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Peachy Summer White Sangria

Yield:
6-8 servings

Making fresh sangria is one of my favorite year-round drinks to mix up at home.The thing I love about sangria (or shangria as we like to call it in my home) are the endless combination of flavors you can create depending on your tastes, mood and what’s in season.

Last week a dear friend of mine was coming over for a long-overdue catch up. We had discussed going out for drinks and a bite to eat with my daughter, but as my eyes fell onto a bowl of peaches that were just slightly over-ripe, I decided we should stay in and I would whip up a batch of shangria instead.

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Some might say you should be picky with the wines you choose for sangria. But I say: use whatever you have on hand! And in this case, I had a bottle of Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc leftover from a recent Shabbat dinner. It turned out to be a perfect base for a light, Summery sangria. Add some strawberries, a bit of orange-flavored liqueur and club soda or ginger ale, and you are ready with a light, fruity and slightly fizzy drink.

Want some inspiration to create your own perfect pairing? Here are a few recipes that caught my eye:

AMEX_COCKTAILS_34Watermelon Sangria

Cucumber Sangria with Honeydew and Mint

Tequila Sangria with Blackberries and Citrus

Need the perfect serving set for your sangria? I love this super affordable 7 piece set which includes glasses for all your friends too. Sangria isn’t meant to be enjoyed alone, after all.

Cheers! Or rather, l’chaim!

Peachy Summer White Sangria

Posted on July 30, 2013

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New Year’s Moscato Punch

Yield:
16-20 servings


cranberry moscato punch

What’s an easy and elegant way to serve a crowd some festive drinks? Punch! And in the spirit of the trends of 2012, I would like to suggest serving up some Cranberry Moscato Punch as you usher in 2013!

Last year at the holidays I made a rosemary-citrus infused punch that was subtle and sweet, but also more work since it called for an extra rosemary simple syrup. This year I am opting for something a bit bolder (and easier) with cranberry juice, lemon, triple sec and the sparkling wine.

Want to make your cocktails just a touch more special? Try freezing cranberries, mint, lemon or other herbs in square ice cub trays. We use these Tovolo Perfect Cube Trays for our rosemary and cranberry ice cubes last year.

Happy drinking!

Cranberry Moscato Punch

Posted on December 27, 2012

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Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)

Yield:
8-10 servings


My husband and I aren’t really the sit-on-a-beach-for-a-week types, so instead of a beach vaca for our honeymoon, we went skiing in Switzerland – pretty amazing! After our days on the slopes, we would get to the bottom of the mountain and hit up the bars for an apres-ski – and had for the first time Gluhwein, or more commonly known here as mulled wine.

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The cloves and cinnamon add just the right amount of spice, and some sugar and orange add sweetness. Putting the cloves into the orange slices isn’t just decorative – its actually convenient so you don’t have to go fishing around for the cloves when you are ready to serve the warm, spicy drink. (This is a step that I didn’t come to understand until I had made this recipe a few times…)

I will say in full disclosure that I have been known to whip up a batch of this cozy treat on a cold day, put it into a to-go mug and bring it to a pedicure. Am I allowed to say that? Regardless, it takes relaxation up a notch, and so I highly recommend.

It’s also the perfect drink to serve at a holiday gathering. You can double the batch, put it on the stove, and allow guests to serve themselves a warm mug. Wanna get fancy? Serve the hot wine in Israeli-style glass mugs like these.

Happy relaxing (and drinking)!

 

Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)

Posted on November 19, 2012

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