Frosé Vosé With Three Olives

It’s starting to feel like summer, you guys😍

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I know I live in LA where it’s nice all the time (comparatively speaking), but starting to warm up which meaaaans…dinner & drinks outside!! I love a good, refreshing drink on a hot day, especially when I’m with my friends or on vacation. Two of my favorites are a chilled glass of rosé (because yes, I am a basic millennial💁) and a vodka soda, but have you ever thought to combine the two?! Well, I hadn’t, but thank goodness Three Olives came through in the clutch with their new rosé vodka – it is a GAME. Changer.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I actually just tried making frosé for the very first time with the new Three Olives Rosé Vodka and you guys, I can’t even tell you how freakin’ delicious it was Slightly citrusy with just a touch of sweetness, and the absolute perfect combination of a glass of rosé and a summer cocktail. So, if you’re looking for the perfect cocktail to take you from day to night this summer, look no further.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Frosé Vosé

(From the Three Olives Website)

1.5 parts Three Olives Rosé Vodka

.75 parts lemon juice

.75 parts grapefruit juice

.75 parts dry vermouth

.75 parts simple syrup

1 cup of ice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until resembling a slushie. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh fruit.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

And that’s it!! It’s seriously one of my favorite cocktails ever, I can’t wait to make it again. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had frosé before and would try it with the Three Olives Rosé Vodka!

xo Jordan

(This post is sponsored by my friends over at Three Olives Vodka, but all words, opinions and images are my own, as always.)

Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Hello beautiful people!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

How is everyone doing today?! I know things have been pretty busy over here trying to get ready for holiday vacation, but I’ve been doing my best to enjoy this time before Christmas when things are kind of extra magical and festive! I definitely need to make my usual holiday cookies and other winter-themed goodies, but lately I’ve been sipping on this lavender latté I’ve made on the daily with a lavender simple syrup I whipped up last week while playing Billie Holiday…it was kind of the most perfect night ever, tbh.

We were recently given a GINORMOUS bag of lavender from one of Alex’s family members who was staying on a farm a bit north of LA, and we weren’t quite sure how to use it. After getting some of your opinions on Instagram, I decided to go with a simple syrup since we can use that to flavor anything like coffee drinks, cocktails, and even food! I don’t actually keep regular white sugar in the house (although I’ll need to stock up if I’m going to make my Christmas cookies!), but I did have coconut sugar. And from there, the coconut sugar lavender simple syrup was born!

The simple syrup takes all of about 10 minutes to make + cooling time, and the latté is super quick, too! It’s not overly sweet, so sometimes I’ll actually add a half of a stevia packet too, if that’s the kind of drink I’m craving. If you’re not into coffee at all (regular or decaf…which I’ve been making in the afternoon!), you could totally just leave it out and make warm lavender almond milk. That actually sounds kind of amazing?!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Coconut Sugar Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup water

2 cup coconut sugar

2 tbsp lavender flowers

1. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of water over high. Once boiling, add in the coconut sugar and lavender flowers, and lower the heat to medium. Continue to stir so the mixture doesn’t burn for about 10 minutes. *You’re technically supposed to use a candy thermometer here, but homegirl doesn’t have fancy tools like that in the kitchen…

2. After about 8-10 minutes, remove the pan from heat and let it cool. Pour into a mason jar over a strainer to strain out the flowers. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

Almond Milk Latté

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1-2 shots of espresso or 1/2 cup coffee

1 tbsp coconut sugar lavender simple syrup (recipe above!)

1. Heat the almond milk in a mug in the microwave for 1 minute (or over stove in a saucepan, but it’s slower!). Use a  frother to make the milk super creamy. *If you don’t have one of these, I highlyyyyy recommend getting one!! I use mine everyday. Otherwise, you can use some muscle power and a whisk!

2. Add in your espresso or coffee, lavender simple syrup and stir to combine. If desired, add extra sweetener like stevia or honey.

p.s. I only topped mine with the lavender because it looked so crazy beautiful, but if you decide to do that (for Instagram, duh), I would suggest removing the flowers before drinking. They don’t taste amazing straight up!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Have you guys ever made anything with lavender before?! We still have so much left and I don’t know what to make! Edible or not. Maybe sachets, or some bath scrub? Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

I’m baaaaaack!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Apologies for the brief hiatus – Vegas really took it out of me (not shocking for this grandma-at-heart). It is not feeling anythingggggg like fall here in LA and if you know me at all, you know I get homesick without fail every year at this time. I’m a New Yorker at heart, so of course all I want to do is go apple picking and see the leaves change colors, although from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem as though it’s feeling like fall anywhere on the east coast these days. #globalwarming

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

But even though I can’t wear my cozy sweaters yet, I’m going to do everything in my power to make this season feel like the one I love so much, and that means starting with PUMPKIN. Please don’t hate me, I know I’m basic as anything sometimes, but there really is just something so comforting about fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. I riffed off of these golden milk (aka turmeric) lattes everyone is raving about and added a little fall flare. The combination is UNREAL, if I do say so myself.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

I absolutely love sipping on this before bed since it has no caffeine and feels a bit more decadent than tea. You could even add a tablespoon of coconut oil to make it more filling if it’s a morning or afternoon kind of drink, but I like to keep things light around here right before going to sleep! This recipe actually makes 2 servings too, so you can have one at night and then pop the rest in a mason jar for the next day. I actually had my second serving today at work and it made me SO damn happy. It just like, cozied things up a bit, you know?

