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Cantaloupe meets apple cider vinegar in this refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail.


  • 2 cups chopped cantaloupe
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Recipe Preparation

  • Purée cantaloupe, vinegar, and honey in a blender. Strain into a measuring cup or bowl, pressing on solids; discard solids. Divide among 4 Collins glasses filled with ice and add 2–3 oz. club soda to each. Garnish with cantaloupe wedges.

Recipe by Lydia Reissmueller of Tenderbar in Portland, OR,

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 80 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 19 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 15Reviews Section

"I've been on a quest for the perfect guac, and this one may just have ended my search. All the flavors blend beautifully."

What Is the Most-Popular Salad Dressing in the U.S.?

Do you ask your server to describe every available salad dressing option, only to default to your beloved ranch? You’re not alone. According to a 2017-2018 study by The Association for Dressings and Sauces, ranch is the most-popular dressing in the country. (Italian, blue cheese, thousand island and Caesar round out the top five.)

Ranch dressing was invented in the 1950’s by Steve Henson. When he and his wife, Gayle, opened Hidden Valley Ranch just outside Santa Barbara, California, and began serving the tangy buttermilk-and-herb dressing to their guests, its popularity really took off. Their company — which expanded to bottled dressings — remains linked with ranch dressing, but plenty of other companies and home cooks have made up their own recipes. Generally, ranch dressing is typically made with buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion and herbs, and is often combined with mayonnaise or sour cream (or Greek yogurt), and sometimes both (particularly when making dip). Feel free to play with the herbs. Parsley and chives show up in many recipes, but tarragon, dill, basil and cilantro can add fun kicks.

Americans can’t get enough of the creamy, herbaceous dressing, using it not only to top salads, but as a dip for raw veggies, buffalo wings and French fries, and to top pizza (and dunk crusts in). It has its place in the kitchen, too, adding an herby twang to hearty mains like mac and cheese and oven-baked chicken and a creamy, cooling touch to summer-ready salads. Here are some of our favorite ranch dressing recipes, including one for the homemade stuff.

Ranch meets its ultimate savory pairing in these salad boats with crumbled bacon (pictured above). The ranch dressing is made extra creamy by combining a trio of buttermilk, sour cream and mayonnaise, and gets its trademark oniony undercurrent from chopped fresh dill and chives. This practically-no-cook recipe (all you have to do is fry up some bacon) makes for a perfect light summer lunch or party appetizer.

Skip the bottled stuff in favor of a bold-and-tangy homemade ranch dressing that’s bolstered with fresh garlic and herbs and freshly ground black pepper. Add extra buttermilk to thin it to a dressing consistency or use a little less to make it thick enough to stand up to vegetable or chip dippers.

This vegetarian salad packs a satisfying punch with a mix of potatoes, corn, broccoli, green beans and tomatoes, and the creamy buttermilk dressing, bolstered with scallions and parsley, pulls it all together.

Get Ready for Summer With Beer Salt

I know, I know, it&aposs barely spring and talking about the long days of summer seems like jumping the gun a little. But I can&apost help it𠅊s soon as the forecast indicates that I can pack my sweaters away for a while, I start dreaming about Saturdays at the park or on the beach, lounging and reading while sipping a cold drink. Last summer, I was obsessed with Tajin, a chili-lime seasoning that seems to make everything it touches better. It&aposs excellent on melon and peaches, and an easy thing to bring along to the beach or picnic to add to the rims of cheap beers. On a recent trip to Texas, in search of Tajin, I stumbled upon the Austin gas stations&apos selection of various additives for your cheap beer, and that&aposs how I discovered Beer Salt.

The specific Beer Salt I found is made by the pleasingly-named company Twangerz, and the concept is pretty similar to what I was using Tajin for. You shake some on the rim of your beer or cocktail for a salty, citrus-y bite, to transform your Coors Light into a kind of Michelada knock-off. Beer Salt comes in a couple different flavors, including lime, lemon-lime, and chili-lime, depending on what you&aposre going for. It also is sold in a tiny beer bottle which is pretty cute, and convenient for stashing in your bag for future use. It&aposs great.

