Champagne Cocktails with Ginger and Peach

Delicious Wine cocktail with fresh ginger and peach.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*Wine was provided by One Hope Wine for this post.  Because they are a super awesome company.  And they work with bloggers really well. And I heart them. 

Wine cocktails are awesome.  I know because this is day 3 of my wine cocktail series. This Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria cocktail doesn’t have any liquor in it, but it does also include Sauvignon Blanc.  So that’s cool in my book.  And it has sparkling wine.  Good also.  This is almost like a single serving sangria.  It’s good.  Real good. Did you miss the red wine cocktail from day 1? Tell me you didn’t miss the Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini from day 2!!!

Ginger Peach Wine Cocktail with sparkling wine and Sauvignon Blanc. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAs I mentioned before, I didn’t create these recipes from scratch.  I had no idea how wine and liquor worked together and felt like I should sort of get to know them before I tried my hand and cocktail creation.  But since this one didn’t include liquor, I took some liberties.  You know what does go well together?  Ginger and peaches.  So I modified this recipe to suit my tastes.  I also subbed out the white wine since I LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. 

A perfect cocktail for summer!  Like a quick sangria!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe smell of muddling fresh peaches and ginger was almost as intoxicating as the wine. 

Muddle fresh gingers and peach and top with wine! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd the Sauvignon Blanc and give it a little stir.  You want the flavors to start to marry together. 

Wine cocktail recipe with Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Wine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd ice to the glass and then top with sparkling wine.  A few dashes of bitters will keep the drink balanced and from getting too sweet. 

Sparkling wine cocktail with Sauvignon Blanc and fresh ginger and peaches!  So good! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYUM!  If you are a white wine drinker, you will love this.  If you are a sparkling wine gal, you’ll want this in your mouth.  If you love summer peaches, this is your drink.  If you are breathing, this is your jam.  So fresh, so summery, so wonderful.

Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 oz Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 1/4 of a fresh peach, chopped
  • 3/4" piece of peeled ginger, rough chopped
  • 3/4 oz agave
  • Bitters

Instructions

  1. In a glass, add peaches, ginger and agave and muddle.
  2. Add wine.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Top with sparkling wine.
  5. Add a few dashes of bitters
  6. Use a straw or bar spoon to give it a little whirl.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. But I must warn you, the pieces will get stuck in the straw...
  9. Recipe adapted from this one: http://winefolly.com/update/herbal-wine-cocktails/
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/champagne-cocktails-ginger-peach/

A very big thank you to One Hope Wine for providing wine for this fun series.  I had a really great time learning about wine based cocktails and learning more about this great company. Did you  know that just by buying One Hope Wine you can help some really great causes?  You can.  Find out more about their amazing charity here.

Day 1: One Hope Pinto Noir and Tequila Cocktail
Day 2: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

And this is still one of my favorite ways to make sparkling wine cocktails.

 

Cocktail Recipes with Sauvignon Blanc

Strawberry and Sauvignon Blanc Martini  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*One Hope Wine sent me wine to use in this post.  Which is super awesome so I could spend money on taking my kids somewhere fun instead of buying the wine I needed to produce this series.  That’s rad.

If you missed yesterday, then you don’t know that I am in day 2 of Wine Cocktails Week.  Yesterday was red wine based cocktail recipes. It had to be done. I couldn’t cram all these delicious cocktail recipes, featuring wine, in to one post. And so we have a full week of them! Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine. So I couldn’t wait to add it to a few drinks and see how they tasted. I used this recipe as a guideline but swapped the watermelon juice (too much work, I’m lazy, and I’m not a huge fan of watermelon) for muddled strawberries. YUM!

Strawberry Vodka Martini Recipe with White Wine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis drink could be considered a martini due to the vodka. (I know that doesn’t MAKE a martini but in my head it does and I don’t know enough about James Bond to know how he drinks them…) The vodka, wine and club soda are tasty.  Then add the lemon juice and strawberries…WOW!

