Category Archives: BEVERAGE RECIPES

Boston Iced Tea

Boston Iced Tea is a delicious, easy and quick (35) minute recipe for large holiday and party crowds. Summary: This is made with common ingredients to make it very simple and takes only (15) minutes to cook. Frozen cranberry juice concentrate, tea bags and sweetener are boiled, then chilled and served garnished with orange slices. This is also a very healthy, low calories, low fat, low saturated fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, low sugars, heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers (2 PointsPlus), (3 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes: (16) servings. Boston Iced Tea will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.boston-iced-tea

Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Total Time: 35 Minutes + chilling time.

INGREDIENTS:

1 gallon water
1/2 cup granulated no-calorie sweetener
15 tea bags
1 (12 oz) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
8 slices of unpeeled fresh oranges, sliced thinly and halved

Healthy Passion Punch

Healthy Passion Punch is an easy, quick, delicious and refreshing recipe for holidays and/or special events. A good Christmas, Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Day option also.Sparkling water,cranberry juice cocktail and frozen raspberries are the main ingredients for this fantastic punch. It takes only 5 minutes to prepare and 1 hour to chill. It is a low calories, low fat, low carbohydrates, low sugars, low cholesterol, low sodium, diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy, Weight Watchers (1 PointsPlus and (2 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes 6 servings. Healthy Passion Punch will be loved by all of your family, friends and ghealthy-passion-punchuests.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes.
Total Time: 1 Hour-5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups plain water
2 cups reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
(1 envelope makes 2 qt. drink) or (2 envelopes makes 1 quart drink each) “CRYSTAL LIGHT Raspberry Ice” Flavor Drink Mix

2 cups cold sparkling water
1/2 cup frozen red raspberries

Pomegranate Iced Tea

Pomegranate Iced Tea is a delicious, easy and quick (5) minute recipe. Pomegranate juice, lemon juice, sweetener, and unsweetened tea are combined and served over ice. It is also a healthy,low calories, low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, low carbohydrates, low sugars, diabetic, heart-healthy, Weight Watchers (1) PointsPlus and (3) SmartsPoints recipe. Makes 1 serving. Pomegranate Iced Tea will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.
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Prep Time: 5 Minutes.
Total Time: 5 Minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp lemon or lime juice
2 packets no-calorie sweetener
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
3/4 cup unsweetened tea

Crockpot Spiced Cider

Crockpot Spiced Cider is a delicious, maple flavored, hot cider recipe for the winter and fall seasons. A perfect option for Thanksgiving and Christmas also. Ingredients include: Bottled apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns, orange peel and maple syrup. It is also a low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (3) PointsPlus recipe. Makes (8) servings. Crockpot Spiced Cider will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.crockpot-spiced-cider

Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 5 Hours.
Total Time: 5 Hours-20 Minutes.

Equipment Needed: (3 to 4 quart size) crockpot.

INGREDIENTS:

4  long strips orange peel*(see note below)
2 -3 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
25 whole black peppercorns
5 cups apple cider
1 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
8 black tea bags

*Note:
When removing the orange peel strips, use a vegetable peeler and avoid picking up any of the bitter white pith.

DIRECTIONS:

1. For a spice bag: Place orange peel, broken cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, and peppercorns in the center of a double-thick, 6 to 8 inch square of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string.

2. In a 3 to 4 quart-size slow cooker combine spice bag, apple cider, water and syrup.

3. Cover; cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours. Add in the tea bags, draping strings over sides of cooker. Cover; let stand for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, gently pressing tea bags against sides of cooker to release liquid. Discard tea bags and spice bag. Ladle the hot cider into mugs. If desired, garnish each drink with an additional cinnamon stick.

NOTE: (If desired; you may any extra cider in the slow cooker on the warm setting for up to 1 hour after the recipe has finished cooking).

YIELD: 8 servings.
Serving Size: (6 oz) per serving.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 3
Carb Choices: 2

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 128, Total Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 24mg, Sugars: 28g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 0g

Original recipe and image from: Meredith Corporation. http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chai-maple-cider/

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Pineapple-Orange Shake

Pineapple-Orange Shake is a delicious, and easy recipe for a smoothie type drink. Use for breakfast or an anytime treat. Made with pineapple juice, orange juice, bananas and oatmeal. It is also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low sugars, low carbohydrates, heart healthy, diabetic friendly and Weight Watchers (5) PointsPlus recipe. Makes (5) servings. Pineapppineapple-orange-shakele-Orange Shake will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes.
Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 quarts water
1 cup quick oats
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 medium size banana
1/4 cup granulated no-calorie sweetener
1 cup ice cubes
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 wedges pineapple, for garnish (optional)