Friday, May 27, 2011

It's Friday! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Holiday Drinks Perfect for Pitchers!




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 This weekend should be about easy entertaining.  You want cocktails which are easy to make and offer enough portions for everyone.
 "Pitcher Style." Make one set and  " Self Serve " near the door for guests to pour, easy!! and forget about having to mix several different drinks, these will make entertaining a breeze...


Enjoy!  Happy Holidays!



Sangria Flora


1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Dry white wine

1 cup St-Germain

2 fresh peaches

5 - 6 fresh strawberries

6 fresh raspberries

1 bunch fresh grapes

Stir all ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Soak for about 15 minutes
Serve in an ice filled glass.


Strawberry Pimm’s


3 to 4 Strawberries, roughly chopped

2 full Oz. Pimm’s Number 1 Cup

¾ Cup of Lemonade

Ice cubes

Orange, Lemon and Apple Slices

Extra whole strawberries

Cucumber Batons or strips of Peel

Fresh Mint Sprigs



Put the chopped strawberries in a pitcher and pour the Pimm’s over them. Crush the strawberries with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add 4 to 5 ice cubes and top it off with the lemonade. Add the Add all of the other ingredients including the whole strawberries and the mint sprigs. Serve!


If you like, add a ½ oz. of Gin or Vodka, better yet Lime flavored Gin.


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Spiked Arnold Palmer

Ice

2 cups Vodka

4 1/2 cups freshly brewed tea, chilled

3 cups water

1 cup lemon syrup

½ cup fresh lemon juice

10 sprigs of fresh mint

Combine the vodka, tea, water, and lemon syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher and stir to mix well. Pout into glasses with ice and serve with mint springs.



Sangria Bonita

4 oz. Vodka

4 oz. Tuaca liqueur

8 oz. Cointreau

8 oz. white cranberry juice

1 bottle Prosecco

4 springs mint

12 fresh strawberries with tops cut off

8 star fruit / five finger slices

Combine Vodka, Tuaca, Cointreau and juice in a large glass pitcher. Chill for a few hours, allowing the flavors to marry. Add Prosecco and pour into red wine goblets. Garnish with mint sprigs, strawberries, star fruit and serve.



Cranberry Margaritas by The Pitcher

1 cup Tequila

1/3 cup triple sec

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

11/2 cups cranberry juice

11/2 cup frozen cranberries, rinsed

1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients in a large measuring cup or bowl. Pour half of mixture into a blender and fill the blender with ice. Blend until slushy. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Serve with fresh lime wedges.



Artillery Punch..please ensure that there is a designated driver assigned, this one could knock you out!

1 quart Bourbon

1 quart red wine

1 quart strong black tea

2 cups dark rum

1 cup gin

1 cup apricot brandy

4 measures lemon juice

4 measures lime juice

4 tablespoons sugar syrup

large block of ice

orange slices

Pour all the liquid and sugar syrup into a large bowl and refigerate for 2 hours. Place a large block of ice in a punch bowl. Pour the punch over the ice and decorate with slices of orange. Serve in highball glasses!



Please remember to drink responsibly!
Have a wonderful weekend and holiday!!



Dedicated to the memory of our beloved cat Tigger who passed away a week ago, we miss you!


















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