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- 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
- 1 apple
- 1 ounce fresh whole basil leaves
- 1 bottle Chardonnay
- 1/2 cup organic sugar (optional)
- 2 cups sparking white grape juice
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
- 10-12 strawberries
- 8 basil leaves
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 1 cup pear juice
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary
- 2 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 3 blood oranges (about 1 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups gin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
- 2 750-ml bottles chilled Champagne
- 1/2 ounce Campari
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (or use blood orange juice)
- 4 ounces prosecco
- Flamed orange twist, for garnish
Have you ever heard of Skinny Vine wines?
The Skinny Vine wines have all the flavor at 25% – 35% fewer calories.
The average holiday beverage clocks in at 300 calories. Skinny Vine’s The Slim Chardonnay (86 calories), Mini Moscato (95 calories), and Thin Zin (89 calories) contain up to 35% fewer calories then most wines. I need to try these!
Source: The Skinny Vine
Many nights when I’m out, I do not want to drink alcohol for many reasons: waking up early the next day, having to drive home, etc. One of the top recommended non-alcoholic drinks for parties is White Jasmine Sparkling Tea from Golden Star. It’s fizzy and fresh, just like drinking champagne.
Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea can be found in Whole Foods Markets across California and other select markets in the Bay Area, LA, NYC and Las Vegas. The suggested retail price is $12.95-$15.95.
Another non-alcoholic drink I can’t wait to try is 12 Noon to Midnight.
Sparkling Hibiscus Champagne
- 1 wild hibiscus flower (available at Williams-Sonoma)
- Champagne or Prosecco
Position the hibiscus flower at the bottom of a champagne flute and slowly fill it with your favorite bubbly. As the champagne fizzles, the hibiscus flower will open up and bloom in your glass.
Source: Food Gawker
My favorite thing to drink on a night out is Prosecco. I saw this post on A Cup of Jo and wanted to repost!
If you have a leftover half bottle of Champagne or Prosecco that’s getting flat, and you want to bring the bubbles back, drop a raisin into the bottle. Any carbon dioxide that’s left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridges and release as tiny bubbles.
For the Spiced Apple Cider:
- 2 cups apple cider (the real stuff – opaque in color & found in the refrigerator section)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 orange slices (rounds)
For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
- 1 bottle inexpensive Spanish red wine
- 2 cups spiced apple cider
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup brandy
This weekend is my sister’s Bachelorette Party in Vegas! This post is for her…see Michelle’s blog here.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 2 parts low-calorie pink lemonade and 1 part vodka into a shaker. Shake the mixture well. Rub lemon around the rims of martini glasses and flip them over to dip the rims in sugar. Strain the cocktail mixture into the glasses.
- 2 bottles dry to semidry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
- 2-3 cups orange juice (freshly squeezed preferred), to taste
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 can pineapple chunks with juice
- 1 large handful frozen mango chunks
- 3/4 cup natural cane sugar, or to taste
- Club soda (optional)
- Ice, optional
- 3/4 cup frozen/fresh raspberries
- 3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
- 1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1/2 cup vodka
- Garnish: lemon and lime slices
Stir together first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. Note: To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Chill up to 3 days. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
Source: Southern Living
- 1 750ml bottle red wine (merlot or cabernet)
- 1/3 cup simple syrup
- juice from 1 orange
- 1/4 cup rum or brandy
- 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (triple sec, Cointreu, Grand Marnier)
- sliced oranges, chopped apples (red and green), chopped pears
- frozen blackberries for serving
In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.