Pre-Memorial Day weekend!

Hello lovely people of the world! Today’s post is a little different from my usual posts. As we are headed into this great Memorial Day weekend I figured a few DIY (do it yourself) suggestions were in order.

Memorial Day kind of marks the unofficial start of summer for me. School is letting out soon, vacations start, and the sun is hard at work giving off heat for daaaayys! With that being said, my first DIY suggestion is SANGRIA! 

Sangria is a refreshing wine drink from Spain. It is usually made of red wine and fruit juices, but there are a few recipes that use white wines.

Basic sangria recipe from about.com (making this one this weekend, will let you know how it is)

Prep Time:5 minutes

Total Time:5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Shot brandy
2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Preparation:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.

Strawberry and peach sangria recipe from epicurious.com (made this twice last year…give time for juices to get together)

yield: Makes 8 servings
active time: 15 minutes
total time: 2 hours 15 minutes (includes standing time)

ingredients

1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
1 1/2 cups Essensia (orange Muscat, a sweet dessert wine)
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup peach liqueur
3 peaches, each cut into 12 slices
1 large orange, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1/4 cup strawberry syrup (optional)
3 to 4 cups ice cubes

preparation

Mix white wine, Essensia, strawberries, peach liqueur, peaches, orange slices, lemon slices, and strawberry syrup in large pitcher, smashing citrus slices slightly. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.

Sangria flora from the St Germain website (on my to do list as well, just because it has St Germain)

1 750-ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine
1 cup St Germain
2 fresh peaches
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 raspberries
1 bunch grapes

Stir all ingredients in a pitcher and let stand for 15 minutes,  or more. Serve over ice.

Now that you have made your drink, you obviously need to put it into something equally fantastic. I recently discovered mason jar tumblers.you can’t get much more southern than this. There are several places you can buy these items ,such as Swoozies and Etsy, or you can make them in a few easy steps.

Supplies
Mason jar with lid (you choose the side)
Reusable straw
Rubber grommet (found at hardware store)
Drill

Instructions
Drill a hole in the lid using a 3/8 bit
Insert grommet into hole (be careful, may have metal sticking out)
Decorate as you would like
Wash and enjoy your cold beverage

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