mango sangria

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filled about halfway with white wine, then added a splash of lime juice and about a teaspoon of triple sec to each jar. added orange pieces, fresh raspberries, and frozen mango chunks; then filled the rest of the way with mango juice. left it all to steep for a while and came back to enjoy it a few hours later! YUM.

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white peach sangria

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inspired by bobby flay

ingredients:

  • 2 bottles white wine
  • 1.5 cups peach juice
  • 1.5 cups sparkling blood orange juice (or just regular orange juice would probably also be fine)
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 2/3 cup simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 oranges, sliced and then cut into quarters
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 2 apples, diced

red wine sangria

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recipe adapted from from bobby flay

i doubled this recipe and switched out regular orange juice for sparkling blood orange juice. also, i think it’s a good idea to start with the wine and brandy, and then add the other ingredients to taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red Spanish table wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup orange juice <– with the advice from the guy from the wine section of trader joes, i substituted sparkling blood-orange juice for this
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
  • Orange slices
  • Apple slices
  • Blackberries
  • Pomegranate seeds

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

 

 

jello shots

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApretty straight-forward! we doubled this recipe to make two 3-ounce packages of gelatin. i think they were also the perfect strength, too.

recipe form here

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 16 1-ounce shots <– for me, it was more like 12 or 13

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Jell-O or other gelatin (any flavor)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) vodka (or other distilled spirit)
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Preparation:

  1. Chill the liquor and cold water mix in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.
  2. Pour gelatin into a bowl.
  3. Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Stir in chilled liquor and water mix and food coloring (optional).
  5. Pour into shot glasses, molds, or a baking pan for a sheet of Jell-O to cut up once set. Tip: The small, plastic or paper shot cups are perfect because the drinker can just squeeze the shot out.
  6. Refrigerate until the liquid sets. (At least 2 hours, but overnight refrigeration is recommended)
  7. Serve cold.