Summer Sangria

Nothing says summer like hanging out on the deck or at the pool sipping sangria with friends.  My favorite recipe is a lighter version of the traditional ruby sangria because it’s made with white wine rather than red.  I serve it in a clear beverage jar so I can load it up with lots of colorful fruit like lemons, limes and oranges.  It looks as good as it tastes.

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Summer Sangria

1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. triple sec (or other orange liqueur)
1/2 c. brandy
2 (750 ml) bottles dry white wine
1 (750 ml) bottle club soda, chilled
1 c. lemon, thinly sliced
1 c. lime, thinly sliced
1 c. orange, thinly sliced
*you can also add kiwi, strawberries and grapes – almost any fruit works!

In a large chilled pitcher, combine sugar, orange liqueur, brandy and white wine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 1/2 hours. When ready to serve, slowly stir in club soda to taste. Add all fruit and some ice.  Pour a glass and ENJOY!





Weekend Bits – Links I Love

audrey2On the day that would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday, I had to share one of my favorite quotes from the actress. Great food for thought as we start another week.

Handmade Mother’s Day gifts are almost always more special than anything you can buy at a store.  I love this roundup up 20 creative ideas for DIY gifts.  And to further reduce cost, you can print gorgeous floral gift wrap with this free template.

If you’re in a pinch for time, Red Envelope offers unique Mother’s Day gift ideas here.  Their categories of Modern Mom, New Mom and Grandmother make it easy to narrow your search.

Add a twist to your Cinco de Mayo meal by making these Margarita cupcakes.  Lime cake with lime tequila buttercream . . . wow!

If you buy an old dresser from the flea market or Craigslist, you can take it from blah to beautiful with these 10 DIY ideas.

Sangria is one of my go to cocktails for summer entertaining so I can’t wait to try this recipe for Grapefruit Sangria.

Kate Spade has collaborated with Keds to update two of their classic styles with floral and geometric prints.  You can see the collection here.