ϟ White Lightning Sangria ϟ

There are lots of different ways to make sangria. Red wine, white wine, pink wine; hints of vodka and brandy- someday I’ll try them all! But I was poking around the internet the other day and found a recipe for White Lightning Sangria; the name was too fun to pass up. I made up my own version of the drink for this post! As I’ve mentioned before in terms of punch, pre-mixed cocktails are perfect at parties. You control the quantity and quality of the liquor, your guests still get a buzz, everybody wins! Feel free to change up the fruit according to what you have/prefer. I think fresh berries in this would be amazing!

Sangria (adapted from Food Network.com, makes 6-8 servings depending on cup size)

– 1 bottle chilled white wine (the bottle of Sauvignon Blanc I used was on sale for $5.99 #class)

– 1/2 cup vodka

– 2 oz Grand Marnier

– 1/2 cup white grape juice

– 1/2 cup strawberry compote (or strawberry syrup)

– 1/2 grapefruit, sliced

– the other half of said grapefruit, juiced

– 1 green apple, sliced

– 1 lemon, sliced

– 1 orange, sliced

– seltzer or ginger ale

Pour wine, vodka, and Grand Marnier into a pitcher along with the fruit and juice . Chill for at least an hour, then add seltzer/ginger ale to your liking before serving (or add more wine woooo!). For an extra hit of lighting, sprinkle chopped pieces of crystallized ginger into each glass. Serve over ice if desired. ϟ


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Cranberry Lime Prosecco Punch (with a Cranberry Ice Block)

This is such a festive punch! Very fresh and tart, and only a little boozy. I love making punch bowls to serve at parties, it lasts for quite a long time and when it’s finished all you have to do is wash a bowl! It also prevents leaving the host of the party with 15 quarter-full bottles of wine because someone wanted a slightly oakier Chardonnay than the 3 bottles that were already opened. Yeah, I speak wine. Jealous? Another great thing about punches is that you can make them as weak or as strong as you want. YOU and you alone control how much booze actually goes into the bowl, which can really help keep a party budget down if you want to entertain but offering a full bar isn’t in the cards. This recipe is made with Prosecco, an Italian sparkling white wine, but punch possibilities are truly endless! I even found one made with beer- classsssssy! Maybe I’ll try my hand at that sometime.

Quick word on ice blocks: they may look fancyridiculous, but honestly they are worth it. Who likes watery almost room temperature drinks? Not I! That’s where the ice blocks come in: they stay frozen for pretty much as long as a bowl of punch lasts, keeping it cold and delicious and not the least bit watered down. Also they’re SO PRETTY, which is always a plus in my book.

Check out this fun Gin Punch I made last year as well!

Cranberry Ice Block

– 4 cups water

– 2 cups fresh canberries

Place the cranberries in a METAL bundt pan. Boil the water and pour gently pour it over the berries (hot water will slightly cook the berries so they’re less tart, which makes for better snacking when as the block starts to melt. The color also gets crazy vibrant and pretty!) The water may look cloudy but it will freeze clear. Freeze the block for several hours or overnight until solid, being careful not to nudge it (as someone clearly did to my block, making an awkward glacier-like portion of an otherwise beautiful ring. Life is hard).

Punch (portion size varies depending on how large your serving cups are, but it should get you about 15-20 modest glasses)

– 3 1/2 cups cranberry pomegranate juice (be sure to use pre-chilled juices and wine!)

– 4 oz. lime juice

– 2 cups pineapple juice

– 1 cup ginger ale

– 2 bottles Prosecco

Pour the cranberry juice into the punch bowl and then un-mold your ice ring (run the mold under hot water until it slides out, then GENTLY place it cranberry side up over the juice). Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Make adjustments according to your taste and enjoy! I served it in this, a super cool cake plate that doubles as a punch bowl when you flip it over, but a simple large bowl will obviously suffice!

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The St-Germain Cocktail

Who loves St-Germain? I tried it for the first time at the beginning of the summer and I could not be happier. If you don’t know, St-Germain is sweet liqueur made from elderberries. And it’s French. If I really had to describe the flavor I would have to say it tastes like fairy dust and orangepeachpeargrapefruitapricot. And for that level of specificity, you’re welcome. Needless to say, you should probably give it a try sometime. My favorite way to drink St-Germain is super simple: 1 oz. of the liqueur with club soda and wedge of lemon. Simple and so refreshing. But if you’re interested in a more fancy cocktail, this recipe is the way to do it. The St-Germain cocktail involves champagne or sparkling wine, club soda, and a wedge of lemon. Doesn’t sound that different from what I just explained a sentence earlier, does it? Well, things are not always as they appear. You’d never know it, but there’s something about adding sparkling wine to a cocktail that instantly makes you feel like you’re wearing dark lipstick and casually thinking about existentialism. So you should probably get on this.

Cocktail (makes one)

– 2 parts Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine (I used Prosecco because I’m exceedingly fancy and not at all a poor student)

– 1 1/2 parts St-Germain

– 2-3 parts Club Soda

– lemon wedge

Combine liquid ingredients in an ice-filled glass (I used my new fancy Dizzy Cocktail Glasses, because the name thoroughly excited me). Garnish with lemon. Put on party dress and be cooler than all your friends. Sip often.

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