Harvest Spiced Punch

Harvest Spiced Wine Punch

Oh man, Thanksgiving was awesome this year!!

We really enjoyed our 4-day weekend!! It was great to relax, spend time with family and friends, and, of course, eat great food and drink awesome drinks.

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I made this Harvest Spiced Punch with the Harvest Spiced Red Blend from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi with us to our Thanksgiving celebration at my sister-in-law’s house.

Plus, I brought the cutest aprons with us too!

All of this fun cheer was because of Robert Mondavi. Yes!!!

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I love sangria so I was eager to give this Harvest Spiced Punch a try. And I gotta say I really liked it. We all really liked it. That pitcher was dry by the end of the night.

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The rich, wine blend is perfect on its own at room temperature, chilled in this punch, or warmed as a mulled wine.

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Plus, it just looks pretty.

This would be awesome to make for a holiday party as you can make a really big batch by doubling or tripling it. It will make your party prep and time really enjoyable as making the punch is very quick and then you don’t have to worry about making drinks for your guest during the party. It’s fantastic when you can sit back and relax during your own party, no!?!

Lastly, it’s really affordable too!! Bottles are $5.99-7.99 making this punch very affordable for a large crowd. Save some money for your gift giving!

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My mom is coming up before Christmas so I know I’ll be making a batch for us to enjoy during her visit.

Or we can just toss a bottle in a pot with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cloves to warm for a cozy mulled wine.

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The Taggarts!

It was fun taking this picture with my Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law, in our aprons from the Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set, a limited-edition kitchen set including a matching apron, pot holder, and wine tote. The autumnal design with beautiful leaves is inspired by the new Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend wine.

The set will benefit AmpleHarvest.org, a national non-profit organization that helps food pantries provide fresh fruit and vegetables from local gardens to families in need. For the sale of every Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set this holiday season, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi will donate all proceeds (estimated at $35.00 per set) to AmpleHarvest.org, helping feed American families in need.

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Even Price enjoyed the apron! ha!!

I jokingly put it on him but he actually enjoyed it as he pointed out that it was a nice thick canvas material, as opposed to some other aprons are just thin cotton. He liked how this felt like it has some substance to it.

Harvest Spiced Punch

Makes 1 very large pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 750 mL bottles Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend
  • 1 Cup orange liqueur
  • 1 Cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 Cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, ends cut off, then sliced into 5 rounds
  • 1 lemon, ends cut off, then sliced into 5 rounds
  • Seeds from 1/2 a medium pomegranate

Process

  1. Combine the wine, orange liqueur, orange juice, pomegranate juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Just before serving, add the orange and lemon slices, and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over top. 
  3. Serve over ice, and enjoy!

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A big special thanks to Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi  helping us celebrate Thanksgiving this year. As always, all opinions are my own.

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The Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set will be available at Amazon.com beginning on World Food Day, October 16, 2015, for a suggested retail price of $35.00. For the sale of every Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi will donate all proceeds to AmpleHarvest.org, up to $5,000.00 nationally.

AmpleHarvest.org, Inc. is a nationwide not-for-profit organization that diminishes food waste, hunger and malnutrition in America by educating, encouraging and empowering America’s 42 million home/community gardeners to easily donate their excess bounty to one of 7,500 local food pantries eager to receive and distribute the fresh food. For more information, visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/press or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

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Red, White, and Bubbles

Red White and Bubbly

Ah, so here I am posting my last Sprint Cup Snacks recipe on the day the 2014 NASCAR season kicks off. Well, a little late there.

But what I think that matters is that we are getting to enjoy some racing today. I love the last race of the season at Homestead as much as I love the first race at Daytona. Both are great for different reasons. At homestead we get to see a season’s worth of racing come together to crown a champion. So what is that champion supposed to do?

They are supposed to celebrate with some bubbly!!!

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And in this case you can celebrate the start of the 2014 NASCAR racing season as well. 🙂

Well, I wanted to make something that was patriotic for the sport that is born and breed in the good ol’ U.S of A and, of course, it had to be perfect for celebrating a great win. So I made a drink that is perfect for toasting a win.

The fruit purees add great flavor to the champagne and the colors are a great way to show some red, white, and blue pride!

I hope you enjoy all the races this year and give my Sprint Cup Snacks recipes a try!

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Red, White, and Bubbles

Makes 4 drinks

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries

Process

  1. Blend the strawberries to puree the fruit. Set aside
  2. Then, in a separate blender or in same blender that has been cleaned, blend the blueberries. Pass the pureed fruit through a fine mesh sieve to remove some pieces of skin to make the puree smoother.
  3. Place about 2 tablespoons of blueberry puree in the bottom of a champagne flute. Then gently layer about 2 tablespoons of the strawberry puree on top of the blueberry puree.
  4. When you are ready to serve the drink, angle the glass at a 30 degree angle and very slowly pour the champagne on top of the fruit purees. It is ideal to maintain the layers when serving the glass but just prior to enjoying the champagne give the glass a swirl to mix the fruit into the champagne.

