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  • Limoncello Cocktails

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring ~ they’re in every color of the rainbow and almost too pretty to sip, but don’t let that hold you back, they’re perfect for your…

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    Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail

    My Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail is the drink of the winter season, the delicate sweetness of blood orange juice takes this classic cocktail to a whole new level.  Not to mention…

  • Blood orange and tangerine spremuta (Italian orange juice)

    Blood Orange Spremuta (Italian orange juice)

    Blood Orange Spremuta (Italian orange juice)  ~ a traditional healthy Italian fresh squeezed citrus juice for citrus season.  When was the last time you squeezed yourself a perfect glass? …

  • A glass of lemon water with sliced lemons

    Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water

    Why I Start Every Day With Lemon Water ~ I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and love it, but there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around out…

  • The Sloppy Santa nightcap

    The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps

    The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps ~ I’m signing off for the weekend with a warm and fuzzy collection that will help you drift off to a much deserved…

  • Fall cocktail

    13 Recipes for a Signature Thanksgiving Cocktail

    Do you have a signature Thanksgiving cocktail?  If not, you might find some inspiration below.  I love to start off the holiday with a house cocktail offered to each guest as…

  • Vanilla lavender latte with fresh lavender

    Vanilla Lavender Latte

    Vanilla Lavender Latte ~ this warming drink is made with vanilla bean and lavender buds for a soothing way to start or end a busy day.…

  • blackberry Moscato slushies in mason jars with frozen berries

    Blackberry Moscato Slushies

    Blackberry Moscato Slushies ~ I couldn’t let summer slink away without one for the road, and this easy frozen wine cocktail is just the thing for an end of season toast.…

  • Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

    Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

    Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

  • Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party!  From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas,…

  • Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

    Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…

  • Instant Pot Rosé Risotto and 9 other Rosé Recipes

    Instant Pot Rosé Risotto and 9 other Rosé Recipes ~ it’s all about the wonderful world of Rosé today, with lots of Valentine worthy inspiration, including a unique rosé wine infused…

  • Pomegranate Mulled Cider ~ and giving up alcohol

    Pomegranate Mulled Cider is a delicately spiced, antioxidant rich, and delicious way to ring in the New Year ~ this healthy mocktail has helped me give up my daily drinking habit!…

  • What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks

    What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks ~ it’s finally here, my favorite time of year, cozy drink season!  I’ll pour myself at least one a day from now until spring ~…

  • Hot Dulce de Leche

    Hot Dulce de Leche ~ a decadently creamy and delicious hot caramel milk that gives cocoa a run for its money ~ once you try it there’s no turning back!…

  • How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur (Video)

    How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur ~ ever since my recent DRINKABLE NUTELLA recipe I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making the famous chocolate hazelnut spread into a decadent beverage. …

  • What to Make Now: Starbucks Copy Cat Recipes

    27 Fabulous Starbucks Copy Cat Recipes ~ whenever anything attains cult status there are bound to be copy cats, and every now and then the copies are even better than the…

  • Drinkable Nutella

    Drinkable Nutella ~ a warm, sippable version of your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread.   This beats any drinking chocolate you’ve ever had, and it’s pure, molten bliss.  Go ahead, skip right to…

  • What to Drink Now: Fall Cocktails

    What to Drink Now ~ Fall cocktails are the BEST…think cranberry, maple, apple, pear, fig, pumpkin, woodsy herbs and smokey spices ~ check out this gorgeous Autumn inspired cocktail collection and…

  • Blueberry Lemonade

    Blueberry Lemonade ~ skip the sugary soda and make a big pitcher of this all natural fruit drink ~ it’s fresh squeezed, updated with a vivid berry puree, and hydrates like…

  • Patriotic Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

    Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

    Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water ~ don’t save this patriotic thirst quencher for Memorial Day or the 4th of July ~ stay healthy and hydrated all summer long with this colorful…

  • Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this uniquely refreshing spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade...| vodka | summer cocktail | infused alcohol | edible flowers | Mother's Day | spring cocktail | vodka |

    Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

    Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in…

  • How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur --- my special method results in intense fruity flavor and stunningly gorgeous colors! theviewfromgreatisland.com

    How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur

    How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur — I’ve come up with a quick and easy technique that results in the most intense fresh fruity flavor, and the best part?  This homemade…

  • Vitamin C rich Pine Needle Tea

    Healing Conifer Tea

    Edible evergreens – who knew?   This vitamin C and anti-oxidant rich Healing Conifer Tea will sooth a cough and cold, and energize you.  You can make all natural tea from pine,…

  • A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!

