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Pink Lemonade Wine Spritzer

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What do you do when you accidentally bought the most tooth-achingly sweet Pink Catawba you’ve ever tasted? You find a way to make it a cocktail.

You may have caught my recent 5 Wineries in 5 Hours post. One of the wines I bought during that adventure was the Stone Villa Pink Catawba. It was delicious when I was in the tasting room. That MAY have been the 4th winery we had been to that day, and as I said in my earlier post, I had been drinking my aunts’ tasting glasses as well. I was pretty toasty by the time we made it to Stone Villa. I recently realized that I must have been a tad toastier than I initially thought because when I cracked that bottle last week, it was SWEET. The kind of sweet that screws up the back of your jaw and coats your teeth with sugar. After my first glass, I knew I wouldn’t be able just to drink that wine straight, so I started thinking about how I might turn it into a cocktail. (It hurts me to waste wine that I spent good money on.)

Its pink color had me immediately thinking about how it might translate into a pink lemonade inspired cocktail. As a kid, I always loved the syrupy sweetness of pink lemonade, probably because it was middle ground for my mom on the battle of drink orders at restaurants between water and pop. When faced with the jaw aching sweetness of this wine, I thought it might be just the thing to use for a tart adult version of my childhood favorite. I got lucky and found a cool bottle of sparkling lemonade at my local Aldi’s for $2. Between the tart lemonade and the vodka in this recipe, I was able to cut the sweetness in the Pink Catawba way down.

The recipe is really simple and dangerously delicious! Make it for yourself or for a crowd. It is sure to please.

 

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Pink Lemonade Wine Spritzer
A refreshing and simple drink recipe perfect for any occasion.
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Ingredients
  • 2 parts Pink Catawba (or your pink wine of choice)
  • 2 parts sparkling lemonade
  • 1 part vodka
  • lemon slices to garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour the pink Catawba over ice.
  2. Add the vodka to the pink Catawba, stir.
  3. Gently pour in the sparkling lemonade, stir carefully. (I made a mess at this point)
  4. Garnish with lemon slices or other fruit of your choosing..
Notes
You can use any pink wine for this recipe. If you can’t find sparkling lemonade, substitute the 2 parts sparkling lemonade for 1 part lemonade and 1 part seltzer water.

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Classic Mojitos

DSC_0069In true (recent) college kid fashion, I had never actually had a mojito before. The bars I would frequent while in school didn’t really serve such fancy libations. It was more of a rum & coke, vodka cranberry, and buckets of beer kind of scene. Now that I am trying to expand my horizons a bit when it comes to the cocktails I kick back with; I thought it might be time to try some other common cocktails.

We were having A Flexible Life night in the office, and Jen was making Greek Yogurt Grilled Chicken, so I was looking for a cocktail that would pair well with dinner. Mojitos seemed to fit as well as anything else, so I made mojitos for the three of us while Jen made dinner.

Because I had never had a mojito before, I had to take my first attempt at mixing one to Jen for a taste test. She thought it hilarious that I didn’t know what it was supposed to taste like, but thought my version was spot on.

[She’s right…for someone who had never made a mojito before, she mixes a pretty fabulous one! – Jen]

Mojitos might be my new favorite drink, at least in the top 5. I hate super sweet or overly syrupy drinks; I always feel like I can feel the sugar coating my teeth as I drink it. The light sweetness paired with the slight kick of the lime and mint flavor was just right! It was perfectly refreshing and made a great cocktail to pair with our summer dinner festivities. 

Classic Mojitos
Super simple mojitos for any occasion!
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 drink
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz of white rum
  • Juice of one small to medium sized lime
  • 7-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 c seltzer water
Instructions
  1. Muddle the mint leaves. If you don’t have an official mortar and pestle, you can just rip them up and smash them with a spoon. (Tip courtesy of Johnna!)
  2. Cut and juice one lime into the shaker.
  3. Add two ounces of rum to the shaker along with the powdered sugar* and muddled mint leaves.
  4. Shake well with ice.
  5. Add to a tall glass with the seltzer water.
  6. Stir and serve.
  7. Optional: garnish with mint leave and lime slice.

* I used powdered sugar because it dissolves better in liquid and I didn’t have to make any simple syrup.