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Living In Canada: 6 Canadian Drinks And Foods That You’ll Want To Try

One of the best things about spending time in a foreign country is the chance it provides to sample new flavours and to experience new foods. If you’re moving to Canada then you’ll have plenty of time to experience the meals and drinks that are popular throughout the country. Here are six favourite Canadian flavours that are loved by residents and by tourists:

Maple Syrup

Something of a Canadian staple, maple syrup can be added to sweet and savoury dishes. It’s enjoyed as an addition to mashed potato, it’s used to cover pancakes, it’s added to porridge, used as a dip for fresh fruit, drizzled over ice cream and served with sausages. It’s also used to make sweets and to flavour cakes, and can be used as a coating for popcorn or a glaze for meat or fish. 85% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Canada.

Tim Hortons’ Hot Chocolate

Tim Hortons’ famous hot chocolate has a rich, creamy flavour and is a very satisfying drink. Tim Hortons is a Canadian fast food restaurant serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks and on the menu you’ll find varieties of hot chocolate ranging from the traditional cocoa drink to flavours including vanilla, toffee, caramel, mint and hazelnut. There are also seasonal favourites including gingerbread and the much-loved Candy Cane flavour with white hot chocolate, mint flavouring and coloured sprinkles.

Butter Tarts

Another Canadian speciality, the butter tart is a dessert tart made with butter, syrup, egg and sugar in a flaky pastry. Traditionally, raisins are added. The recipe for the butter tart varies across Canada, with many families having made their own modifications. Often, additional ingredients include nuts, coconut, currants, butterscotch, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate.

Canadian Bacon

Authentic Canadian bacon is a lean roasted joint that has been rolled in cornmeal. It tastes fresh and is unsmoked. You might think that a joint of meat is best served as an evening meal, but many Canadians also serve Canadian bacon with pancakes and maple syrup as a breakfast dish.

Beaver Tails

As their name would suggest, Beaver Tails are flat pastry snacks in the shape of a beaver’s tail. They’re fried like a doughnut, and typically topped with butter. Then, Canadians add anything from cinnamon or chocolate to dried banana slices, pieces of fudge, nuts, fresh pieces of fruit, Nutella and, of course, maple syrup. Lemon can also be drizzled over an untopped Beaver Tail, or used as an accompanying flavouring.

Poutine

Poutine is a Canadian fast food dish made of chips, gravy and cheese curds. It’s certainly not healthy, but it is surprisingly satisfying. Poutine has long been a Quebec staple, but it’s now becoming more popular across the country and has recently been added to the menu of all Canadian McDonalds restaurants.

You don’t have to be living in Canada to try these meals and drinks. Thanks to online shops and the fact that many ingredients are available elsewhere, it’s possible to try these popular flavours without ever entering Canada. Have you got a favourite Canadian dish? Do you have any to add to this list? Why not comment with your thoughts?

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Susan Lewis is a cookery blogger originally from England, and now lives in Canada preparing authentic Canadian dishes for the whole family.

Four Simple, Tasty Recipes for New Year’s Weight Loss

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. This resolution is achievable by eating foods that create energy, boost the metabolism and burn fat. Food such green tea, cabbage, eggs and blueberries are known for producing energy and enhancing the metabolism.

Green Tea Smoothie

The recipe for a green tea smoothie calls for ¾ cup of cold green tea, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of agave nectar, 1 diced pear, 2 tablespoons of plain, fat-free yogurt, and about 8 ice cubes.

 

To make the smoothie, place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. A good blender can be key to a good smoothie. A Cuisinart blender, for example, will last longer than others, and Cuisinart parts are easier to replace than other brands.

Cabbage Soup

The recipe for cabbage soup calls for 1 head of cabbage, chopped, 1 can of cut green beans, 5 diced carrots, 3 diced onions, 2 diced green bell peppers, 10 stalks of diced celery, 2 cans of whole tomatoes with the liquid, 1 package of dry onion soup mix, 2 quarts of tomato juice and 1 14 ounce can of beef broth.

 

To make the soup, place the vegetables into a large stock pot. Add the tomato juice, broth and onion soup. Add enough water to the pot so the vegetables are covered. Cook the soup on low until the vegetables are tender.

