HAPPY HOUR: Southern Belle Cocktail

Now that I have officially taken up residence in the south for the next four months I decided to feature a Southern Belle cocktail in honor of needing a drink after my first official day back at my internship!

SOUTHERN BELLE COCKTAIL

SOUTHERN BELLE COCKTAIL

1 PART SWEET TEA VODKA

1 PART FRESH LEMONADE

FRESH SLICED PEACHES

mix together in a sweet southern mason jar and you have yourself an adult sweet peach tea.

Enjoy! and always drink responsibly 🙂

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HAPPY HOUR: Summer Sangria

WHITE STRAWBERRY-LEMON SANGRIA

WHITE STRAWBERRY-LEMON SANGRIA

I can not wait to try this at a family barbecue or sitting on the patio on a hot summer night! Stealing this recipe from http://www.KITCHENTREATY.com and thought you all would love it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine (a dry-ish white wine is best – I like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay)
  • ½ cup white rum
  • 4 cups lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add lemon slices to a large pitcher, then the apples, then the strawberries.
  2. Pour the wine and rum over the top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and add the lemon lime soda. Add a few pieces of the fruit to your glass and pour sangria over to serve.

**Freeze strawberries and lemon slices in an ice cube tray for a unique touch

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING: St. Patrick’s Day Festive Food

So of course the best part about holidays is the excuse to eat a drink and gather with friends! Here are a few great ideas on how to make St. Patricks Day themed food…

Start the day off right with just a little food coloring in your pancakes to make them green! How cute! St. Patty's Day brunch anyone?!

Start the day off right with just a little food coloring in your pancakes to make them green! How cute! St. Patty’s Day brunch anyone?!

Perfect for lunch! Four leaf clover pizza bagels! Love these!

Perfect for lunch! Four leaf clover pizza bagels! Love these!

LOVE! Lucky Charms Crispies!

LOVE! Lucky Charms Crispies!

To make your own Lucky Charms Crispies here is the recipe:

3 Tbsp. butter

4 cups mini marshmallows

5 cups Lucky Charms cereal

for garnish: reserve about 1/2 cup of Lucky Charms marshmallows

optional: green food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter and mini marshmallows, stirring constantly.

2. Once melted, pour in cereal and mix until well-coated. (If using food coloring, add it to the melted marshmallows and stir well before adding the cereal)

3. Press cereal mixture into a greased 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle with reserved Lucky Charms marshmallows.

4. Once set, cut into 12 squares and serve.