Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

From the inside, my life is super boring. It sounds much cooler than it really is. When I tell people all the places I’ve lived, they’re often amazed. Nashville, Taiwan, Honolulu, and Glasgow sound pretty sexy to people who don’t actually live in any of those places, but the truth is, I do pretty much the same thing in all of those cities. 

Basically my life revolves around reading books, watching movies and tv, and searching for great food. When I find something I love in one place, I want to take it with me everywhere I go from then on. Even though I’ve left the tropics, I’m not willing to let go of my favorite tropical flavors.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea was our favorite in Taiwan, and we practically had passion fruit falling on our heads in Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, though not exactly dirt cheap, to get passion fruit at the grocery store here in Scotland. So my favorite drink is back with a vengeance for those rare Scottish sunny days.

Make yourself up some passion fruit syrup, and you can add it to even more than a glass of iced green tea whenever you like. Store it in a very clean jar in the fridge and add it to your glass until it’s exactly as sweet as you like. It would also be awesome on pancakes and waffles for a little tropical flare.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take yourself to the tropics with Passion Fruit Green Tea this summer. All the cool kids are doing it.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 4
Passion Fruit Green Tea takes you to the tropics no matter where you live.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Pulp of 3 passion fruits
For the tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
  2. Ice
For the syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For the tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Champagne Punch

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is the part where I usually say something silly about life and pretend it’s interesting. I admit, I’m not feeling particularly interesting today. I’m emerging from the dark side but still finding my footing. I’m making a concerted effort to relax and be happy, but it’s still feeling a bit foreign, a bit undeserved. These are the weird, illogical things that go through the mind of a depressed person, or at least this depressed person. Being happy takes work. 

But enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about what I’ve got for you. It’s good.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I come bearing gifts for your sunny days. We have one more day of sun promised before the rain comes back, but you hopefully have lots of sun, maybe even unbearable heat in your future. You need some fizzy, sweet, and boozy. I like to give the people what they want.

 This Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart, so get drinking. Just dump a bunch of lovely things into a lovely punch bowl or pitcher, give them a gentle stir, then sip until you couldn’t be happier.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You deserve to be happy. 100%. A little Lemon Champagne Punch could only help.

Lemon Champagne Punch
Serves 8
Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart and bubbling with happiness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar
  3. 1 cup vodka
  4. 1/2 cup limoncello
  5. 1 tablespoon vermouth
  6. 1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with ice in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Enjoy with friends.
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
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Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Italian Cream Sodas

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The 90’s are making a comeback, and I’m not loving it. I graduated from high school in ’97, so all these chokers and bodysuits and tiny flower prints are giving me a bit of PTSD. Do we have to bring back all the emotional trauma along with the chunky shoes? Please make it stop. 

To make the 90’s even more horrible, I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The nicest restaurant was Red Robin. We thought we were so fancy when we went out of town for dance trips and got to have dinner at The Olive Garden. I couldn’t wait to order an Italian Soda. I thought I was so classy.

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Italian Cream Sodas are super easy to make at home. All you need is some fruit-flavored syrup, some soda water, and a bit of half and half or cream. You can leave the cream out if you want. It might sound scary to put dairy in your soda, but I challenge you to give it a try. I promise, it’s awesome.

You can look for fruit syrups in the coffee aisle, but if you can’t find your favorite flavor, it’s pretty easy to make your own. Just combine a half cup of sugar and a half cup of water in a sauce pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Dump in some of your favorite fruit (I used frozen raspberries), turn the heat off, and leave the fruit to steep for a few hours. Strain it into a jar, and store it in the fridge for all your Italian Soda needs.

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maybe not everything in the 90’s was horrible. I’m bringing back Italian Cream Sodas and loving it.

Italian Cream Sodas
Serves 1
Italian Cream Sodas bring back all the best 90's memories.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 to 4 tablespoons fruit-flavored coffee syrup
  2. 4 to 6 ounces soda water or club soda
  3. 1 tablespoon half and half or single cream
  4. Ice
  5. Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. There's no need to be too prescriptive about your measurements here. Just eyeball it.
  2. Add a bunch ice to a tall glass, like a Collins glass. Pour in about an of inch of your favorite fruit-flavored syrup. How much syrup you use depends on how sweet you want your soda to be.
  3. Fill up your glass most of the way with soda water, then pour over a splash of cream.
  4. Top it with some whipped cream if you like.
  5. Make sure to serve it with a straw, because you don't want to stir it until you get ready to drink. The layers are what make this drink 90's magical.
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