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Celebrate Summer with Red, White and Blue Sangria

strawberries-om-om-fruits-red-82978-largeHow do you quench the thirst of a hungry crew without spending all day behind the bar? A few pitchers of pre-made, chilled Sangria. The best thing about whipping up Sangria is that you can put together a pitcher or three the night before and pour after your guests arrive.

Customize this cocktail to fit your favorite flavor profile.  If you enjoy  peaches add peach schnapps or peach vodka and fresh or frozen peaches. Watermelon flavor? Do the same. In fact you can use nearly any flavor of vodka or schnapps and toss in your desired fruit. Keep in mind we are creating a “white” sangria today, and are keeping the “spirit” flavors light.

Since the wine will not be the focus of what you are tasting,  save what’s in your cellar for another time. When it comes to wine for sangria, look to quantity, not quality.

The best thing about a simple sangria is you can use whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season.  This recipe is all about celebrating Independence Day, so we are keeping the colors patriotic with red, white and blue hued additions.

For the red, strsummer-blueberries-stephanie-herington-largeawberries are the perfect addition. Blue, blueberries and the whites are apples, pears or pineapple. Cut in half, remove the core gently and use different sized star cookie cutters to cut out the white star shapes. How much fruit you use in your sangria is a personal choice. You may want to use 3/4 of your fruit to stir in and chill overnight, while freezing your remaining fruit ( strawberries and blueberries only ) to use instead of ice the following day so your cocktail stays chilled, but doesn’t get watered down.

One bottle of wine, makes about 8 servings of sangria. Pour all of the ingredients together and stir well, chill for at least four hours. Chill and save the ginger ale or sparkling wine for later.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red, White & Blue SangriaIngredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of sweet white wine, Pinot Grigio, Riesling or Moscato
  • 1 cup peach schnapps or peach flavored vodka
  • 2.5  cups, blueberry and strawberry combo – cut strawberries in half.
  • 2 large apples or pears
  • 2 cups gingerale or sparkling wine to top off.
  • Star Cookie Cutters, different sizes


  1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, schnapps or vodka, and fruit. Stir well and chill at least four hours, preferably overnight. The flavors will develop more the longer it chills.
  2. When ready to serve add gingerale or sparkling wine. To keep chilled during your celebration add some frozen blueberries or strawberries. Your sangria will keep cold, not watered down.

Food Network’s Spirited Candy Corn Cocktail

When planning the neighborhood Monster Bash that really knocks your guests socks off,. it’s important to have a bit of variety. The ultimate Halloween Soiree takes more concentration and time than a simple dinner party.  Visualizations and decor  need to be considered, costumes and sound effects and music.

When planning appetizers, cuisine and beverages, the cocktails really take some thought and planning as they are usually out of the norm for this type of event and keeping in theme is important.

When it comes to bewitching recipes, Food Network is one stop shopping. Follow the link below and spend some time browsing.

Food Network's Candy Corn Cocktail

candy-corn-cocktailYields: 2 drinks


For the infused vodka:

  • 1/2 cup candy corn
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

For the cordials:

  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large egg white
  • Candy corn, for garnish


  1. Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.
  2. Make the cordials: Add 4 ounces of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.



Check out the full list of Food Network’s “Spooky” Halloween Cocktails

Cool Down with a Summertime Favorite; The Georgia Peach by Shaun the Bartender

Shaun the Bartender's Georgia Peach

Shaun the Bartender’s Georgia Peach

Sitting under a tree in the cool shade while slowly sipping a chilled summer cocktail is a great way to take a break on a hot afternoon.  The fresh taste of peach and the snap of cold lemonade will rejuvenate the soul and refresh the body.  

Georgia Peach

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Lemonade 

Method:  In a highball glass with ice, pour in the measured amounts of vodka and peach schnapps.  Add a splash of grenadine.  Top off with lemonade.  Stir.  Add a half wheel of lemon to the side of the glass for garnish.

A vodka drink with a refreshing peach undertone, topped with the nice summertime favorite – lemonade, it’s just what you deserve after a long day working on your property.  Be sure to get the hammock set up prior to pouring the first one. -Shaun Daugherty

 I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty at the link below.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

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Watch Shaun whip up tthe Georgia Peach