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  • 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 ~ fresh edible blossoms frozen right into cubes of ice dress up cocktails, soda, or plain water. Up your beverage game this season with the prettiest ice cubes…

  • 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 recipe

    Turmeric Tea, or golden milk, has legendary anti-inflammatory properties, so give this ancient home remedy 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!…

  • 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…

  • The Frozen Turkey Adult Cocktail Milkshake

    The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me!  This spiked ice cream milkshake is guaranteed to become a…

  • 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

    Aren’t these layered ice cubes pretty?  They’re just ordinary ice cubes, made with layers of fruit juice.  Plop a few into a glass and they’ll magically turn plain water or lemonade…

  • 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…