Summer is quickly approaching, at least here in South Texas, where it’s been nearing 90 degrees for over a week already! It’s time to gear up for amazing summer nights, family gatherings and fun parties, am I right? So in the spirit of all the fun that is about to be had, I thought it would be awesome to share some of my favorite cocktails and even a mocktail, so you can be the most amazing host there has ever been!
Have I told you all that my husband and I had a mostly DIY wedding? Minus my dress (which was a bridesmaid dress, ha), and a few other minor things, we did it all ourselves, and that included the food and drinks. I’m talking nearly 50 pounds of chicken for chicken fajitas, a case of avocados for guacamole, and 10 gallons worth of the most amazing red sangria around. We are a family that likes to drink, and we like a good drink, so when it came to making the red sangria, we made sure to get the good stuff. I love using the Roscato Rosso Dolce because it’s just slightly sparkling, and just slightly sweet, so it’s perfect for a red sangria! And if there is one thing you cannot forget, it’s brandy. All the best sangrias have brandy. Don’t skip the brandy. I also love to add fresh cut limes and blackberries, because they complement the flavors of the Roscato and are, of course, delicious to munch on as you’re drinking. I always feel better drinking when I’m eating some fruit too, ha!
I love to let my tastebuds travel, and as a member of a Hispanic family, I sure do enjoy going to Mexico, which is where the Paloma hails. It’s a super simple but delicious cocktail, with only two ingredients, but a whole lot of flavor! In general, you use tequila and a grapefruit soda, but I like to have a little extra fun, so I make mine with Joia Grapefruit, Chamomile and Cardamom Soda, and garnish with some lime for a truly refreshing drink, which is perfect for gatherings in hot weather, or a Sunday Brunch! Move on over, Mimosa, you’ve been replaced!
This drink is almost like a fizzy smoothie, just not as thick, and tons more fun to party with. I used fresh mangoes, as well as Ceres Mango Fruit Juice, and Ginger Ale. It’s a party in your mouth, and everyone is invited! Or not, cause that might be weird. They have party in their own mouths, thank you very much. Make sure you have enough low ball glasses for everyone, or you’ll be in trouble, for sure. You might need a punch bowl and ladle too, cause this recipe serves a crowd!
Now, if you want to serve a perfect party, make sure to get the proper supplies!
As seen in the red sangria:
Round Glass Apothecary Tank
Stemless Red Wine Glasses
Fanfare Round Braided Placemat
Mini Aqua Colander
As seen (but not already noted) in the mango slush punch:
Coral Buffet Napkins
Who’s ready to party!?!