Sangria

Sangria is a great summer drink that you can share on the deck, beach, patio, etc… With friends. While there are many variations that can be found elsewhere on this site, in this recipe we are going to concentrate on the traditional red sangria. While the recipe is below, the great thing about sangria is that you can easily customize it to your liking. Just because my recipe says to do it this way does not mean you have to. If you like more oranges, add them! I highly suggest making a pitcher of this to share… Or not.

Ingredients:
1 Bottle of a dry red wine. Don’t spend a lot of money on this as it will be mixes
1 liter of club soda or sparkling water
The juice of 2-4 limes
The juice of 2-4 lemons
The juice of 2 oranges
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)

Directions:
Squeeze all juices out of all the fruits and pour into a pitcher. Add wine and soda then mix in sugar. Slice up extra lime, lemon and orange wedges to float in the pitcher giving an extra flavor punch. Refrigerate till code and serve in a regular glass or wine glass with ice. Garnish with a lime and cherry and enjoy.

Mojito

(pronounced [mo.hi.to])Mojito recipe
The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball cocktail. This is one of our favorite hot day drinks as it is very light and refreshing. Once you get the individual drink down, try making a pitcher to last longer.

Cocktail ingredients:
12oz Rum (usually white rum but you can use dark depending on your taste)
12 mint leaves
24oz Club soda (or sparkling water)
1/2 Lime
Tbs Sugar

Directions:
Muddle mint leaves and lime juice and a splash of club soda in a glass. Only bruise when muddling to release the oil of the leaves, do not shred them. Fill glass with ice and add remaining club soda and rum. Stir ingredients together. Garnish glass with lime wedge and mint leave.

Variations:
The Mojito is a good drink to experiment with! Try adding new flavors like muddling strawberries with the mint or using a flavored rum to change the taste. Some recommended flavors to try are Apple, Melon, Orange and Raspberry. Angostura bitters may be added to cut down the sweetness of the drink.