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Summer Drinks and Cocktails

Cocktail RanchOur anticipation for the hot summer days conjures visions of freshly-squeezed lemonade, sweet sun-brewed tea, and refreshing cocktails like mojitos, mimosas, and so forth. A full glass, a comfy chair in the sun, stylish shades, and a good book – these are the things summer dreams are made of.

Squeeze a few lemons, brew a quart of tea, and (if you’re up for it) add a little vodka or rum. Preparing summer drinks can be as easy as a summer breeze.

Whether you’re throwing a backyard barbeque or just wanting our own little slice of heaven, we have a couple special drinks in mind for you, and some handy tools.

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Home Juicers

Cucumber Celery Apple Juice* – click for recipe!

Take a good hard look at your weekly shopping list. How many fruits and vegetables are on there? If not very many, you’re not alone. While a recent survey found that Americans are better at it than we were five years ago, many of us still aren’t eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to introduce more fresh foods into your diet is through juicing.

Freshly juiced fruits and veggies are a steadily growing trend in this country, and with the many associated health benefits it’s easy to see why. Juicing can improve your cardiovascular and heart health, detoxify your liver, improve your immune system, increase your energy levels, and more. Juicing alone won’t instantly make you healthier or drop twenty pounds, as is sometimes claimed, but it can be an important component of improving your overall health when incorporated into an active lifestyle.

Did you know that juicing is nearly as healthy as eating whole fruits and vegetables?

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Macchinetta Madness

Bubbling Moka Espresso BrewEspresso can seem a bit complicated to a beginner. Many of us simply walk into the corner coffee shop, order a $5 brew, and wander out still wallowing in ignorance as to what “espresso” actually means.

There is a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to make espresso at home: the stovetop espresso maker, commonly called “macchinetta” or “moka”.

Coffee drinkers have taken much more interest in sourcing, roasting and brewing in recent years. Through all of that, the classic macchinetta has remained widely popular – even if it was inspired by a washing machine. This elegant coffee maker features a compact iconic design, takes little energy to produce coffee, and is very simple to operate.

And it’s tiny; anyone who has lived in a small city apartment can attest to the importance of counter space. Stovetop espresso makers are probably the most cost- and space-efficient way to achieve flavorful espresso at home.

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