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Sip It :: Superbowl Sangria

white sangria recipe for superbowl

The big game is a week away, have you made your Superbowl menu? As far as beverages go, beer is a given (of course) but to be honest — I tire from beer quickly. I was thinking that with all that oh-so-good-but-bad-for-you food why not sip something a bit more on the lighter and refreshing side this year? Hence, Superbowl sangria. 

 sangria recipe

This white sangria recipe is full of bright flavors (think honeycrisp apples, oranges and lemons) and I LOVE the idea of pre-making and filling mason jars. On game day, just toss the jars into a bucket of ice and guests can grab and sip as they please.

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Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying — it tastes waaaaay better.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

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Sip it :: Meyer Lemon Cocktail

Thoughtfully Simple :: Meyer Lemon Cocktial

Some flavors I crave seasonally while others tease my pallet all year long. For me, Meyer Lemons have no “right time,” they are welcome to turn up in my dessert, on my poultry, or in my cocktail shaker any time of the year.

Thoughtfully Simple :: Meyer Lemon CocktailMake that cocktail a 2 ingredient only recipe and we’re in business.

Simple Meyer Lemon Cocktail

2 parts sparkling Meyer Lemon juice (I found mine at WorldMarket)

1 part vodka

Pour over ice and ship. Cheers!

 

 

 

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Strawberry & Goat Cheese Crostini + Pairing

I enjoy pairing food with wine and have to admit that experimenting with pairing food with something other than wine is new to me (but I think I’m hooked!). I was recently asked to try the new Stella Artois Apple Cidre and pair it with something delicious.

This is a European-style cider made from fresh, hand-picked red apples with accents of peach, apricot, and orange. It tastes light, crisp, and refreshing. I thought it would pair nicely with an appetizer that is also light yet had a little crunch.

Strawberry Appetizer

Strawberries fresh from the farmers’ market were my inspiration for this appetizer. Topping a toasted baguette with goat cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette glaze — these were the perfect accompaniment to a nice cold Stella Cidre. Score 1 for food pairing!

Strawberry Appetizer

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Crostini {with balsamic glaze)

Ingredients:

2 cups sliced strawberries

4 ounces goat cheese

1/2 french baguette (cut into 1/2″ pieces)

Balsamic vinaigrette glaze

To Make:

Slice baguette and top with goat cheese. Place sliced strawberry on top and then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

Variation: You can toast the baguette slices first if you prefer. Simply brush on ised with olive oil, place on cookie sheet, and back for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Assemble as instructed.

I hope you’ll try pairing something with this new Stella. I would compare it to pairing food with white wine — so that should get your wheels spinning with ideas! Cheers to the new Stella Cidre. Oh and … it’s Cidre, not cider. :)

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Stella Artois via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Stella Artois.

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4 Cucumber Drinks to Keep You Cool

Summer may be officially winding down, but our 105 degree days still have us sweating out these long days here in southern, CA. This year I’ve been mildly obsessed with all-things cucumber (which is a perfect crisp and refreshing summertime ingredient), especially drinks! Here’s a quick roundup of  4 cucumber drinks that will keep you cool this (end of) summer.

1. Cucumber and Mint Cooler  ::  2. Cucumber Margaritas   ::  3. Rosemary and Cucumber Lemonade :: 4. Cucumber Gin Cooler

What flavors have you been craving this summer?

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