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Cheap Drinks, No Nonsense

Cheap Drinks, No Nonsense

In the mood for cheap drinks at a no-nonsense bar where the doors are always open (seriously, the place never closes)?

Take a stroll down Magazaine street and amongst the many new boutique shops and specialty restaurants you will eventually come across Ms. Mae's, also know as 'The Club.' Despite getting hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Mae's was one of the first bars in the area to reopen its doors and today retains its reputation as being the preimminent dive bar in the uptown neighberhood, serving 2 dollar mixed drinks and cold Abita brews and blasting Bob Seger and Willie Nelson for Saints fans, billards and foosball enthusiasts, locals, and tourists alike.

Need a break from a Mardi Gras parade? Wanna relax after a long day at jazzfest? Need a couple of stiff drinks before a midnight show down the street at the Uptown Tchopitoulas? For those in the know in N.O. it's a no brainer, go see Ms. Mae.


17 Easy Homemade Energy Drinks

Do you regularly drink ‘energy’ drinks in the hope they are going to boost your energy?

Did you know they are actually extremely harmful for your health for SO many reasons and they will end up zapping your energy and causing you even more health problems in the long term.

Here are some of the dangers of standard energy drinks:

  1. They contain incredibly high levels of caffeine which can increase the risk of stroke
  2. You may end up overdosing on taurine
  3. There is a very large amount of sugar in most energy drinks which leads to numerous health problems including diabetes and weight gain
  4. They can lead to dehydration due to the harmful ingredients
  5. They can deplete your enzymes as they don’t contain beneficial enzymes

So what’s the solution to increasing your energy?

Natural energy drinks are good for your body, they actually do increase your energy levels AND you will end up with better health in the long term.

I have put together 17 of the best healthy homemade energy drinks to help you truly boost your energy and your vitality.

The World’s Healthiest Energy Drink Recipe – For Sport and More Energy

Why buy a processed syrup laden energy drink when you can make the world’s healthiest energy drink in just a couple of minutes? All you really need to include in an energy drink is something sweet and something salty to replace missing electrolytes. If you are feeling out of balance after a tough workout this is a good drink to replace those electrolytes.

DIY Energy Shot

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We all need a little boost of energy now and then but sometimes coffee just doesn’t sound good and your other options may not always be the best choice.

Breakfast Energy Smoothie

This delicious Breakfast Energy Smoothie is a quick, nutrient packed and will energize you until lunchtime!

Layered Mixed-Berry Green Power Smoothie

A double-layer of mixed berry and mighty green comes together in this power-loaded smoothie that you can feel good about sipping!

Cherry Lemonade Energy Drink


How to Make Frozen Cocktails Without a Blender

Prepare to have your summer drinking revolutionized: You don&rsquot need a blender to make frozen drinks.

Prepare to have your summer drinking revolutionized: You don’t need a blender to make frozen drinks. There’s a better, easier way to do it at home. All you need are a few good recipes, a freezer and plastic baggies. We can’t take complete credit for this mad genius drinking tip, though. It was inspired by brilliant culinary scientist Dave Arnold.

At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Arnold co-headlined a lecture on frozen drinks. It included the history of the blender, the science behind icy cocktails and one slightly offhand but life-changing tip. In order to test a recipe before loading a giant batch into a frozen drink machine, Arnold told the bartenders in the audience to mix a single serving in a plastic baggie, lay it flat in a freezer and see if it freezes correctly. (Watch him demonstrate the technique in this video.) While the tip is great for professional mixologists, it’s even better for home bartenders who want to stock their freezer with ready-to-drink slushy cocktails.

Here, three frozen baggie drinks to make in preparation for your next cookout or unexpected, extra-thirsty guest.

Frozen Gin and Tonic
Makes 4 drinks

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 lime, zested
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup gin
1 quart tonic water

Muddle the sugar with the lime zest in a pitcher for about 3 minutes. Stir in the gin and lime juice, then slowly pour in the tonic water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Divide the mix into 4 sealable plastic bags, making sure to press out as much air as possible when sealing. Lay the bags flat in the freezer. Wait at least three hours or until the drink has frozen. Squish the contents of the bags, pour into glasses and serve with straws.

Frozen Negroni
Makes 1 drink

1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce orange juice
1 ounce water
Orange slice (for garnish, optional)

Stir all of the ingredients together in a mixing glass. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, pushing out as much of the air as you can. Seal the bag, then lay it flat in the freezer. Wait at least three hours or until the drink has frozen. Squish the contents of the bag, pour into a glass, garnish with an orange slice and serve with a straw.

