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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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Custom, Printable Wine Labels

DSC_0125Recently, between my family and my coworkers I’ve spent a good deal of time at wineries. You might have caught a recent post about a day spent winery hopping with my aunts. Trips like that aren’t too far from the norm anymore, which I suppose might be part of my transition from college bars to the grown-up enjoyment of alcohol. It sounds terrible, and I promise I’m not an alcoholic, but wine shows up at a lot of my leisure activities.

Family gatherings with my cousins and my aunts have started to include at least one trip to a winery. Between family members who are discovering their love of wine and those of us who are excited to share that passion, we drink a lot of wine when we are together. This past Fourth of July weekend, we spent some time at my grandparents’ house in Cooks Forest. The local winery there, Deer Creek Wine, has a delicious berry sangria wine, so, of course, we used it and a concoction of other things to make an actual batch of sangria.

Wine isn’t only for family gatherings; my coworkers also enjoy a good bottle, and Jen has been trying to drag me away from ultra sweet fruity wines into dryer styles like Tempranillo, Malbecs, and Chianti. Luckily, we work 8 minutes from an amazing local winery called J&D Cellars that offers something that suits all of our tastes. We can occasionally be found there for planning meetings, birthday picnics, or a random Friday celebrating whatever we want. J&D Cellars recently celebrated the grand opening of a new, absolutely beautiful tasting room, so, of course, we were there again this past weekend.

When I look at the times I drink wine; I find a pretty common theme that involves friends and family. What else goes great with a bottle of wine? Girls night! We’ve started using our girls’ nights as an excuse to test cocktail recipes for our site, but they also include wine pretty regularly too. What is the perfect accessory to a girls’ night? Wine! And what accessory is your wine missing? Custom, printable labels!

It has become trendy to have custom wine bottle labels printed for special events like weddings, bachelorette parties and birthdays. Personally, we think any occasion with a bottle of wine should be special, so I came up with these snarky wine bottle labels perfect for everyday use. Snag this free download and turn your next bottle of wine into whichever sassy quote fits you.

We love this idea and will be continuing to come out with new quotes and designs for every wine-worthy occasion. Need a custom design? Send us a message and we can work something out! Have a suggestion for a funny quote? Send it on over and it just might make it into our next batch.

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