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Citrus Hibiscus Sangria
 

CHEERS TO A HEALTHY, SEASONAL SANGRIA MOCKTAIL. CAN MAKE INTO COCKTAIL VERSION TOO IF THAT’S YOUR THING!

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Having From the Roots just turned 1 yesterday and the website getting a face-lift, I wanted to celebrate with something, fun, fruity, and flavorful. What better way to celebrate than with a drink?

From the Roots has become way more than I have ever imagined. I started out just posting recipes I have created throughout the years and now it has turned into so much more. Within this year, we have been invited to do pop-up events, catered for parties and grand openings for businesses, collaborated with major health product companies, became a brand ambassador for Further Food, Banza, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, and have connected with so many amazing people - YOU!

I couldn’t have done this without YOU, so thank you so much! Well, I could keep rambling, but let’s get to the recipe! I made this into a mock-tail form originally for a Galentine’s Day event. It was such a big hit! But TBH, it would be an even more hit if you added wine or prosecco to it…  But you can do whatever you like! ;)

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When making sangria, it is best to use seasonal produce so that you can the best, full-bodied flavor from the fruits you are using. For this recipe, I cut up blood oranges, apples, and lemons. The tea I used is Stash’s Wild Raspberry Hibiscus so I added fresh raspberries and fresh mint for a refreshing beverage.

You can also make this drink ahead of time by brewing the hibiscus tea with mint the night before to store in the fridge. When you are ready to make the drink, add the hibiscus tea with the juices and mineral water with fresh cut fruits. It’s that easy!

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Want more drink recipes? Check out The Holiday Mule, Strawberry Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca, and Watermelon Lime Refresher.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Ingredients:

  • 4 wild raspberry hibiscus tea bags

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • ½ cup organic cane sugar

  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves

  • 1 liter sparkling mineral water

  • 1 qt 100% pure juice (pomegranate, strawberry lemonade, cranberry)

  • Orange

  • Lemon

Garnish

Apples, raspberries, fresh mint, blood orange, lemon, lime, grapes, blackberries

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, add water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium high heat; stirring until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Remove from heat; add hibiscus tea and fresh mint. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.

  3. Pour tea mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl or large pitcher and add ice.

  4. Stir in mineral water, juice, and freshly squeezed juice of orange and lemon.

  5. Chill drink in refrigerator until completely cold.

  6. 30 minutes before serving, add sliced fruits for presentation and added flavor!


Notes:

  1. I like using Santa Cruz and R.W. Knudsen 100% juice brands. My favorite combo is mixing ½ qt. pomegranate and ½ qt. strawberry raspberry juice.

  2. For tea - I like using Stash’s wild raspberry hibiscus tea.

  3. To make this into a cocktail, replace mineral water with red wine or prosecco.

 
The Holiday Mule
 

A seasonal spin on the classic moscow mule.

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I used to be a bartender for a catering company so I’m surprised that this is my first official adult bubbly post. But to be honest, I’m not much of a drinker. I would rather eat my calories than drink them if you know what I’m saying! When I do drink, it’s usually at social gatherings. So, with the holidays in full swing, here is my all-time favorite holiday drink!

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Moscow mules are very simple to make. No need to make a fancy simple syrup or use various spirits, all you really need is:

Lime

Ginger beer

Vodka

Ice

To take your moscow mule to a seasonal level, you can add natural fruit juices like pomegranate, cherry, and cranberry. These fruits are great for your health and would be a great healthy addition to your beverage.  I’ve been loving the holiday mule with cherry juice as cherries are great for exercise recovery and muscle soreness. During the holiday season where there is a higher risk of cold and flu, cherry juice can strengthen your immune system.

