I have a kind, sweet friend, Sandra, who decided to start a new life in Spain! Ole! We had a get together to say good-bye and wish her the best in her new adventure. We are hoping she will find a nice… who am I kidding…a hot, young, sexy latin man to get her fire going! To celebrate, I decided to make summery, refreshing, sweet sangria for the new, sweet life ahead of her. We will miss you Sandra!
Sparkling Cucu Berry Rose Sangria
You can use a white wine if you don't have rose handy. Rose is so pretty though and adds such a nice touch to any summery day.
Get a large pitcher and fill the pitcher up with ice.
Add strawberries, cucumbers and lemons
Pour rose, lemonade soda, vodka, triple sec and simple syrup* into the pitcher. Stir well with long wooden spoon. I made 2 pitcher so I could use the whole bottle of wine since 1/2 goes in each pitcher.
Fill wine glasses with fresh ice, pour your pink sangria and garnish with a round lemon slice.
*simple syrup is boiled down sugar water (1 part sugar, 2 parts water) and boil down until the liquid coats the back of your spoon.
I have so much fun coming up with new drink recipes. Is it tapping into my creativity or is it the literal buzz I get during the process? Hmm, it’s both, but mostly the latter! I had friends coming over for a BBQ and was trying to come up something different and nostalgic for them to try. Something that reminded them of childhood in a grown-up kind of way. I grabbed a handful of grapes, a bottle of vodka and went to work.
My original idea was having it on the rocks. I finished the drink and it tasted like a naughty grape soda. It was very good, but darn it, it’s summertime and it’s hot! I dumped my sample glass in the blender to turn it into a slushy! Ahhh…that took it to a 80s childhood level! This sparked 10 year old Ping walking into her Auntie Jane’s convenience store and pulling the lever to fill her extra large cup up with grape Slush Puppie, sucking it down so fast that a brain freeze was inevitable. Yes, I just wrote in 3rd person! Yes, I taste tested a lot today!
Hence, the creation of my Grown-up Grape Slush Puppie! Of course, this version is free of corn syrup, dye and artificial flavors and replaced with fruit and vodka! It’s just the perfectly sweet nostalgic adult concoction.
Fresh Grown-up Grape Slush Puppie
On the rocks or blended, this grape cocktail will satisfy your sweet tooth.