White Peach Summer Sangria

White Peach Summer SangriaSangria is a delicious and festive beverage of Spanish origin. A wine-based punch, the sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit.

This summer spin on sangria is made with white wine and white peaches. It is light in color and refreshing in taste. You can make it a day ahead and have it on hand in the fridge when guests arrive.

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Spiced Mango Apricot Cocktail

Spiced Mango Apricot CocktailIf you are looking for an alcoholic beverage that pairs perfectly with Indian flavors, you have to try this Spiced Mango-Apricot Cocktail. It hints at the flavors of a mango lassi, but with a grown-up twist.

Be certain to make the apricot preserves in advance, but they are so tasty you might decide to keep a jar on hand all the time. Imagine all the other uses…like on top of ice cream.

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Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Aperol spritz cocktailThis citrusy cocktail is a perfect light summer beverage. You can find the Aperol Spritz all over Italy, and it is making a comeback this side of the Atlantic. Meeting friends for an after-work Spritz is a long-established Italian tradition and one that we could stand to replicate.

It’s tasty and refreshing, low in alcohol, and slightly bitter. And, the color is amazing!

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Rooibos Peach Punch

Rooibos Peach PunchIf you are looking for a beverage to make a crowd happy—or to keep a pitcher in the fridge, this quick and easy Rooibos Peach Punch might be for you. It is made with South African Rooibos tea and peach juice and makes for a perfectly refreshing summer cocktail. We also love it without the vodka.

The peach juice compliments the rooibos tea really well, and the addition of fresh mint lends a bright spark. There are loads of health benefits to drinking rooibos tea, but we are not going to kid ourselves…the vodka probably cancels that all out!

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Lillet Blanc — The Vesper Cocktail

Lillet Blanc — The Vesper Cocktail

If you have not tried Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif, we strongly recommend you do. Our favorite way to enjoy it is on the rocks with a wedge of lime or lemon.

Lillet is a brand of French aperitif that was established in 1872. An aperitif is an alcoholic beverage that’s served before a meal to stimulate your appetite. But, we also enjoy it on its own as a simple cocktail.

An aperitif can be anything from a liqueur to a dry Champagne or a fortified wine. Lillet is a fortified wine—or more specifically a blend of wines that is married with orange peels, a blend of fruit liqueurs and quinine, and then aged in French oak barrels. What you end up with is a light, refreshing, fruity wine that’s served chilled.

Lillet Blanc is a medium color white wine, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The nose is of honey and orange and a hint of mint. While the nose may lead you to expect a sweet dessert wine, in fact, Lillet Blanc leads with a taste of firm bitterness, which suddenly diminishes, leaving a lingering trace of orange, honey, and herbaceousness on the palate.

If you want to get more elaborate, there are several delicious cocktail recipes that use Lillet as an ingredient, a few that include gin. One of our favorites is The Vesper.

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