Vegetable Egg Omelets

The recipe for vegetable egg omelets call for 10 egg whites, 5 eggs, 3 cups of vegetables, which include diced green bell peppers, diced mushrooms and thinly-sliced zucchini, 1/3 cup of diced onion, 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce, ½ teaspoon of dried basil, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

 

To make the omelets, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large skillet, cook the vegetables and basil in the butter for approximately 5 minutes then add the salt and pepper. Remove the veggies from the heat and add the tomato sauce. Place tin foil over the veggies to keep them warm. Whisk the eggs, egg whites and water in a large bowl then pour the eggs into a lightly-greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan and bake for approximately 7 minutes. Once the eggs are done, cut them into 5 inch squares and fill them with the veggies and cheeses. Fold the squares in half and serve.

Blueberry Parfait

The recipe for blueberry parfait calls for 2 cups of blueberries, 2 cups of vanilla flavored fat-free yogurt and 1 cup of maple-pecan granola.

 

To make the parfait, place ¼ cup of yogurt into 4 parfait dishes. Top each dish with ¼ cup each of blueberries then add ¼ cup each granola. Repeat by adding ¼ cup each of yogurt then ¼ cup each of blueberries.

Conclusion

Green tea burns fat calories by boosting the metabolism and cabbage soup contains very little calories. Additionally, eggs combined with vegetables aid in losing weight by adding healthy, energizing protein that stimulates the metabolism and blueberries alter how the body converts excess sugar into fat by changing how it is stored within the body.

Molasses Cookies: A Country Christmas Treat

Do not think about how sticky your table linen will get or if the kids will touch your bedding in their rush to hug you for baking these delicious treats. Have fun with this traditional, Country Christmas treat. Molasses cookies have been around long before refined sugar. These cookies are straight out of a storybook. So many generations of people have baked them the mixture makes one think of a Christmas of Old.

Home décor is very much a part of the holidays. The table linen and any housewares accent a home. You can change the curtains and make the bed and bath beautiful, but Christmas baking is a thing of legends. Here, with this delicious easy to prepare cookie recipe you make lifetime fans. The sprinkled sugar on these cookies makes them an extra special treat for holiday revelers. Add this recipe to your favorite holiday menu and bake them again, keeping a good supply on hand for family and guests.

Ingredients:

1 egg

1 tsp ground ginger

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ tsp clove (ground)

1-cup sugar (brown)

2 tsp baking soda

1 ½ stick soften butter

¾-cup molasses

1 tsp cinnamon (ground)

Dash of salt

Sprinkle / Turbinado sugar

These cookies are easy to prepare. First set your oven at 350 degrees F, now get a mixing bow for your ingredients. Mix the dry ingredient together. The flour, ginger, cloves, dash of salt, cinnamon and baking soda and place it separate while you stir the butter, molasses, brown sugar and eggs together. Once this is done, slowly fold the flour mixture and the moist ingredient together.

Spoon cookie onto a pan, sprinkle sugar and bake. Cookies look nicer when a measuring scoop is used. These fun cookies take about 30 minutes to prepare with a cook time of 20 minutes. They make a nice batch of around 36, plenty to share. If you are not careful, you may start a baking frenzy with this simple recipe. Turbinado sugar is one of the healthier sugars for your body making this recipe a big hit with most people. Molasses has been around for centuries and one of the chosen sweeteners when sugar was almost impossible to get. These cookies are made with the lighter molasses since it is the sweetest but Black Strap Molasses is the deepest shade. True Molasses is thick and pours very slowly, the term, “slow as molasses” is well earned by this syrup.

When people look back at things that happen on a vacation or a holiday they always remember the food. It does not matter whether it go burned or was absolutely terrible. The odor of baking and the activity that accompanies it is never forgotten. Bake Molasses cookies: A Country Christmas Treat! When baking cookies, display them in lovely basket easily found at bed and bath stores. Utensils and baking pans are found in housewares if you are a first time baker. If baking cookies for entertaining a little home fashion added to the mix will make your gathering a holiday hit.

+Paul Reichman is the founder of BedBathStore. Using decades of experience in home fashion, Paul offers quality bed, bath and home furnishings at affordable prices through www.bedbathstore.com.

Southern Themed Dinner? Four Fun Dishes To Consider

 

Nothing says great comfort food like southern dishes. These are often hearty and packed full of protein and carbohydrates that deliver an amazing flavor. There is almost always some type of chicken on the table, and biscuits are a necessity so that they can be used for dipping in gravy. The following has four fairly common, but very fun, southern dish ideas for you.

 

 

Fried Chicken

 

This is a classic when it comes to southern food. There are several ways to prepare fried chicken, but the easiest way is to roll it in flour and fry it in about an inch of vegetable oil. Add a little salt and pepper to the flour for seasoning. You can also get a chicken breading that gives a little more kick to the chicken. Make sure you thoroughly cook the chicken through so that there is not any blood left in the meat.

