Summer not only has me craving fresh fruit in my desserts, but also in my cocktails.  I was given an idea for a drink with fruit in it at that 30th birthday party that I was telling you about a few weeks ago.  My version is like a white peach sangria with a little bubbly to top it all off.

White peach sangria

  • 1 bottle white wine (I prefer Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 3 cups fruit such as peaches, berries, mangoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 bottle sparkling peach wine

Place fruit in a pitcher and pour wine over fruit.  Let fruit soak in the wine for 2-3 hours.

Pour wine with fruit into glasses, top with sparkling peach wine and enjoy!

One of my favorite cocktails is a mojito.  Sometimes I am a purist and like my mojitos to be traditional with just mint, lime and rum, but other times I like to mix it up and add some other fruity flavors.  Tonight it was raspberry and they were the perfect cool and refreshing drink for a beautiful summer night.

Raspberry mojito (adapted from Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop Summer Drinks)

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp fine sugar
  • 5 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Crushed ice
  • 4 ounces raspberry juice (or a blend of juices including raspberry)
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Raspberries for garnish
  1. Put lime juice and sugar in glass and stir until sugar is dissolved
  2. Add mint leaves and crush or muddle them against the side of the glass with back of a spoon or muddler (this releases the mint oils)
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice
  4. Add fruit juice, rum and club soda and stir
  5. Garnish with raspberries and mint

CHEERS!!!!

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