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First, I want to congratulate Cynthia for her healthy tip for SlimKicker!  SlimKicker enjoyed your challenge of limiting internet use to work time in order to promote activity in the evenings, and they would like to thank you.  Please email me at balancedforkhealthylife@gmail.com to claim your slow cooker prize!  Thanks to everyone for your healthy ideas… I have some new summer challenges.

On another note… summer just begs for a nice cool cocktail, and my recent favorite has been Sangria.  I love making Sangria because you can be really creative with the fruits and flavors.  And, wine is gluten free!

Here are two of my recent Sangria creations, both using the fresh taste of ginger.  One is red and one is white, and both serve about 6 adults.

Raspberry Ginger Sangria

In a large pitcher, add:

  • one bottle red table wine
  • 3 shots raspberry vodka
  • 24 ounces of ginger ale
  • 2 shots of apricot brandy
  • garnish with raspberry ice cubes

Ginger Peach Sangria

In a large pitcher, add:

  • one bottle white table wine
  • 4 shots apricot brandy
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 16 ounces peach seltzer
  • garnish with fresh peach slices

Happy Allergy Free Drinking!


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Summer Cocktails

I had a great food and drink weekend… it started with a birthday celebration with friends at a hibachi grill which included tropical cocktails, and ended with salads and summer cocktails along the waterfront.  The hibachi grill was such a fun atmosphere with friends, and our personal chef around the table was careful to cook my food without soy sauce and butter.  The weekend continued with a wonderful beet salad including candied walnuts and craisins, while sitting along the waterfront.  A perfect end to summer and beginning to a new school year.

As summer winds down, I wanted to share some of my favorite summer cocktails.  I will probably try to recreate these in the dead of winter, encouraging summer to return again!

Pimm’s Cup

  1. Fill a cocktail glass half way with Pimm’s Liquer.
  2. Add two tablespoons of sweet and sour mix.
  3. Fill the rest with Sprite.
  4. Garnish with a cucumber slice and some ice cubes.

Green Apple Mojito

  1. In a cocktail glass, add 2 shots of green apple vodka or  green apple rum.
  2. Add a few sprigs of mint and the juice of half of a lime.   Muddle to release the herb flavors.
  3. Add one teaspoon agave nectar.
  4. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling white wine and ice cubes.

Sparkling Peach Cosmo

  1. In a martini glass, pour 1 shot peach vodka.
  2. Add 1 shot of cranberry juice.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling white wine.
  4. Garnish with a lime slice.

Cheers to the end of summer!

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