Welcome to Cocktail Day, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and Donna of Cookistry. We are raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to bookmark or pin these creative beverages for your next gathering. We hope you enjoy this marvelous event and the incredible giveaways from our generous sponsors. Cheers!
Do you have a stocked liquor cabinet at home that largely remains untouched? Or do you just make your standard drink every time you want to sit back and relax with a beverage after a long day? Well today we are going to change things up a bit for you with a big batch of new cocktail (and mocktail for those that don’t imbibe) ideas.
I’ve been wanting to make a white wine sangria for some time after realizing I have too many bottles of white wine at home. #CocktailDay provided just the excuse I needed to break open some of the bottles and pair it with an arrangement of winter fruit.
What’s winter fruit you ask? Think citrus, apples and pears. All three are at their peak right now (yes I know most people think of apples as a fall fruit but the season goes through winter) and pair perfectly with any dry white wine.
White wine sangrias usually only pop up during the summer but why not make it a winter drink? So many whites have notes of citrus and pear that it seemed silly to wait until it warms up to make this.
- 2 bottles of dry white wine (such as sauvignon blanc or pinto grigio)
- ½ cup triple sec
- 1 pear, core removed and thinly sliced
- 1 red apple (such as gala or fuji), core removed and thinly sliced
- 1 grapefruit cut into ¼ inch rounds
- 1 blood or navel orange cut into ¼ inch rounds
- In a large pitcher place the sliced pear, apple, grapefruit and orange.
- Pour in the wine and triple sec.
- Mix well to distribute the fruit throughout the pitcher and place in your refrigerator to steep and chill (about 2 hours or overnight if making ahead).
- Serve with a wedge of orange on the rim of the glass and optional ice to keep the sangria cool.
Now that you have a drink recipe in hand you are good to go for the big game coming up or a romantic Valentines Day dinner at home. Let’s also check out what everyone else brought.
Other Fabulous Bloggers Mixing It Up with Us for Cocktail Day:
- Pomegranate Party Punch by Cravings of a Lunatic
- White Cosmopolitans by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Hot Buttered Chocolate Rum by Cookistry
- Bacon Jalapeno Bloody Mary by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Blood Orange Old Fashioned by Kelly Bakes
- Caipirinhas by Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter Martini by Hungry Couple
- Chocolate Cupcake Cocktail by JavaCupcake
- Ciderhouse Whiskey by From the Bookshelf
- Citrus Cranberry Punch by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Coconut-Key Lime Pie Martini by Home Cooking Memories
- Egyptian Martini by Cooking In Stilettos
- Espresso Martini by Liv Life
- Frosty Lemon Drop Martini by The Hopeless Housewife
- Frozen Marshmallow Mudslide by 365 Days of Baking & More
- Ginger Raspberry Fizzy by Try Anything Once
- Iced Cake Martini by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Le Jardinier by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Mandarin Mulled Wine by Food Babbles
- Meyer Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz by Crumb
- Muddled Rosemary and Pineapple Cocktail by My Catholic Kitchen
- Nutella Martini by The Pink Flour
- Peach Sparkler by Noshing With The Nolands
- Pineapple Margarita by Miss in the Kitchen
- Pomegranate Orange Spritzer by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Safe Sex on the Beach by Mom’s Test Kitchen
- Side Car with Dried Cherries by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Winter Fruit White Wine Sangria by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Apple Pie Moonshine by Lola’s Kitchen
Wait don’t go, there’s more! We have an awesome giveaway lined up too and I’d love to tell you about some of our sponsors.
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Mojito R-Evolution teaches you how to deconstruct your mojito into floating mint caviar and spectacular foams or encapsulate your favorite cocktail into a sphere that will explode in your mouth.
Margarita R-Evolution teaches you how to create a margarita slush topped with a fresh lemon mousse, add a splash of colour by creating blue azure suspended pearls or encapsulate your margarita into an edible cocktail!
Cosmo R-Evolution teaches you how to add a molecular twist to your traditional cosmo sure to awe your guests! Serve a cosmopolitan bubble on a spoon that will pop in your mouth, top off your cocktail with a light fluffy cranberry foam or suspend citrus caviar in your drink.
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The list of prizes for Cocktail Day:
- 2 Individual Copies of Molecule Gastronomy by Molecule-R Cookbook
- 1 Set of Mojito R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
- 1 Set of Margarita R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
- 1 Set of Cosmo R-evolution (Molecular Mixology Kit)
- 1 Copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail sponsored by Race Point Publishing
- 1 Copy of Apothecary Cocktails sponsored by Fair Winds Press
- 1 Copy of The Best Craft Cocktails and Bartending with Flair sponsored by Page St. Publishing
- 1 Not So Simple Gift Basket
- 1 Microplane Bartender’s Garnishing Tool
- 1 Microplane Citrus Tool
***This giveaway is intended for each prize to have a separate winner! No person can win multiple prizes. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only . Winners will be chosen by random draw. The winners will be notified via e-mail, and have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***
***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by our sponsors, no bloggers have received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***