The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy!
1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Shot brandy
2 Cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
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Start your morning off right or say good morning to some one you love with this dairy-free fresh fruit smoothie blended with the antioxidant richness of green tea from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond.
1 medium pineapple
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
12 ounces brewed green tea (use decaf for kids)
Blend diced pineapple and tea until smooth. Add remaining fruit and blend again until smooth. Enjoy a “pink smoothie” made with love and packed with goodness.
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This is a classic! In fact, The International Bartender Association has designated this cocktail as an IBA Official Cocktail – so it must truly be the real deal! You should try it if you haven’t already.
2 msr tequila
2 dashes grenadine syrup
Pour tequila in a highball glass with ice, and top with orange juice. Stir. Add grenadine by tilting glass and pouring grenadine down side by flipping the bottle vertically very quickly. The grenadine should go straight to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the drink. The catch is getting syrup down without mixing it. Use spoon to pour syrup onto the spoon and glass wall to guide it down with minimal mixing. Garnish stirrer, straw and cherry-orange.
JACK AND COKE
(Often referred to as JD and Coke)
Manhattan mixologist Dara Mahler calls this “a weeknight drink for men who wear suits.” A whiskey and soda guy often appears as if he could drink for eight hours straight—even while making business deals—without slurring a word. While he can be overly macho, we’d like to think that this guy isn’t into playing games. A lot of adults and more sophisticated drinkers enjoy it too, however, because it slows down your consumption of alcohol and re-hydrates you as you go.
2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
10 oz Coca-Cola®
The recipe is pretty much built into the name of the cocktail. Pour jack daniels into large glass filled with ice. Pour coca-cola into the glass. Stir lightly.
A delicious recipe for Blue Flush, with Crown Royal, Canadian whisky, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao liqueur and cranberry juice. Be extremely careful people, this is known to be a strong drink. Drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
1/2 oz Crown Royal® Canadian whisky
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
3/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1 splash cranberry juice
Ice Cubes (optional)
Pour the Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao and cranberry juice all into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and pour into your favorite drink-tumbler.
Make no mistake, the Blue Motorcycle definitely packs a punch. Do be careful, because it’s one of those drinks that sneaks up on you in a hurry. So, the next time you want to put on the brain bucket and hit the big slab but the weather isn’t cooperating, kick back and chill with a Blue Motorcycle!
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Rum
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Tequila
.5 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
2 oz. Sprite or 7-up
Build over ice directly into your Stemless Traveler. Fill with sour mix and add a splash of 7-Up.
If you like sweet and sour combinations then you will love Midori Sours! The traditional way to prepare a Midori Sours is to shake it on ice and strain it into a rocks glass, but some people like them on the rocks and with a good quality vodka. Whichever way you prefer… they are still good! This is a perfect mixed drink for St. Patrick’s Day.
1 1/2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce premium vodka (optional)
2 ounces sour mix
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
1 dash Sprite or 1 dash other carbonated lemon-lime beverage
It’s easy: combine first four ingredients and pour over ice. Splash soda.
GIN AND TONIC
Classic, easy, light and perfect for a summer afternoon. The best Gin and Tonics are made with the best gins, especially those with a slight citrus flavor and a great blend of botanicals. If you like this recipe but are not a gin fan, you might want to try Vodka Tonic. Interesting Fact: This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India as an antimalarial remedy for the soldiers. Tonic water contains quinine (although back then in much higher doses than in today’s tonic water) to prevent and treat the malaria virus.
2 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
1 lime wedge
Pour the gin and the tonic water into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with the lime wedge.