 

 

Potato Salad

 

Another classic southern dish is potato salad. This can also be made in a variety of ways, but it is best if you use simple ingredients. Begin by boiling about eight large potatoes. When the potatoes have finished boiling, you can chop them into small pieces. Add one and a half cups of mayonnaise to the potatoes and one tablespoon of mustard. You can also add diced hard boiled eggs to add some richness to the flavor. Sprinkle a small amount of paprika on top of the potato salad for seasoning. Diced onions can be added to the salad for an extra kick.

 

 

Pork Belly Roast

 

A pork belly roast isn’t so common as the other three on this list, but it’s very southern, and very delicious if done properly. You can buy pork belly online and place it in a crock pot for a delicious roast that falls apart as soon as you remove it from the water. Only put a small amount of water in the bottom of the pot because the pork belly will create its own juices as it cooks. Cook the roast on low heat for about six hours. Remove the roast, and slice it or pull it apart to make BBQ. A smoky sauce is an excellent addition to the pork. You can also add a southern BBQ sauce that is made with vinegar for a tangy dish.

 

 

Pecan Pie

 

When it comes time for something sweet, pecan pie is a decadent dessert that is delicious with vanilla ice cream. Use fresh pecans for the best flavor, and if possible, make your own crust instead of getting a frozen crust. This is among the southern dessert classics you and your other diners will come to love.

 

 

Whether you are preparing a dinner for the holidays or for a Sunday lunch, southern food is something that is easy to make. Seasoning is everything when it comes to the dishes. Don’t go overboard, but make sure there is plenty of flavors that combine well, and don’t forget to use the freshest ingredients possible for the best consistency of the dish.

 

Top Ten American Comfort Foods.

  1. Waffles.  (without the chicken, PLEASE.)
  2. Donuts.  (I’ll take a dozen – hold the saliva.)
  3. Cream of Wheat.  (Stir in some Nutella for a taste bud orgasm!)
  4. Fried chicken.  (as long as someone else does the frying.)
  5. Mashed potatoes.  (the day there is enough gravy for ‘em is the day I know I’ve died and gone to heaven.)
  6. Green bean casserole.  (the only thing canned mushroom soup is good for, outside of cleaning grout.)
  7. Meatball sandwich.  (if it don’t drip, it’s a rip!)
  8. Grilled cheese sandwich.  (with tomato soup, natch.)
  9. Matzo ball soup.  (You were thinking we wouldn’t remember, maybe?)

10. Mac and Cheese.  (out of a box – we ain’t on Iron Chef, baby!)

6 Fun Ways To Make Homemade Food That Will Benefit Your Health

If you are tired of going to the grocery store and buying processed foods that aren’t good for you, you are not alone. Food should be nourishing, and still taste good. You will see the benefits when you put sincere effort and energy into preparing foods that are healthy for the whole family. Here we’ll discuss six ways to focus your efforts on homemade food that can actually be fun to make, not to mention the superb nutritional value found in all of of these ideas:

 

Raise organic, backyard chickens for fresh eggs

 

Chickens make wonderful, delightful and low maintenance pets once you have the right supplies. The egg is considered nature’s perfect food because it contains a completely balanced set of essential vitamins and nutrients. Serve sunny side up on a bed of arugula with onions and olive oil for a unique, healthy meal. Raising your own chickens for eggs can be fun for the whole family, and you will know that there isn’t anything added to the eggs that you don’t want to consume.

 

Try kimchi

 

Did you know that fermented foods naturally contain probiotics and good bacteria for building your stomach and digestive health? For kimchi, a Korean staple, all you need is a large jar or food-safe bucket, a few heads of cabbage, salt, hot pepper sauce and some other ingredients if you wish. It takes a week to ferment fully. Kimchi is very healthy and easy to make.

 

Make your own apple sauce and cider

 

If you don’t grow your own apples, go apple-picking at your local orchard during late august to early fall. By going to a local orchard instead of the grocery store, you are getting fruit that is more organic and healthy. Use an apple grinder to make your own apple sauce, or make your own cider. You could also save the pulp for canning other foods.

 

Use a Crock pot

 

Cooking healthy, homemade food doesn’t mean it has to take you all day to prepare. Crock pots are a great way to mix your organic ingredients and let it do the cooking for you. Cooking meats and vegetables in a crock pot with your own sauce is a great way to pull out the flavor of any meal, with little effort on your part.

