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Drinks

Drinks

A Beer-y Merry Christmas

Santa’s guide to the perfect Christmas party beer By Kris Kringle Ho ho ho! Beer-y Christmas, boys and girls (of legal drinking age)! It’s me, Santa Claus, here to give you advice about my favourite drink. Milk? Ho ho no! That’s just what we tell the kids. It’s BEER. Trust me, after a long, freezing night in the workshop, nothing is better than throwing back a few with the elves. Let’s just say there’s a reason Rudolph’s nose glows. As …

Giving Up Caffeine: A Survival Guide

Life in the fast lane can often demand frequent doses of caffeine. The burst of alertness and energy you get from a cup of coffee or an energy drink is something many of us just can’t live without – least of all when we’ve worked that overtime shift, or been up late finishing a project. These days it’s also extremely easy and convenient to get a caffeine fix at any time of the day – corner coffee shops are open …

Why a Food Processor Beats a Blender in Your Kitchen

Bright fluorescent lights, an expansive floor of kitchen appliances large enough to confuse even Gordon Ramsey, and salespeople who promise the world – visiting an appliance store can be an assault on your senses. Sometimes it’s better to stop and take a time out. When it comes to furnishing that kitchen of yours, it’s wise to consider what all these appliances can do for you, which of them you really need, and how you can get the most bang for your …

Is Bubble Tea Healthy?

We hate to burst your bubble, but bubble tea is not really healthy. Don’t get us wrong, we love bubble tea (for those living under a rock: cold, often flavoured tea filled with tapioca balls, a.k.a. “pearls” or “bobas”). It’s delicious and fun and you should totally drink it sometimes. It just isn’t particularly good for you. At best it breaks even, nutritionally speaking. At worst, it’s a sugar-load dessert drink. Let’s take the standard drink of popular bubble tea …

Make Your Own Kombucha: Part 2

Now that you’ve mastered the art of basic brewing, let’s move on to the fun part of making kombucha – flavouring and carbonating. This process is called secondary fermentation because the cultures feed off the sugar in the things you’ve added – typically fruit – and in this way continue the fermentation process. We’ll also cover how to manage your SCOBIES, including how to store them for future use or split them to give away to another home brewer. Flavouring …

Make Your Own Kombucha: Part 1

Love Wholesome contributor Jo-ann Huang brews her own fermented tea and lives to tell the tale Kombucha, or fermented tea, is no longer just a trendy drink loved by rich and health-obsessed hipsters. Australian brands Remedy and Mojo now feature widely in chain supermarkets, and homegrown breweries Yocha and Craft & Culture have built up loyal followings. The 2,000-year-old elixir, which is said to have originated in China, has a long list of purported health benefits, including a calmer gut …