Cool quote on the side of a @onehopewine cork!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI absolutely loved that there was an inspiring quote on the side of the One Hope Wine cork.  A pretty cool touch if you ask me.

Wine based cocktails with @onehopewin  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I muddled the lemon juice and some fresh berries then topped it with some wine and the vodka.  Shake it up with some ice and you are done. Super easy and totally different.  Make these for your friends.  You will totally impress them.  And that is what friendship is all about, right? One-upping them? No? Oops.

White wine based cocktail recipe: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStrain in to a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a delicious Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini.

Strawberry Martini with Sauvignon Blanc  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis cocktail was super tasty.  The strawberries added a nice sweetness and the lemon juice really brightened it up.  I’ll admit to being a total nerd about these cocktails.  I had a blast trying them all out! (A note: my neighbor got super lucky because I would make a drink, taste it, shoot the photos and then take it to her house and keep working on the other ones. I’ll let you know if anyone ever moves out of my neighborhood so you can move in…)

Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons. That's my jam.)
  • 1 1/2 oz soda water

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice and fresh strawberries.
  2. With a muddler, muddle the berries.
  3. Add vodka and Sauvignon Blanc.
  4. Add ice and shake well.
  5. Strain in to a chilled martini glass.
  6. Recipe adapted from here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=13
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cocktail-recipes-sauvignon-blanc/

Sauvignon Blanc from @onehopewine  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create projects, series, etc. by providing product, compensation, etc. One Hope Wine is good people.

Day 1:  Red Splash cocktail with Pinot Noir and Tequila

 

Red Wine Cocktail Recipes

Wine cocktail week!!  Yeah!!  This whole week I’ll be sharing a different cocktail recipe that also features wine.  Be sure to come back each day to see what I’m sharing.  Red wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*BIG thank you to One Hope Wine for sending me wine to use in this wine cocktail recipe! 

It was bound to happen.  I like wine.  I like cocktails.  And I wondered how they would work together.  Today’s cocktail is a red wine based cocktail.  And while I am not a big red wine fan, I was certainly not going to ignore an entire color of wine and exclude it from this series.  Besides, this recipe also features tequila.  And I’m finding that I really like tequila.

Sharing a series of wine based cocktail recipes some featuring @onehopewine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve been wanting to do this series for a while but one thing a blogger has to think about when doing a series is the cost. Imagine how many bottles of wine I would have had to buy if One Hope Wine hadn’t graciously sent some to me when I reached out to them.  I know lately there has been a big to-do about sponsored posts and how bloggers should only share things that they love with no brand tie in.  But my blog is also a business and I need to try to find ways to off set my costs.  I hope you know by now that I only share brands that I feel a connection to (for real Hot Shot bug spray is a savior to me and my extreme hatred of ants – none of that post was a put on just to get a paycheck). If you aren’t familiar with One Hope Wine they are a fantastic company that raises money for a multitude of causes. I absolutely back that with all my heart. So while this isn’t a sponsored post, per se, they are making it possible for me to share what is on my heart, you know, like really important wine cocktails…So please show them some love.  

Whoa.  Where’d that come from.

Tequila and wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comPinot Noir and tequila.  Why not! And grapefruit soda.  Ok.  I had NO idea how this cocktail would taste.  Which is part of why it was so fun to do this series.  It was a really fun way to explore cocktails a little bit more and figure out what flavors go with what wine.

Wine based cocktails:  Pinot Noir and Tequila recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause I have never worked with wine in cocktails before (aside from sparkling wine) I decided that I would do a little internet research and see what I could find.  The cocktail I made was found on Cosmopolitan site in a round-up of other wine cocktail recipes.  They called it the Red Splash.

Tequila and Pinot Noir based cocktail //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe recipe couldn’t have been easier.  You literally add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up and then strain in to a glass with ice. 

