Sangria Popsicles

Wine Sangria Popsicles

It’s supposed to be 90 degrees in Alabama tomorrow so now is the time to make these Sangria Popsicles. When the weather gets warm, I get even more creative in the kitchen. For this recipe, I used VOGA Italia white wine and organic peach juice. If you can’t find peach juice or fresh peaches yet (to juice your own), substitute orange or white grape peach juice.

These popsicles are so simple to prepare. With only six ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation time, you can prepare them several days ahead and enjoy over the weekend. I love making these for Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer! They would also be perfect for Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

Other ideas for serving:

•Father’s Day

•Weekends at the lake

•Beach trips

•Poolside

•Wedding couples shower

•Engagement parties

•Patio or in your front yard

Since we can’t currently have any summer cocktail parties, I will just share with my neighbors for now.

Easy Mimosas

Mimosa

What mom wouldn’t want to wake up to these Easy Mimosas? With only three ingredients, you’ll be sure to start her day on the right foot. These are so simple and perfect for spring or summer brunches, showers and even Christmas. Feel free to stir in pineapple juice, serve it as cold as possible and add a fun garnish (cherries, citrus slices, etc.) Happy Mother’s Day!!

Candy Cane Cocktail

Candy Cane Cocktail

The holidays are coming, and I had a friend call me for holiday cocktail ideas for a party she is throwing. I gave her this recipe for a Candy Cane Cocktail, and she was so excited about it. It’s so pretty and simple to make, and guests absolutely love it! This recipe is from NoMa Social in New Rochelle, New York.  If you live near there, check it out as they are having holiday specials such as from 4-8pm you can take advantage of the NoMa Social’s 4×4 deal where you can choose any 4 different wines, cocktails, beers and tapas for only 4 dollars each during the winter season. Happy weekend!

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my favorite Friday finds that make me smile! Have a great weekend!

Spring Spa Hot list from my post at Huffington Post

Mason Jar Cocktail Kit and Bag via Pinterest

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from How Sweet It Is

Gorgeous Kitchen from Veranda House

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10 Favorite Fall Recipes and Ideas

Fall is around the corner, and I started looking for some fall and Halloween inspiration. Here are 10 fabulous fall recipes and ideas that I can’t wait to try, starting with Witch Leg Toppers via Urban Comfort and Better Homes and Gardens. I am so excited about fall. How about you?

Mini Apple and Honey Tarts via Tales of an Overtime Cook

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cupcakes via Taste of Home

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies via My Baking Addiction

Stylish Pumpkins via Midwest Living

Lemon Coconut Loaf via Anga’s Food for Thought

The Fig Old Fashioned via The Kitchn

Fall Tables by Karin Lidbeck-Brent 

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa via Family Fresh Cooking

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas via Good Housekeeping

 

Pomegranate Margarita

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My friend, Steven, called last night and said he was having relatives in Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  He asked me for a food favor. He said they were preparing a Mexican-themed menu, and asked me to help him with a recipe for a Pomegranate Margarita which was highly requested by his wife, Bridget. I thought this sounded like a really nice idea since many of us will be entertaining family and friends next week. This recipe has the right mix of tequila, Triple Sec and pomegranate juice. I just recommend using my ultimately favorite “Patron Silver” for the tequila.


Pomegranate Margarita

Prep: 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Lime wedges 

Salt or sugar for the rim

Ice

8 ounces white tequila

4 ounces Triple Sec

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 limes, juiced (optional)

1/2 cup club soda

Directions

1. Pour salt or sugar onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. Fill glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice place the tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedges, if desired.

For tequila, see www.patronspirits.com