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Ultimate Red Berry Margarita Recipe

Red is Margarita’s favorite color

Every day can be Margarita Day if you mix up this Red Berry Margarita!

Margarita Day might be over, but we’re still feeling in the spirit! This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries into one Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

We have never met a margarita that we don’t like, but this Ultimate Red Berry Margarita is one you’ll fall head over heels for! It’s becoming a contender for one of our best flavored Margaritas yet.

Now, we couldn’t call this an Ultimate Margarita recipe without a good blend of liquors. For this recipe, we decided to use Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau, and Chambord; to which we added a mixture of cranberry and lime juices and our homemade Red Berry Simple Syrup.

The Red Berry Simple Syrup is the star of the show in this margarita recipe. It’s a delicious combination of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries that is super easy to make.

Once you mix it together with the Patrón, Cointreau, and Chambord, you’ll understand why we really love this Red Berry Margarita!

Frozen cocktails are not everyone’s shot of whiskey. Some people like their margaritas on the rocks. We did this margarita over crushed ice, to give it the illusion of a frozen cocktail without having to break out the old blender.

This is how you make an Ultimate Red Berry Margarita!

Red Berry Margarita

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Patrón Silver Tequila
  • 1½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1½ Ounce Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Red Berry Simple Syrup
  • Raspberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Red Berry Simple Syrup

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup Raspberries
  • ⅓ cup Cranberries
  • ⅓ cup Sliced Strawberries
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Red Berry Simple Syrup: Add ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 4-5 minutes until berries have softened and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain into container and set aside. Discard the waste into a bin.

Red Berry Margarita: Add Patrón, Cointreau, raspberry Liqueur, lime and cranberry juices, and red berry simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries into the Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

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Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Gin and Citrus make a great couple

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic.

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic

If you haven’t discovered by now, I am slowly becoming a fan of Gin. The last few gin cocktails we’ve covered took me by surprise. They can be quite delicious, and this Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic recipe is a contender.

Gin and Tonics are some of the easiest cocktails you can make. But they can also get a little bland after a while – unless you are willing to experiment.

I first came across the Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic from a recipe on Parsnip and Pastries. Their recipe uses Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, which is loaded with extra sugar that can cause a nasty hangover. For our take on this cocktail, we used a slightly different blend of fresh citrus juices to cut out the added sugar, and paired it with a London Dry Gin and fresh rosemary.

I like my gin and tonics made with London Dry Gin. It’s one of the most popular types of gin around, and it’s not very sweet. That allows the sugar from the citrus juices of our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic to be the star player of this cocktail. Beefeater is a great option if you are new to London Dry gins. I also find it blends well with tonic water, such as Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.

Rosemary and citrus are a refreshing combination of flavors. They give this cocktail a bright taste, which is perfect for this time of year.

Our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic uses a blend of lemon, white grapefruit, orange, and clementine juices that we muddle with rosemary. We get a box of fresh oranges and grapefruits sent to my house every year by a family friend that lives in Florida. We’d never be able to eat all of them if we tried, so we save a couple large ones just for juicing which works perfectly with this cocktail.

So when I say fresh squeezed ingredients, I really mean it.

This is how you make a Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic!

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 Ounces Tonic Water
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Halved Clementine
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic: Muddle halved clementine with a large sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add in the gin, citrus juices, and ice. Shake together vigorously until chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Enjoy the refreshing citrus taste of this Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

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The French Ginger Cocktail

Blondes don’t always have more fun

If you appreciate the citrusy-sweet flavor of a French Blonde cocktail, you are going to love her little redheaded sister.

Gin cocktails, like this French Ginger, have a lot of herbal-floral flavor combinations. They can be sweet, tart, tangy, and even bubbly. While gin might not be everyone’s favorite spirit, the flavors of this French Ginger cocktail might have you rethinking your dislike of gin.

What makes the flavor palate of the French Ginger cocktail so appealing is its balance. Like it’s sister the French Blonde, the French Ginger blends the herbal qualities of elderflower liqueur and gin and the citrusy bite of Lillet Blanc [White Lillet] and lemon bitters with the sweetness of fresh grapefruit juice, but with the added kick of ginger liqueur.

If you’ve never tried elderflower liqueur, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its delightful floral notes. It is used in many different cocktails and pairs very well with dry champagnes and gins. It also helps to even out the flavors of the White Lillet, grapefruit juice, and ginger liqueur. It also goes really well with rosemary, but that’s a cocktail for another day.

St. Germain is a very popular brand of elderflower liqueur with a $30+ price tag, so it’s definitely on my splurge list. If your local liquor/ABC store carries mini bottles of it, that’s a great way to try it without breaking the bank. One mini bottle has enough elderflower liqueur for about two French Ginger cocktails.

