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White Wine Sangria for a Crowd


Ever need to make a large batch of booze for big group and don’t want to spend $200 on fancy wine and fresh fruit? Today is your lucky day my friends.

White Wine Sangria

A bride-to-be friend asked us to provide a poolside drinks for 40 guests staying at the hotel where the wedding was taking place. We wanted an elegant drink that would please a crowd without being too pricey. We also wanted a lighter alcoholic drink so guests wouldn’t be too tired to attend the wedding later that afternoon.


White Wine Sangria with lemons and strawberries

Inspired by our more high-end Rose Wine Sangria, we created this simple version of White Wine Sangria with help from the freezer section of the grocery store. You can find delicious light and crisp wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio for $3 a bottle which helps keep the cost down (Trader Joe’s is a great resource for inexpensive wine). This is also easy to assemble.  I cut the strawberries and lemons on a cutting board on the floor of my hotel room with a butter knife and had the whole drink dispenser ready to go in 10 minutes!


White Wine Sangrai + Ice Bucket


Lightly sweet, with a fruity citrus fizz, this cocktail was a huge hit with the wedding guests. Not one drop was left as the stunning bride walked down the aisle.

White Wine Sangriafor a crowd
(Serves 30-40)

6 bottles Sauvignon Blanc or other light and fruity white wine, chilled
2 12oz cans frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cups Triple Sec or other orange flavored liquor
1 pint of strawberries, tops removed and sliced into rounds
1 cup fresh lemon juice
5 lemons, sliced into rounds
12 oz frozen raspberries
16 oz frozen peaches
1 or 2 liters sparkling water

About 2 hours before serving mix the wine, frozen lemonade, triple sec, lemon juice, lemon slices and strawberry slices in a large drink dispenser. Allow to sit in the fridge to let the flavors meld. Just before serving mix in 1 liter of sparkling water and check for taste, adding more sparkling water if needed and then add frozen raspberries and peaches, stir well. Serve alongside a bucket of ice.


PS- Thank you to the Florio family for the wonderful glass drink dispenser in these photos! xo, LEH

Cocktail Hour: Spring Inspired Cocktails



Rose Sangria pour

Here are three simple cocktail recipes featuring the flavors and produce of spring.

These may not be the hippest or most complicated cocktails on the block, but they are delicious none the less. While we love to order an old-time inspired throw-back cocktail when we’re out, we don’t stock Aperol, grapefruit bitters or Amaro in our home kitchens. Quick to concoct with ingredients you can easily find for a last-minute soirée.


Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margaritas
Makes 1 large pitcher

1 quart fresh grapefruit juice
2 cups Simply Limeade
2 cups white tequila
1 cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup Triple Sec
5 limes, quartered into wedges
Finely ground Himalayan pink salt for serving (available at Trader Joe’s)

Mix all liquid ingredients in a large pitcher and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Taste for flavor, adding more tequila if needed.

Rim your glasses by dampening them with a lime wedge then dip in finely ground pink salt. Serve each margarita over ice with a wedge of lime.


Fresh Coconut Cooler

Fresh Coconut Cooler
An old favorite, the best part of this unusual cocktail is that you can eat the fresh coconut flesh as you go.  Also, the coconut water hydrates you as you imbibe, boosting your day-drinking longevity.

Makes 4

4 fresh young coconuts (can be found at Thai markets, Whole Foods or health food stores)
12 ounces rum or vodka
1 lime, quartered into wedges
4 long straws and long spoons or 4 spoon straws

Use a sharp knife to carefully make a square cut in the top peaked part of the coconut. Remove the square and add alcohol to taste, about 1-2 shots per coconut.  Add a few ice cubes and a spoon/straw and enjoy!


Rose Sangria pitcher

Rosé Wine Sangria
Makes 1 large pitcher
Read your bottle of rosé to see what fruit are in the wine and add the same fresh fruit to your sangria.  Our rosé had flavors of raspberry and tangerine so we made sure to add them both. Use frozen berries as ice cubes to keep your glass cold.

1 bottle rose wine, chilled
1-1/2 cups fresh lemonade, chilled
½  cup Triple Sec
2 tangerines, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 strawberries, sliced
2 cups sparkling French lemonade (Trader Joe’s has a great one), chilled
1 cup frozen raspberries

Combine the first six ingredients–rosé through strawberries– in a large serving pitcher. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving so the fruit has time to macerate.  Add the sparkling French lemonade and frozen raspberries and serve immediately.