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Sangria Bonita

Sangria is one of my favorite cocktails because it’s not limited to any particular season and can be enjoyed year-round. Red wine sangria with stone fruit or apples is great for fall and winter while white wine sangria with citrus or berries is great for spring and summer.

This Sangria Bonita is a light, fresh white wine sangria that, instead of being weighed down by fruit juice, is lightened up with a little bit of orange liqueur and sparkling water. A pretty tossing in of colorful limes, lemons, oranges, and raspberries make this a picture perfect cocktail. I used Pinot Grigio but if you prefer a drier wine, consider Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Also, use any of your favorite spring or summer fruits here. That’s the great thing about Sangria – you can throw in any wine, juice or fruit you want.  Bonita, indeed!

The ingredients:

Pour 1 bottle dry white wine into a pitcher and add in ½ cup orange liqueur, and 3 tablespoons sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Add in half a bottle of sparkling water.

Add slices of your favorite fruit. I used a mineola orange, lime, lemon, and a handful of fresh raspberries. Chill up to 1 hour before serving and garnish each serving with fresh mint if you like.

Additions:

  • Lemon slices

Omissions:

  • Mint

Substitutions:

  • Raspberries for strawberries

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Coastal Living Magazine

Citrus Sangria

I know, it has been months since I’ve posted a cocktail on this blog. Shame on me! I’d like to say that it’s because I haven’t been drinking but anyone who knows me knows that’s just stupid. During the winter, I primarily drink red wine (it keeps me warm!) but now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is cheerfully out, what better time to introduce a new cocktail? I’m in love with sangria and am willing to try just about any concoction out there. Hence, this Citrus Sangria. This is so unbelievably simple – just white Zinfandel, white grape juice and fruit. I’m not normally a white Zin fan but this sangria is incredibly light and refreshing, making it great for a brunch cocktail. Feel free to substitute the white Zinfandel with a fruity white wine (like Pinot Grigio) if you prefer. Have a great weekend everyone!

The ingredients:

Pour the entire bottle of white zinfandel into a pitcher.

Add in white grape juice.

Drop in slices of fresh oranges, lemons, and limes.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Like It

Source: Southern Living Magazine

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Okay, so maybe when you are thinking of drinks and cocktails for a Super Bowl party, a martini isn’t exactly what you have in mind.  To me, football means beer.  And lots of it.  But not everyone loves beer and sometimes people just want something with a little more flavor that just might put them on their butt faster.  Well, let me introduce you to Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

First of all, I’m guessing most of you like martinis because the Birthday Cake Martini I posted back in September is still my most popular post to date!  So, please, please, please try this.  I love this martini SO MUCH MORE!  It’s sweet, fruity, strong, and oh-so-flavorful.  Second of all, it tastes like pineapple angel food cake in a glass.  So, maybe you don’t like football that much but you are having a party because your honey is obsessed and you have ten people coming over.  Get some pineapple juice, cake vodka, and amaretto and make this.  Nothing else will matter.

The ingredients:

Mix pineapple juice and vodka in a shaker with a splash of amaretto and serve.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Three Olives website

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