Enjoy this cocktail all year round neat or over ice.

Mix up this recipe for the French Ginger cocktail!

The French Ginger

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • ½ Ounce St. Germain
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 Ounce London Dry Gin
  • 1½ Ounces White Lillet
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Few Dashes Lemon Bitters
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

French Ginger Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a Rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit section and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9

The French Ginger cocktail blends citrusy sweetness with the bite of ginger and gin.

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This Espresso Martini Nightcap will knock your socks off

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

It’s Our Favorite Nightcap

This Espresso Martini is a simply delicious nightcap that is perfect for coffee lovers everywhere. Add a few tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the glass and make it Affogato!

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

Coffee is one of those bases that makes great cocktails from Black Russians to Irish Coffees. And when it comes to coffee, there’s nothing I love more than espresso. So when we came across these Espresso Martinis, my heart sang with the joy of a thousand tenors.

I don’t always have a nightcap, but when I do this cocktail is at the top of my list. This Espresso Martini is one of those perfectly caffeinated cocktails, that blends the taste of coffee liqueur, vodka, and freshly brewed espresso.

I save the good stuff [the bottles from my splurge list] for my favorite cocktails. For my perfect Espresso Martini recipe, I used Van Gogh Vodka and Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa [it’s a chocolate coffee liqueur made with tequila instead of rum like Kahlua].

One of my favorite treats is Affogato, chocolate or vanilla gelato [you can do it with ice cream too] topped with freshly brewed espresso. So I Frankensteined them together and made an Espresso Martini Affogato. I just had to, and it was delicious! To make this nightcap affogato, add one to two large spoonfuls of gelato to the bottom of your glass and pour the espresso martini over top.

Here’s the recipe to our killer Espresso Martini [Affogato]!

Espresso Martini

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Espresso
  • ½ Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ¼ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp Vanilla Gelato [Optional]
  • Espresso Beans for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Perfect Espresso Martini: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour all of your ingredients on top. Give it a good shake, until chilled. Pour into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Make it Affogato: Prepare cocktail as above. Add one to two tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the bottom of a coupe glass, and pour Espresso martini on top. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 14.3

This Espresso Martini Nightcap will knock your socks off

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Cranberry Whiskey Buck

The Holiday Season Begins with Cranberry and Whiskey

This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

Try this Brio Drink of the Week: the Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Cranberry juice. It is the mixer we all come to love in our early drinking years, where vodka cranberries were common and we didn’t know that it could get any more sophisticated than that. Well, we’ve introduced you to the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, now we’d like to serve you this Cranberry Whiskey Buck.

Bucks are a family of cocktails where an alcohol is mixed with ginger ale or ginger beer and citrus juice. You may have already experienced one if you’ve ever enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which is also known as a Vodka Buck. If you’d like to try another buck cocktail, try our Irish Buck, which is a delicious blend of Jameson, ginger ale, and lime juice.

In the case of this Cranberry Whiskey Buck, whiskey is paired with ginger ale and cranberry juice. This fizzy pairing makes for a delicious fall flavored cocktail. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of fizzy drinks, but I rather like this one. I’m starting to think whiskey just goes with everything. Water, cider, Coke, root beer, lime/lemon, and now cranberry juice.

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Whiskey Buck!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Ale
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Cranberries for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Cranberry Whiskey Buck: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

Spiked Mulled Cider

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

We are absolutely excited for Fall. Want to know why? Where there’s Fall there’s mulled cider! And we are doing up this Mulled Cider Recipe Two ways!

Brio Drink of the week: Spiked Mulled Cider

Even though we won’t feel Fall temperatures here on the NC coast until around November[ish], the Fall/Autumn season officially kicks off on September 22nd! That means we can all start to enjoy our favorite fall flavored cocktails like these mulled ciders. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

Both Corinne and I grew up drinking hot apple cider. It’s kind of a staple in the states where apple orchards are a plenty, or when your grandparents have a cider press like hers do. I’m kind of jealous of that. My elementary schools had field trips to go apple picking and we’d make apple sauce out of them during Girl Scout meetings. It was kind of a big deal. So enjoying cider as a cocktail only seemed logical.

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

There are a lot of different dark rums to choose from, and we settled on using Gosling’s Black Seal rum [cause hey, maybe we can make some Dark and Stormies later with it]. Basil Hayden’s is one of my sister’s all-time favorite bourbons, and I recommend it for its spicy flavor notes. It can be a bit pricey though at roughly $40 bucks a pop, so if that’s a little out of your comfort zone any good bourbon will do the trick. If you want an American bourbon, try one of these industry winners.

Now let’s show you how you make our spiked mulled cider!

