Cocktails

Orangeade Recipe

Who’s completely sick of winter? ME!

I was totally feeling stuck inside and done with the cold and wind when I decided to make myself a little treat that reminded me of summer and fun. Orangeade! This came about because I happened to have fresh oranges and was in a cranky mood about the weather. Nothing like a citrusy drink to pick me up, and it goes to show what you can do with things on hand and a little imagination.

Orangeade

  • 5 fresh oranges
  • 1 liter of sparkling apple or tangerine drink from Trader Joe’s OR Sprite/Sierra Mist
  • Fresh fruit for garnish (apple, orange, cherries, whatever you want)

Roll each orange before cutting it to release some of the juices. It really does make a difference with how much juice you can get out of it.

Slice each orange down the middle and squeeze each half with one hand while using your other hand as a strainer to catch any pits before they end up in the juice. You can always just strain all of the juice afterwards to if you prefer to do that.

Once you’ve squeezed all your oranges, add the sparkling juice or soda for some fizz.

Cut up your fruit and drop into the pitcher. Save some for a garnish when you serve. I used granny smith apple slices because I love the apple taste when it’s soaked in the orange juice.

And that’s it! Pretty simple and seriously made me so happy to have a nice tropical tasting drink on a dreary day. Also, totally going to make this again and add some rum or tequila over the summer for a cocktail.

Cheers!

Sangria, Red and White, because I’m indecisive

This weekend I was so happy to welcome my bestest from back home in NY and her boyfriend to visit. There was much food related fun, each which I will cover. Thank god they like to eat as much as Dane and I.

I obviously wanted to be a good hostess, so I figured I’d make some delicious cocktails to enjoy with them. I got these great glass pitchers for our wedding, and I’d never used them. What better to make to highlight how pretty the pitchers are than some sangria? I started looking for some tried and true sangria recipes, and was reminded that there is both red and white sangria. I really think of red sangria as more traditional, and of course great for the winter because of the red wine. But, I’ve had white sangria and have to say it’s always delicious too. I was torn on what to do.

So I looked through recipe after recipe, hoping that something would jump out as the perfect one. The basic ingredients are always wine (white or red depending on the sangria), some type of fruit juice, often another liquor (Triple sec and brandy were most common), and sometimes a splash of soda for some carbonation. As I usually do, I got an idea and decided to just figure it out as I went.

I headed to Trader Joe’s for some 2 Buck Chuck (which, actually, is $3 now, just sayin), because I figured if I was mixing it anyway, why go crazy with expensive wine. On the advice of Becca, a trusted sangria aficionado, I decided to pick up some of their fruit flavored sparkling drinks. I went with pomegranate sparkling juice for the red sangria. At this point, I was feeling so indecisive so I just decided to make both red and white sangria. For the white sangria, I chose the sparkling limeade. I also picked up pink lady apples, oranges, and lemons to put in the pitcher.

When I got home I assembled everything to put the sangria together. Here’s the recipes that I ended up using:

Red Sangria

  • 1 bottle of Charles Shaw Pinot Noir
  • 1 bottle of Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Sparkling Juice
  • About 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
  • Slices of pink lady apples
  • Slices of orange
  • Slices of lemon

Combine the wine and juices in a pitcher. Slice the fruit and add to the pitcher. Side note: I had a pretty big pitcher for this one, so you may have to adjust your measurements depending on how much your pitcher can hold.

White Sangria

  • 1 bottle of Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe’s Sparkling Limeade
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • Slices of pink lady apples
  • Slices of orange
  • Slices of lemon

Combine same as above. Side note: I used a smaller pitcher for this one, so I used about 2/3 of the bottle of limeade and less orange juice. You can just make it to your own taste.

Now just to mention, I used pink lady apples that I got at Trader Joe’s. These apples are tart and sweet and have a great different flavor. I’ve only seen them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. You can use whatever kind of fruit you prefer. I think they add a great flavor!

Everyone loved both sangrias, but the red did go faster than the white. It’s so easy to make, and you can really make it however you’d like depending on your own tastes. Make it for a group and I guarantee you’ll have some new friends in no time!

-Kristen

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