Blueberry Lemonade Mimosa

Aloha friends!

This is the Monday-est Monday ever so for getting through it, I am rewarding myself with a delicious boozey drink!

The ultimate power couple is lemon and alcohol (which gets boring fast!) but throw in something extra to spice things up and you have my attention!

With this recipe, you can easily substitute the blueberries for raspberries, cherries, strawberries, you name it!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1.5 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • Lemonade
  • Prosecco
  • Lemon wedges and extra blueberries for garnish

METHOD

  1. Make blueberry syrup- add the water, sugar, blueberries and lemon zest to a medium sized pan and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occassionally
  2. Strain this mixture
  3. In glasses pour in the lemonade to half way, then fill with prosecco to 3/4 way.
  4. Pour in a tablespoon of the syrup into each glass and garnish with some blueberries and a lemon wedge each.
  5. SALUT!
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Red Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s getting cold ://

But you know what that means?!! All the kinds of hot chocolates :D!!

Hot chocolate has got to be my favorite warm beverage apart from pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll leave the latter to Starbucks.

I saw this recipe on facebook the other day and I thought to definitely try it out. It sounded really gross at first but it started growing on me. I really like warm, creamy alcoholic beverages so I’m glad I gave this a shot.

I used Jason Triggs merlot which is full-bodied and a little fruity.

I actually really enjoyed making this and better yet drinking it. There is a wine-y after taste and it’s very rich and thick! Kinda like you’re drinking the chocolate founting at Aunt Gilda’s wedding but with a little bit of mmmph! I would definitely make this again.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except salt and vanilla extract) in a pot over medium heat and stir occassionaly till it’s all melted and even
  2. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla extract. Pour in mugs and enjoy 🙂

*If you don’t like how thick this is, you can thin it out with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of red wine 🙂

Let me know what you think!

 

Friday Funday Rosé Sangria

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I’m at work posting this because I’m dreaming of the sangria I’m going to have when I get home 🙂

Tonight, we’re hosting a kareoke party and I decided to make sangria for the pre party. I love sangria as much as the next person but I often find it too sweet or too fruity. I just can’t have a whole glass usually so I decided to modify the usual sangria recipe.
Instead of using the regular fruits like strawberries, oranges, peaches and all that, I decided to go with something more subtle- cantaloupes and honey dew. Because I let everything steep in over night, you can still taste the fruity-ness but it’s mild. Most of the fruitiness of this drink comes from the juice. I also decided to include lemon in this sangria to combat some of the sweetness from the rosé  wine.

 

I decided on rosé wine instead of white or red because that`s my favorite kind of wine. I only drink red wine with dinner and I’ll only drink white wine if it’s the only kind available. Rosé is just my all time favorite! 🙂

Anyways, it was so hard to leave this in my fridge overnight. When I tasted it before refrigerating it, I literally fell in love with a drink and I don’t know if I’ll be able to have regular sangria anymore. #prayercircleforyve

So there are three alcoholic beverages in this- obviously rosé wine, Triple sec and bourbon (I used honey bourbon; you can use any type). Then there is pineapple-citrus-mango juice which is perfect for sangria of any type! (If you can’t find this type of juice, you can use 1/3 cup each of orange, pineapple and mango juice)

This is a special post because today is my sister’s birthday and unfortunately I can’t be in her city. So I’m dedicating this post to her and having an extra glass for her tonight 😉 (not self serving or anything)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SESTRA!

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lime

1 cup peeled and diced cantaloupe

1 cup peeled and diced honey dew

1 bottle of rosé wine

1 cup pineapple-citrus-mango juice

1/4 cup triple sec

2 tbs bourbon

Method:

  1. Slice lime into circles then half the circles (toss out the ends of the lime). Toss into jug/ punch bowl.
  2. Add in the cantaloupes and honey dew. Mix up the fruits
  3. Pour in the wine, juice, triple sec and bourbon
  4. Stir and refrigerate overnight.