Monday, March 5, 2012

summertime in march.

This part week has been blissful, all my fellow Southern Californian's I'm sure will agree that this past week was just the right amount of a summer preview. Clear skies, 75-80 degree weather *sigh*...July where are you? With all this wonderful weather, I can't help but think about some fun summertime beverages. Here are just a couple I thought sounded refreshing during this warm weather...

fresh strawberry margaritas

recipe for one margarita, can easily be multiplied
          2 ounces Grand Marnier
          1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces lime juicelime 
fresh strawberries for garnish salt 
sugar for the rim
2 1/2 ounces strawberry simple syrup [recipe below]

For strawberry simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely. Combine 1 cup simply syrup + 1 1/2 cups slices strawberries in a blender and blend until combined.

picnic peach sangria

1 bottle of white wine
1 cup peach schnapps
1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 nectarines, sliced
1 cup green or red grapes

Combine all in large pitcher, cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir before serving

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