Spring Into Spring With Fruity Cocktails: Use fresh fruits.

It may not seem like it just yet, but spring has arrived. The flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting buds on them and the air is starting to warm up. Now is the time to plan on some gatherings, especially after the past year that we have had. How refreshing would it be to have a couple of friends over for a small get together? My guess would be absolutely amazing. I myself can not wait for a backyard barbecue, grilling some burgers, and hot dogs, let’s not forget the mac salad, and of course the cocktails the will be served. This spring, I think we will spring into spring with fruity cocktails. And will be using fresh fruit once it is available. There is nothing better than using fresh fruit of the season, it makes your spring cocktails more springy.

Pomegranate Blitz:Spring Blitz:

This spring time cocktail is a real crowd pleaser. Serve this one at your next gathering, and your guests will be returning next weekend. Make sure you have enough on hand.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 cups of Crown Royal Deluxe

2) 1 1/2 cups of Pomegranate Juice

3) 3 tablespoons of Lime Juice

4) 2- 750 ml bottles of Prosecco, or Sparkling White Wine

5) 1 1/4 cups of Pomegranate Syrup

6) Pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and fresh mint leaves for the garnish

To Make; Using a pitcher, or punch bowl, mix Crown Royal Deluxe, Pomegranate Juice, pomegranate syrup, and lime juice. Add in a handful of pomegranate seeds, a couple slices of lime, and some mint leaves. Fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in the punch halfway over the ice, leave some room at the top. Top off with the prosecco, and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and mint leaves. Garnish is optional, unless you want to be fancy.

To make the pomegranate syrup, add equal parts of water, sugar, and pomegranate juice to a saucepan, and bring to a boil. And let mixture cool before use. Bartender tip, make a head of time and store in a squeeze bottle.

Finlandia Raspberry Lemonade:Spiked Lemonade:

The sweet fruity flavor of Finlandia Raspberry flavored Vodka is perfect for this delicious spring or summer drink.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Finlandia Raspberry Vodka

2) 2 ounces of cranberry Juice

3) 2 ounces of Lemonade, fresh is best, but you can get away with a powder mix to save some time.

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice. Add all ingredients to the glass. Stir lightly. Garnish with the wedge of a lemon and enjoy. Garnish is optional.

Mist And Orange:Orange Soda With A Kick:

It is time to give orange soda an adult upgrade. Add Canadian Mist for an adult treat that you will more of.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Canadian Mist

2) 5 ounces of Orange Soda

3) 1 maraschino cherry

4) 1 lime cut into wedges

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, add in the Canadian Mist. Top off with the orange soda, and garnish with a lime wedge, or a maraschino cherry. Garnish is completely optional. I do suggest the lime wedge, this way you can squeeze some of the juice from the wedge into your cocktail to brighten it up some.

Blackberry Smash:

Fun With Berries:

Nothing says spring like fresh blackberries. So why not add some to flavor this bourbon drink? You will love the complex layers of flavor along with ease of making this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Early Times Bottled- in- Bond Bourbon

2) 1 1/2 ounce of chilled Earl Gray Tea

3) 1/2 an ounce of Blackberry Simple Syrup

4) 1 Blackberry

5) 1 sprig of rosemary

To Make; Add Early Times Bottled- in – Bond Bourbon, chilled Earl Gray Tea, blackberry syrup, and some ice to a mixing glass. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Strain mixture into a coupe glass, or a fun mug as pictured to the right. Garnish with a blackberry and a rosemary sprig. Personally, I omit the rosemary, never cared for its flavor. You can light the rosemary on fire, then douse it out in the cocktail to add a smokey layer of flavor to the drink.

For the blackberry syrup, muddle some blackberries, and add to equal parts of water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. Keep refrigerated for long term storage.