An offshoot of Beer Salt that I particularly loved is Pickle Salt, which is what it sounds like—salt that has the briney bite of pickles. That one is good in cheap beer as well, but would be equally as tasty lining the rim of a Margarita or a Paloma in the summer heat. It would probably also be dang tasty on popcorn or fresh fuit, or even stirred into your favorite dip. It may be a little ways off, but summer is on the way. Stock up on your salts now.

Summer Time Cocktails

During the summer marks being outdoors, and enjoying your favorite activity with perhaps with a cool cocktail along with an appetizer, or your favorite dish. Jessalyn Pechie, Marketing Director of Empress1008 Gin shares some favorite cocktails for every occasion.

A lot of their recipes are approachable simple/easy to make at home but her fav top two are Empress and Tonic, Empress Negroni. Check out all their signature cocktails here.

Q: What are some popular summer favorites?

A: The Royal Hawaiian has proven to be the cocktail of the summer. When going through our Instagram tags, it is the most recreated cocktail we have seen over the last few months. With more people enjoying cocktails from home, they are becoming a little more adventurous with their cocktail creations. It is a stunning layered cocktail with delicious tropical flavors.

Cucumber Blue Cooling and refreshing, the Cucumber Blue is perfect for those warm summer days. It is incredibly simple to make, and you only need a few ingredients. It is also one of the few recipes that maintain Empress 1908’s blue tones, as the cucumber is more alkaline.

The Windsor Garden: If you ask the team, they will tell you that the Windsor Garden is one of their favorite Empress 1908 cocktails. The fresh herbs and lemon juice make the perfect summer combination.

Q: For the newbie introduced to cocktails which one would you recommend?

A: If someone is looking for something simple and delicious to make from home, we always recommend our signature drink, the Empress & Tonic. We serve ours with a premium tonic like Fever-Tree and a slice of fresh grapefruit. It is effortless, tart, and refreshing.

Q: Is there one for the health-conscious?

A: Cucumber Blue is a fantastic cocktail for those who are health conscious. It uses soda water and there is no sugar added from juices or simple syrups.

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Q: Which cocktail is best with a salad or appie?

A: The Empress 75 is one of our most popular signature cocktails. It is easy very easy to make and is always a crowd-pleaser. Think of it as a graduated mimosa. It is sparkling, effervescent, and deliciously sippable. It also pairs well with fresh salads, bright lemon, watermelon, sophisticated backyard cookout dishes.

Q: Anything else you like to add?

A: We are always adding new recipes to our website and have made a point of creating more and more cocktails that are easy for everyone to make from home.

Icy Summer Treats: Creamsicle Twang

This recipe for creamsicle twang combines creamy buttermilk and zesty orange for fewer calories than you&aposd expect. If you want to skip the layers, add the total amount of buttermilk and orange juice to the sugar syrup and freeze the mixture for 3 hours.

Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Stand: 5 minutes
Freeze: 3 1𠑂 hours
Makes 8 servings

3𠑄 cup sugar
3𠑄 cup water
1 1𠑄 cups low-fat buttermilk, divided
1𠑄 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (6-ounce) can thawed orange juice concentrate, undiluted and divided

1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 30 seconds, remove sugar syrup from heat, and let cool 5 minutes.

2. Mix 1𠑄 cup buttermilk and 1𠑄 cup sugar syrup in small bowl. Pour equal amounts of buttermilk mixture into 8 pop molds. Place molds at an angle (try tilting them in a large plastic container) freeze 1 1𠑂 hours.

3. Whisk together remaining 1 cup buttermilk, remaining sugar syrup, vanilla, and all but 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate (reserve for last step). Remove molds from the freezer, and add the juice mixture and pop sticks freeze 1 1𠑂 hours.

