Serving Up Summer Cocktails

by Cate on July 2, 2008

mom-juice-small.jpgIf you’ve been visiting Sweetnicks for awhile, you probably know that we (and by we, I mean I) love “Mom Juice” (otherwise known as White Wine Strawberry Sangria).  ‘Tis one of the few ways I drink wine and, for me, the unofficial kick off to summer.  A cocktail that goes down nice and easy, or as our neighbor said yesterday when I gave her a glass over the fence, “Too easy!”

You don’t need lots of expensive ingredients, and the method is very forgivable; I’ve changed out the strawberry for raspberry and even peach, all with the same deliciously smooth results.

Pour, mix and serve yourself up some summer.  A drink for when the livin’ is easy and your cares are few.  Bottoms up!

White Wine Strawberry Sangria (aka Mom Juice)
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc (White Zinvandel is also a good choice, and I’ve also used Wild Vines’ Strawberry Zin)
1/2 cup strawberry schnapps
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (or one bag of frozen strawberries; I prefer using the frozen ones in the recipe {makes great ice cubes} and then garnishing with fresh)
Ice
Whole strawberries (optional)

In a 2-quart pitcher stir together wine, strawberry schnapps, and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add sliced strawberries and chill for 1 to 4 hours. Serve over ice. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries. Makes 5 or 6 (about 8-ounce) servings.

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Rebecca July 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm

That’s a really mean thing to do to a pregnant lady. I miss the “special” drinks way more than I thought I would. It sounds so good!

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Mrs Ergül July 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Indeed a nice summery-y drink that’s so versatile!

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Cate July 4, 2008 at 10:33 am

Rebecca – I hear ya! When I was pregnant, I didn’t let The Husband drink alcohol or have raw oysters either; if I can’t, neither can he. Seems fair, no? If you have a hankering for a cocktail, try this one without the alcohol. Perfect for the summer!

Mrs. Ergul – one of my favorites. :)

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