 

Bubbly Mind Eraser:Another Kalua Cocktail:

This bubbly and fruity twist to the classic Mind Eraser, makes it perfect for pairing at any spring, or summer occasion.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Kahlua

2) 1 ounce of Absolute Vodka

3) 1 ounce of club soda

4) 1 ounce of Champagne or Sparkling White Wine

5) A splash of pineapple juice

6) A strawberry for the garnish

To Make; Add some ice to a highball glass, First add the Kahlua, then the vodka. Add the club soda, champagne or sparkling wine. Top off with a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a strawberry, and throw in a straw to help the alcohol go straight to your head. To achieve the layered look, pour each liquor over the back of a tablespoon slowly, as well as the soda and juice. Enjoy.

Grape- Fruit- Mule:

You will love the twist on a favorite. The Rita’s takes the mule to a whole new level. #HAVEARITA

An Easy Mule:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of fresh lime juice

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Grape – Fruit – Rita

3) 1 ounce of Triple Sec

4) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer

5) 2 ounces of Vodka

6) Plenty of Ice

To Make; Fill a mule mug traditionally a copper mug with some ice. Add in all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and enjoy.

 

Hoppy Ever After:

Beer Cocktail:

You might think that a hoppy brew and a fruity cocktail have nothing in common, but as the old saying goes, opposites attract. This better together cocktail, flavors combine to create a unique beer cocktail, that will make even the most skeptical hops lover swoon.

Ingredients:

1) 1 can of IPA ( Indian Pale Ale )

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Skyy Vodka

3) 2 ounces of peach nectar

4) 1 ounce of orange juice

5) A splash of club soda

To Make; Slowly pour equal parts of beer and the Peach Belle into a large stemless wine glass full of ice. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

The Peach Belle: Combine Vodka, peach nectar, and orange juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine well, strain mixture over fresh ice, and top off with the club soda. Enjoy.

Island Mimosa:

Breakfast Cocktails:

Tropical drink season is upon us, Though I’d argue that there’s never a bad time for a tropical cocktail. After, all it’s one of the Rita’s. Try the island mimosa with a Pine- Apple- Rita. You can thank me later. #HAVEARITA

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Prosecco

2) 2 ounces of Pine- Apple- Rita

3) 1 ounce of Malibu Rum

4) Splash of Grenadine

5) Frozen pineapple chunks

To Make; Add frozen pineapple chunks to a mug or a glass to act as your ice cubes. Pour in the remaining ingredients, and give it a stir. Kick back and enjoy one or two, maybe more.

 

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

To Wine Or Not To Wine: That is the question.

Good day everyone, I hope that you all are having a fantastic day, I know that I am. Now, to wine or not to wine, that is the question, the answer is simple my friends, yes. Why would’nt you want to unwind with a nice glass of wine, at the end of a long day? Did you know that one of the best ways to cool off during the warm weather is to chill with some white wine? For this article, I thought that I would share a few recipes to help you cool off once the weather starts to warm up. How does this sound to you? No need to worry, these recipes will not break the bank. It is my hope that everyone will end the day by kicking back with a nice cold glass of red or white wine.

Before I forget, you can save some money this weekend by using the code SUNNYDAYZ when you check out. Save $7.00 on any order of $30.00 or more today through Sunday.

White Wine Spritzer:Chilled Wine Cocktail:

The perfect cocktail to chill out with at the end of a long day.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of Diet 7 Up

2) 3 ounces of White Wine

3) Lemon Slices

To Make;Add some ice to a wine glass. Then pour the white wine in, and top off with the lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice, or peel. Your choice, garnish is completely optional as well.

You know, on a lot of other sites, the writers tend to get very technical, not here, I give it to you straight from the hip. Hopefully you appreciate the honesty, as well as the easy reading.

