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Red and White Sangria

May 4, 2013

Classic Cinco de Mayo! Also good on Memorial Day, July 4th and another other hot summer night!  We served these at my daughter’s party, on a 100 degree day in August before she began college.  Credit to my sister in  law, Robin for these recipes ( and a load of  other  things  she made  possible    during her  stay !) The best Sangria sits over night, topped the next  day with  ginger ale. Doubling the recipes are definitely recommended!


Red Sangria

1 bottle of your favorite Red wine- I am a Shiraz  fan

1 each- lemon, lime and orange, cut into wedges

1/2 C. lemonade

2 shots Triple Sec

1 C. frozen strawberries

1 small can diced pineapple

4 C. ginger ale

Pour wine into a large pitcher. Squeeze the citrus fruit juices into the wine, and drop them in. Add pineapple, lemonade and Triple  Sec. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale, frozen berries and serve over lots of ice.


White Sangria

1 bottle of  your  favorite white  wine

1 each-lemon, lime and orange, cut into wedges

2 C. frozen peaches

1 C. sliced  fresh or  frozen strawberries

1/2  C. lemonade

2 shots apricot brandy

4 C. ginger ale

Pour wine into pitcher and squeeze the lemon, lime and orange wedges into the wine. Toss the squeezed wedges in and add the peaches, strawberries, lemonade  and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale and serve over a  full glass of ice.

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Cinco Cinco Watermelon Cucumber Margarita

May 14, 2012

I fell in love with the thought of the combination of cooling cucumber and the sweet meat of the watermelon the minute I saw it on my friend’s wall on facebook for Cinco de Mayo. I thought it would be the perfect drink for my 55th birthday.It was everything I thought it would be,a lttle  tart,a hint of sweet, light and perfect for a celebration on a warm spring day.Pretty in pink, with a tinge of fresh lime zest on the rim. I know you will enjoy this as much as we did. Credit due to my friend, Global Cuisine by Gary Arabia.  Happy Birthday to me and Cheers to you!

4 C. watermelon, cubed

1 larger cucumber,peeled,seeded and sliced in thin strips

1/4 C. fresh lime juice,zest before juicing and reserve zest

1 1/2 oz. organic Agave syrup

3 oz. Silver Patron Tequilla

2 T. kosher or Tequilla salt

In a blender, puree watermelon and cucumber.Strain though a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.

Refrigerate until cold. Combine zest and salt on a flat plate and set aside.

When ready to serve, rub lime slice over rim of Martini or Margarita glass, and dip in salt. Mix  1/2 C. watermelon – cucumber juice with lime juice,Agave and tequilla in a cocktail shaker. Add 1/2 C. shaved ice and shake until well chilled and blended. Pour into salt rimmed glasses. Serve immediately,preferably while watching the sun set!


Creamsigal Shots

March 28, 2012

These are a combo of whipped cream vodka and orange jell-o. Tasting  just like the old time favorite creamsicles, refreshing and perfect for a clear spring night..

  • 1 box orange flavored jell-0
  • 1/2 C whipped cream vodka
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1 C boiling water
  • Whipped cream – cool whip- reddi whip-or make your own and flavor with a dash of vanilla

As with the making of any jell-o,bring your water to a full boil. Completely dissolve the jello -o in the hot water. Add your vodka and orange juice. These were made impromptu when my shot buddies Karen and Steve came over.. These little Chinese take out tray make the process pronto. I put them in the freezer and they are ready in about 45 minutes…

Spoon them into your shot glasses and top with whipped cream.


Chocolate topped Strawberry Shots of Love

February 12, 2011

Chocolate,strawberry and whipped cream.Perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime! I created these for a friend’s birthday which happens to fall near Valentine’s Day. (Happy Birthday again Karen). If you are thinking chocolate covered strawberries – surprise!

  • 1 4oz. box strawberry jell-o
  • 1 C. boiling water
  • 1/2 C. vodka
  • 1/2 C. creme de cacao
  • 1 bottle Hershey’s Shell Topping -chocolate or chocolate fudge

Boil water. Pour in jell-o and stir until completely dissolved. Add vodka and creme de cacao. Pour into mini muffin pans almost to the top. Put in freezer for 30 minutes or in fridge to gel. Before serving pour a teaspoon of shell topping on each “shot” and spread evenly. Pop back in fridge for another ten minutes to harden. Carefully spoon out and place in shot glass. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy all the sensations….and have a Happy Valentine’s Day from me.


Midori Colada Jell-o Shot

November 16, 2010

I am what’s known as a lightweight when it comes to alcohol.Also known as a weakie and worst of all, a cheap date.Alcohol just isn’t my friend.However, combine the experience with the coolness of jell-o, a little whipped cream, good friends and better conversation and I am on my way. While shopping I came across a display of  Pina Colada gelatin.Of course the last thing I had in mind was a conventional fruity jell-o mold. Cheers!!

  • One small box pina colada Jell-O
  • 1 C. boiling water
  • 4 oz.   rum
  • 4 oz. Midori melon liquor
Boil one cup of water in microwave.Whisk gelatin powder in slowly until dissolved.Add alcohol. Pour into one of those Chinese take out containers you have saved in your cabinet. Cover and freeze for two hours if you are in a rush! Otherwise refrigerate 4 hours til jelled. (I don’t care for those little paper cups people make them in- too much waste) Another cool option is to make them in mini baking cups.When I try this I’ll post a picture.
Put a few spoonfuls in a shot glass. Squirt a little mound of whipped cream on top. Raise your glass, tip your head back and savor the flavor.