 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Pints Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Dark Rum or Bourbon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Allspice
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Apple Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Heat Proof Glasses for hot
  • Rocks Glasses for Cold
  • Large Saucepan
  • Metal Strainer
  • Heatproof Pitcher

 

Preparation

Spiked Mulled Cider: Place all of your non-alcoholic ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat down to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a heatproof pitcher. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard the remaining waste in the bin. You can enjoy these cocktails cold by allowing the mixture to cool and serving over ice!

Bourbon Mulled Cider: Add the bourbon to a glass, and top with hot cider mix. Stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Mulled Cider with Dark Rum: Pour cider mix into glass, and add in the dark rum. Stir together to combine the flavors. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 165 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 43 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 38 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 25

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

 

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This is how you make a Caipirinha fit for an Olympian!

Medal Worthy Caipirinha

Celebrate the Summer Games with Brazilian Cocktails!

The 2016 summer games has been filled with a lot of controversy, but all we’ll be filling is another glass of Caipirinhas.

Drink of the week: Classic Lime Caipirinha

Hey Brio drink of the week lovers! We’ve been having a lot of fun watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Our home team has been kicking butt! In that spirit, we decided to dedicate this week’s drink of the week to the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha. This Caipirinha recipe will be the perfect addition to any Olympic closing ceremony viewing party!

There used to be a Brazilian Steakhouse in town that made a killer Caipirinha, but they went out of business. It was so sad. I haven’t had one since they closed, so when the Olympic games started in Rio, I took a perusal through Pinterest to see how I could make some while I watched the opening ceremonies with my mom [It’s tradition – we just add cocktails now].

The name is pronounced kai-pee-ree-nyah, but I always get tongue tied trying to properly pronounce it. Portuguese is definitely not my forte. The Caipirinha is a cousin of the Mojito, and is made with Cachaça. If you’ve never had Cachaça before it’s a little like rum, but has more of a tart taste to it. When muddles together with lime and sugar, cachaça becomes an enjoyable treat. Stateside, this drink makes a perfect summer cocktail and a great addition to watching the summer Olympic games.

This is how you make a medal worthy Caipirinha!

 

Caipirinha

Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cachaça
  • 2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Small Limes, Quartered
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Muddler or Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Caipirinha: Muddle limes and sugar together at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass until sugar dissolves. Add ice to glass, and top with cachaça. Stir together, and add more ice. Garnish with lime wheel, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 263 Fat (g) 0.15 Saturated Fat (g) 0.018 Potassium (mg) 81 Carbohydrates (g) 16.62 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.1 Total Sugars (g) 9.65 Protein (g) 0.55 Sodium (mg) 4

This is how you make a Caipirinha fit for an Olympian!

 
 

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Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the heat this summer.

Drink of the week: Watermelon Moscato Sangria

This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90 degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.

We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?

White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.

via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines

Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.

Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Smirnoff or Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka, but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.

For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.

Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.

 

Watermelon Sangria

Yields: Multiple Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Cups Cubed Watermelon
  • 2 Bottles Moscato [or other white wine]
  • 16 Ounces Watermelon Vodka
  • 24 Ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup or Raw Honey [Optional]
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Fluted Glass
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76

Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

 

 

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Hemsley Collins

The Tale of A Bartender’s Delicious Mistake

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now.

Drink of the week: Hemsley Collins

I have a bit of a confession to make to make to you Brio Readers. Until last night, I have never tried a vodka Collins. That was until last night at dinner when the bartender used Gordon’s vodka in my Tom Collins instead of Gordon’s gin. Oh, the scandal of it all!

via Giphy // I’ll give you Collins lovers out there a minute to recover from the shock

I know, I know! I’m more of a gin in my Collins kind of girl. I will add a little caveat that she forgot to use simple syrup in the drink, which made the cocktail a bit more tart than I was expecting, but still sippable. Anyways, I liked it. Let’s just say my cocktail horizons were opened just little a bit.

So when I got home, I looked up a recipe for a Vodka Collins and came across this delicious little number called a Hemsley Collins on Pinterest. Wondering how it tasted, I opened up the liquor cabinet and got to mixing.

Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong. You can also up the honey if you like it a little sweeter. I added another tablespoon of organic honey after a little taste test. For this cocktail, I used San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because yes I have a case of it I need to use up] and Gordon’s Vodka, as it’s what the bartender was using and it wasn’t hard to find at the local ABC store.

The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins, and might just be a new addition to my night out cocktail list. Sometimes your bartender’s mix up can be one wonderful experience.

 

Hemsley Collins

Yields: 2 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.7 Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Hemsley Collins: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20 Carbohydrates (g) 3.06 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2.44 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 22

Hemsley Collins Recipe

 

 

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