Joanna Anastasia


Endless summer Peach, gin & Ice tea

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” Jenny Han

While summer is definitely the best of all the seasons here in Montreal it’s also unbearably hot! I know it sounds like I always complain about the weather – though actually I really do. Winters are too cold and summers are too hot.. but at least I admit it!

So we have now reached a point of summer that I refer to as: I’m-so-hot-I-think-I-won’t-take-it-anymore. With the heat waves hitting us hard and the over the roof humidity the only thing that we can do is to stay hydrated and sip on the yummiest drinks ever! And so during the weekdays I’m whipping up a homemade lemonades like my life depends on it, on the weekends you can find me in the kitchen mixing up drinks for me and my hubby!

And this Peach Gin Ice Tea is my new favourite adult summer drink ever – a bit sweet , a bit tangy and so refreshing! Plus, it’s ready in seconds! It’s my best hostess with the mostest life hack to – as this drinks it looks fancy and tastes delicious- while being really easy to make!

What you’ll need to prepare the Peach, gin & Ice tea drink:

  • Peach Ice tea ( I use the ready to drink mix)
  • Sparkling water
  • Good quality gin
  • Fresh peaches
  • Fresh Lemons
  • Edible flowers
  • Ice

Mix two thirds iced tea with one third sparkling water, ( ratio 2:1). Then add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, one measure of gin, lot of ice, a slice or two of fresh peaches and some edible flowers for the ultimate summery touch! I used pansies, as they look lovely potted on my patio and they are great for summer recipes too. And remember to stay hydrated with water too!

Enjoy your summer!

Very berry gin punch

What you might not know about me is that when I’m not pregnant or nursing I love mixing and sipping on cocktails! 

Any occasion is good to have a little cheer me up , friends over, Friday night or simple date in with my hubby – and this gin berry punch is as lovely and romantic as it gets without being overly complicated or difficult to put together! Plus, it has just the right balance of sweet and sour !

very berry gin punch

And if you ask me, I think it would make for a lovely signature drink for any party! Because who doesn’t like a fun and colorful gin drink?

I love sprucing up my drinks with fruits and herbs, as they always add a bit of freshness and make even the simplest mix feel fancy! 

What you’ll need:


-sparkling water 


-mix berry juice 

-maple syrup 

-fresh berries 

-fresh rosemary 

Mix and enjoy! 

Two color breakfast blueberry banana & pineapple cocktail


I just love starting the week with a healthy breakfast! It gives me energy and motivation to cook fresh and healthy all week. As if the way of starting the week would determine if we’d stick to the healthy and good-for-you routine, or not. You don’t want to know what we eat if we don’t. Lets just say that big quantities of cheese, bread and pasta are involved ;). But coming back to this delicious, two-color cocktail, it really gives you the happy-full-of-energy feeling that you might need on Monday! And actually it’s half blueberry yogurt shake, and half banana pineapple smoothie, so you get two colors and two textures as well:).

1 cup natural Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cup blueberries

2 ripe bananas
1 cup pineapple cut in cubes

Mix yogurt with blueberries, set aside.Mix bananas with pineapples, and pour on top of your blueberry shake. Top it with some blueberries. Enjoy your morning !


Peanut butter and banana shake


For a long time I was very suspicious towards peanutbutter shakes. Can it really be good? I doubted. But one of these mornings I was standing in front of these super ripe, eat-me-now bananas and I was wandering what to do with them.. Didn’t have any other fruits to make a smoothie or a shake, and it was way to hot to bake! So I tryed this peanut butter banana shake.. And it was delicious ! What a satisfying breakfast it makes. And quite nutritious too ! :). You could make it with soya or almond milk as well. And I used all natural peanutbutter, that I really highly recommend: it’s less sweet but more peanutty in taste, and of course more healthy in the end :).

For two portions :
2 cups of milk
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup of natural peanutbutter

Mix it all in a shaker, and serve fresh :). Or take it with you as a breakfast on the go ! 🙂

Refreshing watermelon cocktail


When the heat waves hit Montreal, the air gets humid and the sun literally burns. That’s when I almost wish for the winter to be back. Which is totally crazy, because we get snow until late April and it’s freezing like in Antarctica here ( or almost 😉 ). We need refreshment. I started buying these frozen lemonades that you mix with water… I guess it was the heat that blurred my thinking, because they are soo full of sugar it’s crazy! But unfortunately Lilianne, got semi addicted, and she’s been asking me ever since to give her some. I had to came up with a healthier drink. And here it is : watermelon cocktail that is super refreshing and really very easy. And it is toddler approved!

For 2 medium servings :
2 cups of watermelon cut in cubes
1 ripe banana
1 lime

Put all in the blender (except for lime peel), mix and serve 🙂 .
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Mango banana lime smoothie


Another smoothie recipe! You might think that all we have are smoothies and shakes 🙂 ! The truth is that I love fruits, but in their liquid form. And my daughter seems to think it’s some kind of super treat she’s having for good behaviour! This kid loves her smoothies more than candies :). So this mango banana smoothie is in my humble opinion, one of the best fruit marriages ever. Of course you could make it only with fruits, or you can go one step further and add ice cream… And now you have a perfect summer treat !


2 ripe bananas
1 ripe mango
1/2 lime
1 cup vanilla ice cream

Mix bananas, mango and ice cream in a blender,then add lime juice and enjoy when it’s still cold and fresh !

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