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Superbowl Cocktails

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Drinking beer while watching football is the typical tradition.  For Superbowl however, going all out to entertain your guests is the norm. So instead of serving just beer, here are two options to entertain your guests.

Beergarita – still keeps the beer tradition but also adds tequila and lime flavors to make a pitcher cocktail that will please your guests.  You could also run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip in coarse salt before adding your ingredients.

Sangria – great option for guests who may not drink beer.   While red wine is my personal choice, it may not be the ideal choice to serve for a party in the afternoon. With so many diverse and rich foods being served during the game, a bright and refreshing cocktail will hit the spot.

If you’re hosting a casual party,  you can use mason jars instead of using multiple glasses for wine, beer or cocktails.

 

Adjust the ingredients as needed based on the number of guests or if you prefer more liquor in your cocktails!

Beergarita

  • 4 (12oz) beer, such as corona
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 can of frozen limeade ( or use fresh lime juice)

In a large pitcher or bowl, add the beer, tequila and lime juice and stir to combine.

  Citrus Sangria

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brandy
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Sliced lime, lemon and orange
  • 1-2 cups club soda

In a pitcher, combine all ingredients except for club soda.   Chill in the refrigerator.  Before serving, add club soda.

 

 

 

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Cucumber Jalapeno Martini

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo cocktails, Tequila usually gets all the glory, so I’m making a vodka inspired cocktail. If you’re not a vodka fan, just substitute the vodka with tequila, moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and coat the rim with salt for a margarita!

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-4 jalapeño slices (more or less as desired)
  • 4-5 mint leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 lime, cut into slices
  • 1 cucumber sliced, seeds removed
  • juice of 1/2  lime
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • ice

DIRECTIONS

To make simple syrup: In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle jalapeno slices, mint and lime slices together.

In a blender, combine simple syrup, cucumber, and lime juice  and blend until smooth. Strain into the cocktail shaker. Add vodka and ice and shake until cold.

Pour into martini glasses and garnish with cucumber and jalapeño slices.

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Party Sangria

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Sangria is perfect for summer parties and barbecues. Here is a recipe that will please all your guests so make a few batches as it will go quickly!  Sangria is best chilled overnight to let all the flavors blend together.

  • If using berries such as strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, add these fruits when you add the club soda before serving as the fruits will become soggy if left overnight.
  • If  you’re not a fan of club soda, you can substitute with ginger ale.
  • You can  substitute with prosecco instead of wine.
  • If you are using sweet or dessert wine, omit the sugar in the recipe ( unless you really like it sweet!)

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red or white wine
  • 1/4 cup  sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brandy
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Fruits desired such as: lemon, lime,  peach, pear, apple, pineapple, etc
  • 1 cup club soda ( or more as desired)
  • Mint for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a pitcher, combine all ingredients except for club soda and mint.

Chill in the refrigerator for few hours or overnight.

Before serving, add club soda and mix well. Garnish with mint,  if desired.

 

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