 

Add Toppings

 

Whether you want to enjoy low-fat ice cream or a healthy yogurt, adding fruit toppings is a fun way to incorporate variety to your desserts. Make your own fruit syrup, or simply add fresh fruit to your yogurt or ice cream for a healthy alternative to chocolate or sugar.

 

Use Flavored Olive Oil

 

Using flavored olive oil is a great way to add a lot of flavor to your meals with little extra effort. On top of that, it is a healthy alternative to all the additives you will likely find in many frozen foods. You can find olive oil with a garlic or lemon base, or made with different herbs specifically designed for certain dishes.

 

By following these tips, you will find that it is much easier to cook healthy, homemade foods that the entire family will love.

Top 5 Irresistible Bangkok Foods For Iron Stomachs

Just when you think you’ve conquered a plate filled with scorching hot chilies, there are other dishes which stand in your way of complete food domination. Thai food in particular contains a wide range of delicacies which many are unheard of because it never leaves the country. The dishes that are presented in this article are dishes that challenge iron stomachs. Not only for their visual appearances but for taste and smell as well. If you’re looking for a Thai dish challenge, this is a great way to learn about your opponents and how to tackle them effectively!

Phad Sataw (Stir Fried Stinky Beans)

I know, the name doesn’t even sound remotely appealing. However, this one of the dishes which is delicious, according to south Thailand people (for example, my dad). Sataw, or stinky beans is an elongated, flat bean stalk with oval seeds. Take out the seeds and stir fry it into huge pan with shrimp paste, garlic, chili, fish sauce and lime; you’re all set. The stench of this dish is unbearable but nobody can discount that stinky beans are appetizing. If you have a stomach and nose of steel, go for it.

Kaeng Tai Pla (Fish Kidney Soup)

This doesn’t sound like the number one dish you’d order but not surprisingly; this dish is served very often at dinner tables. Kaeng tai pla consists mainly of fish guts, gourd, green beans, shrimp paste, turmeric and carrots. The stench is unbearable and the spicy taste shoots up your nose. It’s horrible, but in a good way. You may have to deal with the fact you’ll be eating fish guts rather than fish meat itself, by the way.

Yum Kai Mang Da (Mixed Horseshoe Crab)

I can’t even find a relevant translation for this dish just because of how fishy it is, no pun intended. This dish seems to be a dish created to give you nightmares. The dish itself, not as presentable as you’d hope, contains an overturned horseshoe crab and mixed with shredded green mango, lime and chili. The smell in this dish isn’t bad at all but if you close your eyes and pretend that the dish is something else, you may be able to stomach this prehistoric dish! Don’t expect to find this dish in every restaurant; horseshoe crabs are difficult to come by and are quite expensive. Try this dish if your wallet allows it.

Nom Wua Yang (Grilled Udders)

Out of all the dishes on this list, this is the least gross of them all. Not only that it looks utterly (yes, utterly not udderly) familiar to kor moo yang (grilled pork); the taste isn’t that bad either. What you may have to deal with is the rubbery texture of the meat. Being that the meat is from a cow’s udders, chewing it over and over may cause distaste in the long run. That’s why the meat needs to be dipped in spicy sauce, to mask the taste and texture.

Duck Feet

Duck feet. You cannot go wrong with any sort of feathered feet in Asia. In China and Hong Kong, they eat chicken feet are a delicacy so why not duck feet? In Thailand, people also eat chicken feet as well as duck feet. It’s said that duck feet contain large quantities of collagen which is highly valued in Thailand. Though, before eating it, one has to get over the fact the dish is slimy, gooey and highly cartilaginous. Perhaps if you can swallow the sight of more than 2 pairs of feet on your dish, you’re bound to try anything at this point.

After reading this, do you now dare to try your stomach at Thailand’s unorthodox foods?

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Emily Chu is a Asian foodie at heart. From eating food side stalls to noteworthy cuisine at The Playground, she loves trying different types of Thai food when she visits the country every year. Her favorite dishes are chicken feet and duck feet.

10 Surprising (Yet Delicious) Uses Of Bacon

Bacon needs no introduction. This crispy, decadent pork food acts as a delicious addition to many meals and dishes. Everyone knows that bacon makes a tasty add-on to a hearty breakfast. Many people also know that it tastes great on sandwiches such as a B.L.T. or a turkey club. There are, however, many other ways to incorporate bacon into your dishes. Here is a look at 10 surprising yet delicious uses of bacon.