Red Wine based cocktail with @onehopewine Pinot Noir // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis first wine cocktail was ok.  I could certainly taste the red wine but it was really nice with the tequila and the grapefruit soda. This was not my favorite of the ones that I’ll be sharing the rest of the week but it was fun to try something new. 

Red Wine Spritzer Recipe with @onehopewine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also thought I would try the Pinot Noir as a red wine spritzer.  All you need is a little lemon lime soda and wine. Again, not my favorite but it was worth a try. 

Red Wine Spritzer with @onehopewin //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also got to use a cute little cocktail stick in it.  So that was fun.  

Red Splash via Cosmo

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave
  • 2 oz grapefruit soda

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with lime.
  4. Enjoy!
  5. Recipe from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=7
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/red-wine-cocktail-recipes/

@onehopewine Pinot Noir //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comExcited to share the other cocktail recipes with you all week-long! Thank you One Hope Wine for allowing me to create some fun posts this week without putting me in to debt.

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Quick Family Meal Ideas

*This post is sponsored by Foodie and Mode.  All opinions are mine.  And I will be making all of these meals for my family.  Because they are fast, delicious and I’m fairly lazy so I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Check out 14 Quick Family Meals

by Sharon Garofalow (Cupcakes and Cutlery) at Foodie.com

How is it possible that school is starting soon!  Ok, I guess we have a month left of summer.  But when I look at my calendar, its FULL.  We have so much to do in this month I know it is just going to fly by.  With our days jam-packed full of super fun things, I’m having a really hard time planning dinner.  We don’t eat out much but I REALLY don’t want to be in the kitchen.  And I’m not paying attention to what time we are leaving activities.  So we get home way later than we usually would which leaves much less time for the preparation of dinner.

My favorite quick family meal is to bake everything on a few cookie sheets.  I do simply seasoned chicken breasts, broccoli and some sort of chopped potatoes.  The clean up is easy, they all cook at relatively the same time and it is super healthy.  But that can get really boring. And I need to have enough time to allow for baking.  I gathered up these quick family meal ideas for myself.  But you can use them too.  I won’t be selfish with them. I don’t want you to have to be in the kitchen forever either.  These recipes or recipe ideas are all really simple and I know I can modify the ingredients to suit my family’s tastes.

Most of the recipes from this collection are pretty healthy or can be made more healthy by leaving out cheese (WHY?!) or subbing ingredients like in this Chicken Parmesan Bake.  And these Chicken Lettuce Bowls (use store-bought rotisserie chicken to keep you from having to cook the chicken ahead of time – ain’t no one got time for that…) would let your family members create their own meal which I find gets my kids more involved and then they eat more.  And then there is this Chili Dog Casserole…Not healthy at all. But to me, this sounds like the perfect Friday night dinner. Toss some Fritos on top…Dang. I might eat this for breakfast.

What is your go-to quick family meal idea?

Body Image : Shorts or No Shorts?

Short black romper with geometric clutch. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo, I guess I’m really going for it this summer with all these posts about myself.  I mean, I showed you my big old face last week, wrinkles and all.  I’ve shared my scars with you.  Well today I’m sharing my cellulite, stretch marks and body image issues with you.  If you are a regular reader, you know I like to keep it real.  But I also think it is really healthy for me to share this stuff with you.  For years I wouldn’t leave the house without blow drying and straightening my hair.  But I am WAY past that now and it has been very freeing.  Ok, well I still always have makeup but my hair is air dried.  But I have another goal for myself.  One that I think many other people also have.  So let’s encourage each other and see if we can all free one of our body image phobias.  It has been YEARS since I’ve worn shorts.  Yes, I wore them once last summer in Palm Springs.  And guess what, I wore them a few Saturdays ago to the grocery store.  But I’d really like to get to a place where I feel confidant enough to through them on whenever it’s hot out.  When was the last time you wore shorts?  Are you afraid of them like I am?

