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RECIPE: SUMMER SANGRIA

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When I think of summer, I think of grilling and sangria. Hands down, every time. Sangria is my favorite summer cocktail. It’s so versatile and is something you can change up over and over to suit your taste. What better time than Memorial Day Weekend to try some different sangria recipes? I’m a sucker for peach sangria, so I whipped up a concoction to bring to our weekend festivities. Oh, that’s another great thing about sangria – you can make it ahead!

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1 750ml bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio, nice and crisp and not too sweet)
1 white peach, sliced into wedges
1 white nectarine, sliced into wedges
1 jigger (1.5 oz.) St. Germain
Soda water to taste
*Note: I doubled these because I have a big pitcher and many mouths to serve!

Of course, as I sat down to write this post (with a fresh glass of my sangria in hand), Southern Living posted their curated Party-Perfect Sangria Recipes. Coincidence? I want to try them all!

What’s your favorite sangria recipe?

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CINCO DE MAYO COCKTAILS

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of everyone’s favorite Mexican-holiday-made-popular-by-Americans, I’ve rounded up my favorite festive cocktails outside of a plain ole’ margarita. Go ahead, spice up your May 5th.

paloma Photo by The Savvy Spoon

The Paloma – Forget limes! Grapefruit and tequila were a match made in heaven. Love this twist from The Savvy Spoon on the classic paloma.

Easy-Michelada-Recipe-1024x708Photo by Real Food Honestly

The Michelada – A cocktail made with beer? Yes please! Real Food Honestly classes up a basic Michelada here with some blood orange juice. Yum!

pineapple-cilantro-serrano-cocktail-3-550x821Photo by Cookie + Kate

Pineapple Serrano Margarita – A tangy margarita with a big kick! How many peppers you use is totally up to your discretion. Me, I’m a risk taker. Cookie + Kate elevates the fresh factor of this recipe with a bit of cilantro here.

Salud!

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ST. PATRICK’S GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE: RECIPE

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone is an honorary Irishman today, right?

I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to post a festive St. Patty’s recipe with everyone’s favorite Irish stout, Guinness. Thus I consulted my trusty friend Mrs. Pinterest (she seems like a female, right?) and found this recipe for Guinness Chocolate Cake with Irish Buttercream. BINGO.

While the finished product was nothing short of scrumptious, I have to admit that I came VERY close to having more than one Pinterest fail moments last night while making this (also, my kitchen looked like a powered sugar bomb went off). I am always ultra-careful when baking. I can just hear Alton Brown or Ina Garten in my ear saying “everything must be exact or it won’t turn out right.” I almost used the entire can of Guinness, when really you only need 1 cup. I mean…every other time I cook with alcohol my general rule of thumb is to eyeball it and maybe even throw a little more in than necessary. Why not? Yeah, don’t do that when you’re baking.

The recipe was more time consuming then your run of the mill cake-outta-the-box recipe, but so worth it. I highly recommend giving it a go!