Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Drinks O' the Summer

Recently I've been introduced to two drinks which are lovely, light and refreshing for summer.  Which brings to mind my favorite summer cocktail, sangria.  I believe I feel a craving coming on.  First - my fave, then my two newest acquisitions.  Try all three and let me know what you think!

White Sangria 
First, it's a cinch to make.  Second, for a party, you must make it ahead of time, and anything that is pre-made and allows you to have more fun at your party is just gravy.  I strongly suggest finding a beautiful large glass pitcher, as this is very pretty and you will want to show it off.   It is also the perfect drink for guests to serve themselves.  And they will, again and again.  Make a double-batch if you suspect thirsty friends.   You don't need to spend a bundle on the wine, but getting a decent bottle will only improve the final result.  If you get a nice dry wine you will need the 1 cup of sugar, but if your wine is sweeter, cut back a tad.

2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup brandy
1 cup sugar
2 lemons, sliced
2 limes, sliced
1 apple, sliced
Combine all the above ingredients in a large pitcher and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.  Just before serving add 1 liter of sparkling water, preferably lemon or lime flavored.

The next two drinks are great for any time of day, should the party start early...

Sunny Drink   Thanks to John and Paula for this little gem.  
1 shot vodka
1 cup Sunny Delight orange drink
1 Tbl grenadine
splash Sprite

Pink Drink    Thanks to Mike and Elizabeth for this tart and refreshing bevvy.
1 shot vodka
1 cup Ruby Red LIGHT Grapefruit juice - made with Splenda
juice of 1/2 lime

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