    The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

    The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey hot cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me!…

  • Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy!…

  • Infused water

    How to Make Healthy Infused Water

    How to Make Healthy Infused Water ~ we all know it’s important to drink lots of water, but it’s not always easy!  I’ll show you how to make your own flavor-infused…

  • diy fancy sugar cubes

    Afternoon Tea and DIY Sugar Cubes

    DIY Sugar Cubes ~ these fancy sugar cubes are surprisingly easy to make using inexpensive plastic chocolate molds, and can transform morning coffee or afternoon tea into a truly memorable occasion!…

  • Irish Cream liqueur made from scratch

    How to Make Homemade Irish Cream (VIDEO)

    How to Make Homemade Irish Cream ~ this diy Irish Cream is a perfect copy cat of one of my favorite liqueurs.  It’s dangerously delicious, and ridiculously easy to make.  Mix…

  • Holiday Mulled Wine

    Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

    Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves!  Let’s get this party started!…

  • Homemade Grape Soda 6

    Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda

    Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda ~ this gorgeous purple soda has nothing at all in common with the bottled stuff, it’s pure fruit, no added sugar, and bursting with grape flavor!…

  • Peach and Basil Sangria

    Summer Peach and Basil Sangria

    Summer Peach and Basil Sangria is the ultimate in summer refreshment, and this is THE drink you’ll want to have chilling in the backyard all season long……

  • Papaya Rose Poptails

    The Papaya Breeze Frosé Poptail

    The Papaya Breeze Frosé Poptail ~ this deliciously easy frozen cocktail on a stick is the height of summer elegance.  It’s your favorite wine slushie in popsicle form, delish!…

  • Papaya and lime Agua Fresca |The View from Great Island 8

    Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca

    Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca ~ you can customize this hydrating fruit beverage in a million ways, and it’s so much healthier than soda or juice! Fair warning — I’ve got…

  • Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles | The View from Great Island 4

    Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles

    Yes, you read that right.  Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles ~ alcoholic pickles!  Beautiful little Persian cucumbers basically pickled in a giant G&T.  Gin, (I like Hendrick’s) tonic water, lime, and…

  • Honeysuckle Iced Tea 2

    Honeysuckle Iced Tea

    Honeysuckle Iced Tea ~ this sweet, floral, and refreshing drink made from honeysuckle blossoms is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer day!…

  • How to make flower ice cubes 17

    Edible Flower Ice Cubes

    Edible Flower Ice Cubes ~ up your beverage game this season with the prettiest ice cubes ever!  Fresh edible blossoms frozen right into cubes of ice dress up cocktails, soda, or…

  • blood orange juice

    Blood Orangeade ~ a healthy soda substitute!

    Blood Orangeade is a beautiful and refreshing homemade soda made without sugar or anything artificial ~ celebrate the best of citrus season with this gorgeous healthy drink!…

  • Ingredients for turmeric tea

    Healing Turmeric Tea

    Turmeric Tea ~ Its anti-inflammatory properties are legendary, so give this nurturing tea a try if you’re stuffed up, sore, or coughing. It makes a great calming bedtime drink, too, even…

  • How to Make Almond Milk

    How to Make Almond Milk ~ this is a game changer, I promise!  This non-dairy almond milk recipe is healthy, fresh tasting, and easy to make at home!…

  • Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced)

    Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced) ~ this refreshing staple of North African culture is easy to make and incredibly refreshing.…

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    Chai Spiced Cocoa

    Chai Spiced Cocoa~ a classic thick hot cocoa enriched with the warming spices of chai tea!  This thick hot chocolate will warm you up on the coldest day! I spent the…

  • How to Make Spiced Cocktail Cherries

    Spiced Cocktail Cherries are the ultimate gift for the cocktail lover in your life ~ make a small batch for the refrigerator, or can them for holiday gifting, these boozy cherries…

  • Persimmon Rum Punch

    Persimmon Rum Punch ~ this warm and spicy fall cocktail is made with two kinds of run, apple cider, and a homemade persimmon syrup ~ yum!…

  • The Hurricane Cocktail Remix

    The Hurricane Cocktail Remix ~ run and fresh passion fruit juice brings this classic cocktail back to its New Orleans roots.…

  • The Watermelon Gin Rickey

    The Watermelon Gin Rickey ~ a super refreshing cocktail made with ripe summer fruit! The Gin Rickey is an old classic, made with gin, a squeeze of lime, and carbonated water. …

  • The Dirty Mojito Slushie

    The Dirty Mojito Slushie ~ A fun frozen cocktail made with fresh lime juice, a touch of sugar, fresh mint, and earthy dark rum.…

  • Layered Ice Cubes

    Layered Ice Cubes ~ aren’t these pretty?  They’re just ordinary ice cubes, made with layers of fruit juices.  And they’re not just pretty, they actually have a purpose— as they melt…

  • Limoncello Cocktail Cherries

    Summer cocktails call for summer cherries, and these Limoncello Cocktail Cherries are so good you almost don’t need the cocktail at all! The last time I made cocktail cherries I soaked…

  • The Rhubarb Spring Fling

    The Rhubarb Spring Fling ~ a fruity rum cocktail made with homemade rhubarb simple syrup that makes every day feel like the first day of Spring!…

  • Blackberry Mojito Cocktail

    Blackberry Mojito Cocktail ~ this is basically a classic mojito, with the addition of some fresh blackberry puree.  You could theoretically muddle, or crush, the berries right in the cocktail shaker,…

  • The Midas Touch Cocktail

    The Midas Touch Cocktail

    The Midas Touch Cocktail is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow ~ it’s made with a unique saffron simple syrup, cognac, sherry, lemon juice and bitters…