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DIY Cozy Homemade Peppermint Mocha

A delicious take on the most popular latte of December, the peppermint mocha. 

Homemade mint syrup and mocha make this recipe extra fresh. Creamy, minty, rich in dark chocolate…Cozy up, grab a blanket and a book, and get enjoy the start of the holiday season. 


for the mint syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves OR 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or a combination of both)

for the mocha

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 Nespresso Altissio espresso capsule
  • whipped cream
  • crushed candy canes


  1. Bring the water to a low boil. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the mint or peppermint extract and steep for 10-15 minutes (heat off or on low) until the syrup has good flavor to it. Remove the mint leaves and store in the refrigerator for future peppermint mochas. 
  2. Heat the milk and unsweetened chocolate together until melted (could be in the microwave or on the stovetop).
  3. Prepare one espresso capsule and add the milk mixture and 2-3 tablespoons mint syrup. Top with whipped cream and candy cane pieces.

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Cheers to Ginger Beer!

ginger beer cocktail

Over the past couple of years ginger beer has been popping up on drink menus everywhere.

Its natural refreshing flavor & hint of spice make it a versatile go-to mixer.

3 Ginger Beer Cocktails You Must Try!

They’re easy, delicious & oh-so refreshing. That first drink will go down so easy & leave you wanting more. 



1.5 ounces vodka

1 ounce lime juice

1 ounce pineapple juice

3 ounces ginger beer

3 dashes Angostura bitters

1 mint sprig

1 pineapple slice

2 cups ice


1) Add vodka, lime and pineapple juices in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine ingredients.

2) Strain into copper mule mug filled with ice.

3) Top with ginger beer and stir.

4) Add 3 dashes of angostura bitters and garnish with a pineapple slice and mint sprig.



4 oz apple cider

1.5 oz vodka

1 can/bottle ginger beer

cinnamon sticks & apple slices

1 cup ice


1) Fill your glass with ice & store in freezer to chill while drink is prepped.

2) Pour vodka and apple cider into a jar and stir.

3) Pour mixture into chilled glass and top off with ginger beer.

4) Garnish with cinnamon sticks, apples & a dash of ground cinnamon. 



10 oz silver tequila

36 oz ginger beer

2 cups of ice

1 tsp agave nectar

Juice of 2.5 limes


1) In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice and agave nectar until the agave dissolves.

2) Add lime/agave mixture, tequila & ginger beer into a pitcher and stir well.

3) Add ice and stir until drink is cold.

4) Garnish glasses with lime wheel and salted (or sugared) rim.

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All Things Apples

Apple picking is on everyone’s mind this time of year. There’s nothing sweeter than biting into a crisp crunchy apple that you just picked off the tree. McMcoun, Honey Crisp, Cortland, they’re all delicious. And there are not just apples to feast on during fall, there’s apple treats galore…cider donuts, apple fritters, apple crisp, apple everything your heart desires.


Don’t let all those fresh apples go to waste, get creative and get cooking. You will taste the difference when you use farm to kitchen produce. With the following recipes, you can use apples three different ways,…Autumn Rum, Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken & Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Are you drooling yet?



Spiced Apple Cider

  • 4 cups apple cider

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 3 star anise

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 oz spiced rum

  • 1/2 cup


  • 1 1/2 oz spiced rum

  • 1/2 cup spiced apple cider

  • 1/2 hard cider

  • 2-3 dashes lemon bitters


  1. For spiced apple cider, combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks, anise and nutmeg in a sealable container (mason jar recommended). Seal container and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Shake well before using.

  2. For a cocktail, fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour spiced rum and apple cider over ice. Stir well. Top with hard cider and lemon bitters.

Want to make apple cider from scratch? Easy DIY Slow Cooker Apple Cider




  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 1/2 oz gouda cheese, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 apple, thinly sliced (Honeycrisp or any firm apple works best)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1teaspoon fresh thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425℉.

  2. Spray a large sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray. Slice chicken breast horizontally across, (like opening a book). 

