I love mixing up big batches of punches or sangria when company comes over. A little mixing before your guests arrive will allow you to enjoy your guests company instead of pouring drinks all night long! Here are 3 of my favourites!
Summertime Swing Sangria Punch
A smooth sangria that will have you singing and swinging the night away! 1 bottle Rioja, chilled 1 cup fresh bing cherries, pitted and sliced 1 fresh peach, sliced 1 lemon, sliced 1 orange, sliced 3 oz. orange liqueur or brandy Chilled soda water
Combine all ingredients and chill well. Serve over ice.
Summer on the Porch Punch
Here’s a single-serving punch that's flavorful, and fun for the spring and summer. It's also very easy on the taste buds but make sure you’re firmly sitting on the porch as this one can creep up on you!
1 ½ oz. vodka 1 ½ oz. sweet red vermouth 1 oz orange curacao ½ oz. gin (Tanguary No. 10, if possible) ½ oz. cherry brandy Assorted summer fruits, sliced (peach, apricot, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) 1-2 dashes bitters 2 oz. ginger ale 2 oz. sparkling lemonade
Combine vodka, vermouth, gin, curacao and cherry brandy in a pitcher. Fill with ice and stir to chill. Strain mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Add one or two small slices each of peach, apricot and strawberry and two or three of each type of berry to the middle of the glass and some on top. Add bitters. Add ginger ale and lemonade. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon rind.
Watermelon Champagne Punch
Watermelon is the hot flavor for summer this year. Combined with sparkling wine, it becomes my favourite sipper!
15 cups cubed and seeded watermelon 3/4 cup sugar 3 bottles champagne Ice block
Combine fruit, sugar and champagne. Mix in punch bowl and set a block of ice in the bowl which doesn’t melt as fast as cubes but keeps your punch cold. Serves: 15-20
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