For the longest time, I never experienced a “traditional” Christmas. No gifts exchanged hands and there was no sipping on eggnog around the fireplace. Our first fake Christmas tree finally made an appearance when I was about 9 or ten. Someone in my family insisted on buying a set of lights that played 10-second clips of Christmas music on a repeated loop. The constant digitized tunes annoyed me eventually, but I have that set of lights to thank for teaching me many Christmas songs.
I am pleased to report that this Christmas, I had a full on celebration filled with presents, fruit cake, dinner, supper (past 11:00pm), and Christmas crackers. Christmas crackers—can we linger on that for a moment? The first time I heard about them, I fully expected a piece of dried, crunchy biscuit with a few pieces of mixed fruit inside. Little did I know, it’s actually a piece of festive cardboard shaped like a large Tootsie Roll that you pull apart with someone else. You get a small prize, a silly paper hat, and an awful joke. Case in point:
Q: Who did the skeleton bring to the party?
A: No body!
Take that with you to your next party.
Then comes the day after Christmas. The booze and sweets from the day before sets in. Lethargy creeps into your bones, and you don’t want to do anything the next day. But if there’s one thing your body needs, it’s this drink. It only contains orange juice, coconut water, mint, club soda, and ice. The sugar content in this is pretty low, so it’s the perfect way for you to reset your body so that you can tackle any leftovers for the rest of the week.
Coconut Water: Coconut water is quite easy to find in supermarkets now. Choose whichever brand is readily available to you.
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- Cherry Lime Red Beet Smoothie
- Red Zinger Beet Smoothie:
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Orange and Coconut Water Refresher
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup sparkling water
- 1 cup coconut water
- a few springs of fresh mint
- a handful of ice cubes
- Mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher.
- Serve the drink in 2 glasses, and enjoy!
Note: This recipe was originally published in December 2014. I updated the recipe with new photos.