Frozen Margarita
Makes 1 drink

2 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice

Stir all of the ingredients together in a mixing glass. Pour the drink into a sealable plastic bag, pushing out as much of the air as you can. Seal the bag and lay it flat in the freezer. Wait at least three hours or until the drink has frozen. Squish the contents of the bag and pour into salt-rimmed glasses.


STARBUCKS COPYCAT RECIPES WITH COFFEE

Not everyone drinks coffee for several different reasons, and that's totally cool! However, we couldn't write a post about Starbucks copycat recipes without including a few ideas for those who DO enjoy coffee! That would be a MAJOR letdown for all of the coffee lovers out there.

These are some items that will take your drinks to the next level! However, you don't need all of them:

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES

There's nothing that screams fall more than a Pumpkin Spice Latte! There are several different ways to achieve the classic taste we all crave. Honestly, this Pumpkin Latte recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking pretty much hits the spot.

That said, there's a little-known shortcut to making a copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte that is almost identical that takes less work. Grab some Spiced Chai Latte mix and add it to your coffee or espresso with steamed milk! Then, you'll have one of the tastiest homemade Starbucks copycat recipes with little to minimal effort. If you're feeling adventurous, top your whipped cream with pumpkin syrup for good measure!

CINNAMON DOLCE LATTE

Warm, cinnamony deliciousness in a cup… yes, please! Cinnamon Dolce Lattes are one fall drink that give the pumpkin spice latte a run for its money. But let's just not pick favorites, mmmkay? This copycat Cinnamon Dolce Latte recipe from Life Straight Up is right on! If you don't want to make the syrup, you can grab some here.

CARAMEL MACCHIATO

Caramel meets espresso in this tasty little treat in a cup! Cooktoria hits it out of the park with this copycat Caramel Macchiato. You'll have lots of fun making this tasty fall drink — make sure that you get extra creative with your caramel design on top!

MAPLE PECAN LATTE

Now if this Maple Pecan Latte copycat from the Worktop doesn't just scream fall, then we don't know what does! This recipe doesn't disappoint. They even take it a step further, making pecan butter for the recipe, which Starbucks doesn't even do. Is it calling your name yet?

SALTED CARAMEL MOCHA

This chocolatey, caramely deliciousness in a cup is sure to be a new favorite fall drink! You really can't go wrong with this Starbucks Savour the Flavor copycat Salted Caramel Mocha. To cut down on cook time, you can use store-bought caramel syrup and chocolate milk.


Non-alcoholic summer drinks recipes

Discover the best alcohol-free drink ideas for summer. Mix up marvellous mocktails, lovely lemonades, refreshing iced teas and thirst-quenching cordials.

Watermelon lemonade

This watermelon lemonade looks amazing but is super-simple to make. It's perfect for a kids party or makes a refreshing summer drink for kids or adults

Carrot lemonade

A simple, sweet cordial you can make from leftover carrots. Don’t throw the grated carrots away after steeping - bake up a delicious carrot cake

Easy iced tea

Make up a jug of refreshing iced tea to serve on summer days. With a subtle tea flavour, oranges, lemons and mint, it's an excellent alcohol-free party drink

Virgin piña colada

For an alcohol-free party option, try our spiced piña colada mocktail (or virgin piña colada), with mock rum syrup, pineapple juice and coconut milk

Raw raspberry shrub

A cordial-like drink made from fruit, vinegar and sugar with sweet and sharp notes - an elegant mocktail to share with friends

Iced latte

Cool off with a refreshing iced latte. This simple drink only needs a handful of ingredients and is perfect for a hot weather caffeine kick

Fruit punch

Make this fruit punch as a non-alcoholic drink for a summer party. With fresh fruit, mint, juice and lemonade, it's wonderfully refreshing

Summer cup mocktail

Get into the summer vibe with this fruity mocktail featuring red berries, lemonade, mint, and cucumber. Cool and refreshing, it's fabulous on hot summer days

Pineapple & lime mocktail

Mix a sparkling mocktail that will bring sunshine to any party – and to make it slightly sweeter, use soda water instead of tonic water

Blueberry & mint iced tea

Refreshing and fruity, this delicious drink is guaranteed to please at a family picnic, barbecue or party

Pomegranate mojito mocktail

Non-alcoholic cocktails can still be packed with plenty of cheer. This spin on the mint-and-lime classic contains delicious pomegranate seeds and juice

Raspberry lemonade slushies

An easy frozen drink to satisfy your cravings for something cool. Toss the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Zingy blackberry lemonade

For a refreshing berry drink, try this homemade lemonade with blackberries and mint - keep chilled for up to a week

