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G&B Coffee’s Almond-Macadamia Milk

Pure almond milk can have a flavor that competes with coffee’s delicate characteristics. Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville found that macadamia nuts lend a neutral richness to the milk, while providing a balance that works perfectly in their espresso drinks.

 

½ cup (50 grams) raw macadamia nuts
1½ cups (150 grams) raw almonds
1 quart filtered water
¼ cup (30 grams) pitted dates

Tools: cheesecloth or nut-milk bag, Vitamix or other blender, digital scale (optional)

 

Combine the nuts, dates and 1 cup of water in a covered container and soak overnight. Pour the nut mixture and the remaining water into a Vitamix or other blender. Blend for 30 seconds (if using a blender other than a Vitamix, increase blending time to 2 minutes). Strain through a nut-milk bag (available at many grocery stores) or 3-4 layers of cheesecloth.

 

Yield: 1 liter

 

Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville, G&B Coffee, Los Angeles


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Lucy Neilson Radys’ Drinking Chocolate

Craving a rich, thick, Chocolat-esque mug of hot chocolate? Look no further then this simple, theobroma-heavy recipe.

 

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup hot water
2 T. unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
1 2/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt

Tools: double boiler (or a non-reactive bowl and a small saucepan), whisk
Glass: your favorite mug

 

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium to low heat. I do this with the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl set over a saucepan. Remove the bowl from the pan, stir the chocolate until smooth, and then whisk in the water to blend.

 

In another bowl, stir the cocoa powder to break up any lumps, then mix in a few tablespoons of the milk to make a smooth paste. Add the rest of the liquids and the salt, mixing thoroughly.

 

Now, whisk the milk and cocoa mixture into the bowl of melted chocolate and stir until smooth, then return the mixture to the warm pan used for the double boiler (having poured out the remaining hot water first!) Stir over medium low heat until hot.

 

Lucy Neilson Radys, foodstylistlucy.com


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Isn’t It Sweet?

A mix-and-match guide to sweet tea.

 

In our July/August 2014 issue, writer Jenny Adams pens an ode to sweet tea—the sugar-sweetened summertime staple of the South. And while tradition calls for strong-brewed black tea and enough sugar to make a dentist shudder, there are plenty of ways to dress up the basic recipe. From honey to agave to maple syrup, and with plenty of fresh ingredients, here’s how we’re shaking up sweet tea this summer.

 

Basic Sweet Tea
Steep 4 tsp. black tea (or 4 teabags) in 4 cups of water for 6-8 minutes. Strain tea, stir in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Serve cold, and over ice.

 

Swap Sweeteners
Instead of granulated sugar, try swapping in these sweeteners:

 

1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp. agave nectar

 

Mix-and-Match
Using the basic sweet tea recipe as a guide, use these flavor combinations for a few modern twists:

 

Green Tea + Honey + Fresh Mint + Cucumber
Rooibos + Honey + Rosemary + Apricot
Earl Grey + Maple Syrup + Vanilla Ice Cream
Darjeeling + Maple Syrup + Pineapple + Coconut Milk
English Breakfast + Agave Nectar + Cantaloupe
Hibiscus Tea + Agave Nectar + Bing Cherries
Oolong + Agave Nectar + Fresh Ginger + Pear


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Veggie Delight

This savory tomato drink is complemented well by the sweet-tartness of kombucha. Sprinkle hot sauce to taste for a spicy kick.

 

6 tomatoes, or 1½ cups tomato juice
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
4 celery stalks
1/2 cup chopped green onion, green parts only
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup plain kombucha
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
Tools: juicer, pitcher, spoon
Glass: highball or pint
Garnish: celery stalk

 

Run the tomatoes, green pepper, red pepper, celery, green onion, and cilantro through a juice according to the manufacturers instructions. Pour the finished juice into a pitcher along with the ½ cup of kombucha. Add salt and hot sauce to taste. Serve the juice as-is, or add a shot of vodka for a fresh, tangy Bloody Mary. Garnish if desired.

 

Reprinted with permission from Kombucha Revolution by Stephen Lee, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


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Tea Time

This lavender-laced ice tea refresher cools to the core.

 

2 oz. green tea (chilled)
1 oz. lavender syrup*
2 oz. ginger beer
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: grapefruit twist

 

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass, top with ginger beer and garnish.

 

*Lavender Syrup: Combine 500 milliliters of simple syrup (1:1) with 5 grams of dried lavender in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and cool to room temperature before straining into a clean jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

 

Oak at Fourteenth, Boulder, Colorado


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