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Mate ice tea.

1 Jul

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I’m a huge fan of a drink called Makava. I could drink it all day every day. Before you get the wrong idea and call my parents and friends to organize an intervention: it’s an non-alcoholic drink. In fact it’s an ice tea. With mate tea. If you don’t know mate: it’s a south american plant with a lot of caffeine. It’s prepared like any other herbal tea. Since the ice tea is quite expensive (if you drink it in the quantities that I would like) I thought: why now make my own. And according to my boyfriend “it tastes the same. No, even better. Because less sweet”.


All you need is:
– 3 Tbsp dried herbal mate tea (you should get it in any tea shop)
– 1/4 l boiling hot water
– 6 Tbsp brown sugar
– a handful ice cubes
– juice of 1 lime
– 3/4 l ice cold water

Mix the mate tea with the boiling hot water and the sugar and allow to infuse for 10 – 15 mins. You want a really strong tea. Now sieve the hot liquid over the ice cubes to cool it down. Add the lime juice and stir well. Then mix it with the ice cold water and serve with some more ice cubes and a slice of lemon.


With this recipe it takes only 20 mins to make a cool ice tea. Perfect for the days when you come home all hot and sweaty and need something that energizes and cools at the same time.


I make now a big pot almost every night when I come home from work. Lately I feel a bit frustrated: I haven’t had a vacation since december (if you don’t count the 3 days off around easter) and I really need some time off. My boyfriend and I do have a vacation planned for the next 2 weeks. (Maybe that’s why I’m so desperate lately – the closer something I look forward too comes, the less patient I am – do you know that feeling?)

Remember last year when we planned to stay in Austria and couldn’t because of the weather? Well, we try to do that again. We don’t have an exact plan but a long todo-list and we plan to do a lot of workshops (like baking bread and learning about kitchen herbs etc.). I’ll tell you (all?) about it when I can.


For now this ice tea is everything I have of summer, so let’s drink up and have another glass with me.

Now. Carry on!



Elderflower strawberry bubbles.

20 Jun

Thank god it’s friday. Although yesterday was a public holiday in Austria (which is almost like a weekend during the week), I’m ready for some days off. Maybe it’s because yesterday felt like a weekend? Is today then something like a wrong Monday? Could be. Definitely feels like it. Well into the weekend I go now. And what’s a better source of relaxation than a drink? Maybe a massage. Or some chocolate. Definitely some chocolate. Maybe I have it after this deliciously refreshing and summer themed cocktail with fresh strawberries and elderflower syrup.


All you need for 1 glass is:
– 4 strawberries
– 2 cl elderflower syrup
– 1/8 l prosecco
– 1/8 l soda

Cut the strawberries and smash them with the balm syrup. Sieve the syrup into a glass and add the prosecco and soda. Mix well and serve chilled. Enjoy!


Do you remember last year when I shared my recipe for elderflower syrup with you? Of course I made it again (like the year before that and the year before that – quite a long tradition when I think of it). I made about 9 liter cordial and without giving any of it away, I have only (!) 6 liter left. Yes, it’s the best drink on hot summer days.


And now that I invented a cocktail with it, it’s going to diminish itself even faster. What a shame. Next year I’ll have to make at least 12 litre of elderflower syrup. (I once met a couple that make every other year 40 liter of syrup – in the bathtub! That picture makes me laugh every time I think of it. They give away a lot but still. 40 liter sure make a lot of this beautiful drink!)


I’m really proud of the wild roses that I used to decorate with. Aren’t they the prettiest?! It’s a shame they don’t last long. Well for a few days (or a very special night)… they make the perfect decoration.


Now I’m really off into the weekend. Talk soon.

Now. Carry on!

Rhubarb syrup

28 May

I’m totally into drinks lately. Drinks and taking pictures of drinks. Which is good considering that I have a blog to run. What I’m not into lately is writing blog posts and publishing them. Which is not good considering that I have a blog to run. I’m just plain lazy. I do what I feel like and that is drinking. Luckily not only alcohol. Phew. That was my liver speaking. It and my taste buds really like this drink. My new invention: rhubarb cordial. This syrup is so delicious that I’m anxious for the time when I run out of it. It’s the perfect summer drink but I guess that there won’t be any syrup left.


All you need is:
– 500 g rhubarb
– 750 ml water
– 800 g sugar
– 1 Tbsp lemon acid

Cut the rhubarb into pieces and cook it with the peel and water in a big pot for 20 mins. Take a cotton cloth and sieve the hot rhubarb mixture through. Press it to not waste any good juice. It’s pretty hot but with a wooden spoon you can press it against the walls of a pot and extract all of the juice. Put the rhubarb water back into the pot and add the sugar. Let it simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon acid and fill the syrup into sterilized (washed out with cooking hot water) bottles. Voilá! Such an easy recipe!


I’ll only share it with the best of friends. And my boyfriend. When he’s nice. He’s mostly nice. Damn it. No excuse to drink it all by myself.


The ice cubes are frozen flowers from this tutorial. Go on. Try it out. I can only highly recommend it to you.


And did you notice the color?! I’m totally into pink right now. But don’t tell anyone.I was the one that used to hate pink but the wild roses persuaded me. Those and this drink (do you need any more hints that it’s really delicious and great?! I didn’t think so.)


Now. Carry on!

