My boys are about 2 1/2 years apart in age. At times they get along famously. And others they act like, well, brothers. But there are two things they can agree on. They LOVE soda (which they don’t get often). And Netflix (which they watch all the time). Recently they’ve become interested in my world of cocktails. With all the special tools and specialty ingredients, they are always asking questions about drinks and wanting to use the strainer or jigger. I decided to create a non alcoholic sangria that is totally kid friendly as a special treat. And while there isn’t much soda in this recipe, it’s still enough to make the kids feel like it’s a special occasion.
I promise that I don’t drink as much as my blog or Instagram might have you think. It’s just that cocktails are so pretty! And I love that they signify a moment of relaxation. With summer right around the corner, I’m sharing a twist on an old classic. A Tequila Sunrise seems like it would be served up at The Regal Beagle, doesn’t it? This version, a Vodka Sunrise using Sangria flavored vodka instead, is a modern take. No kaftan required. Well, I mean, they are always welcome. Just not required.
Day drinking is the ultimate in relaxation. If you can sit down and enjoy a cocktail, in the middle of the day, that means your obligations have been met and you are off the clock for a little while. Unfortunately for me, day drinking also means that I want to take a nap. This sangria recipe with iced tea is the perfect way to indulge in some afternoon sipping without getting sloppy and tired.
I think I found a way to have the easiest party ever. Hummus. Well, and a few other things but seriously hummus is awesome. It’s super versatile, pretty dang inexpensive and known to be highly addictive, as in you can eat a whole bowl by yourself without even realizing it. Not that I’ve done that. I am all about actually getting to enjoy the parties you throw so this party is perfect for that. A little ahead of time prep work and you can simply enjoy hanging out with your friends. Here are some easy party food ideas for your next get together.
A hummus party works great at home or as a picnic/ outdoor party situation. I made the hummus base, but you could just as easily purchase it from the store and jazz it up however you want. Here I decided to serve it three ways, 1) plain, 2) with a little more garlic and a roasted red pepper sauce and 3) a guacamole hummus hybrid (recipe coming soon!).
This hummus party food idea works great because even if someone doesn’t particularly enjoy hummus (why are you friends with them?), they still have plenty of snack foods to eat in the way of the dippers. Pita chips, baby carrots and pretzel chips really make the perfect hummus eating vessels.
Similarly, you can round out the snacks with dried fruits and nuts. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love those coconut chips from Trader Joes. This adds a sweet element which all guests with a sweet tooth with appreciate (like this girl).
Keeping the drinks simple is another way to enjoy your party without putting in almost any effort. This ready-made sparkling sangria, by Lolea, is such a good idea. It comes in a red or white version and its ready to drink. Just pop the bottles. Or make some tea sangria (recipe coming soon) the night before the party and you are set. It’s a light cocktail, with not a lot of alcohol, so it will keep your party drinks budget in check.
These roasted tomatoes served with burrata are crazy good and might be my favorite appetizer ever. They are a total crowd pleaser (recipe soon too – I’ve been busy you guys). Roast them the day before and set out a little before guests arrive to bring it up to room temperature. This is the BEST menu. For real. And if you are having your party elsewhere, just pack it all up in to-go containers and just pop the lids off to serve. Super simple.
Need more appetizer recipes? Try these!
*Sangria was provided by Lolea for use in this post.
*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!!!
As 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.
YUM! 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.
- 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
- In a glass, add peaches, ginger and agave and muddle.
- Add wine.
- Add ice.
- Top with sparkling wine.
- Add a few dashes of bitters
- Use a straw or bar spoon to give it a little whirl.
- But I must warn you, the pieces will get stuck in the straw...
- Recipe adapted from this one: http://winefolly.com/update/herbal-wine-cocktails/
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.
And this is still one of my favorite ways to make sparkling wine cocktails.
Hope at Home and One Hope Wines teased me on Instagram this weekend. They shared this amazing picture of a delicious looking sangria. When I asked where to find the recipe, they pointed me to this wine and barbecue gift pack. And I instantly fell in love with it. I think this would be the perfect hostess gift for you to bring along or send to your gracious host. The pack comes with 3 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc (my fave!), 2 bottles of Pinot Noir, sangria recipes, a spice rub and recipe packet. You can order the kit from their site.
*This is not sponsored, I just thought this kit was super cool. And I like wine. And BBQ.