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Summer Sangria

sangria

It’s finally summer, and while drink trends come and go, a solid summer staple is sangria (say that 3 times fast!). Sangria is the perfect party drink, just mix up a big batch in advance and it’s ready to go when your guests arrive. Plus sangria is so versatile! It’s basically just wine, fruit, and juice. There are so many different combinations you can make to go with your party theme, or pair with whatever food you are serving.

We’ve gathered up three of our favourite sangria recipes for you - a white, rosé and a more traditional red option.

Paloma Sangria

A Paloma is a popular Mexican cocktail with tequila and grapefruit juice that we’re giving a sangria spin! It pairs perfectly with a Mexican Fiesta, or even if you’re just snacking on some chips and salsa.

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc (or another dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay)

  • ½ cup tequila

  • 1 medium grapefruit, thinly sliced and quartered

  • 2 medium limes, sliced

  • 3 cups red grapefruit juice

  • Lime wedges, for garnish

  • Soda Water (optional)

Pour the wine and tequila into a large container or pitcher, and add the fruit. Refrigerate and let sit for at least two hours. Add grapefruit juice and stir well. When ready to use, pour over ice-filled 8-ounce glasses and garnish with lime wedges. If you want a lighter taste or to make it sparkling, top with an ounce or two of soda water.

strawberry sangria

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

This sangria combines two main summer flavours - strawberries and lemonade! This sweeter sangria would be perfect to serve at a bridal shower, or just enjoy a glass while lounging in the sun!

  • 1 - 750ml Bottle of Rosé

  • 1 cup of white rum

  • 4 cups Strawberry lemonade

  • 2 cups of Strawberries, sliced

  • 1 Lemon, sliced

Pour the rosé and the rum into a large container or pitcher, and add the strawberries and lemon. Refrigerate and let sit for at least two hours. Add strawberry lemonade and stir well. If you’re having trouble finding strawberry lemonade, regular will do in a pinch. Or you could make your own strawberry syrup to add to regular lemonade - take about 4 cups of strawberries, toss them into a blender and puree.

Traditional Sangria

Red wine is usually served just below room temperature, but in the summer adding it to sangria means you can serve it icy cold, and add ice cubes without fear of judgement from your friends!

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Grenache or Pinot Noir

  • 1 large orange

  • 1 cup thinly sliced apple or pear (or both!)

  • 1 small lemon, sliced into thin rounds

  • ½ cup brandy

  • Soda Water (optional)


Cut the orange in half. Squeeze the juice from one half of the orange into into a pitcher or large drink container. Thinly slice the remaining orange half and place the slices into the pitcher. Add the rest of the fruit, and the brandy. Pour the wine into the pitcher and stir to combine. Chill for at least 2 hours. If you want a lighter taste or to make it sparkling, top individual glasses with an ounce or two of soda water.

Our Top 3 Favourite Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes!

Why Boozy Hot Chocolate?

Because boozy hot chocolate is even better than regular hot chocolate! We promise you that these to 3 boozy recipes deliver! Not only are they delicious, but they’ll actually make you LIKE winter. Is there a better way to enjoy a comforting drink with the ones you love than hot chocolate? We don’t think so!

The other great thing about these is that if you have kids, you can make them the non-alcoholic version and you can all enjoy warm drinks together!

Want to make these recipes even better? Set up a fire outside and take these drinks out by the snowy fire. They’ll still be delicious and they’ll also warm up your hands!

Without further ado, here are our top 5 boozy hot chocolate recipes for you to enjoy this winter.

  1. Orange Hot Chocolate

    A perfect flavour combination. There’s nothing quite as delicious as a chocolate, orange pairing!

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The Orange Hot Chocolate - The Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

Optional

  • Cinnamon sugar

  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Add the milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan on medium heat. Whisk until the ingredients are combined. Heat it until it starts to gently bubble, stirring it occasionally.

  2. Whisk in the vanilla extract and Grand Marnier. Leave it on the heat for another minute or two to ensure it's heated through.

  3. Top with marshmallows and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.

Recipe by: BBC Good Food


2. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

boozy salted caramel hot chocolate recipe


Boozy Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream - The Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup rum

Instructions

  1. Heat the sugar, water and salt over medium heat in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Allow the sugar to continue cooking, keeping a close eye on it, until it starts to turn golden brown.

  3. Once it begins to caramelize, it will begin to darken quickly. Let the sugar get as dark as possible without burning for best results.

  4. Once the caramel is a dark amber color, remove the pan from the heat and pour the heavy cream carefully down the side of the pan. The caramel will splatter before temporarily seizing up, so be very careful to avoid burns.

  5. Move the pan back onto the burner, and use a heatproof spatula to stir the caramel and cream until evenly combined.

  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, stirring periodically.

  7. Pour the caramel into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic against the surface to prevent a skin from forming.

  8. Allow to chill until very cold (several hours or overnight).

  9. Once cold, use a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk the caramel cream until it reaches medium peaks. Set aside.

  10. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. When the milk is steaming hot, but not yet simmering, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes until the chocolate has melted. Whisk in the vanilla and rum. If needed, return the hot chocolate to the heat until desired temperature is reached.

  11. Pour into mugs, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe By: The Gourmet Kitchen

Image Credit: HonestlyYUM


3. Boozy S’mores Hot Chocolate

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S’mores Hot Chocolate - The Recipe:

Ingredients

2 ¼ Pinnacle whipped vodka
2 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur
2 ounces Hiram Walker butterscotch schnapps
6 ounces hot chocolate
Graham cracker garnish
Marshmallow garnish
Chocolate garnish

Directions

1. In a large mason jar, coffee mug, or teacup, mix the Pinnacle whipped vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Hiram Walker butterscotch schnapps and hot chocolate together.

2. Stir well.

3. Garnish with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and shaved chocolate, and serve.

Recipe by: DrinkWire


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