4. Remove molds from the freezer, and distribute reserved 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate among the pops freeze 30 minutes or until firm. (Serving size: 1 pop)

Calories 131 Fat 0g (sat 0g, mono 0g, poly 0g) Cholesterol 2mg Protein 2g Carbohydrate 31g Sugars 31g Fiber 0g Iron 0mg Sodium 42mg Calcium 54mg

5. Mango Mojito

What better way to enhance the already perfect mojito than by adding some White Claw to the party? This recipe calls for only 8 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make. Combine white rum, simple syrup, mint leaves, mango, frozen mango chunks, ice, and of course, the mango White Claw, for the most perfect summertime mojito. Any flavor of White Claw could be used to create a mojito recipe, so if you’re not a mango fan, get creative!

The full recipe can be found here.

19 Necessary Beverages For Any Socially Distant Barbecue This Summer

As we continue to combat the pandemic, get vaccinated, wear our masks, and keep our distance, we are slowly getting back to normalcy. As we reach the summer months, we hope to see businesses continue to reopen and to experience things in real life again (in small groups) instead of on the other side of the computer screen.

Whether you love a fruity alcoholic beverage, a nice cold beer, or you don&rsquot drink alcohol at all, we&rsquove got you covered. The drinks at any barbecue always sets the mood&mdashfrom a chilled rosé to the exploding market of hard seltzers. Here are some of our favorite beverages that will elevate any socially distant BBQ this summer.

Travis Scott&rsquos new brand Cacti is the coolest vibe on the market RN. At seven percent ABV, the drinks pack a real punch. Their backstory explains: &ldquoThe legend goes like this: A meteor from Utopia crashed down onto the agave fields of Mexico creating a unique blend of celestial stardust and Mexican agriculture.&rdquo

This particular flavor, which includes pineapple, coconut, and orange, advises you on the label to flip it upside down to activate the charcoal.

There&rsquos no better way to get into a summer mood than with Blue Point&rsquos Summer Ale. While it&rsquos a light ale, this New York-brewed drink has a tartness in its flavor that&rsquos not typically characteristic of beers in this vein.

Started by a husband and wife in Sonoma County, CA, Haus brings elegance to any socially distant gathering. Their drinks, like the Grapefruit Jalapeño at 18 percent ABV, can be consumed on their own, or they can be turned into a cocktail such as Grapefruit Fizz or a Haus Paloma. Each flavor is super unique. See: Bitter Clove, Spiced Cherry, and Lemon Lavender.

Fun and Fizzle Homemade Soda Recipes

1. Cola

I am amazed at how many different flavors there are in this cola recipe, from lavender to star anise. Yet, when you’re craving the deliciousness of a coca-cola, head over to your pre-made stuff instead. The pre-made recipe, made by Lorraine Elliot, can be found over at Lorraine Elliott – Not Quite Nigella.

2. Blackberry Lime Soda

Deborah, over at Taste and Tell Blog, couldn’t pass up this fruity summer drink. I like the idea of it being a lime flavored drink because the best soda (in my opinion) is Sprite. Flavored Sprite? Even better. Plus, this would be a great way to use the fresh berries from the garden.

3. Homemade Sugar-Free Grape Soda

This base recipe is super simple, with grapes, water, and lemon juice. The author, over at The View from the Great Island, makes a good point though: if you want the best tasting grape soda, you are going to have to bite into them to make sure they taste good because grapes can be hit or miss.

She also adds a little extra flavoring of basil or mint, delicious!

4. Root Beer Homemade Soda Recipes

The discussion over at Serious Eats is a good one, explaining how to tweak your drink if you prefer your root beer taste to be sweet or tart. They also explain different ways to use it.

The most interesting part is that when making it homemade, root beer does have a one percent alcohol content in it!

5. Lemon Lime

Lemon Lime sodas, such as sprite and seven-up, are my favorite flavor of soda. I love the fact that this one shows the food being made. Got lemons and limes? Make a great soda drink!

I guess I should say here that you need to have purified water with most of this. It really will make all the difference.

To see this recipe, head over to Genius Kitchen.

6. Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale is great for upset stomachs and making your own is even better. Part of what makes this drink so wonderful is that you can make the syrup and add the carbonated water when you are ready for it.

The author over at Add a Pinch explains where to find the ginger and sure enough- it really is that easy. Go ahead, hunt down the ingredients, whip up this mixture and enjoy!

7. Homemade Italian Cream Sodas

Now that you have a few syrups down, everyone should have a recipe for Italian Cream Soda. This sweet treat has just a smidge of half-and-half and whipping cream with cherries on top.

It doesn’t take much to feel like you have a complicated drink that will impress others. To get all the details, check out Leah’s recipe over at The Farm Wife Drinks.

8. Cherry Limeade

Since you have a recipe for lemon-lime syrup and can make a soda similar to Sprite, this is another great way to use the same recipe: make a Cherry Limeade.

Isn’t it great knowing you don’t have to spend the money at Sonic or other restaurants and you know what’s in your drink?

To make it for yourself, head over to Taste of Home for the full recipe.

9. Spicy Watermelon Soda

This sweet treat has a bit of spice to it. I wouldn’t have the seeds with mine but I could see my husband drinking it with spice and all. I think it gives it a bit of a “wow” factor.

Added bonus, there is less sugar in this recipe. The author was trying to pull the sweetness from the watermelon. If you’re looking for the wow factor soda, head over to Vegetarian Ventures for the full recipe.

10. Sparkling Raspberry Pineapple Freeze

What a fun, unique way to use the soda stream! This recipe calls for a pre-made mix but you can use what you made yourself and add in frozen fruit.

The combination of raspberry and pineapples makes for a taste of paradise. The full recipe can be reproduced by checking out Dinner at the Zoo‘s recipe.

11. Grapefruit Soda

Grapefruit is another one of those sweet-tart fruits that my husband loves. I could see him adding some spice to this one as well. It doesn’t have sugar- but agave and honey instead. You can customize it to be exactly what you want.

Check out Imbibe for the full recipe.

12. Cold Brew Coffee Soda

I had never thought of the idea of having a coffee soda before I began this list. Now that the author over at ManMade mentions it though, it’s not a bad idea.

They add an orange peel as well, which I would skip out on and still add in my half-and-half. Would that make mine a Coffee Italian Soda?

13. Alternative Soda Drinks

This one is a bit different but still works if you’re looking for a quick alternative to the store bought mixes or store-bought sodas for that matter. Simply add a cup of simple syrup to a packet of kool-aid to a one-liter bottle of carbonated water. Soda flavoring of your choice done!

Thanks to The Vollmer Family for the recipe.

14. Tummy Tamer Soda

Former Chef came up with this recipe because they have issues with their stomach hurting if their diet changes too much. If you feel the same way and are looking for a tasty alternative, this might be the solution you have been looking for.

Tastes good and makes you feel better? That is a double win. Head over now to see the full recipe.

15. Blueberry Lemonade Soda

My oldest one absolutely adores lemonade. This recipe would be right up her alley, plus blueberries are in full swing when this cold thirst quencher would be a winner around the house.

I always see the benefits of using what is available. Combine the blueberry syrup you made with equal amounts of lemon juice and four times the amount of carbonated water to have a winning soda recipe. For the full details be sure to hit up Modern Parents, Messy Kids.

16. Strawberry Soda

Alrene from Flour on My Face has a great post over here that gives lots of great ideas of things to try with the soda machine, including this strawberry recipe.

She talked about how she had made the recipe several times before being able to write the post because she kept drinking the soda before she got a chance to photograph it. Note well taken!

17. Tea Soda

Yet another interesting idea, similar to that of the coffee soda. This tea soda uses flavorful herb teas that can be caffeine free and has no sugar. If you are needing the carbonated sensation but don’t need the other junk, be sure to check out the Healthful Pursuit website. Leanne’s story is great!

18. Sparkling Juice Homemade Soda Secipes

Before I decided to purchase a soda stream, I would buy sparkling grape juice or sparkling apple juice for special occasions such as Christmas, New Years, the end of a hard Culinary Competition. For little ones, it’s like getting a small taste of a forbidden fruit.