Gooseberry & mint lemonade

Make your own concentrated fruit cordial to serve with sparkling water over lots of ice

Virgin mojito

Try a refreshing, non-alcoholic mojito cocktail recipe that skips the usual rum to create a booze-free blend for parties

Non-alcoholic tropical fizz

The perfect thirst quencher for a summer drinks party - and it's alcohol-free

Apple, elderflower & mint sparkle

A fruity and grown-up non-alcoholic punch perfect for the drivers at the picnic or party

Homemade ginger beer

Enjoy this fiery ginger beer at a family barbecue or pour into a bottle for a picnic. It's made by cooking up a ginger cordial and topping up with soda water

Peach iced tea

Beat the heat on summer days with a refreshing glass of peach iced tea. Sure to be a hit with the whole family, you could also make it with raspberries

Cheat’s ginger beer

Create a wonderfully refreshing alcohol-free summer spritz with only four ingredients - make as spicy as you like

Raspberry cordial

Preserve the flavours of a batch of raspberries in this refreshing concentrated drink - delicious with soda on ice

Citrus peach cooler

A refreshing non-alcoholic drink, perfect for a summer garden party. If you want to make it boozy, add a little peach schnapps

Fruity mocktail

Make this fruit-flavoured mocktail with grenadine and orange juice to serve as a non-alcoholic drink option at a family party. It's more fun with grape and blueberry stirrers that double as a snack


What soda alternatives you should buy

While your go-to source of hydration throughout the day should be water, it can be tough to go cold turkey if soda has been a part of your routine for a while. While coffee, detox water, and tea can make the transition to a soda-free life easier, sometimes you just want to grab something with a bit of fizz or familiar flavor that's ready-to-drink. Thankfully there are tons of healthy soda alternatives flooding the market that fit that very description, and we've got the scoop on the best of them. Then, don't miss The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

These are the 25 best healthy alternatives to soda you can buy to cut back on sugar-laden cola.


How to Make Punch

This basic recipe will allow for 1 gallon of punch, which is enough for sixteen 8-ounce servings.

Step 1: Make the Punch Base and Chill

In a large pitcher or bowl combine 4 cups water and one 12-oz. can frozen juice concentrate from the options below. Add 1 cup sugar stir until dissolved. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap chill at least 4 hours. Here are some juice concentrate options you could choose from to mix with the water and sugar:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemonade
  • Limeade
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice

Step 2: Choose a Juice

Just before serving, pour the chilled juice mixture into a large punch bowl. Stir in 2½ cups of a juice blend from the following options:

  • Cranberry-apple juice
  • Pineapple-orange-banana juice blend
  • Pink grapefruit juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Raspberry juice blend
  • Strawberry juice blend

Step 3: Choose a Carbonated Beverage

Slowly stir in one 2-liter bottle carbonated beverage from the following options:

  • Cream soda
  • Ginger ale
  • Lemon-lime carbonated beverage
  • Orange carbonated beverage
  • Strawberry carbonated beverage

Step 4: Choose Optional Stir-Ins

If desired, add an ice ring (more on that below) and 1 cup stir-ins from the following options. If you want to learn how to make alcoholic punch (like a rum punch recipe) or you just want to dress up your punch with some spare fruit slices or fresh herbs, this is the time to stir in your extras. Use one or more of these stir-in options:

  • Citrus fruit slices
  • Kiwifruit slices
  • Rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, or tequila
  • Sherbet or sorbet
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Fresh raspberries

Make-Ahead Punch Tip: Prepare punch through Step 2, except do not add the carbonated beverage or, if using, ice ring and stir-ins. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Add carbonated beverage, ice ring, and stir-ins just before serving.


14 Best Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks to Order in 2021, Per Dietitians

Whether you're craving wine, a cocktail, or beer, here's the healthiest way to do it.

If Dry January feels too extreme, or you're not interested in giving up your nightly glass of wine, go ahead and enjoy yourself, says Marisa Moore, R.D.N., a registered dietitian nutritionist in Atlanta, Georgia. She's of the belief that moderation can be a good&mdashand manageable&mdashapproach to imbibing. "Instead of spending too much energy trying to make drinks 'healthy' or obsessing over sticking to a restrictive drinking plan, I generally encourage moderation&mdashwhich is up to one drink per day for women," says Moore. But don't forget: alcohol is fairly calorie dense, so it can't hurt to peruse a few types of boozy bevs that may skew a bit on the "better-for-you" side of things.

