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Watermelon Juice   Leave a comment

Watermelon Juice is quite refreshing on summer days and  most Belizeans love it.

Ingredients:

1 -2 cups of cubed/diced watermelon

1/4 -1/2  cup of lime or lemon juice

1 tsp of ginger (optional)

1/4 cup of brown sugar or more depending on your taste

1/4 cup of water or more depending on thickness

1 cup of crushed ice

Method:

Slice watermelon and remove as much of the seed as possible.  Dice water melon into cubes.  Combine all ingredients in a blender until it becomes liquid.  Strain liquid and serve with ice or without.

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Posted July 23, 2012 by belizecuisine in Beverages

Cocojito   Leave a comment

Cocojito is a light and refreshing coconut mojito drink that is perfect any day.  

Ingredients

  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 2- 4 oz of lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sweetened cream of coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum or to taste
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 2 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Blend the ice, limes, cream of coconut, rum, and mint leaves together in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish each with a mint sprig.
Serves 1 to 2

Posted October 30, 2011 by belizecuisine in Beverages

Pumpkin Smoothie   Leave a comment

During fall pumpkin is very popular.  So, here’s a pumpkin smoothie perfect for breakfast or a “pick me up”.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Freeze the pumpkin puree for at least 24 hours.
  2. Heat the bag of pumpkin puree in the microwave on HIGH to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin; blend until smooth.

Posted October 30, 2011 by belizecuisine in Beverages, Breakfast

Ginger Beer – Not really beer?   Leave a comment

Ginger beer is loved by most Belizean for its pungent ginger flavor.  However, it’s not an alcoholic drink. In other words, you will not get a buzz from drinking it (Maybe a sugar rush, though).   Similar to root beer, which is also non-alcoholic, ginger beer is just a delicious tasting drink.  Would you like to try it?  Here’s a recipe from: http://www.islandflave.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup grated ginger root
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 1/4 oz packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine and stir grated ginger root, lime juice, and cream of tartar.
  2. In a large pot, bring 12 cups water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Pour hot water over ginger mixture and set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar.
  5. Stir to make a smooth paste.
  6. When ginger mixture is warm, add yeast mixture and stir well. Cover bowl and refrigerate from 3-5 days.
  7. Pour ginger mixture through a strainer with another large bowl underneath to catch the liquid. Add remaining sugar to ginger beer and stir well.

Posted September 9, 2011 by belizecuisine in Beverages

Are you Coco or Nuts? Coconuts!   Leave a comment

Coconuts is a supreme ingredient in most, if not all, Belizean dishes.  There are so many things you can do with coconuts. Best thing to do is to eat it.  Yes, you can use coconuts when making things like coconut rice, coconut shrimp, etc.  Coconut oil is probably one of the world’s most used oil and it has many health benefits. You can use it in place of Olive oil, Canola oil, Vegetable oil or just about any oils you use for cooking and/or baking.  You can use coconuts to make drinks like Pina Colada. An easy quick coconut drink recipe is as follows:

Ingredients: Cocolime

10oz Coconut water

1tbs of lime or lemon

1tsp of sugar (optional)

1tbs of rum or tequila (optional)

Mix together the above ingredients and enjoy.

Coconuts are a superfood and should be added to more of your dishes.  Try it!

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Posted September 8, 2011 by belizecuisine in Beverages