of your glasses and then gently dip rim into the sugar salt mixture. Add ice to the glass and then simply pour the margarita mixture over the ice. 
  7. Serve immediately or store in freezer until ready to serve. Tip: If you make this ahead and freeze the mixture long enough you don't have to use as much ice when serving. 

To-die-for Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte

Not eating meat isn't all that difficult; even forgoing dairy has become pretty darn easy after all these years. BUT, the one place that seems to be so difficult for me and many others is at the coffee shops. You know what I'm talking about. Soy milk lattes just aren't very good, let's face it. And most coffee shops use commercial processed almond or soy milks. Even at home the alternative coffee creamers don't compare to the creaminess of half and half. 

Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte | Vegan #plantbased

Lucky for me there is a place in town that makes the most amazing dairy-free and organic lattes. They make their own almond and macadamia nut milks from scratch. Yes, you read that right. And the latte art is extremely impressive. There is this one drink I crave on the daily and it's called the Turkish Latte. They call it this not because of the coffee itself but because of the key spice they add: cardamom. 

And the second secret to this latte is the type of cardamom they use. Inner seeds only ground cardamom! This gives the cardamom a very special flavor. It does help that their coffee/espresso is top notch (something you can't really mimic at home) but for the most part after a few tries I think I nailed the homemade version of this delicious latte. 

And I hope that this Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte recipe will make you happy again about your morning coffee, despite there being zero dairy.    

hazelnut milk cardamom latte | vegan plant-based homemade recipe

Hazelnut milk can be made at home but it might not froth as well as this brand. If you haven't already heard about Elmhurst (they did not pay me to write this or send me free product, this is my own opinion) plant-based milks, you should read their story. They used to be one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast, supplying a metropolitan area of seven million people. Recently Elmhurst has made a major shift to lead the plant-based revolution. Now simply called Elmhurst, its minimally processed nutmilks are just as nutritious and pure as its famous conventional milk, with none of the emulsifiers, thickeners or stabilizers used in other leading brands.

Hazelnut Milk Lattes with cardamom and sugar! | Recipe is vegan plant-based homemade

Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte Recipe

Yields 1 latte

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnut milk
  • 1 tsp can sugar (or agave nectar or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp inner seed ground cardamom 
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/3 cup super strong pour over coffee (I prefer this)

Directions

  1. Make your espresso or strong coffee either way you prefer. I use the pour over coffee method with finely ground coffee beans. This gives the coffee a super black color and strong flavor. Or you can use your espresso pod machine or whatnot, to yield 2 shots of espresso. 
  2. Meanwhile, pour the hazelnut milk into the milk frother. There are many options for frothing milk. I prefer this one (click here). But you can use this one (click method) or this method (click here). Forth milk following the directions of the machine you choose.  
  3. Add sweetener and cardamom to the hot coffee or espresso. Stir with a spoon. 
  4. Lastly, pour the frothy foamy milk into the hot coffee. And voila. You have a perfect hazelnut milk latte. You can stir if you'd like to get the flavors well mixed. 
  5. Serve/drink immediately. 

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Your Basic Golden Milk

Are you tired of afternoon lattes, hot green tea or pumpkin chai yet? I am! So today I'm sharing with you my recipe for something called Turmeric or aka "Golden" milk. It's basically a ginger turmeric tea makeover. This time with a twist of pepper and milk. 

The Golden milk recipe is strong in color and flavor, hence the name. I used a pretty hefty spoonful of turmeric spice and the fresh root as well. Ginger gives it some added spice and the vanilla is nutty and earthy. The pepper adds an addicting spice. After you make this tea a few times try using it as a base for more advanced tonics. Adding mushroom powders and other supplements turns this tea into an immune booster super hero type beverage. I added powdered green coffee and mushroom powder to mine today. 

The fist time I made this milk I remember feeling really hot - like a crazy heat in my upper chest and head. Instantly my whole body felt kind of tingly and warm. 

But the real benefit of this tea comes from the antioxidant properties

It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine. It's also been used to make the skin look healthy by boosting the elasticity. 

These are just some of the health benefits of drinking turmeric milk.

I add the pepper to help with absorption. The combination is a perfect afternoon pick me up and it's perfect during a cold and cough. 

Warming Turmeric Ginger Milk

Yields 2 mugs

INGREDIENTS

  • 20 oz fresh homemade almond or cashew milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger spice
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper spice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (or 1/2 Tbls cane sugar)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small pot add all of the above ingredients. 
  2. Heat on medium heat until it's just about boiling.
  3. Whisk everything as it heats, making sure it all mixes up well.
  4. Strain out the chunks.
  5. Serve hot. 

I have another pic of this milk tonic on instagram. <--- Follow me if you don't already. And if you feel like making this milk, tag me on insta with a pic. I would LOVE it. @julinovotny is my Instagram name. 

And feel free to pin the image above - I added graphics to make it perfect for the platform. 

Happy Weekend everybody!

xoxo 

Juli