Passport for Your Palate-Red Sparkler
Summer time, fun time! Summer weather is always great for family and friend gatherings whether in the backyard, pool side, or at the beach. It's been a ritual of mine for years with my close friends to take turns hosting parties at each other's homes. The host house for the event typically provides the main dishes, while everyone else brings the sides, desserts, and beverages. That's exactly how this Saturday went.
A fellow travel colleague, wonderful cook, and entertainer, organized a get-together at her home. My contribution to the even was the all important cocktail. After hearing all the lovely healthy salads, desserts, and appetizers that were making center stage, I opted to bring a light and summer feeling thirst quencher. The drink I made was inspired by something I'd come across in an old "Cooking Light" cookbook from 2006.
Anyway, I felt like we needed something light and refreshing to go with our healthy fare and ninety degree temperatures. This fun red drink, was the delight of the party. Simple and easy to make, plus easily adaptable to different tastes it will make a great addition to your next summer gathering.
12 cups Cran-Raspberry Juice ( I used Walmart's Great Value Brand)
8 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice with pulp
2 bottles pink brut champagne
6 or so fresh limes for slicing
In a gallon size pitcher together juices. Stir well. Set aside and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Slice limes and put a notch in one side to be able to set on rim of glass.
When ready to drink. Place a few cubes of ice in your glass. Fill about half-way or so with the juice mix. Top off with the pink champagne. Adjust portions to your taste. Garnish with lime.
Makes about 24 servings, depending on portion and glass size
For non-alcoholic, substitute club soda
For more of a spritzer, use white wine and a bit of club soda
For more of a kick, add a shot or two of vodka. My preference is Tito's
For fun, make ice cubes with blueberries or raspberries frozen in them. Or use the berries on a skewer for garnish.
The simple juice mix that can be made ahead is so versatile. Play with it and see what type of sparkler you come up with.
Be sure to share with me in the comments below, so I can give it a drink.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, SC, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.