This weekend I had a BBQ with friends and I did something I don’t normally do….. I made COCKTAILS! Anyone that knows me knows that I am a beer girl, a strong IPA kind of beer girl. I enjoy my wine as well. Cocktails? No.. never. But a group of my blog friends got together to do this Drinks With The Girls Series- Spring Edition, and well, it’s alcohol so I’m game. I’m not a huge fan of hard alcohol (Bonnet comes out… I usually like to keep her locked up) so I knew I wanted to make something light using wine. After a little pinteresting I decided to create this SohoSangria, a white wine sangria made with cucumber, mint, lemon and lime. Perfect for the gorgeous warm weather we are having here in San Diego!
Drinks With The Girls – Spring Edition
1. Strawberry Coconut Margarita by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
2. Soho Sangria by SohoSonnet
3. Grasshopper by Life in Velvet
4. Hustler Cocktail by Addicted 2 DIY
5. Pomegranate Ginger Cocktail by View From the Fridge
6. Not So Classic Sidecar by A Prudent Life
7. Rosemary Hard Lemonade by Dolen Diaries
8. Elderflower Cocktail by My Cooking Spot
9. Detroit Cooler by Sypsie Designs
This was actually kind of fun to make. It involved a lot of mashing and hey.. who doesn’t like to mash? Ok.. maybe non aggressive people, but I sure like to mash. I am married to an Irishman so I get lots of practice with potatoes. Back to the drink, here is how you make it.
Ingredients: 2 cucumbers, 1 package of mint, 2 lemons, 2 limes, 2 cups lemonade, 1 bottle of dry white wine (Sauvignon blanc or Chardonnay). I used a really expensive bottle I bought from trader joes. Only the best for my girls
What to do: Cut up cucumbers (leave half of one for slices to make things pretty). Mash em up. Add lime and lemon juice (leave half a lime and lemon for slices) Mash it up more! You can add your 2 cups of lemonade now or when you pour in the wine, either way!
Wash your mint and pull the leaves from the stems. Mash it, mash it, mash it. Pour your mixture into the pitcher and add your slices and your ice. You can also add a couple slices/wedges and ice to each glass.
Last but not least… add your alcohol!!! You can pour in your bottle of wine now along with lemonade (unless you added your lemonade earlier).
** I have a pregnant friend and a friend who does not drink so I made a MOCKTAIL VERSION of this. Instead of white wine I added more lemonade and I substituted the wine with Lime flavored seltzer water (but I think sprite would work too, might be really sweet)
Yummmmmy. Yes, it was as delicious as it looks. And the paper straws doubled as toys for the kids once we were done with them. What is it about straws? Scarlett LOVES them.