Black shorts romper.  My goal is to wear shorts this summer. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI bought this CUTE black shorts romper from Old Navy while on a vacation in May.  I have not worn it yet except to take these pictures in the safety of Lauren’s back yard.  I didn’t even wear it home.  I changed back in to my other clothes before I left.  Why does it have to be this way?  For me, I think my image issues are two-fold.  Half of it is man-made (ie my cellulite from my love affair with Pop Tarts and my love handles from all those desserts) and the stretch marks I had no control over from growing very fast.  The chalk-white skin doesn’t help anything but since worshipping the sun is out for me, I can only rely on creams to give them color (if I want a nice orangey hue).  I see all kinds of people wearing shorts and it is encouraging to me that one day I’ll be able to wear them too without a second thought.  And since I had a trip to Mexico coming up, where it is like a trillion degrees, I knew that I would HAVE to wear shorts.  

Body image.  How come I can't wear shorts?  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt took all my effort to play it cool standing still for Lauren to take these photos.  Sitting is a whole other problem.  I was so uncomfortable sitting in these shorts!  I know that we always see our flaws in a much more pronounced way than others.  I’m choosing to share these photos on here in an effort to help myself overcome my fear of people judging my flaws, which most people wouldn’t do unless they are total a-holes.  Since the beginning of June, I have really changed my diet and have started seeing some crazy improvements.  It really is true, diet and exercise works.  I haven’t put too much emphasis on the exercise portion yet, but the diet has helped me start to improve my body from the inside out.  As well as how I view my body.  I don’t have a scale so I can only go by how my clothes are fitting and the fact that my muffin top is almost gone!  Huzzah!  So the other day when it was super hot and I had to run out to the store, I felt like I could finally reach for a pair of shorts.  I texted 3 different people to let them know I was outside in shorts and I climbed in my car to do my grocery shopping.  Guess what?  No one laughed at me or my legs.  Liberating.  I felt proud that I had really made a difference with my lifestyle for the better and was able to change some of my problem areas just with making better choices.  And there are things that I can do for the stretch marks as well.  I can’t wait to try out this body scrub from Frank which targets cellulite, stretch marks, eczema and more.  I get that it will take more than just a scrub to completely erase my trouble areas, but it is nice to know there are things, especially made from natural ingredients, that might help them out. 

Black ruffle shorts with t-shirt.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBefore I left for Mexico I got a spray tan since I knew it would help me feel more confidant in my shorts and DEFINITELY in my swimsuit.  Our first full day there, I wore shorts.  And I didn’t hate it!  I made Lauren take a picture as proof.  This is my best Giselle pose.  Because I am sure she throws herself in to a corner to get THE shot.  We walked around town all day and I ended up loving wearing the shorts.  I felt like a huge hurdle was cleared.  I wore shorts the next day as well.  And when I got home, I didn’t hesitate to put on shorts.  As my tan is gone at this point, I do feel a little more self conscious about wearing them.  But it is WAY less than it was at the start of summer.  I’m going to keep up with my healthy eating and perhaps add in a little more exercise.  Perhaps.  But I have some bad news to report.  I wore those adorable ruffled black shorts one time and since they got ocean water on them I washed them when I got home.  I hand washed them and hung them to dry.  They totally shrunk!  Such a bummer!  I think I can still wear them but only to the pool.  I would NEVER go to the store in them now as I think they may frown on actually seeing that much of a woman’s bum.

We see our flaws.  Other people wouldn't agree with them.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNow can we talk for a second about my man hands?  This is another problem area for me.  I mean, look at that dainty little wrist.  And then look at that gorilla hand hanging off of it.

Don't touch my punch bowl. I mean, a girl should be able to drink out of a punchbowl and not feel like she is in a Seinfeld episode.  I was going to share this image last year on Instagram but didn’t because my man hand was just too much to share.  So here it is.  Although diet is not going to change my opinion or size of my hands, I’m going to let my insecurities about them go.  What are the insecurities you need to let go of?  Will you pledge to wear shorts with me this summer and beyond?