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Red Wine Sangria

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 :)

Watermelon Basil Cocktail

Watermelon Cubes

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.

Enjoy!

Pink Grapefruit Martini

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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.

Enjoy!

Midori Sour

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.

Irish Coffee

St Patty's day is quickly approaching and while the weather is still cool this coffee classic will warm you up!

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.

Ferrari Cocktail

2oz dry vermouth 1 oz amaretto

Combine vermouth and amaretto and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry or orange slice if desired.

Tom Collins

1 oz gin 2 oz sour mix club soda

Fill your collins or tall glass with ice, add gin and sour, stir and top of with club soda. Garnish with lime wedge or a cherry.

Enjoy!

Grand Passion

A tropical treat for your Friday night happy hour... 2 oz Gin 1 oz Passion Fruit nectar 2 dashes bitters

Fill shaker with ice, add all ingredients, shake well and strain into cocktail glass  of your choice. Garnish with your choice of fruit; cherry, orange twist, pinapple slice.

Enjoy!

Cranberry Spritzer

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.