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Decadent Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

By Miriam Szokovski


• 2 cups whole milk
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 tsp. coffee granules
• 1/8 tsp. kosher salt (optional)
• Mini marshmallows (optional)


1. Whisk milk, sugar, cocoa, coffee and salt together in a small saucepan. Heat over a low flame, but do not bring to the boil.

2. Pour into mugs and top with mini marshmallows.

Almond Smoothie

By Zakah Glaser

• 1 1/2 C. cold unsweetened soy milk or milk
• 1 T. almond butter
• 2 drops vanilla extract
• 5 dates
• 2 T. raisins
• 1 T. carob powder
• 5 ice cubes

Blend almond butter and milk to make a nice thick creamy shake. Add dates, raisins, vanilla, carob powder, and ice.


By Jack Silberstein

Yields: 10 servings


• 2 cups red wine, such as merlot
• 1 pineapple, diced
• 1 mango, diced
• 2 cups orange juice
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• ¼ cup grapefruit Juice
• Ice

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir well and serve.

Frozen Sangria Slushies

An adult treat two ways - blackberry and mango - By Miriam Szokovski

Full disclosure—this one is not for the kids! But it IS for us adults. And oh boy, do these slushies taste good after a long day of work. Like a nice glass of fruity sangria? This is basically reformatted sangria—cold, fruity and refreshing, with an alcoholic kick. Pass the glass, will ya?

Having friends over in the evening? This is an easy way to impress. Sunday afternoon barbeque? Bring these out and you’ll be the star of the show.

I made two flavors, but the possibilities are endless. If you’re feeling adventurous, play around and see what you come up with. It’s pretty hard to go wrong!

Once you have all the ingredients, they take only minutes to whip up. Make sure you use a good blender, though, or you’ll have some nasty chunks and bits and pieces floating around.

The mango sangria slushy needs frozen mango, oranges, frozen white nectarines, white wine, ice cubes and sugar.

Blend all the ingredients except for the ice cubes, until smooth. Check the taste and consistency. Want it a bit thicker and slushier? Add some ice cubes and blend some more.

For the blackberry sangria slushy, you’ll need frozen blackberries, frozen white nectarines, white wine, a touch of sugar, juice of a fresh lemon and possibly some frozen strawberries and some ice cubes—that part is up to you.

Again, blend all the ingredients except the ice cubes until smooth. Then add the ice cubes, a couple at a time, until you reach your preferred consistency.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can serve it immediately, or you can stick in the freezer for an hour or two. It’s equally delicious both ways.

Blackberry Sangria Slushy


• 2 cups frozen blackberries
• 2 cups white wine (slightly sweet)
• 2 white nectarines, diced and frozen
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 tbsp. sugar
• Optional: ½ cup frozen strawberries
• Optional: Ice cubes

1. Blend all ingredients until mixture is smooth, thick and creamy.
2. Add ice cubes, if desired, and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
3. Serve immediately. Or store in the freezer for an hour or so, until ready to serve.

Mango Sangria Slushy


• 2 cups frozen mango chunks
• 2 cups white wine (slightly sweet)
• 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
• 2 white nectarines, diced and frozen
• 1 tbsp. sugar
• 6 ice cubes


1. Blend all ingredients except ice, until smooth.
2. Add ice, and blend until thick and creamy.
3. Serve immediately, or store in the freezer for an hour or so before serving

Fresh Lemonade

By Tamar Ansh


• 2 large lemons
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 quarts water
• Ice cubes

1. Squeeze the lemons. Save some of the pulp. Throw out the rinds and the seeds. Pour the lemon juice into a large pitcher.
2. Add the water. Add the sugar and stir together.
3. Put the pitcher into the fridge for an hour or so. Stir again before serving. Add some ice cubes and enjoy.

Tip: To make it fancier, scrub off the outside of another lemon. Slice it into rounds and add one or two rounds to the outside of the pitcher, hanging off the side.

Iced Coffee

By Leah Vansickle


• 2 teaspoons instant coffee
• 3 tablespoons hot water
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 cup milk
• Ice


1. Put coffee, sugar and hot water in a cup. Stir until the sugar and coffee have dissolved.

2. Add a few ice cubes and fill the cup with milk. Stir. Drink.

Yields: 1 serving