Maple Bacon Donuts

Bacon donuts… I know what you’re probably thinking. Gross, right? Wrong. Bacon donuts are actually really delicious. Many bakers are combining the rich taste of maple with the mouth-watering flavor of bacon and creating a donut that is unexpectedly delicious.

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Here is another bacon treat that sounds odd, but in reality, it is really quite yummy. This treat combines the sweet and salty combination that many other snacks offer such as chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter ice cream and toffee. Chocolate covered bacon is a sweet, salty and crunch treat that many people have grown to love.

Bacon Peanut Truffles

Bacon peanut truffles are a decadent and delicious addition to any dessert table. This dessert includes sweetened peanut butter and chunks of bacon that are covered with semi-sweet chocolate. The three main ingredients in this treat gel together to create one decadent and unique treat.

Bacon-Flavored Vodka

One of the latest in the flavored vodka craze is bacon-flavored vodka. This may sound weird, but it is absolutely delicious when mixed with the right spirits. Bacon flavored vodka, when mixed with a Bloody Mary, can make a smoky and savory drink that you won’t soon forget. Bacon flavored vodka supports the flavor of the traditional Bloody Mary, but gives it a powerful, smoky kick.

Bacon-Infused Bourbon

Another spirit that bacon lovers may want to try is bacon-infused bourbon. This spirit creates a strong and memorable drink and works well with bitters, maple syrup, fresh mint or orange rounds.

Nut Bowls with Bacon Bits

An interesting way to spruce up your bland old party mix is to throw a little bacon in. Add finely chopped, crispy bacon to a standard bowl of nuts, and watch your guests savor. This also works well with fruit and vegetable trays, chips or nacho platters as well.

Bacon Wrapped Around Chicken or Fish

Bacon wrapped around chicken or fish is a tasty meal option that packs a lot of flavor. Fun dining options include bacon wrapped around shrimp, grilled chicken or turkey, or even wrapped or sprinkled on top of tilapia or flounder. Bacon is a great way to invigorate some flavor into a boring meal and it doesn’t take much more prep time, either. The taste of bacon wrapped around chicken or fish is one that is likely to make you weak in the knees.

Hot Dog Wrapped in Bacon

A hot dog wrapped in crispy bacon is a delicious summer time option. Delight in a juicy hot dog wrapped with crunchy bacon at your next ball game or barbecue and turned this age-old favorite into a new and exciting meal option. The hot dog wrapped in bacon is not necessarily the healthiest dish you could have, but it is certainly delicious!

Bacon Popcorn

Bacon popcorn is a surprising addition to the bacon meal category. Bacon popcorn is standard popcorn that has a delicious bacon taste. This interesting blend of two delicious foods cause many party guests or movie goers to keep reaching into the bucket. The interesting taste lended by bacon popcorn is sure to be one that you won’t soon forget.

Donna Jane from the DearJane team in Sydney, Australia is a nutritionist. She has spent 17 hears catering to the aged in this capacity.

10 Unusual Foie Gras Dishes

A staple of French cuisine, foie gras has become infamous as an extremely versatile ingredient for both sweet and salty dishes. It’s in North America in particular that more and more restaurants, bakeries and delis are using the fatty liver delicacy for a variety of unconventional dishes, as well as inspiring multiple entries on amateur websites which host recipes involving foie gras online. Here are 8 examples of some of the more unusual dishes created using the luxurious ingredient:

Foie Gras Milkshake

Created by Richard Blais, winner of U.S. TV show ‘Top Chef All-Stars’, Blais debuted the milkshake at his restaurants to combine fine dining with accessibility. Described as tasting of amaretto, vanilla and chocolate, the decadent milkshake was adopted and served in restaurants in Georgia and Alabama.

Foie Gras Bubblegum

With each pack offering 22 goose liver flavoured gumballs, Foie Gras Bubble Gum is an ideal alternative for those who don’t know where to buy foiegras locally. The gourmet gum contains artificial liver flavouring and apparently goes well with a glass of burgundy.

Foie Gras Ice Cream

Earlier this year Brooklyn-based ice cream company Odd Fellows, known for its eccentric flavours such as Chorizo Caramel Swirl and Beet Pistachio Honey Goat Cheese, unveiled its latest flavour featuring the culinary delight of foiegras. The super-rich foiegras, peanut and cocoa caramel ice cream sold for $5.50 per scoop and sold out in 2 days, with customers describing it as “wonderfully wacky”.

