I know, I know, I haven’t been blogging. Now that the kid is back at school, I have more time to do the fun things. Such as, having an old fashion with a buddy of mine. We were discussing cocktails. ( We had already discussed kids and spouses.) He told me the secret to his Sangria is Strawberry nectar. Hmmm. So I borrowed his secret ingredient and ran with it.
This glass is raised to you MH.
1 bottle of Apothic Red
1 can of Jumex strawberry nectar
2 limes thinly sliced
1 plum thinly sliced
1 12 oz bag of frozen mixed berries
1/3 cup of orange vodka.
1 lt of spicy ginger soda.(non alcoholic)
Mix first 6 ingredients in a 2 lt pitcher. Let rest for 1-3 hours so berries melt, dilute and absorb some of the alcohol. Before serving pour in a little over half of the ginger soda. Stir. Pour over a glass of ice and top off with a little more ginger soda.
Yes, I have been on sabbatical. No mixology. Only drinking wine and beer.
I didn’t feel I should write about how to open a bottle of wine.
Or even how to use the worlds greatest beer opener.
But Halloween is here. The kid and her posse are begging for sustenance from strangers. Unsupervised. Being proud of this development milestone I have made a special Halloween Sangria. If you are still unlucky enough to have to accompany your small creature out, please enjoy this drink in roadie form. Store in this.
1 Bottle of Apothic dark red blend
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp of crystallized ginger
1 julienned apple and pear
1 cup of apple cider
1 sliced orange
1/4 cup of blueberry lemon simple syrup ( see Blueberry Margarita blog)
3 shots of vodka or brandy
1/2 liter of Fresca or 7up
Julienne apple and pears place in bottom of pitcher. Add Cinnamon stick and ginger.
Continue adding all items except the Fresca or 7up. let sit in refrigerator until time to serve then add the soda product and serve over ice..
It’s Sunday night and I’m cleaning out my fridge. I have a peach that is wrinkled and shriveled. I have a half eaten grapefruit from breakfast. Some raspberries that will probably be moldy tomorrow. All safely edible but not glamourous. I have some shady sparkling red wine I got “talked’ into by a wine rep. Mad men is on tonight. I will want a cocktail in my hand while waiting for Don to find happiness. We are addicted to this show. I crack up everytime my husband looks at me with a straight face and says. “Tonight Don will be happy right?” A Vodka tonic is a bit much for a Sunday night. Sangria it will be.
1 Bottle of barefoot bubbly summer red wine.
1 can le croix orange
1 shriveled peach
1/2 grapefruit sections peeled
1/2 pint of raspberries.
2 shots cherry vodka
2 shots of Cointreau or other orange liquor
2 shots of raspberry shrub. ( I am freezing the rest of this into ice cubes)
Muddle your fruit in the vodka and Cointreau.
Add wine, La croix and shrub. Add Ice. Pour and serve.
If you don’t have the shrub you will need to add lemons. This was really sweet before the acid of the shrub.
Spring is here. The daffodils are blooming. My tulips are fighting their way out of the damp dark earth. I am turning my face into the sun any chance I can get. Spring is the time I start my garden. I have a tiny little patch of dirt next to the driveway and 4 planter pots. I kiss my manicure goodbye and dig dig dig.
I go to Home Depot to buy most of my plants. I grow my herbs in pots. I plant Sage, Rosemary and Basil in one.
I put Mint in a second pot. You can never have enough mint. Especially for summertime cocktails. I have tried other varieties of mint, such as; Chocolate mint, Grapefruit mint Peppermint. I haven’t found them to add any extra excitement to the drinks.
This is sweet mint. It will fill the pot come back every year
Lavender. This is going to be my summer to see if I like lavender in my cocktails. I keep seeing drinks on pinterest so my curiosity is peaked. If I hate it, I will make panty drawer sachets for everyone. 🙂
This weeks drink started out as a sangria with Apples and Pears. My kid ate the pear. I am too lazy to go to the store for one pear. It also has a moscato wine. I didn’t have a bottle of that in my wine drawer so I am making an Orange ginger sangria. Life is always evolving. Don’t stress just go with the flow and mix it up.
Orange ginger Sangria
1 bottle of riesling wine.
1/3 cup of ginger infused vodka ( see below for recipe)
1/4 cup triple sec.
1 thinly sliced orange
1 thinly sliced granny smith apple ( or whatever you have)
1 can of diet or reg ginger ale.
Mix first 5 ingredients into a pitcher. let sit for an hour or two. ( more doesn’t hurt but overnight gives you mushy apples)
Add can of ginger ale to the pitcher right before serving. Serve over ice.
Peel one chunk of ginger the size of your thumb. Slice it thin. Soak in 1/3 c of plain vodka over night. Strain.
Update: For reason I had a 2/3rd cup of this left over. I poured it over shrimp and used it as a marinade.. Then popped the shrimp on the grill. Amazing marriage of flavors. YUM!!
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