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How To: Mix a Vanilla Frappuccino Martini cocktail

If you like Starbucks Frappuccinos but want to add a little bit of an alcoholic kick to them, try adding some vodka. Pouring some vanilla flavored vodka over the top of some and serving it in a chilled martini glass is a great way to quickly create a dessert drink. Enjoy this clip for the full Vanilla Frappuccino Martini recipe.

How To: Set Up a Coffee Station at Your Buffet

When having a large dinner party or family gathering, having a coffee station set up saves the Host/hostess a lot of busy work. Guests like getting their own beverages rather than having to ask for one, and the coffee station is the key solution. Plus, one can serve several kinds of coffee and even tea at the same station.

How To: Make a classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding

A sweet and delicious dessert! To make this English delight, you will need: 2 1/4 cups pitted dates, 2 cups cold water, 3 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons salt, 3 eggs, 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 cups light brown sugar, 2 cups heavy cream and fresh berries to garnish. Make a classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding.

How To: Make coconut milk kefir

In this video, you'll be learning how to make coconut milk kefir, which is a fermented beverage that's thought to be great for your health. Although using fresh, young coconuts is optimal, you can also use storebought coconut to prepare your kefir.

How To: Mix a Monday Morning espresso cheesecake mocktail

So it's 6 AM on Monday morning and you're sitting at your dining room table dreading the hour-long drive to work. While taking a swig of Vodka - or at least a flouncy little martini - would probably make you feel better, invigorate the senses and ease your way into the workweek with this Monday Morning espresso cheesecake mocktail instead.

How To: Make a smooth and creamy Irish car bomb

In this video, we learn how to make a smooth and creamy Irish car bomb. First, take a Guinness glass and put a half pint of Guinness into it. After this, let it set and grab a shot glass. Fill it with half Bailey's and half Buchlums. After this, drop the shot into the glass and drink up! Drink the entire thing until you have the shot. This should be creamy and very smooth as you drink it through. Make sure you drink it all, then you will have the full taste of it and it will be fresh in your ...

How To: Make the Victorian cocktail

In this tutorial, we learn how to make the Victorian cocktail. To start, you will first need a martini glass, mandarin-infused vodka, St. Germain, and bitter juice. Pour an ounce of each of these into the shaker with some cubed ice. Then, use a spoon to mix this together instead of shaking it. Do this until the sorbet comes out of it and then strain it into the martini glass. From here, add a bit of food coloring to the glass in the middle. From here, garnish with a blood orange peel and you ...

How To: Whip up chocolate egg cream (chocolate soda)

Despite what its name would naturally suggest, the chocolate egg cream drink doesn't actually contain any eggs...or cream. It does, however, contain chocolate (thankfully). The chocolate egg cream is actually a chocolate soda (thank the heavens for such an invention) that's not well known outside of New York, though we're it soon will be.

How To: Make your own chocolate stout beer

In this video we learn how to make your own chocolate stout beer. First you will need to culture your beer, then you will make the mash. Once these processes are finished, you will boil the beer with the top on the large pot. After this, taste how it is and let it ferment. If you are an experienced beer maker, this should go fairly quickly for you. If you aren't, make sure you pay attention to the details closely and watch everything that is shown in the video. Once you learn all of the detai...

How To: Make a South American-style agua fresca Concord grape fruit drink

If you're into grape juice, then you should try out this Concord grape fruit drink, in a South American style drink called an agua fresca. An "agua fresca" is a fruity drink blended with water and sugar, then strained to make a vibrant, refreshing and absolutely delicious beverage. This recipe uses colorful Concord grapes, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. This recipe makes a big batch that'll keep for a couple of days, so you'll have plenty to share when you invite friends to help you rake ...

How To: Blend a homemade smoothie

In this tutorial, we learn how to blend a homemade smoothie. You will first need to grab some frozen fruits of your choice and place them into a blender. Some good fruits to use include: strawberries, pineapples, papaya, and blueberries. After this, add in strawberry ice cream to the blender and two fresh bananas. Add in 1 c of mango juice, then place the top on the blender. Blend this on high until all of the ingredients have combined together. You may need to stir during the middle of the p...

How To: Make multiple delicious smoothies

Chef Merlin teaches us how to make multiple delicious smoothies in this video. To make a tropicolada, add ice, 3/8 tsp coconut cream, 3 tbsp yogurt, fresh pineapple (however much you would like) and pieces of a banana. Then, put the top on and blend this until everything is combined. For the next smoothie, add in milk and ice to the bottom of the blender, then add in yogurt, honey, and a banana. Now, place the cap on and blend this until well combined! For the last smoothie, combine vanilla y...

How To: Blend greens into a nutritious smoothie

In this tutorial, we learn how to blend greens into a nutritious smoothie. The key to making a smoothie with a lot of greens is to balance it out with fruit to mask the taste of all the vegetables. A great recipe will have things in it including: spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, bananas, apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more. If there is a whole fruit or vegetable near you, try using it in your smoothie as you make it! This can make you feel much more healthier and live ...

How To: Make a papaya smoothie

In this video, we learn how to make a papaya smoothie. You will need to first take a fresh papaya and cut it into small cubes. After this, grab a can of evaporated milk, regular milk, dark brown sugar, and vanilla and add into the blender. Add in cubes of the papaya, then blend this on high until the mixture is completely blended. You can add in ice cream or ice if you want this to be thicker. When this is finished, you will have a delicious drink that you can spice up with alcohol if you wan...

How To: Make perfect aeropressed coffee

If you have an Aeropress and are loving the taste of the coffee that it makes, but are wondering how to make the perfect cup of coffee with it? Well, a girl from Denmark, named Marie Hagemeister, won the World Aeropress Championships with an inverted Aeropress technique that ended up also taking her all the way through the Danish Aeropress Championships. In this video you will learn what techniques are used and also the temperature of the water and the brewing time used. Make perfect aeropres...

How To: Make a flavorful and spicy chai tea latte

Go above and beyond tea bags and enjoy the spicy taste of a chai tea latte. It's a combination of spiced chai tea with milk that's usually steamed from an expresso machine, but there's no reason to get all fancy with your chai. This video will show you how to make some flavorful chai tea lattes without special equipment. You can easily adjust the spices to suit your taste buds.

How To: Use the pour over method to make coffee fast and easily

Drip coffee makers are fast and easy, but make a lot of coffee that doesn't taste very good. If you just want one good cup of coffee in the morning and don't want to buy any special equipment, watch this video. It will show you how to brew coffee using the pour-over method, in which you make one cup at a time without expensive machines or equipment.