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If you are hosting a Christmas party, your guests can choose what fruit juice they prefer and you can simply combine all ingredients into your copper mug and stir -- no need for a cocktail shaker, although you may feel fancier using one! This cocktail is super easy and can be very festive with garnishes like pomegranate arils, frozen cranberries, rosemary sprigs, orange slices, and lime wedges.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


The Holiday Mule - A seasonal spin on the classic moscow mule. 

ingredients

  • crushed ice

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1/2 lime

  • 1/3 cup fruit juice (pomegranate, cherry, or cranberry)

  • 5 oz ginger beer

Garnishes

Pomegranate arils, frozen cranberries, rosemary spring, orange slices, and lime wedges

instructions

  1. Fill your copper mug with crushed ice.

  2. Measure 2 oz of vodka, and pour into mug.

  3. Squeeze up to half of lime and ⅓ cup of preferred fruit juice into mug.

  4. Top off with ginger beer until full and stir.

  5. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy responsibly! ;)

 
Strawberry Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca
 

Strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas are a refreshing seasonal drink that’s great on a warm, summer day!

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Sadly, summer is coming to an end, which means my favorite fruit, watermelon, will no longer be in season. Well, instead of being sad about it, I’ve decided I am just going to make strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas until I can’t anymore!

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Agua frescas are refreshing fruit drinks that are made simply with blended fruit, lime juice, and sometimes sweetener. It is best to use seasonal fruit so that it’s fresh and naturally more sweetened, making it unnecessary to add sugar.

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What I love about agua frescas is that the juice can be unfiltered, which means more fiber and more nutrients! You do not need to add any extra sweetener unless you absolutely want to, especially if you have picked a perfectly ripe and sweet fruit! So, not only are you avoiding extra sugar, you are also getting in your vitamins with this refreshing drink!

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I’ve raved about the benefits of watermelon in other blog posts (check out my watermelon salad and watermelon lime refresher recipes)! However, you can make agua frescas with just about any type of fruit like cantaloupe, cucumber, pineapple, strawberries, melon, mango or watermelon. This recipe is crazy simple and easy to follow, so feel free to mix things up depending on what you have on hand that’s ripe and in season.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas are a refreshing seasonal drink that’s great on a warm, summer day!

INGREDIENTS

  • Half of small seedless watermelon

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries

  • 2 large mint leaves

  • Juice of two limes

  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener (if you are using a perfectly ripe and sweetened fruit, then this is optional)

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more lime or sweetener if necessary.

  2. Serve immediately, over ice.

 
Watermelon Lime Refresher
 

Watermelon lime refresher is just that! A refreshing drink that is sure to cool you down and keep you hydrated during the summer time!

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This drink was actually made by mistake as I was creating an agua fresca recipe which is coming to the blog soon!

Here’s the story if you are interested: I only had thirty minutes to make the recipe, take pictures of my lovely creation, and clean up before working out so I had to go fast! My husband helped me out by walking the dogs so that I could focus. As soon as he came back I would be done. It would have been perfect timing!

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Well, we executed our plan. When he came back inside, I let him sip the drink and he was like, “This tastes amazing, but weren’t you supposed to be making a thicker drink?”

That’s when I noticed I used a cheesecloth to strain the pulp from the juice. (face slap!)

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Even though it wasn’t my originally planned agua fresca drink, it was still refreshing, tastes way better than just regular water, AND is perfect for mixing in my pre-workout powder!

I highly recommend using this watermelon lime refresher for your pre-workout powder or just to drink on its own before or after a workout. Watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline which promotes blood flow, which leads to improved circulation and reduces muscle soreness. Also, watermelon is about 90% water -- hello, hydration!

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I also played around with my new popsicle molds and made this drink into watermelon lime refresher popsicles! They were a hit at a summer picnic I hosted last month (blog post coming soon on that! :) ) The frozen juice created a beautiful stained glass appearance with bright, summery colors!

Regardless if you make these watermelon lime refreshers for a pre/post-workout drink, popsicles, or just sipping by the pool, they are great in promoting hydration and kicking boring water to the curb!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Watermelon lime refresher is just that! A refreshing drink that is sure to cool you down and keep you hydrated during the summer time! 

INGREDIENTS

  • Half of one small seedless watermelon (rind cut off)

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint

  • 1-2 cups filtered water

  • 1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (optional for sweeter taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture into a cheesecloth covered bowl. Strain mixture until you are left with just the juice.

  3. Pour juice over ice and enjoy!