  3. On one side of chicken layout 7-8 apple slices, followed by 4-5 gouda slices. Sprinkle cheese with 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Fold over chicken breast, then drizzle with olive oil. Finish with a sprinkle salt and pepper.

  4. Place chicken on a sheet pan and top with an extra sprig of thyme.

  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the meat thermometer reads 165℉.



  • 1 sheet of crescent dough or 8oz tube of refrigerated crescent rolls

  • 1 large apple, diced small

  • 3 tbs unsalted butter, melted & divided

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp maple syrup

  • 1 tbs milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.

  1. On a sheet of parchment paper unroll crescent dough sheet. Brush the dough with about 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

  2. Stir together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over melted butter. Scatter diced apples on top.

  3. Beginning on the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log.

  4. Slice the log into 8 1 ½ inch pieces. Arrange pieces in paper liners. Brush the top with melted butter and

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown (if rolls start browning too quickly, tent the top with aluminum foil.)

  6. Stir together glaze ingredients and spoon over slightly cooled cinnamon rolls.

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DIY Cold Brew

DIY Cold Brew Cold brew is a hot new trend in the coffee world. Everywhere from your favorite local coffee shop to national chains like Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts offers it. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold sip of java, especially with spring around the corner. So isn’t cold brew just like an iced coffee? They look exactly the same. The answer is…NO! Iced coffee is hot coffee poured over a cup of ice, it takes less than a minute to make. Cold brew coffee is brewed in room temperature water overnight (at least up to eight hours), then poured over ice. Cold brew offers a smoother and richer flavor, it doesn’t get watery like iced coffee. It’s also lower in acidity too! Save time & money and start brewing at home! RECIPE: Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup ground coffee 4 cups room temperature water Pitcher or jar Mesh Strainer (cheese cloth, or clean dish towel) Directions: Place coffee in pitcher and pour water over top. Stir until well combined. Seal and let it sit in fridge for at least 8 hours (overnight works best!) Pour mixture over a strainer into bowl. Rinse pitcher of leftover grounds. Strain coffee a second time back into pitcher. Enjoy! (Store in fridge, & it will last up to a week)
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Coffee - cappuccino and beyond

Coffee collection

Theres a lot of money to be made in coffee. Especially if you offer breakfast or European style food, you should invest in an espresso machine. Here are some classic coffee drinks to get you started with a great menu your guests will love:

Espresso - the classic. Just, you know, turn on the espresso machine, pack it up, and voila! There are still several things to consider however. Beans are ever so important - and especially with espresso, if you cut corners on quality, your guests will be able to taste it. Size is also something to take into consideration. For a coffee shop, consider a larger size, whereas an after dinner espresso may be better small. Consider offering decaf espresso as well for diners who don't want a huge caffeine boost in the evening, but do appreciate the palate cleansing cadence a good coffee drink provides after a good meal.

Espresso Roma - see above, but add a little lemon twist as a garnish. This classic Italian beverage is a light, refreshing finish to a good meal.

Cafe Bombon - less well known and delicious, this popular Spanish coffee drink combines espresso and condensed milk in a 1:1 ratio that is simple, sweet, and delicious. Serve over ice for a sweet dessert treat.

Affogatto - another Italian classic, gelato is served with an espresso on the side, and then the two are combined table side. The hot espresso will melt the cold gelato and make a sweet, cold, creamy treat which is perfect for the hot summer months.

Cappuccino - another one of the classics. 1 part espresso, one part steamed milk, one part foam. If your barista is trained classically, they can make cool latte art on your cappuccino which will impress your guest and provide a pleasant visual to your presentation.

Latte- the cappuccino's simpler cousin - just add 1 part espresso to two parts steamed milk. Consider offering different types of milk for non-dairy drinkers to enjoy in their latte (you can experiment in the same way with cappuccino but may have difficulty creating proper foam), as well as offering house made syrups for flavoring.

Flat White - an Australian hybrid of a cappuccino and a latte, the flat white keeps the two to one coffee to milk ratio, but the milk is stretched and textured through heat to create a drink which has more volume and a different flavor than your standard latte, yet is less foamy than a cappuccino.

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