Tag: Cocktails

Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita

Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita

Just two more days an we’ve officially made it to another Friday and you all can make these delicious margaritas. Or just make them tonight, or right now. Judgement free zone.

These margaritas were apart of my taco & tequila bar this previous Friday. They were a big hit (for those who can handle some spice)… I didn’t seed the jalapenos. It truly wasn’t an over powering spice, it was a very nice kick to compliment the acidity and tartness of the Grapefruit juice.

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Also, I’m a little late (and by a little I mean waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay late) on buying Adele’s new CD…. Yes, I know. I wasn’t lying when I said “by a little I mean way late”…. But honestly, I cannot stop listening to it. Oh, and the new-ish Lumineers’ song Ophelia…. I have that, Adele’s album and a handful of other songs on repeat.

That guac in the photo? You can find the recipe over at my latest Weekend Bites.

Let’s get back to what is actually important though- these margaritas. Below you’ll find the printable recipe for these delicious Grapefruit Jalapeno Margaritas!

Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita

Yield: 1 Large Pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Tequila
  • 3 cups Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 cups Tonic Water
  • 1 Jalapeno, sliced
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Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria

I made champagne cupcakes, you’ll see the recipe posted a little later, and had almost an entire bottle of champagne left. You cannot waste champagne, that should just be flat out illegal. I searched Pinterest and the internet for champagne sangria’s, and found some decent recipes. What better to make than a festive holiday sangria?!

I decided that I would ultimately combine my almost full bottle of champagne with a bottle of Pinot Grigio (my favorite white wine), cut up an orange, a granny smith apple, rosemary, and throw in some cranberries (for look).

I had done just that, tasted it, it was very very good. But nottttt quite good enough, so I added in 2 shots of Triple Sec. That really brought out the orange flavor, along with the freshly sliced orange. I had also realized “Holy sh*t, this is deadly, I need something non-alcoholic to diffuse it.” So, I added in roughly 2-3 cups of diet tonic water. I didn’t want anything with flavor, and I didn’t want anything non-carbonated. I was worried if I put something non-carbonated, then the texture of the drink would just be as if it were supposed to be carbonated, but someone left the cap off for a week. Nobody likes that texture in a drink- who likes flat pop?? I mean, really.

I brought this to a holiday party, and people were liking it. I suggest however, that you should double this recipe if you are making it for a large party. Myself and a few other girls were drinking it, and the pitcher ran out quickly. If you want to make this for larger holiday parties, I highly suggest doubling this. If you have left over sangria, who cares?!

Garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of Rosemary, and enjoy!!

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Below is the printable recipe! P.S The fruit is yummy to snack on once the sangria is gone

Holiday Sangria

1 large pitcher

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Champagne, I use Korbel Extra Dry
  • 1 bottle White Wine, I used Francis Coppola Pinot Grigio
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2-3 c. Diet Tonic Water, or regular works too
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, diced
  • 2 c. Cranberries
  • 2-3 sprigs Rosemary

Instructions

  • In a large pitcher, dump in your fruit (orange, apple, cranberries) and your rosemary.
  • Next, pour in your champagne, wine, triple sec, and diet tonic water.
  • Let it sit for at least a few hours
  • Enjoy!
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Apple, Pear, & Pomegranate Sangria

Apple, Pear, & Pomegranate Sangria

I just started watching Grey’s Anatomy last night for the very first time…. EVER. I’m addicted to it. I wish I had started earlier!! I would love to watch it tonight on TGIT, but I’m way way way way way behind. I love ABC’s TGIT… Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder… Shonda Rhimes is my girl. She is a creative genius, sorry Kanye but Shonda takes the title for that. If you are the type of person who has TGIT viewing parties, then this Autumn Sangria is perfect. It is a great twist on your typical red wine. Cause you have to drink red wine on Thursdays, that’s what Olivia Pope drinks- duh. Red Wine and Popcorn, do you need anything else for an hour of Scandal and an hour of HTGAWM?? (So. Many. Acronyms.)

My go-to store for wine is Trader Joe’s. I love their selection, and you truly don’t have to spend more than $10 for a very good bottle. Saying $10 might even be over-estimating! I can find a bottle I like for $6-$8. In an attempt to switch things up and make a fun, fall drink I decided to make Sangria. Honestly, I didn’t know how much could go into a Sangria. I bucked up, opened a bottle of wine, and got started. I figured since there is obviously fruit involved, I would use fruit that is in season. I chopped some Apples and Pears. The Pomegranate comes in with the mixer. I just used Pomegranate Juice. If you want, you can chop up a Pomegranate and add in the seeds with the Apples and Pears. What really helped me develop this Sangria, was this picture titled “Anatomy of Sangria

I used a Truvia Brown Sugar Baking Blend and Cinnamon for the rim. I garnished with slices of Pear. Let this Sangria sit for a few hours before you indulge. That way all the flavors have time to come together!

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Apple, Pear, & Pomegranate Sangria

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pear, chopped
  • 1 Apple, chopped
  • 1 bottle Red Wine, I used a Pinot Noir
  • 1/4 cup Rum
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Truvia Brown Sugar Baking Blend

Instructions

  • Chop your Apples and Pears and put them in your container. The container needs to be larger than 1 liter.
  • Pour in your Pomegranate Juice, Rum, and bottle of Red Wine.
  • Mix well and allow to sit
  • Once you are ready to drink, use a sponge dipped in Rum to wet the rim of the glass.
  • Dip the rim of the glass into your cinnamon sugar mix. Make sure that the rim is evenly coated.
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