Now I can make the sparkling juices, thanks to Margo at Joyful Homemaking.

19. Blackberry Soda

Blackberry soda by itself sounds delicious, purple nails or not! But what sounds even better is adding a sprig of mint in with it. Just a personal opinion.

The tartness of the blackberry and the subtle sweetness means this one would be a big hit in the summer when the kids are playing on their bikes until the eight thirty sunsets.

The full recipe can be found at Peanut Butter and Peppers.

20. Mango Lime Soda

This sounds delicious, a perfect summer treat with the mangos and the lime. Written by a classic French trained chef, I am sure to try this one out in a couple of months when I am craving warm weather and my stand up paddleboard.

It can be used as a sweet reminder that warm weather will be here before we know it! The full recipe can be found over at Pitchfork Diaries.

21. Peach Thyme Soda Syrup

I knew when I started this list that I wanted to do one with peaches. But peaches and thyme? Well, that’s an interesting one. Might give it a nice twang, similar to the jalapeno in the watermelon.

Kiersten over at Oh My Veggies does a good job reminding us that the syrup can be used for other things besides soda as well, including tea and ice cream flavoring!

22. Blood Orange Soda

This recipe is for a blood orange italian soda. I think you could take the creamer out of the equation and it would still be a delicious idea if you like the tartness of the blood orange.

Either way, this recipe is definitely worth a shot. I know I am going to enjoy one soon! For the full recipe check out Annalise’s post over at Completely Delicious.

23. Cranberry Soda

I chose to do Carla Hall’s recipe from The Chew because she uses whole cranberries. I had a urinary tract infection and while back and I chose to water down my cranberry juice with lemon-lime soda. She chose to use gingerale as her water down but either way- if you are sick with a UTI this recipe would work. Enjoy!

24. Vanilla Bean Cream Soda

The author of Urban Baker came up with this recipe to help her boys smile a little more when they see this sweet treat that reminds the three of them of Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda. I love the style, with the polka dot straws sticking out and she’s right, there is nothing better than a dinner experience complete with a cream soda!

25. Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda

This one is different because it has the cucumber which gives it a tasty, fresh feel that many of these other drinks don’t. The addition of the mint and simple syrups adds a bit of sweet to refresh.

If you are going for something different at your dinner, this recipe can be found at Bon Appétit.

26. Celery Collins Homemade Soda Recipes

This recipe, created by Thomas Waugh over at Epicurious, is another great one if you are looking for something refreshing and different. It has something with habaneros in it so you know it is going to have a kick. It does have simple syrup though, giving it a hint of sweet.

For most sodas that is a bit of a turn around and maybe, just maybe, that’s what you are looking for. You’re welcome.

27. Japanese Cream Soda

This one is extra interesting to me because it has such an interesting background. In America, cream soda has a vanilla flavor to it. In Japan, it has a melon flavor to it. The recipe creator Nam made this drink as a honor to her carefree childhood and as an opportunity to share her childhood with her kids as well.

She recommends you pick up the flavoring at a Japanese store or purchase it online. I say it’s well worth the little extra we have to put in. To see these homemade soda recipes, head over to Just One Cookbook.

28. Healthy Paleo Red Pop

Similar to the tea recipe we had on here before, this one uses berry tea and sparkling water. I chose to use it as our last one for a number of reasons. The first reason is because it visually reminds me of Big Red, a soda that is very popular here in Texas.

The second reason is because I love berry flavored just-about-anything and this is no exception. She doesn’t use sugar either, opting for liquid stevia instead.

If this sounds up your alley- be sure to check out Oh the Things We’ll Make.

I’m sure you’ve seen this trend floating around the internet. Unlike the other iced coffee recipes, this blend requires instant coffee. You will need two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar, and two tablespoons of hot water. Blend them together until your mixture is a light caramel color and incredibly fluffy. Then, place a few spoonfuls over a glass of milk with ice.

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