Sarasota Lemonade – the perfect summer cocktail! Pink lemonade with white wine, 7Up, and strawberries!

Sarasota Lemonade - the perfect summer cocktail! Pink lemonade with white wine, 7Up, and strawberries!

My kid’s last day of school is tomorrow.

How crazy is that?

It’s really hard to believe that summer is so close considering we just had snow 3 weeks ago!

Well since Memorial Day is only days away and since that pretty much signifies the beginning of grilling/picnic/pool season, Nicole and I decided to do a drink along those lines.

Sarasota Lemonade - the perfect summer cocktail! Pink lemonade with white wine, 7Up, and strawberries!

Sarasota Lemonade!

I made this Sarasota Lemonade because what says summer more than lemonade?

I’m not really sure the origins of the name of this recipe but it’s definitely delicious. It’s sweet Moscato wine mixed with pink lemonade and 7Up.

It’s sweet and bubbly and everything I look for in a drink. I love using frozen fruit in drinks like this because it keeps them nice and cold but doesn’t water them down.

Nicole made Red, White, and Blue Sangria – perfect for your Memorial Day barbecue!

Sarasota Lemonade
from Allrecipes
Ingredients
  • 2 bottles Moscato wine
  • 1 can pink lemonade concentrate thawed
  • 3 cups 7Up or Sprite
  • frozen strawberries
  • ice
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the Moscato, pink lemonade concentrate, and soda. Before serving, fill each glass with frozen strawberries and ice. Pour drink over top.

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Sarasota Lemonade - wine, lemonade, Sprite, and frozen strawberries! This is so good!

 

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I think I am the last person in the universe to jump on the honeycrisp train. To be fair, I bought some years ago (at The Fresh Market for probably $6 a pound) and they tasted like water. So I’ve avoided them until this year. Just this week though, they were the cheapest apples at my grocery store (and GINORMOUS at that) so I bought them and they are amazing. Seriously, crisp like I didn’t even know apples could be!

I haven’t told you guys but Nicole and I had so much fun doing our s’mores week that we wanted to do something together every week. And we decided on drinks because… well duh. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s drinking. So for the next little while we’ll be doing a themed drink each week! Get excited.

Apples were the theme of the week and I’ve had this sangria on my “must make” list since Brandy suggested I try it one night when I was whining on Twitter about how I hated wine. It specifically calls for honeycrisp apples and since I’d just bought 15 pounds (seriously) of honeycrisp, it was perfect!

I love, love, loved it! The original recipe calls for an unoaked chardonnay but I used a moscato because it’s the only wine I drink really. It’s so delicious and so different from your regular sangria since it has ginger and cinnamon sticks and cloves in it. It’s cool and refreshing but warming and holiday-esque at the same time.

Nicole made an Apple Pie Cocktail which I will be making real soon! Yuuuum!

One year ago: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Two years ago: Fig & Walnut Biscotti
Three years ago: Maple Twists

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Ingredients
  • 2 honeycrisp apples
  • 2 oranges
  • lemon
  • lime
  • One 750-milliliter bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/4 cup orange blossom honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Club soda
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop one of the apples. Quarter one of the oranges, the lemon, and the lime.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whine, schnapps and honey. Stir in the chopped apple, the quartered orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, ginger and cloves. Refrigerate it overnight (or at least 4 hours if you're in a hurry).
  3. Strain the sangria into a pitcher. Chop the remaining apple. Peel, section and chop the remaining orange. Mix the apple and orange in a bowl.
  4. On a small plate, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of wine glasses and dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Pour in the sangria until three-quarters full. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a generous spoonful of the chopped apple and orange.

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I’m trying to drink more wine these days.

Not for the health benefits or because I enjoy the taste but because my children are driving me absolutely crazy and having a glass of wine on a Wednesday night is not frowned upon like having a glass of tequila with a shot of Diet Coke is.

But the truth is, I cannot stand wine. I think it’s thick and smells funny and is only drinkable when it’s ice cold. Well, last week while doing my French Fridays with Dorie hopping, I learned that you can buy wine in pink cans. And since I am a sucker for cute packaging, I went straight to our liquor store, was greeted with a “Roll Tide!”, and asked them where the wine cans were. They didn’t have them (of course) so I ended up walking out with a bottle of Riesling.

I gagged on the smell alone. So I made this.

It’s just pureed strawberries and wine so… it counts as a glass of wine, right? Right?!

I thought this recipe was especially fun since it’s made in the ice cream maker but if you don’t have an ice cream maker (or don’t feel like dirtying yours), just use your blender and frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones. You’ll get pretty much the same effect.

I’ve got a glass waiting in the freezer for tonight and I am SO excited about it.

5 from 1 vote
Grown-Up Strawberry Slushies
from Bon Appetit
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Riesling
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer-safe container and put in freezer.
Grown-Up Strawberry Slushies - wine and strawberries! These are delicious and easy to make for a crowd!

 

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6043429232 84a283789b Project Pastry Queen – Rather Sweet Sangria

So I had a baby. Did I tell you guys that? No? Well I did. About 2 weeks ago. He looks like his daddy. We’re hoping he grows out of that eventually.

The reason I’m telling you this now? Because I finally got to choose the Rather Sweet Sangria for Project Pastry Queen! I’ve spent the last 10 months hoping each week that it didn’t get chosen because I knew I would have to sit out.

I’d never had sangria before this and I have to say, as a wine hater, that it was delicious! It was also really easy to throw together and would be perfect for entertaining since it really stretches the bottle of wine and brandy.

Make sure you check out the Project Pastry Queen blogroll to see how everyone else did with the sangria.

Project Pastry Queen – Rather Sweet Sangria
Ingredients
Simple Syrup:
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 fresh limes halved
  • 2 fresh lemons halved
Sangria:
  • 1 750 ml bottle fruity red Spanish wine, such as a Rioja
  • 2 cups 475 ml brandy
  • 1 talespoon pomegranate molasses
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 16.9-ounce bottles chilled sparkling water, such as San Pellegrino
  • 1 fresh lime sliced
  • seeds of 1 pomegranate
Instructions
To make the simple syrup:
  1. Combine the water, sugar, limes, and lemons in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, until syrupy. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool the syrup about 30 minutes. Squeeze the juice from the lime and lemon halves into the syrup. Pour the syrup into a clean glass jar, cover, and refrigerate until needed. It will keep at least 1 month in the refrigerator.
To make the sangria:
  1. Combine the wine, 2 cups of the simple syrup, brandy, pomegranate molasses, and lime juice in a large bowl. Chill until ready to serve. Add the sparkling water, lime slices, and pomegranate seeds just before serving. Ladle into ice-filled glasses.
  2. The sangria will keep, covered, for 1 week in the refrigerator. It may get sweeter as it sits. Taste it before serving and add an additional 1 cup chilled wine and 1 bottle of chilled sparkling water if necessary.
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