Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Sips and delicious drinks

Here are a few recipes you must try. Remember, the hotter the temperature, the cooler the drink!

Passion Fruit Caipirinha

Ingredients (makes one cocktail)

1/2 medium passion fruit
2 tablespoons sugar
Crushed ice
2 ounces cachaca
Sugar cane stick, for garnish


Scoop out flesh and seeds of passion fruit and transfer to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker along with sugar, and cachaca. Shake over ice and pour into an 8-ounce glass. Garnish with sugar cane stick.

Prosecco Sangria

Ingredients (makes about 2 quarts)

1 peach
1 nectarine
3 apricots
5 ounces peach brandy
1 bottle (750 mL) chilled Prosecco, (Italian sparkling wine)
1 cup peach nectar
Superfine sugar (optional)


In a pitcher, combine peach, nectarine, and apricots, all pitted and cut into wedges. Stir in peach brandy; let sit at least 1 hour. Stir in Prosecco and peach nectar. Add superfine sugar, if desired. Serve chilled.

Now, for a spin on the Prosecco Sangria, I had an amazing drink at an Italian eatery a while back, and remember that it was sort of like the following:

In a glass carafe type pitcher, the bartender put about two to three cups of diced fruits (strawberries, peaches, mango, etc), along with a handful of fresh basil leaves, a few tablespoons of superfine sugar, and 3/4 cup or so of good vodka. Then, he mashed and muddled the entire contents of the pitcher. Next, he poured an entire bottle of chilled Italian Prosecco on top. And I may or may not have devoured the entire contents. Simply amazing.

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