It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
When it comes to summer entertaining, there’s one crucial component to success: sangria.
Okay, maybe that’s just my opinion, but nothing quite says “good host” like a pitcher of chilled red wine bursting with textured, alcohol-infused fruit. It’s a laid-back bevvy that’s easy to drink and even easier to make for a crowd.
The three main components to this playful patio beverage are wine, fruit and a spirit. In this version, a Spanish Rioja is mixed with either orange liqueur or brandy and is chock-full of plump, black cherries, orange and lemon slices, and fresh peaches. Top with chilled soda water to taste, and serve over ice. Since summer means that all sorts of fruits and berries are at their sweetest and juiciest, feel free to adjust the recipe according to what’s in season at your market. This sangria will benefit from just about any ripe summer fruit you have on hand.
Bottoms up, folks.
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It’s rare to think about drinking sangria during the cold winter months, but here’s a harmonious concoction that’s sure to lift your spirits. This winter white sangria is a shareable drink to make for guests during the holidays. Not only is it crisp and refreshing, but there’s also a comforting undertone of warm cloves and nutmeg.
Combine dry white wine with the autumnal spices, crisp slivers of pear and apple, and Damiana liqueur which will add a citrusy sweetness. Let this “make-ahead” holiday punch refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop. The next day, you just combine this mixture with some chilled bubbly for sparkling, fruity sangria that will please a crowd.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Week four of our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2011 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into eggplant, peaches and cucumbers. Now we’re chowing down on cherries.
In season summer fruit is so sweet and juicy, you don’t even need to think about adding sugar to your favorite drinks, you can just add succulent fruit. One of the best ways to drink cherries this summer is in a classic fruity cocktail: sangria.
No matter how you make your sangria (there are so many options), I’d advise skipping the simple syrup and relying solely on the flavor of your fruit. Pick from white sangria that’s chock full of lemons, limes, peaches and white Spanish wine or red sangria that’s filled with apples, oranges and a dry red wine. Sangria is great for masking cheaper wines or serving drinks to a large crowd. Me, I’ll just sip it on a Wednesday evening.
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Wow a crowd with over-the-top, Cheddar-stuffed Juicy Lucy Burgers, double-stacking optional.
The average person may not consider Memorial Day a huge food holiday, but as the unofficial start of summer and a long, good-weather (we hope) weekend, Memorial Day kicks off grilling season for food lovers across the country. So fire up the grill and start the summer Cooking Channel-style by mixing and matching our new, great grill-out recipes.
Start building your menu with a show-stopping burger, like this Cheddar-stuffed, double-stacked, bacon-topped Juicy Lucy Burger. The Juicy Lucy is an all-American creation, originating in 1950s Minneapolis (November 17th is Juicy Lucy Day in Minneapolis). The exact location is contested with both Matt’s Bar and 5-8 Club claiming credit for the first Juicy Lucy, but everyone agrees it was a great score for hamburger lovers everywhere.
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