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.  

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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
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@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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Essentials for a Beach Day with Friends

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Black Box Wines.  All opinions and tips are my own.  And, duh, it’s wine so I know you’ll love it as much as I do.beach-essentials-for-hanging-with-friends

There are two kinds of beach days for me, one with family and one with friends. They look REALLY different. With my kids, there is sand EVERYWHERE, there are lots of plastic beach toys and bone dry juice boxes littering the horizon. I’m also on constant watch, ready to spring in to action, to save my kids from getting too far out in the water or reaching for the wrong kid’s sand toys. But with friends, now THAT is where I can relax. That is where I can enjoy delightful conversation, probably some good music and perhaps catch up on some reading material. And if we’re lucky, there is a little wine. Here are my essentials for spending a fun afternoon, with friends, at the beach.

At the beach, I may or may not be in my swimsuit depending on the time of day or weather. The beach is sometimes even more fun on a cool, overcast day. But you certainly want to make sure to bring along healthy snacks so that you can still fit in to your swimsuit. Nuts and dried fruit are a great option. They bring the crunch, a little salt and the sweet touch that most of us crave. Similarly, popcorn is my new go to snack and it is easy to transport in a Tiffin type carrier.

Especially if the weather is warm, you want to make sure to stay hydrated with water. I love Boxed Water because there is no plastic and they are good to the environment. They also just look way cooler. Make sure to stay away from sodas that can cause you to feel the bloat. No one needs to look like they are wearing an inner-tube when they aren’t.

Sunscreen and sunglasses are not optional. Pack your favorite pair of sunnies and slather yourself up with your favorite sunscreen BEFORE you leave for the beach. It needs time to penetrate the skin. Make sure to bring it with you and reapply as sunscreen wears off and leaves your skin vulnerable to the sun. Don’t forget to bring a speaker along (and something to play music from like your iPhone or iPod!). I love this one by Nixon because it is sand, water and shock resistant. And if you think you might have a minute, bring a long some magazines to get caught up on. But do not ignore your friends and keep your nose buried in one. You DO want to get invited back for another friend beach day.

Depending on the beach and the time of day, wine is a great addition to a great afternoon with friends at the beach. Most beaches where I am from do not allow any glass so Black Box Wines are the perfect option. Lose the bottle and toast your friends with one of their tasty varieties like their new Pinot Noir (notes of fresh berry, rose petals an cocoa!). This 3L box is the equivalent of 4 bottles! So you won’t need to worry about running out AND you can take the rest of the box home with you to finish when you deem fit over the next month. I know what you may be thinking, boxed wine? But as someone who favors twist off bottles (oh the side eyes I’ve gotten when I pull out my screw tops! – which happen to be eco-friendly thankyouverymuch.) boxed wine is a great idea! This packaing is also eco friendlier than regular bottles, they stay fresh for WAY longer and you only need to take one box with you and you have a whole heck of a lot of wine. It just makes sense. AND it tastes good. The Black Box wines are award winning and are a much better value than comparable bottle wine. You guys, I’m dying to taste the Sauvignon Blanc!

Black Box also has 500 mL sized boxes, in 5 varieties, for when you just want to take a few glasses with you. These are perfect for smaller picnics and tailgates.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Drink Rose on a Patio Playlist

Drink rose on a patio this spring.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose.  No wait.  There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music.  Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine.  So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers.  And email me an invite.

February Loves

I am in love with this Saarloos and Sons white wine! This wine.  So yummy.  I had gotten a bottle of this white and a red from Saarloos and Sons in a silent auction gift basket from my son’s preschool.  I didn’t know too much about the company so the bottles have just been hanging around.  Well, the other night I decided it was time for the white to get chilled.  I’m a Sauvignon Blanc kind of gal.  And I’m not totally sure how these two wines stack up against each other.  But I can tell you this.  I opened the bottle, and on first sip, I hated it.  It was one of those days so I decided I’d drink the glass but I left the bottle on the counter with the intention of dumping it out that night.  But something about the second sip got me.  And I began to really enjoy the glass.  I went and put the bottle in the fridge and drank the rest of the bottle over the next few nights.  Turns out I REALLY like this wine.  Maybe the first sip just wasn’t what I was expecting but I’m glad I continued to drink it.  And now I want to go to their tasting room and drink more.  Lots more.  And go read their story.  Super cool.

My favorite candy of all time.  That I only eat at Valentine's DayThese hearts are one of my favorite candies.  And I only eat them at Valentine’s Day.  They really are just Gobstoppers.  And they used to even come in the normal Gobstopper colors but within the last few years, they have changed them to be only pink, red and white.  I realize that they are Gobstoppers and I can eat them all year long, but there is something about waiting for them to arrive in stores that makes me love them even more.  My sister and I always by them for each other.  And once that bag (or two) is gone, that is it until next year.  Have you ever tried these?

Live your passion!  My pal shared her stint on Cougar Town with us.  So proud of her! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post about this the other night.  I am super proud of my friend, Erika, for following a passion of hers.  She, just recently, decided to do extra work and start acting.  She was over the other night and I got to see her in an episode of Cougar Town and it was amazing.  I’m so excited to see where she takes it and know that she is doing what she loves.  I am lucky to know this gal and look forward to seeing her in more things!!

My husband has taking to making us pancakes on the weekend!So I’ve been married for 10 years now.  My husband hardly ever cooks.  So color me surprised when he decided to make us pancakes one morning.  We liked them so much he has taken to making them for us on the weekends.  So fun!  Food really does taste better when you don’t have to cook it.

blair-ritchey-for-meg-biram-gator-phone-caseI’m totally in love with my new phone case.  I got an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I had to get a new case.  This gator skin case by Blair Ritchey found in Meg Biram’s shop is so great.  I love everything about it.  It looks like it is sold out but they do have it in olive which would also be super cool.

One Hope Wine BBQ Pack is the Perfect Summer Hostess Gift

Wine and BBQ gift pack 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.