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Another thing to note – this recipe includes real pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!), which makes this drink super creamy and adds fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Not to mention it also has tryptophan (the stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving!), which makes it literally the BEST thing to drink before bed.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy Free, Packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

(makes 2 servings)

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp pumpkin spice

pinch black pepper (freshly cracked if you can swing it!)

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1. Put almond milk in a saucepan and heat on the stove over low to medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring about every 30 minute or so to make sure the flavors really combine and any clumps of pumpkin puree are broken up.

2. Carefully pour pumpkin spice golden milk into a mug and use a milk frother, if desired. *You can totally just drink this as is too, but if you like that part of lattes best and don’t have a frother, you can even put this in a blender (as long as it’s not too hot!) and blend it up for a sec. I also shook mine in a mason jar for couple of minutes with a strong arm and it had the same effect!

3. Store remaining mix in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before drinking.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Alright y’all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend that’s filled with seemingly fall-ish things, even if it’s 80 degrees where you are, too!!

xo Jordan

 

Mama D’s 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Oh hey, Wednesday.

This week is going by unbelievably quickly, most likely because things are insane over here between school and work, but I’m not exactly complaining since January is basically the Monday of months, amiright? More importantly though, it’s been a conscious effort of mine (and perhaps somewhat of a New Year’s Resolution) to make more time to take care of myself.Not only does that include eating better and working out to stay healthy, but also taking the time to rest, like when I impulsively booked a 90-minute massage Monday afternoon for that evening…yep, it was as amazing as it sounds.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Another way I’ve been trying to relax is by unwinding at night with a cup of tea and my coloring book, favorite show or an audio-book (am I 90 years old or what). The only bad thing about tea is that my favorite kinds have caffeine, so when I was home for the holidays, I tried one of my mom’s favorite drinks: homemade honey ginger syrup with hot water and lemon. Honestly, I thought I was going to hate it, but I went for it and am now obsessed. This drink is not only delicious but also crazy good for you. Ginger and lemon are proven to do wonders for digestion and metabolism, and they’re both full of vitamins! I highly suggest making this asap.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Mama D’s 3-Ingredient Elixir

3 tbsp fined sliced ginger

1 cup honey

1/2 lemon (per cup)

  1. In a mason jar or tupperware with lid, combine the honey and ginger. *Make sure not to cut the ginger too finely, unless you’re planning on drinking it (I don’t!).

2. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 5 days so the flavors can meld. Once ready to enjoy, boil 2 cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) to a mug of hot water with juice from 1/2 a lemon. Stir to dissolve.

*The mixture will last up to a month in the fridge. I tend to just add honey as needed when it’s running low, but I keep the ginger in there at all times.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Drink up!

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Summer Sips.

Is it just me or do y’all crave something other than water when it gets to be hot outside?

I’m usually a huge advocate of drinking only water (sometimes with lemon) or tea, but when summer rolls around, I’m always craving something with a little more umph. Often I notice that I look for something to eat, even when I’m not hungry, just because I want to taste some flavor…which is no bueno. Nor is grabbing a high-calorie drink from Starbucks, a can of soda, or even a cocktail (unless it’s happy hour/a weekend, of course). So what’s a gal to do? Create some low-calorie, healthy and refreshing beverages to have on hand!

First up: Iced Tea (duh).

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

This one reminds me of home since my parents love iced tea. It’s so ridiculously easy to make and cheap! I usually boil a tea-pot full of water and pour it over 2 tea bags (you could use 3 to make it stronger if you wanted to). I let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and then add a little stevia once I’m ready to drink it. You could also make sun tea, which requires potentially even less effort: put the tea bags in the water and put it out in the sun. Boom.

#2: Coconut Water

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Okay I know coconut water has gotten a lot of flack as of late, but it’s still one of my favorite treats. The brand above, C20, is a personal favorite and comes with or without pulp. A lot of people don’t love coconut water, but sometimes diluting it with a bit of regular water to mellow out the sweetness, and then chilling it, makes it taste infinitely better. Plus, it’s found to be more hydrating than regular water, so it’s perfect for after a workout. I also prefer to put mine in a cute glass because I also think that enhances the taste/experience… (:

#3: Sparkling Lemonade

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

So I think I saved the best for last. I recently discovered Hubert’s lemonade (which is super iconic in California), and fell in love. I know how sugary lemonade can be, so buying a diet version helps with that a little bit. Even better though? Diluting it with sparkling lemon water, which makes it taste fancy (let’s be honest) and more refreshing, not to mention that it makes the bottle last even longer! I mix 1 part lemonade to 3 parts sparkling water and make sure it’s ice cold.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Drink up, my friends!

xo Jordan