Bananza Date Smoothie

This smoothie reminds me of an horchata except this uses almond milk instead of rice milk.  This icy and refreshing beverage will give you all your morning sugar cravings while ingesting fruit!  Either drink this on the go or pair with a nice granola.  I love using dates because I can substitute it for real sugar!

Bananza Date Smoothie - The Kitchen Bistro

1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
2-3 ice cubes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 banana, chopped
6 pitted dates, chopped

Directions:
Chop the dates and banana to make sure the dates are really pitted because more often than not, the dates still have the pit in them
Add everything but the ice cubes (or leave them out) to the blender and whizz away!  The blender might need a couple minutes to get the dates chopped.  Lastly add the ice cubes.

I found that when I added everything at once, the ice cubes froze the pitted dates and made it harder to blend.

I use unsweetened everything like unsweetened almond milk; regular, vanilla, and chocolate would taste fantastic too!
I also keep frozen bananas on hand but raw bananas work great too

Bananza Date Smoothie - The Kitchen Bistro

New England Express

Punch: rum & cider

Ingredients:

Simple syrup –
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
8 sprigs thyme, rosemary, or lavendar

2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups rum
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
Club soda to top
1 tsp Angostura bitters

Directions:
Can make syrup ahead of time
Mix sugar and 1/3 cup water (1:1 ratio) to boil
Remove from heat and add thyme, cover
Soak for 10 min then strain

Punch:
In a pitcher mix simple syrup, cider, rum, lime juice, and bitters
Pour over ice, top with club soda

8 servings

Hot Apple Pie

Holiday rum drink: This will fill your belly with the warmth of apples and rum!

Hot Apple Pie - The Kitchen Bistro

Ingredients:
1 bottle (64 oz) apple juice
Mulling spices
2 cups dark rum like Bacardi, Captain Morgan, or Kraken

Directions:
Heat juice and spices, then strain
Off the heat, add the dark rum

Fill glasses
Top with whipped cream & cinnamon