Foie Gras Profiteroles

Mixed with ice cream and served with caramel or dark chocolate, using foiegras in the famous dessert delicacy is common in both France and in the United States. Proving rich and decadent, the choux pastry dish is also the most famous offering from Oregon-based gourmet restaurant Le Pigeon, which also serves foiegras as vinaigrette with couscous.

Foie Gras Cocktails

The ‘Foie-dka’ cocktails consists of hazelnut liquer, strawberry, basil and vodka infused with foiegras, originally created in California at local restaurant Alexander’s Steakhouse to kick-start a special evening of culinary delights inspired by the liver dish.

Foie Gras Pizza

Pizza chain Dominos released an exclusive Prestige Quattro pizza in Japan last year, where for $50 customers could enjoy foiegras as well as snow crab, beef stew and shrimp gratin as a topping alongside mozzarella. Other creations from the unconventional Japenese Dominos menu included shrimp with white sauce and sliced potatoes with mayonnaise.

Foie Gras Macarons

What’s better than one French delicacy? Clearly two, as foiegras is a popular choice to pair with chocolate when making the infamous French sandwich cookie. These macarons can be found in many French patisseries, but have also appeared in other international outlets such as the Cake Club in the Philippines.

Foie Gras Cotton Candy

Costing $5 a stick, Foie Gras cotton candy was originally served at a restaurant called The Bazaar in West LA, where it was placed on a stick and covered with vanilla spun sugar to create a truly decadent dish for diners.

Foie Gras Donut

Known as the “Foie Bomb” in California, the original foiegras-filled doughnut premiered earlier this year to celebrate National Doughnut Day at renowned bakery Psycho Donuts. Using a mousse made from the fatty ingredient, it was combined with honey, fig, sage and sea salt.

Foie Gras Cheesecake

Served with hibiscus gel and vanilla crumble, foiegras cheesecake was a seasonal dish served in California at the Haven Gastropub for two years, providing the dessert with a silky smooth texture.

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Ann is a professional cook who loves to occasionally write articles on food and drinks.

Fruit Bowl Of Liqueurs

Fruit liqueurs are a great thing if you’re looking for a sweet and flavourful addition to your cocktail, often made over several months and packed full of fruit the liqueurs end up with a very potent and sweet flavour. The alcohol by volume strength of the liqueurs can be drastically different for each drink but the usual range is between 20 – 40%. The range of fruit liqueurs available is as huge as you can imagine, basically if the fruit can be eaten, it can be made into a liqueur. So for the sake of time we’ll just talk about the fruits you’re most likely to find in your fruit bowl at home.

Here are a few suggestions for cocktails to make with your liqueurs. Even just focusing on three common fruits, the ways in which you could use them in cocktails is vast. To save you scouring the web and getting too tipsy trying them all yourself, we’ve gone ahead and picked out our favourites.

For those who want a quick a very simple cocktail to start off with, you can’t go wrong with a “Midori Sour”. The name comes from it’s main ingredient, Midori, it is so sweet and tasty on it’s own that only a few other parts are needed to complete this cocktail. So if you want to try this delicious combination of sweet Midori and sour fresh lemon, go to Midori to see the full recipe.

If sweet & sour isn’t your thing, how about the drink equivalent of a nice apple pie. With only three ingredients this is a very quick cocktail to prepare. Grab your favourite apple & cinnamon liqueurs, some cinnamon and give it a go!

Apple Pie Cocktail

The final cocktail we’ll be covering has a more festive theme, titled “The Winter Solstice”. This cocktail utilises a few different ingredients that really remind you of christmas time and winter. The fruity flavours from orange liqueur and various other fruits, combined with mint and vodka gives such a strong impression of winter time. If you want to escape the monotony of eggnog this winter give this cocktail a try, follow this link for more details and instructions:

The Winter Solstice

Not only can buy a huge number of different fruit liqueurs, if you’ve got the patience and the creativity you could make your own. By following a few easy steps, in a couple of months time you could have your very own fruit liqueur. The steps will vary slightly per recipe, but the general idea remains the same. First you’ll need to cook up some sugar and water till you have a syrupy mixture, then comes your favourite fruits and spirits. After a couple of filtering sessions and several months of maturing you’ve got your very own fruit liqueur. Much like good whisky and wines if you want the best results you’re going to want to leave it as long as possible before drinking. For more detailed instructions and tonnes of great recipes you can try at home, check out www.fruitliqueurs.co.uk

We’re not sure if it’ll count as one of your 5 a day, but they’re definitely worth trying out.

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