Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Lovin'

I have been in full on summer mode since I stepped foot in California last week. The weather has been exactly what you would expect in Southern California which does nothing but make we want to pretend I am on vacation 24/7. This means I have been thinking about barbecues and fun summer cocktails all weekend long. So when not outside playing in the sun this weekend, I came across a few things that I have to try and thought you might be want to take advantage of them as well.

This one happens to be one of the best sangria's I have had in a long time, but I haven't had the pleasure of partaking in this in awhile. Good thing Kimpton finally spilled their 5 o'clock wine hour Sangria recipe. Now I can whip up this sucker at home.

Kimpton Summer Sangria

1 3-L Pinot Grigio
1/2 bottle of 1.75L Christian Bros. Brandy
Juice of 7 lemons
Juice of 5 limes
2.5 cartons of finely diced strawberries (or two pounds-ish)
1 bunch of basil
2 lbs of watermelon (pureed)
2 cups of granulated sugar

Mix all ingredients and let it sit for a few hours. The longer it sits, the better it gets!

This next one comes care of one of my favorite blogs, Britney.Herself. She, like me, enjoys mixing fruit and alcohol. In a safe and moderated manner of course. This was one something that I pretty much hit myself on the head, going how in the world did I not think of this before!! Follow the link above or here are the instructions for the Walking Margarita:

Slice your watermelon and place in a baking dish and cover with a shot of tequila per piece (yeah it's that serious!). Cover and refrigerate three hours (preferably overnight). Right before you serve dip the edge in some salt. Instant margarita.

Should you happen to be in Southern California and at my house this summer I am pretty sure you will have both of these at some point during your stay!

Also if you come here, I might take you here.

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