Tipsy apple.

15 Oct

If you follow this blog for quite some time now, you are probably surprised that there is no blog post about a DIY project up tonight. Well I mixed it up a little. Life doesn’t always resonate with my blog schedule and since it’s my blog and my decision there will be a recipe for you.

The reason is that my boyfriend and I make a Törggelen evening tonight. Törggelen is a custom from South Tyrol and also called “the fifth season”. After harvesting the wine and fruits South Tyrol is famous for, they get together drink the early wine, eat Speck and sweet chestnuts and celebrate their hard work. And you know how much of a fan of South Tyrol I am. And you should never pass up on an opportunity to eat sweet chestnuts and Speck. However I don’t have any early wine to drink but that shouldn’t stop me. I just came up with my own interpretation of a Törggelen drink: Amaretto Apple punch.


All you need is:

– 1 Tbsp Amaretto
– 1 apple
– 4 Tbsp white wine
– 250 ml apple juice
– 1/2 tsp Vanille sugar

Cut the apple into pieces and let them soak in the Amaretto for 30 mins (the longer the better). Bring the white wine, apple juice and Vanille sugar to the bowl in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat and add the apple pieces. Simmer for 5 mins and serve hot. I used the cinnamon stick only to stir a little and as decoration as it will overpower the flavour quite quickly.


The longer you cook it, the less alcohol there will be in the drink. Also if you soak the apple longer in the Amaretto it will get some extra punch.


Happy Törgellen evening to you! Cheers!


Now. Carry on!

Balm calms.

5 Sep

It’s the time for changes. Maybe that’s the reason why I cut my hair? Don’t know. I always have my hair short but this summer I had it at about shoulder length. Looks horrible on me if we’re honest. I always have to tie them up (as you could see here). Normally I just have short hair. Not for the last 8 month though. So when I cut it back to what I consider my comfort zone hair cut at my trusted hair dresser close to my parent’s house, I got a lot of attention. I mean a lot! I’m a little embarrassed. Yes, I cut my hair. Can we move on? However the worst was, when a work colleague touched my hair. Without asking. Don’t touch it! Seriously! You can’t just go around and touch other people’s hair randomly. No. Seriously. Who does that? She’s Italian. Not an excuse but maybe an explanation. Or is it me? Should I not care about people touching my hair unannounced?

Anyways. I needed something calming after such an unpleasant encounter. Luckily I made some balm syrup when I was at my parent’s house. (And that’s how I come back to the purpose of this post. Very clever, huh? You didn’t think that I can come from my new hair cut to the balm syrup recipe, did you?! You can call me master of the words now.) Balm is apparently very calming. It can be used dried in herbal teas or made into the most delicious syrup (see my preference here?).


The recipe is quite similar to elder flower syrup but done in a different order.

All you need is:
– balm flowers (about a handful, the more the better!)
– 1 kg sugar
– 1 l water
– 3 Tbsp citric

Just so you know, this is how balm flowers look like:


You can pull the flowers from the stem and suck on them. They have a very sweet flavour. I did that as a kid until I found out that there will be no flowers left to make balm syrup. Nobody dares to ever mess with me and my balm syrup. Not even me.


To make the syrup preheat the water in a large pan and dissolve the sugar (don’t let it go brown). Put it aside and cool it down to room temperature. Then add the citric and flowers. Stir well and let it rest from 24 h to 3 days. Sieve it into bottles and you’re done! It’s really the easiest thing to do. You can also dry the flowers and decide to make the syrup later.


The difference in making compared to elder flower syrup is that I added the citric together with the flowers. This will extract the colour from the blooms and make the syrup slightly pinkish red.


What do you think of this cheesy photo background? I was in need for some cheesy-ness.
I also added the flower ice cubes. Just because I can.


Now. Carry on!

Ginger up!

2 Aug

I’m going home for a 5-day-vacation. And with home I mean my parent’s house. I haven’t been there for ages (read: Easter). Yes, really. That’s a very long time because, you know, they have a garden and my mum makes me food and my dad gives me baking tips. So you will also benefit from my visit. And you know what: the weather will stay hot! I’m so into this “heat wave” (I would call it summer but that wouldn’t make a good headline for newspapers). I just have to be creative with drinking enough. As I told you already: this is a real challenge for me. I might start a new weekly post section about (non)alcoholic drink recipes. What do you think? Interested much?

For this post I adapted a lemonade that I love to drink hot in winter: the Ginger Lemonade. This time in ice-cold.


All you need is:
– 5 Tbsp brown sugar
– 3 branches mint
– juice of 1 lemon
– 2 cm piece of ginger
– hot & cold water, ice cubes, lemon slices for decoration


Cut the ginger into thin stripes and put them in a heat-proof jug. Add the sugar, lemon juice and 10 tablespoon of boiling hot water. The taste of the ginger will infuse more into the drink when you use hot water, plus the sugar will dissolve much more easily. Stir well and maybe break the ginger even more. After two minutes add 5 ice cubes to cool down the ginger mixture. Add the mint, lemon slices, cold water and more icecubes

Now look what I made: Ginger lemon-ade!


Do you know this lemon cushion in the background? Talk about great picture composition…


It’s so good when it’s hot outside (and can be served hot in winter as well!). I love versatile drinks like this.

Now. Carry on!

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