Calories in alcohol: They add up fast

One serving of alcohol&mdashliquor, wine, beer&mdashis roughly 100 calories, give or take. But what really ups the calorie count of many drinks is the simple syrups and sugary drink mixes, like cranberry juice and soda, that increase the sugar content of the cocktail. The biggies to avoid when making or ordering mixed drinks:

- Simple syrup and sugar
- Fruit juices and pre-made drink mixes, like ones for margaritas, daiquiris, and pina coladas
- Salt
- Bacon
- Maraschino cherries and other jarred or canned fruits drenched in syrup

How to make low-calorie alcoholic drinks

If you're looking to lighten up your favorite boozy sips, try a few of Moore's tasty top tips, both at home and at the bar:

Go big on flavor: Use seasonal fruit to add sweetness and color to drinks, or incorporate a bold taste like ginger or even some spice. "Ginger and mint are two of my favorite ways to get big flavor year-round, but rosemary in winter and basil in summer are also great to impart a seasonal vibe," says Moore.

Try frozen fruit: This adds flavor and color, plus a bit of nutrition. Drop frozen blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, or melon cubes into your drink for a flavor burst-ice cube mix.

Add some sparkle: Using tonic or sparkling water lends a slight effervescence to keep drinks interesting and festive, says Moore.

And keep standard servings in mind: One serving of beer is 12 ounces, wine is 5 ounces, and liquor is 1.5 ounces (a shot glass).

With all this in mind, we asked registered dietitians for tips on how to choose the healthiest alcoholic drinks, and rounded up some great brands to try for yourself.


Fresh Mint, the weed that you can love

Mint is a weed in the sense that it will grow wherever you don’t want it to. If you plant your own, be sure to do it in a pot. But, it can still spread its seeds. It’s a wily plant, that one. Once it takes root it is almost impossible to get rid of.

This is good news if you love mint-flavored beverages.

Over the last few months we’ve received a fair amount of mint in our produce box. At first I didn’t know what to do with it. But the folks on Good Cheap Eats’ Facebook page suggested I make mint syrup, so I did that. Peppermint Syrup and Chocolate Mint Syrup were awesome in hot cocoa and coffee drinks this past winter.

Another friend suggested mojitos. I had never had one. In fact, until that suggestion, I’d never had many mixed drinks at all. A couple months ago I started researching recipes. It’s the national drink of Cuba, in case you were wondering.

Yum! That is one tasty drink! Not boozy at all, but light and refreshing, a perfect summer drink.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of the mojito, this lime-mint would be it. (And you’re free to switch out some of the water for rum if you want the real deal.)

Since I use evaporated sugar cane juice (aka organic sugar), my syrup is a little darker than it would be if I used conventional granulated sugar. If yours isn’t exactly the same color, that’s why.

Store your mint leaves wrapped in damp paper towels in a ziptop bag in the fridge. This bunch lasted for about a month this way. total surprise!

Then make a syrup to keep on hand to mix with lime juice and club soda. Add rum for a simple mojito. Serve either over crushed ice.


16 Two-Ingredient Cocktails Anyone Can Make

Drinks so simple, even a BABY could make them! Not recommended for babies under 21.

You don't need a Ph.D. or even a cocktail shaker to mix up these drinks — just a glass, ice, liquor, a mixer, and maybe a lime. There isn't really a recipe for most of them you can be as liberal as you like with the booze-to-mixer ratio. A lot of them will look familiar, but a couple of them might not. CHEERS.

Top one or two shots of tequila with grapefruit soda. The classic brand to use is grapefruit-flavored ("Toronja") Jarritos, but you could try it with any brand you like, or DIY with grapefruit juice, seltzer, and simple syrup. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The dynamic duo of bittersweet Campari + fizzy, hoppy IPA (use whatever brand you like) is surprisingly great and very refreshing. Top one or two shots of Campari with about half a bottle of beer. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Top one or two shots of whiskey with ginger ale and garnish with a lemon twist. It's called a "Horse's Neck" if it's served with a long, curly strip of lemon peel.

Combine about two parts gin with one part Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice over ice. If you can't find or prefer not to use Rose's, you can also make your own. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Top one or two shots vodka with grapefruit juice. Freshly squeezed juice from an actual grapefruit is ideal, but not required. Hot tip: adding salt to the rim a) is good and b) officially turns the drink into a Salty Dog.

Top one or two shots Seagram's 7 with 7-Up and garnish with a lime wedge. This is a drink where having the specific brands it calls for makes a difference in the taste if you can't find Seagram's 7, probably better to stick with a whiskey ginger.

Top one or two shots gin with tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge. Duh.