Berry Moscato Lemonade:Spiked Lemonade:

There is a lot to love about this cocktail, that I hardly know where to start. Okay, how about with the fresh Blueberries and Blackberries? Or maybe it’s the sweetness of the Moscato. Either way, you truly have to try this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 3 cups of The Naked Grape Moscato

2) 1/2 a cup of New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka

3) 6 cups of Lemonade

4) 6 ounces of Blueberries

5) 6 ounces of Blackberries

6) 2 Lemons thinly sliced

7) Lots of ice

To Make; In a large pitcher, place the blueberries, blackberries, and lemon slices in. Muddle the ingredients a bit to bring out their natural flavors. Add in the moscato, red berry vodka, and lemonade mix. Stir to combine, and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. When you are ready, pour over ice in a Collins or highball glass, and enjoy. As you can imagine this cocktail is perfect for a gathering of friends and family. And, that is something we all need now, do you agree?

Cheerleader Champagne Cocktail:Pom Pom Fun:

A sparkling cocktail that mixes berry goodness with your favorite bubbly. What completes this sweet sipper, is the fun and easy pom pom topper on the end of a Popsicle stick.

Ingredients:

1) Brut Sparkling Wine

2) 1/4 ounce of Creme de Cassis Liqueur

3) 1 Raspberry Frozen Popsicle

To Make; Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Put the Popsicle in the glass. Top off with the chilled Sparkling Wine, and serve immediately. This one is perfect for sipping pool side or for any occasion.

Citrus Mint Pinot Grigio:Refreshing Spring Cocktail:

It’s funny, this Pinot Grigio is already known for its fresh crisp flavor, but we can’t seem to stop from adding more flavor for you. This citrus mint cocktail will magnify everything you already love about this classic white wine.

Ingredients:

1) 1 Liter of The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio

2) 1 Lemon thinly sliced

3) 1 Lime thinly sliced

4) 1 Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves

To Make; Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let chill for 2- 4 hours, or overnight if you can wait that long. But who can wait for a refreshing cocktail? Serve when well chilled, or serve over ice, if you don’t feel like waiting. Doesn’t this drink just look like spring time in a glass? Perfect for a warm night, or a cool evening by the fire pit.

Fennel Fizz Cocktail:Fennel Cocktail:

This fizzy wine concoction is the perfect cocktail after a long day. And gives you a chance to try an under used ingredient, fennel.

Ingredients:

1) 1 bottle of Kim Crawford Chardonnay, well chilled

2) 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Fennel Seeds

3) 1 cup of sugar

4) 1/2 a fennel cut into 6 wedges

5) Club Soda

6) Fennel or Dill Fronds to garnish

To Make; In a small saucepan bring sugar, water and fennel seeds to a boil to make a fennel simple syrup. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes or overnight, strain to remove the fennel seeds. Divide the wine between five glasses filled with ice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the fennel syrup to each glass and stir. Garnish with the fennel wedges and fronds. Add a splash of club soda for the fizz and serve. Your friends will thank you a thousand time over.

Great White Wine Slush:

Tropical Cocktail:

Seeing a Great White? Scary. Sipping on a Great White? Definitely delicious. We have mixed up this frosty drink that is easy to make, and unlike it’s namesake, is a delightful addition to any beach.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of White Wine

2) 2 ounces of Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple

3) 2 ounces of Frozen Lemonade

4) 1 ounce of Club Soda

5) Pineapple wedges for the garnish

6) 1 Scoop of crushed ice

To Make; Pour the White Wine, Smirnoff Sourced Pineapple, and the frozen lemonade into a blender with the crushed ice. Blend the mixture until smooth, but still slightly slushy. Pour into a wine or martini glass. Top off with the club soda, garnish with a pineapple wedge, and serve. Enjoy on the beach, by the pool side, or anywhere you feel like having a frozen cocktail. And who doesn’t like frozen cocktails? Especially on a warm day. It’s the perfect way to cool off, sure beats a Popsicle.

I hope that I have answered the question to wine or not to wine. This is something that I will be doing this summer, or maybe even tonight at these prices, we can’t go wrong.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed weekend friends.