Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

A beverage that’s both refreshing and still very much flavored by fall.

Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

Fresh apple cider is always an autumn treat to look forward to, but I thought I’d try jazzing it up in a very simple way. This may be the perfect beverage for a Thanksgiving table – still full of classic fall flavor, but a cool, refreshing counterbalance to the hot, hearty and often rich holiday fare.

Getting to test drive a Nutri-Ninja Duo blender thanks to the team who hooked us up at IFBC this year was a total bonus. And yes, I will totally vouch for its design, ease of use and efficiency. This recipe uses 14 ice cubes, and it was rendered into delicious slush in seconds flat, thanks to the blade that spirals up the center of the pitcher.  And for extremely easy cleaning, that blade lifts right out – no having to scrape tediously around it at the bottom. But no matter what blender you have, this might be your next autumnal addiction. …

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Vegan Peppermint Nog Recipe

Peppermint-y goodness, minus the raw eggs.

Peppermint nog

Peppermint drink – without raw eggs

Eggnog is one of those drinks that I take a token sip once a year. I mean, drinking raw eggs is just gross to me. Who is with me on this??? I’ve never liked the stuff.

I am happy to report that I have found a vegan nog that is festive and yummy and  obviously egg-less. You can also buy vegan nogs (here’s a review of dairy free nogs) these days – Silk makes a pretty decent one if you want to save time and hassle.

This drink has a creamy texture and just a hint of peppermint, making it the perfect enlightened holiday nog.

You soak cashews in boiling water, blend them with a milk of choice and add in crushed peppermint candies as desired. Sweet peppermint flavor replaces the egg-y nutmeg taste.

A toast to you all this Christmas Season!

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