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Wine Slushy

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This is a nice twist on summer time frozen drinks.  A wine slushy! Doesn’t that sound delicious?  It is also really easy to make, most of it can be done ahead of time, and the ingredients are clean and healthy!  This will be a favorite drink while sitting out by the pool, or for a summer night BBQ.  I got this recipe from CoilyLocks.com, and here is the very simple instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Riesling
  • 2 cups hulled strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Directions:

Set aside one cup of Riesling in the fridge to chill.  In a food processor, puree strawberries with the remaining wine, lime juice and sugar.  Pour the mixture into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid.  When you’re ready to serve (or drink), puree the ice cubes with the remaining wine in your blender.

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Fresh Heirloom Tomato Juice

Ahhhh the amazing tastes of summer! One of my husband’s favorites are heirloom tomatoes. Not only are they beautiful to look at but they have a delicious flavor about them. They’ve been showing up in droves at our local market so I thought this recipe is quite timely.  It would make a tasty breakfast beverage or jazz up a homemade Bloody Mary.

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For full recipe and instructions please visit  Whole Foods Market

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Juice
Ingredients:
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes (about 3 pounds), cored and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, plus more to taste (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 dashes Tabasco sauce

Blender Lemonade

Nothing screams summer like homemade lemonade! I love making it the traditional way but thought this version seemed interesting and equally refreshing. Per my usual, I’ll be making a few notable substitutions to keep it a bit healthier…..stevia to taste in lieu of sugar and coconut milk instead of condensed milk. Can’t wait to give this a try!

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Blender Lemonade

For full recipe and instructions please visit Pinch of Yum!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Lemons
  • Lime
  • Water
  • Sugar (or stevia like I’ll be using)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (or coconut milk like I’ll be using)

 

 

Red White & Blue Sangria

It’s almost 4th of July. I can hardly believe it! June absolutely flew by in my world. Well with the upcoming holiday in mind I found this recipe for sangria that is festive but also seems refreshing. Per my usual, the one modification I’ll make is omitting the vodka. Just not a fan of the stuff. In lieu I’ll just add some additional wine.

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Recipe found on One Martini At A Time
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 white peach or nectarine, sliced
  • 1 cup raspberry vodka (I’ll just be using additional wine instead of vodka)
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • Sparkling water
  • Optional: Fresh squeezed lemon
Preparation
  1. Combine fruit, vodka and white wine in a pitcher.
  2. Cover and let refrigerate for four hours.
  3. After serving, top glasses with sparkling water.
  4. If desired, add some fresh squeezed lemon to the sangria to taste.

Cucumber Limeade

We’ve had some really hot weather here the last several days. Drinking lots of water is important and we definitely do plenty of that but I’ve also been really into homemade refreshing drinks. I’ve been experimenting with different herbal and green tea concoctions which have turned out really great. This recipe really turned my head though.  I love limeades but the ones you get at drive-in’s are so full of sugar. This recipe seems so insanely refreshing with cucumber and lime….oh yummy!

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Cucumber Limeade (this delicious recipe found on Crunchy Creamy Sweet)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber, washed, skin peeled
  • 3 small limes, juiced
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups of cold water
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (I will be using 2-3 packets of stevia in lieu of sugar)

Instructions

Chop cucumber into small cubes and place cucumber and lime juice in a blender, blending until smooth. Strain over a medium mixing bowl, throwing away any solids.** Return the cucumber lime juice back into the blender and add 2 cups of water, ice cubes and sweetener, blend well. Pour into a pitcher, add the remaining water and stir well. Serve over ice.

**I will be using my juicer to juice the cucumber instead of messing with blending and straining.

Strawberry Cream & Vodka Popsicles

It’s a holiday weekend. Time to relax and enjoy the extra time off! A weekend like this calls for something a little special, right? These popsicles sound like a yummy adult treat! And you could even make a few for the kids just pour some of the filling into molds before adding the vodka….just be sure to mark the non-alcoholic ones! Oh and in my true fashion I won’t be using yogurt, mascarpone or milk, but will instead use full fat coconut milk. Yum!

For full recipe & instructions please visit Blueberry Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Vodka
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon Juice

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Strawberry Rose Wine Granita

How refreshing does this look?  I love the idea of homemade granitas in the summer time.  They are typically a healthier treat than ice cream and simple to make.  This recipe adds a little twist by incorporating wine.  Sounds amazing to me!  The only caveat would be the sugar, I’d likely use honey or agave nectar in place of.

For the full recipe and instructions visit Gourmande in the Kitchen

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Alegria

If you are looking for a nice cocktail made with fresh fruit, but want something other than sangria, this should whet your whistle just right!  This is an Australian recipe from Taste.com.au and I think it will make a delicious summer beverage.  A good amount of tartness to balance out the sweetness, and a delicious amount of fresh fruitiness!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 oranges, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs caster sugar (can substitute with confectioners sugar)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) white rum
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) limoncello
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) chilled tonic water
  • Method
  1. Step 1Place the orange, grapefruit and sugar in a plastic bowl. Use the end of a rolling pin, or muddler, to pound until lightly crushed.
  2. Step 2Divide orange mixture among serving glasses. Top with ice. Pour over the rum, limoncello and tonic water to serve.
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Tangelo Margarita

Nothing better than an ice cold cocktail on a warm spring day!  Tangelos and oranges have been plentiful at our local markets so when I saw this recipe for a Tangelo Margarita I knew I had to give it a try.

Full recipe & instructions at Confections of a Foodie Bride.

For 2 servings you’ll need:

  • 3 0z margarita mix (homemade preferred)
  • 5 oz tangelo juice (from 3 tangelos)
  • 3 oz tequila
  • Salt for the rim (optional)

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Premade Cocktails in Mason Jars

One of the things that always bums me out about having a party at my house is that I spend most of the party working.  So I am always looking for ways to pre-make as much as possible so that I can spend more time with the people I invited to my house!  I just saw this idea on Pinterest, but unfortunately, the page it was pinned from doesn’t load, so I can’t give proper credit.  The great thing about this, is that you can make these cocktails ahead of time, put labels on the tops, and leave room for ice.  Then you can put them in a bucket of ice, and when the guest is ready to drink, they just ad ice right to the jar, and they are good to go!

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