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Get to Know Rosé

It may seem like rosé has become extra trendy in the last few years, but come summertime along the coast of France (and, well, all over Europe!), rosé is simply a fact of life. And why shouldn’t it be? Rosé (rosato in Italy and rosado in Spanish-speaking countries, alongside the […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Horchata Iced Coffee

Makes 8 servings This horchata and coffee mixture is refreshing and lightly spiced, making it the perfect pick-me-up on those warmer fall days. Adjust the amount or horchata or coffee to your preference, or you can even substitute the brewed coffee for one or two shots of espresso or cold […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Matcha

It’s been years since matcha became a buzz word, popping up around the U.S. in lattes, smoothies, ice cream, you name it. Matcha wasn’t new then (check in with Japan circa the 13th century) and certainly isn’t now, which speaks to its value as more than a passing wellness trend. […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Instant Hot Chocolate Mix

Makes 20, 8 ounces cups of cocoa Ingredients 3 cups powdered sugar 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered milk Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon cornstarch Directions In a large bowl, sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, powdered milk, sal,t and cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Store in an […]

Beverages & Cocktails, Desserts

Lavender Syrup

Makes 2 cups Lavender syrup adds a floral note to anything you can think to add it to, including lemonade, iced tea, or especially a tasty gin cocktail. Use the syrup to soak cake layers or to sweeten a fruit sorbet. Look for culinary-grade lavender at specialty markets or online. […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Lime Agua Fresca with Chia Seeds

Makes 8 servings Chia seeds add an interesting texture to this refreshing agua fresca, but you can leave them out if you don’t have any on hand. Just be sure to add water to make up the difference. Ingredients 1/4 cup (2 oz) chia seeds 1/2 cup sugar 2 quarts […]

Family Fun

Make Hot Chocolate at Home for a Cozy Treat

Whether you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa, one thing we can all agree on is that it is the best thing about winter! On a cold day, nothing is cozier than a steaming mug of hot chocolate – especially if it’s topped with marshmallows! And especially if it’s […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Minty Peach Iced Tea

Makes 6 servings In the heart of summer, we’re always looking for ways to use super ripe peaches that may have gotten way from us, and this quick and easy iced tea is one of the most refreshing. Adjust the sweetness depending on the sweetness of your peaches, and don’t […]

Beverages & Cocktails, Free Recipes

Mulled Cider

Makes 8 servings Chefs note: You may be able to find pear cider to use instead of the more widely available apple cider. If possible, buy cider that has not been pasteurized for the freshest, fullest apple or pear flavor.

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Opt for Cider this Presidents’ Day

The CIA loves beer so much, we have an outpost of the Brooklyn Brewery right on our campus in Hyde Park, New York! For beer enthusiasts, there is an adventure in every bottle as we search for the qualities that make each beer unique: malt, hops, technique, inclusions of fruit […]

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The Perfect Cup of Tea

We may be a coffee-drinking society, but you can’t underestimate the impact of the millennia-old tradition of drinking tea. And just like coffee, tea can be enjoyed in hundreds (if not thousands!) of ways—yes, even as a latte! All tea comes from the same plant, the Cameliasinensis. The way the […]