Party planning 101...keep it simple! Pitcher drinks are key. Make the night before, pop them in the fridge and they are ready to serve when your guests arrive.
Strawberry Basil Margaritas
Fresh margaritas in a lovely pink is sure to please.
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
- 10 strawberries (or 12 if you're using smaller ones from the farmer's market or your backyard.)
- 8 basil leaves
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila (or a bit less, if you don't want your drinks to be quite as strong).
Hull the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.
When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color.
Makes 1 pitcher, or about 8 servings
Sparkling Watermelon Sangria Recipe
This sangria is a good use of a bountiful watermelon crop.
- 4 cups watermelon, cubed and cold
- 3/4 cups dry white port
- 1 lime, sliced thin
- 750ml bottle Moscato, chilled
- 3 cups lime seltzer water, chilled
In a pitcher place 3 cups of the watermelon cubes (saving some for garnish) and white port. Be sure these are cold as they can become mushy when room temp. (You can even freeze them for 30 minutes first.)
Add 8 to 10 slices of lime.
Add the Moscato and seltzer water. Stir with wooden spoon to mix.
Pour into ice-filled glasses and top each glass with a couple pieces of watermelon and a lime slice.