Drink Sangria

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Sangria is a refreshing drink that as the name suggests is really, really red. The name is from the Spanish word for blood. It can be made from wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a touch of brandy.

While traditionally it has been made with brandy, there are also variations which include Seltzer, Sprite or 7 up. The fruit used does not have to be orange it can also be lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple juice, grape, kiwi, or mango.

This drink is popular in Spain and Portugal but is also served in the Americas in Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Argentina.

To make Sangria you will need 1 bottle red wine, 1/4 cup brandy, 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 orange, thinly sliced, 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced, 1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges, and 1 bottle sparkling water, chilled.

To prepare combine everything except the sparkling water and in a large plastic container or glass pitchers. Cover and chill completely for about 1 to 2 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water.

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Taste the strawberry daquiri

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If a cool refreshing beverage is what you’re looking for then the Strawberry Daquiri may just be it. With or without alcohol, the strawberry daiquiri is a tasty treat that requires only a few ingredients and is easy to prepare.

The following recipe makes eight servings and is good to serve as light refreshment when entertaining.

It needs six cups of ice, ½ cup of white sugar, four ounces of frozen strawberries, 1/8 cup of lime juice, ½ cup of lemon juice, ¾ cups of white rum, and ¼ cup of lemon-lime flavoured carbonated beverage.

Combine the ice, sugar, and strawberries in a blender or shaker. Add the lime juice, lemon juice, rum, and lemon-lime carbonated beverage and blend until mixture is smooth.

This daiquiri can be made with a number of variations. Fresh strawberries can be substituted with strawberry-flavoured syrup. You can also make the mixture without rum for a virgin daiquiri.

The daiquiri can also be blended with a pina colada to make a Lava Flow.

To add the pina colada use 3 ounces of coconut cream, 6 ounces of pineapple juice, and 1½ ounces of white rum; blender or shaker with crushed ice. Blend or shake very well until smooth.

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