Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


1 frozen or fresh banana
1/2 c peanut butter
3 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup almond or coconut milk
6 ice cubs


Add all ingredients to blender and blend thoroughly. This is a great breakfast smoothie. And I promise you do not taste the spinach at all. The peanut butter and milk provide some protein and fat to keep you full.


Winter Sea Breeze Cocktail


1 shot vodka
juice from 1/2 pink grapefruit
1/2 c seltzer water
pomegranate seeds to taste

Add ice to glass. Add 1 shot vodka. Add grapefruit juice and seltzer water. Stir. Top with pomegranate seeds. This was our drink of choice for Christmas at the beach in 2015! Light and refreshing.

Moscow Mule


1 shot vodka
juice from 1/2 lime, plus more for garnish
1/2 can ginger beer


Mix ingredients together with ice and enjoy! We were introduced to this drink by Nick & Patricia. It has become a summer favorite. There is a huge variety in ginger beers. The better ginger beer you buy, the better this drink will be!

Grapefruit & Ginger Cocktail

Ingredients (makes 4 drinks):

4 T fresh lemongrass, chopped (reserve tips for garnish)
2 T fresh ginger, chopped
2 T sugar (cane sugar has a nice flavor)
juice from 1 lemon (about 4 T)
juice from 2 pink grapefruits (~1 cup)
4 shots vodka or gin


Muddle lemongrass, ginger, sugar, and lemon juice until well broken down. Add grapefruit juice and stir. This mixture can be refrigerated for several hours to allow flavors to mix. It can also be served immediately. In each glass, add ice, 1 shot of vodka or gin, and top with juice mixture. It is a good idea to strain the juice mixture when pouring. You can also mix the liquor and juice mixture in a martini shaker and shake well with ice. These go well with sushi, or at a summer party.

I adapted this recipe from one I found on Bojon Gourmet. The original recipe uses sake, which I’m not a huge fan of.