Thirsty Thursday: Over The Rainbow Drinks

Over the Rainbow Drinks

I remember watching the Wizard of Oz growing up as a kid and loving it. How can you not? Umm there is a glittery witch!! Plus, I loved Toto and the Cowardly Lion. On the other hand my mom did not share my Wizard of Oz love since the flying monkeys would scare the bejesus out of her as a kid.

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Well, tomorrow The Wizard of Oz is being re-released to IMAX screens for 1 WEEK! What’s so special? Well it’s been restored, remastered, and made 3D. Sounds awesome and a great way to enjoy this classic. Hoping to be able to go next week after we are back from vacation!

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“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is such a beautiful song from the movie so I made these Over The Rainbow Drinks for this week’s edition of Thirsty Thursday. They are so fun and so simple to create. Just take some colorful ice cubes and a lightly colored soda like Sprite or a flavored Seltzer and you’ll have your own rainbow in hand. 

Over the Rainbow Drinks_05 Over the Rainbow Drinks_06 To make the ice cubes come out really colorful I suggest making the water really saturated with color, as well as using the ice cubes right away once they are frozen. I noticed that the left over ice cubes mellowed out in color so I suggest making them soon prior to enjoying your drink and celebrating your love of the Wizard of Oz. Amanda has made a drink perfect for all your Dorothy fans… A Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria that has a ruby red spinkle rim. Perfection. Instead of clicking the slippers together just slink a glass with a friend!

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Over The Rainbow Drinks

Makes 2 drinks, but qty can easily be increased

Ingredients

  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Sprite

Process

  1. To create the colored water, lay out 6 cups with 1/2 cup of water in each one. Add drops of food coloring to create the following colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple. Make sure the water is very bright for each color, esp the Orange and Yellow.
  2. Evenly divide the water among the sections in ice cube trays and let freeze. (I used a baster instead of pouring since my hands are not too steady and I didn’t want to spill!)
  3. Start to assemble you drink by placing the colored ice cubes into a tall glass. Use 2 ice cubes each in this order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and lastly Purple in your glass. Pour in Sprite and enjoy!

Cinco De Mayo Round Up!

Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo!!!!

These recipes might just help you celebrate some Mexican independence. I mean, pico de galo and margaritas are always good, but even better on the 5th of May. Oye!

Appetizers and Snacks

Guacamole

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Party Pico de Gallo

Texas Queso Dip_A

Texas Queso Dip

Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

Main Courses

Steak Quesadillas

Steak Quesadillas

Mexican Style Hot Dogs

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

Vegetable Enchiladas

Desserts

Key Lime Trifle

Tres Leches Cake

Drinks

blackberry margarita

Blackberry Margaritas

Layered Frozen Mango Raspberry Margaritas

Layered Frozen Mango Raspberry Margaritas

chocolate margarita

Chocolate Margaritas

Cranberry Ginger Margarita

Michelada Marias

Michelada Marias

Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Fizz

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It’s spring so it should be warm, right? Well, here in spring in Boston is confused. It has been all over the place with day time temps in the high 50’s and then right back down to the low 30’s with even colder wind chills. It’s a never ending roller coaster. I’d like it to just settle out but it’s New England … who am I kidding!?!?

I’d like it to get warm ASAP so we can continue to work in our little yard in back. Price kicked some major as back there this past weekend attacking a very invasive weed we have and I’d like to keep things going on the clean up and set up work. I just can’t wait to get some flowers and plants! I am looking forward to getting another blueberry bush this year and trying out some strawberry plants for the first time. Thinking all about these berries has resulted in me making this whole month’s Thirsty Thursday posts all about berries. First up… strawberries!

I was trying to come up with a drink that uses strawberries and that would be great to enjoy while gardening. I love Strawberry Daiquiri but they are not really great for sipping while pulling weeds. They are better suited for lazy beach days. I wanted something that would be really refreshing. Well, when I saw this Strawberry Fizz when I was browsing around Pinterest and I was smitten. check the site… get it? okay, good. 

This is so refreshing that I just loved it so much. I love mojitos so it reminded me of a jazzed up mojito. Except virgin. Well you can fix that situation yourself with some vodka or light rum. Spiked or not you’ll be reaching for Strawberry Fizz.

Strawberry Fizz

Makes 4 drinks

Ingredients

  • 1 liter sparkling seltzer water
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 16 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Process

  1. Put 1/4 cup of simple syrup in each glass and 4 mint leaves, muddle the leaves. 
  2. Add 1/4 of the strawberries to each glass and muddle as well.
  3. Squeeze the juice of 2 lemon wedges and then toss the lemon into the glass as well.
  4. Add ice and about 8 ounces of seltzer to each glass. Stir and enjoy!

Adapted from Smitten Foodie