Pumpkin Bourbon Spice Drink

Hello everyone!

I have a new drink recipe to share with you today!

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It’s definitely what I would consider a ‘winter’ drink, maybe even a holiday drink if you will… which I am aware that the holidays are over, but we can pretend, yes?

You Need:
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-1 oz Bourbon (I used my go to: Knob Creek)
-1 oz Pumpkin Syrup
(Bring 1/2 Cup water, 1/2 Cup sugar, 3 TB of pure pumpkin, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg to a boil. Allow to cool before using)
-1/2 oz cream (1/2 and 1/2 works as well)
– A shaker

Add all the ingredients to the shaker with some ice. Shake for about a minute (we want a foamy top!), then pour into a cocktail glass. I sprinkled mine with a bit of cinnamon for garnish.

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Cheers!

-The Whale

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Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Hello hello!

I have a new recipe to share today!

Pumpkin spice chia seed pudding

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It’s officially fall, and like it or not, that also means it is officially pumpkin spice everything season! I must admit I am definitely one of those ‘pumpkin people’. I can’t resist it. It calls to me. I’ve recently been making chia seed pudding in various flavors semi regularly, so I felt it would be appropriate to come up with a pumpkin spice version!

You Need:
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-1/4 cup Chia Seeds
-1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla flavor, but I’m sure regular or even normal milk would do fine.)
-1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
-2 tablespoons pumpkin
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon ginger
-1/4 teaspoon cloves

One:
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Whisk together the almond milk and pumpkin until it’s smooth and all the lumps are gone. Add the brown sugar and spices and whisk until they are incorporated.

Two:
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Add the chia seeds and mix them in. You want to make sure they are all submerged into the liquid.

Three:
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Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 or 3 hours while the chia seeds gelatinize. Mix the pudding a few times during this period. After the seeds have gelatinized, it’s good to stay in the fridge however long you want!

Four:
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Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve. I feel a bit of whipped cream would also be lovely, but I’m trying to be healthy…
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Happy fall!
-The Whale

Ginger Long Island

Hello hello!

New drink recipe today!
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The long island is definitely one of my favorite drinks. It’s baffling to think that so many things together can create such an unexpected flavor. My inspiration for this drink was ginger tea… which I love, so I decided to spice up the classic long island recipe!

You Need:
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-1oz Vodka
-1oz Gin
-1oz Tequila
-1oz White Rum
-1oz Triple Sec
-1oz Ginger Simple Syrup
(combine 1cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of sliced, fresh ginger. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before straining into a container.)
-Juice from half a lemon
-Coke to fill

One:
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Fill a tall glass with ice.

Two:
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Add 1oz of each liquor to the glass.

Three:
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Add the 1oz of ginger syrup, juice from half a lemon, and top with Coke. Stir with a bar spoon or a straw. Garnish with a lemon twist and a wedge!

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I love the simple twist this variation adds to a classic drink. Plus it’s perfect for summer!

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-The Whale

Curry Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in Cincinnati, OH, its FALL! I’m pretty sure fall is my favorite season… at least food wise. I’m one of those pumpkin, honeycrisp apple obsessed people. Don’t judge.

Anyways, its been awhile since I’ve done a food post on here. I figured I’d change that with a very fall appropriate recipe!

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Adapted from here

Now I feel like butternut squash is one of those overlooked fall foods that really should not be overlooked! I know we always had some in our garden growing up. They really are quite close to pumpkin… I love me some good squash…

Curry Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
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You Need:
-3 cups of butternut squash cubed.
-1 cup diced onion
-2 cups chicken broth
-2 Tbs butter (separated)
-1 tsp Curry powder
-1 tsp Ginger powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-Pepper to taste

First:
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Cube up your squash… lets take a moment here to take in the beautiful color! Yeah… so what I find easiest is to chop off each end, then cut it in half to scoop out the insides… (even kind of smells like pumpkin!) Then peel the thing and proceed to cube!

Next:
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Add your cubed squash to a pot with water (enough to cover all the squash) and bring to a boil. Allow it to boil until a squash stabbed with a fork slides off on its own (like boiling potatoes!).
In the mean time, dice up your onion and saute with a tablespoon of the butter until lightly browned.
Once your squash is ready, drain out the water and mash it all up with a potato masher!

And Now:
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Return the mashed squash to the burner on medium low heat. Add in the broth, remaining butter, and onions and allow to heat through. Once heated add in the seasons! (curry, ginger, salt, pepper).
After that’s all nice and mixed in, I like to pour it all into the blender and give it a few pulses… just because I like a more consistent texture, but if you enjoy chunks in your soup by all means skip that step!

yum!

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I firmly believe this soup is one of the most perfect for fall with its slightly spiced squash flavor! Try it out!

-The Whale

Chai Latte Concentrate

Hey!

So today I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite drinks of all time…. a chai latte! An iced one of these on a summer day is one of the best things I can think of!


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To make my lattes, I typically make a batch of chai concentrate and store it in the fridge. It’s so nice to be able to throw one together in a matter of seconds in the morning!

Chai Concentrate

You will need:
-Two Black Tea Bags
-4T.Brown Sugar
-5 Cardamon Pods
-1 Cinnamon Stick
-6 Whole Cloves
-4 Whole Black Peppercorns
-1 Slice of Ginger
-1/4t. Fresh Grated Nutmeg
-2c. Water
-Honey (to taste)


Step One:
Put all ingredients (except honey) into a pot.


Step Two:
Bring to a boil. Once the chai is boiling, lower heat and allow to simmer for five minutes. Once that time is up, remove from heat and allow it to steep for five more minutes.


Step Three:
Strain the spices out of the chai and add the honey. You can adjust the amount of honey depending on how sweet you like your chai. Now all you have to do is put it in a container and keep it in the fridge! It will stay good for quite some time.

For a chai latte, mix one part chai concentrate with one part milk. You can warm it up or pour it over ice like I love! Hope you like it as much as I do!

-The Whale