Top one or two shots of Campari with seltzer or club soda and garnish with an orange slice. Also great with Aperol if you don't love the bitterness of Campari.

Becherovka is a spicy, bittersweet Czech liqueur (made with a unknown but delicious muddle of herbs and spices) that's started to pick up steam in the U.S. It's very refreshing when you top one or two shots of it with tonic water and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Top one or two shots of rum with Coke and garnish with a lime wedge. (NB that this drink only gets to use the fancy Spanish name if you serve it with lime.)

Muddle a cucumber slice, lemon slice, and a sprig of fresh mint in the bottom of your glass. Add a shot or two of Pimm's and top with ginger ale.

(Okay, so including the veggies this may be a few more than two ingredients. But it's still dead easy to make and a perfect summer drink in every way, so hush your mouth.)


Non-alcoholic drink recipes

From mocktails, cordials and coffee to chilled summer soft drinks and sparkling homemade lemonade, our alcohol-free drinks are sure to satisfy.

Mulled apple juice

A non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, ideal for entertaining kids and drivers

Really easy lemonade

Try our easy recipe for homemade lemonade, using fresh lemon juice and sugar. A simple classic that everyone can enjoy on a hot summer's day.

Raspberry lemonade slushies

An easy frozen drink to satisfy your cravings for something cool. Toss the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Watermelon lemonade

This watermelon lemonade looks amazing but is super-simple to make. It's perfect for a kids party or makes a refreshing summer drink for kids or adults

Rhubarb & ginger no-gin fizz

Toast the new year with this fabulous rhubarb and ginger no-gin fizz. Made with a flavourful, non-alcoholic botanical tipple, it's a perfect mocktail for celebrations

Cheat’s ginger beer

Create a wonderfully refreshing alcohol-free summer spritz with only four ingredients - make as spicy as you like

Grapefruit gin sour mocktail

Celebrate the season with this stunning grapefruit mocktail. Made with a splash of non-alcoholic gin, it's a great alcohol-free option

Frappé

Make a cooling coffee frappé with our easy recipe. Enjoy this refreshing iced coffee drink with a dollop of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Virgin mojito

Try a refreshing, non-alcoholic mojito cocktail recipe that skips the usual rum to create a booze-free blend for parties

Pomegranate mojito mocktail

Non-alcoholic cocktails can still be packed with plenty of cheer. This spin on the mint-and-lime classic contains delicious pomegranate seeds and juice

Alcohol-free passion fruit martini

Serve up this fizzy and fruity mocktail at a party, for all of the fun but none of the alcohol. Use an alcohol-free spirit with a spicy, complex flavour

Homemade pink lemonade

Mix up a jug of this refreshing, still, cloudy lemonade made from zingy lemons and plump raspberries

Apple, elderflower & mint sparkle

A fruity and grown-up non-alcoholic punch perfect for the drivers at the picnic or party

Pineapple & lime mocktail

Mix a sparkling mocktail that will bring sunshine to any party – and to make it slightly sweeter, use soda water instead of tonic water

Chai latte

Don't go to the coffee shop for a chai latte – instead, make one. Use storecupboard spices like cinnamon and cardamom to recreate this Indian-inspired tea

Matcha latte

Make a matcha latte as an alternative to your regular hot drink. You can use the milk of your choice including dairy-free varieties like coconut milk

Kiwi fruit smoothie

This simple kiwi, mango and pineapple fruit smoothie makes an ideal morning treat. It's an easy way to pack in the vitamins and give yourself a boost

Golden pineapple & vanilla iced tea

Easy to make and full of good things, you’ll never chuck a pineapple into your compost bin again with this refreshing pineapple and vanilla iced tea

Mint & mango iced green tea

Blend the flavour of green tea with mango, fresh mint, lime and ice to make this iced tea. It makes a wonderfully refreshing summer drink at any time of day

Fresh mint tea

Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves and pour over boiling water to release its wonderful flavour and scent. Sweeten the tea with honey according to taste

Cucumber, apple & spinach juice

Get started in the morning with an all-natural juice packed with cucumber, apple and spinach. To get the full nutritional benefits, drink it pulp and all

Raw raspberry shrub

A cordial-like drink made from fruit, vinegar and sugar with sweet and sharp notes - an elegant mocktail to share with friends

Raspberry cordial

Preserve the flavours of a batch of raspberries in this refreshing concentrated drink - delicious with soda on ice

Homemade elderflower cordial

Fragrant and refreshing, springtime elderflower cordial is easy to make. Mix with sparkling water to create elderflower pressé, or add to wine, prosecco or champagne to start a party in style