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Orange Push-Up Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed
1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk)
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste (you can reduce the sugar or use an alternate sugar substitute such as stevia but it won’t taste as close to classic Orange Push-Ups. Many people use much more than 1/2 cup, myself included. I used about 1 cup in my version)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice, or to taste

Combine all ingredients, except ice, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated.  If desired, add a splash more water or more milk.  Add the ice and blend until smooth.

Makes approximately three eight-ounce portions.

Tips: Pour excess portions into glasses and thaw later and drink as smoothies; pour excess into bowls and freeze for orange sherbet; or pour into Popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice-cube trays and freeze for homemade Push-Ups.  Or half the recipe by cutting the can of orange juice concentrate in half and halving all other ratios.

Optional: Add 1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste.   🙂

Edited to Add: There have been people who have made this and report theirs being bitter but believe it may be due to the brand of OJ concentrate they used. I suggest trying the brand of juice I showed in the above photos, Hawaii’s Own, and I used mango-orange flavor, as originally indicated above. I bought it at Ralph’s (Kroger) Grocery store.

Also, do not be afraid to sweet this to taste, and that may mean substantially increasing the amount of sugar used, i.e. using 1 cup or more, rather than 1/2 cup, of sugar. I used 1 cup in my version, but have a sweet tooth and some people said they tried 1 cup and it was too sweet for them. Everything is to taste (too bitter, too sweet; it’s all relative and depends on the brand of concentrate used).

NOTE:  Keep in mind you can make this dairy free by using one of the other milks listed, sugar-free by using stevia.  In addition to the tip of adding liquor, you could change-up the juice – grapefruit, cran-apple, cran-grape, whatever your favorite might be!  ENJOY, this one looks great and the season for really enjoying it is coming quickly.

Thank you Averie at loveveggiesandyoga.com for a wonderful, refreshing drink!

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Skittles Vodka Party Favors

My note: Skittles are gluten-free (Yesss!) check your bag, it should say gluten-free right after the ingredients. Also, most of your basic alcohols (vodka, rum, brandy, gin, tequila) are all gluten-free because of the distillation. If you are not sure, check the brand’s website.  Yes, even those that are made from wheat!  Enjoy, but don’t forget to drink responsibly!

Ingredients and Equipment:
1 lb bag of skittles
30 mini bottles of vodka
Coffee Filters
5 empty containers with lids (water bottles, Tupperware, cups with plastic wrap on top)
Funnel (or crazy good pouring skills)

Prep time: 45 minutes

Inactive time: 1 day

Cooking Instructions:
Separate all the skittles by color. Pour 6 of the mini bottles of vodka into one of the empty containers. Save the mini bottles. Add 120-150 red skittles. Repeat this with all the colors. You should have 5 containers with skittles of different colors in vodka at the end. Stir each container. Cover each container and set aside for at least 24 hours or until the skittles are dissolved. Shaking or stirring occasionally helps.

Once dissolved, get out about 4 coffee filters and pour a portion of one color through the filters into an empty cup. Once the flow rate slows down, squeeze the liquid through like how your supposed to squeeze a toothpaste bottle (back to tip). If there is still white gelatin floating, filter again. Continue this until there is minimal gelatin floating in the vodka. If your friends are like mine, they won’t care about a little bit left. I found that the white gelatin stands out most in the green and purple so I filter these twice. Repeat this until you have filtered all of one color. Use the funnel or your pouring skills to pour the vodka back into the mini bottles. Repeat this for each color. Depending on how many filters you used and how many times you filtered, you may not end up with as many mini bottles full as you started. You can fill the mini bottles that are only part full using more vodka if you want or just have extra mini bottles for other uses. You should end up with about 5 or 6 bottles of each color. Use as party favors for New Year’s or any other adult party. Enjoy!

Holly’s update:  Mix the orange skittles vodka with cranberry juice.   It’s magical.  And when you’re done with that, mix the yellow skittles vodka with lime margarita mix.  Delicious.

Thank you Holly at http://www.hollyshelpings.com for such an awesome recipe!