Looking for something to cool you off this weekend? If you've never made this delightful punch your in for a real treat, and its super simple to make. There are lots of variations out there but here's a basic recipe that you can put together in no time.
1 Bottle of your favorite red (or white) wine
1 Lemon sliced 1 Orange sliced
3 Tbsp sugar
1 oz brandy
2 Cups ginger ale, lemon lime soda or club soda
Pour wine into a pitcher, toss in the fruit wedges and add sugar and brandy. Chill for 4-6 hours or overnight. Add soda just before serving.
Variations: Try different fruits such as strawberries, peaches, grapefruit, berries, lime. Replace the brandy with other liquors such as rum, vodka, flavored vodka or tequila if you dare :)
Fresh Basil Leaves
Tonic Water or Lemon Lime Soda
Regular quality vodka (could use cucumber flavored if you’d like)
Crush watermelon & muddle with a few basil leaves to release the basil flavor, strain. Mix 1 part watermelon juice with 1 part vodka in a shaker filled with ice. Pour into a martini or cocktail glass and add a splash of tonic water or soda. Garnish with basil & a cucumber slice if desired. *Tip-prepare watermelon juice ahead of time and refrigerate. Use as much or as little watermelon as you’d like and muddle the basil to taste. A few leaves per cup of watermelon should be sufficient.
2 oz grapefruit vodka 1 oz pink grapefruit juice 1/2oz orange liquor Combine all indredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake shake away! Pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
A favorite concoction of a dear old friend, this delicious green cocktail is a perfect way to celebrate the month of March. I can't think of a better St. Patty day treat.
1 oz Midori (or other melon liquor)
1oz vodka 1.5 oz sour mix
Splash of lemon lime soda if desired
Marachino cherries for garnish
Fill shaker with ice, add liquor, vodka & sour mix and shake shake shake. Fill your glass top of with a splash lemon lime soda (or lime juice) and garnish with a cherry.
1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey Hot Coffee Whipped Cream
Pour whiskey into mug, fill with hot coffee and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkling of cinnamon if desired.
Cranberry juice is a favorite of mine year round but its especially nice this time of year. Cranberries are also easy to find and make a beautiful garnish. Dip your glass in water and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes or so before serving. As I always say, feel free to play with the measurements to suit your taste. Want a stiff drink? Add more vodka, its ok I wont tell. Or add a little 7up for a sweeter touch.
1 part vodka (flavored vodkas are nice in this, try raspberry or citron) 1 part cranberry juice 2 parts club soda Lime Wedge
Mix the vodka and cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice. Pour into a chilled glass and top with club soda. Add juice of 1 lime wedge & or garnish with wedge. *Frozen cranberries make a nice garnish and act as ice cubes that won'y water down your drink. You can also add a few cranberries to toothpicks, skewers or swizzle sticks for garnish.