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Blood Orange Sangria

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Yes, we’re obsessed with sangria! It’s the perfect summer party drink and there are endless variations that you can do by combining any type of fruit juice or soda with sparkling wine.  This blood orange version is dry, not too sweet, but certainly refreshing. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher:

  • Two bottles of Spanish Cava (or your favorite sparkling wine)
  • One bottle (1 liter) of Blood Orange-flavored French soda
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher (be careful of the wine and soda foaming up the vessel!) and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the orange and lime slices. Salud!

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Bellini

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Summer is almost here and the Bellini is one of our favorite warm-weather drinks. The problem is that it’s usually made with peach juice, which contains a lot of sugar. We have been unable to find a suitable replacement (there is no light peach juice, or diet peach soda around here) so we stopped making it for a while. That all changed this weekend when we spotted a can of peaches in light syrup…why, not?! One serving of these peaches has a third of the calories of a glass of peach juice and all we need is 1 can (2 servings) for eight Bellinis — the perfect drink for a light Sunday brunch!

Makes 8 cocktails

  • 1 can of peaches in light syrup
  • 4 oz of peach schnapps
  • 1 bottle of sparkling white wine (Cava for us!)
  • peach slices for garnish

Using a blender, puree the canned peaches (including the syrup). Next all of you have to do is combine the rest of the ingredients in a pitcher and serve! Garnish with a small peach slice and enjoy a fruity and light cocktail this afternoon!

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Sparkling Watermelon Sangria

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It’s a gloomy spring Sunday in the Northeast, and we need something fun and fruity to cheer us up. Since we’re still in our Spanish kick, we decided to do this very tasty low-cal sangria drink.

Makes 1 pitcher

  • 1 bottle of Spanish cava (or your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco or Champagne)
  • 2- 12 oz bottles of IZZE low-calorie watermelon soda
  • 8 oz of Triple Sec
  • 1 small seedless watermelon

Split the watermelon in half and using a melon baller, scoop out one half of the fruit into a pitcher. Carve out the pulp from the rest of the fruit, saving a couple of slices for garnish, and strain out as much water as possible (we used a very fine strainer). Add the water from the fruit to the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour before serving to let the flavors come together. Salud!

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Frozen Mint Julep

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You could also call this a semi-homemade julep. We realized that we didn’t have enough spearmint for the drinks, so we substituted the herb for a couple of drops of mint concentrate. (Make sure you’re extremely careful when pouring the concentrate…it’s really strong.) We added a good amount of one of our favorite bourbons, Woodford Reserve, for a very delicious drink!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Woodford Reserve
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • A few drops of mint concentrate
  • spearmint for garnish

Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or smoothie maker) and blend at high speed for a couple of minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour over a highball and garnish with spearmint. Enjoy the races today!

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Gimlet

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A sunny Sunday afternoon calls for a good drink. It’s so warm today that the weather actually reminds us of Fire Island, where our friend Terry introduced us to the Gimlet, a very classy drink. And despite being mostly vodka this recipe is very light and tasty. Enjoy!

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Kettle One vodka
  • 4 tbsp of lime juice
  • 4 tbsp of Rose’s Lime juice

Pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Garnish with a couple of very long lime twists. This drink is so good, that you’ll want another one!

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The KITL (Kentucky Iced Tea Lemonade)

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Our obsession with Kentucky Bourbon continues this week. Today we’re making a low cal iced tea/lemonade that packs a punch, the KITL (like Skittles). The drink reminds us of the great time we had in Louisville last summer… or at least, what we managed to remember of it!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 4 oz of Marker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup of Turkey Hill diet iced tea
  • 1 cup of Tropicana Light Lemonade
  • Lemons slices for garnish

Fill a large glass with ice and pour all the liquid ingredients and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

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Lime Mojito

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It’s mid-April and we’re still wearing sweaters…not fair! But since it’s Sunday (and  a three-day weekend for us), we have decided to hurry the season and start drinking our favorite Summer drinks. Today we’re doing a Mojito with Rose’s Lime Juice, which is not the real way of doing it, but it tastes delicious!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Bacardi Rum
  • 2 tsp of Rose’s Lime Juice
  • Mint-infused seltzer soda
  • 1 tsp of rock sugar
  • Fresh mint
  • Lime wedges

Start by muddling the mint and rock sugar in an old-fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice and add 1 tsp of the Rose’s lime juice in each. Finish the drink with the rum and a splash of the mint seltzer. Garnish with the lime. It’s almost dinner time; the sun is finally poking through; and it’s warming up a bit…maybe we’ll have another one!

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Maple Sazerac

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Purists will scoff at our Sazerac recipe, but we really like it. Instead of Herbsaint, we use Sambuca and instead of simple syrup, we pour in a generous amount of maple syrup. The result is a simple but robust drink that will knock you out. Enjoy!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
  • 2 oz of Grade B maple syrup
  • Splash of Sambuca
  • Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon twists

Pour the bourbon, maple syrup and the Peychaud’s Bitter into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Before serving, add a splash of Sambuca to each cocktail glass, swirl it around and discard. Pour the shaker into the glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Skinny Old Fashioned

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Some days, I just need to have a real cocktail…especially when it’s been raining all day like it has been doing in Maplewood.  It was just the type of weather to make one crave an Old Fashioned. We’re calling our version “skinny” since instead of sugar, we’re using Sprite Zero!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 6 oz Sprite Zero
  • orange bitters
  • lemon wedges
  • Maraschino cherries

Muddle the cherries, lemon and a couple of dashes of orange bitters in lowball glasses. Add ice to each glass, then the bourbon and Sprite, and enjoy one very low-cal cocktail!

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