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Grape Escape

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A long week, deserves a long and refreshing weekend.  So sit back and relax with these real Summer Sipper recipes.  Absurdly easy, quick and completely delicious, but be warned it's difficult to drink just one!  

Photo Courtesy of The Minimalist Baker
Summer in a Glass
 created by The Minimalist Baker
It takes only 5 ingredients and serves 4; or 1

  • 1 bottle of red Spanish wine (I like to use Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend, but you can use any inexpensive bottle)
  • 1 bottle of champagne or ginger ale
  • 1/2 pineapple (chopped; roughly 1 cup)
  • 1 naval orange (sliced round and then in half)
  • 1  apple (diced)
  1. Slice fruit and drop into large pitcher or carafe
  2. Add champagne, then wine, and stir
  3. Refrigerate until serving ~ 4-6 hours

Photo Courtesy of Julia Kent

Julia's White Sangria
created by Julia Kent
serves 4

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Chardonnay or Riesling (use for a sweeter taste)
  • 1 litre ginger ale
  • 1 apple (cored and sliced)
  • 1 lemon (seeded and sliced)
  • 1 lime (seeded and sliced)
  • 1/2 bunch of seedless white grapes (frozen)
  1. Place limes, lemons, and apples into pitcher or carafe
  2. Pour 2 cups of wine over the fruit
  3. Refrigerate and let sit for 1-hour
  4. Add ginger ale until the pitcher is half full
  5. Top off with more wine
  6. Add frozen grapes

English Mojito

  • 2 ounces Gin (preferably Hendrick's Gin)
  • 8 ounces tonic water
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 5 lime wedges
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  1. Peal and slice cucumber
  2. Muddle the mint and lime and place in the bottom of glass
  3. Pour gin over the mint and lime
  4. Add tonic water and cucumbers 
  5. stir and serve

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