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Summer Cocktails

I had a few folks over for some fruity drinks and conversation on Friday.

All week I had been craving lemonade and so we drank Peonies, Cherry Mojitos and White Wine Punch. All of which have either lime or lemon in their recipes. See below.
(Jessica brought me a yummy tea cake for breakfast the next morning!)

I made the only party food I really know how to make: potato salad, (Uptown) chicken wildrice salad, ham-pickle pinwheels (with Grandma Albrecht's sweet-hots), turkey pinwheels, fruit, and baked brie. We had some refreshing raspberry sorbet for dessert.

Thursday and Friday I spent chopping, boiling and juicing. I went to Target three times (I don't have party plates! They didn't have bing cherries the first time), the liquor store twice (I forgot that they close at 8:00PM and they still didn't have the weird liquors I needed anyway) and Kortes grocery store twice. Anthony was a big help and put up with all my - "but I have to use fresh squeezed lime juice, I can't just buy it."

Melissa brought me flowers and chocolate milk in a glass bottle - so cute.

On the bar: pretty glasses, a bowl of Cherry Mojitos on the left, I used a metal pan to keep ice cold, Wine punch on the right and Andrew is pouring himself some Peony out of my Mom's vintage pitcher. A vintage embroidered table cloth protected the wood china hutch.

After all weekend trying to make a dent in my stash, I still have a huge pot of potato salad, just about every beverage you could imagine and lots of fruit left to eat.

The Peony
1 6.3oz bottle of Stirrings Bitter Lemon (I just used Lemon Sour)
2 oz Chambord
1 1/2 oz Aperol (I used Cointreau instead)
1 oz Maraschino Syrup
1 1/2 oz Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice

Stir ingredients, pour over ice and throw in a bunch of lemon and lime slices (cause they're pretty). Oh, and if you can, serve it in a pink glass. This recipe makes 2 if you feel like sharing.
via My Polaroid Blog
Cherry Lime Vodkas
Serves 12.
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, about 9 limes
3 pounds Bing cherries
18 ounces best-quality black cherry or plain vodka (I used Black Cherry Smirnoff)
1 bottle sparkling water (750 mL)

1. Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.
2. Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve and pit cherries; add to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight).
3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon 1/2 cup cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top off with sparkling water. Serve immediately.
via Martha Stewart
Zingy Wine Punch
1 bottle New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
1 can frozen limeade concentrate
1 cup cranberry juice

Add fruit juice or fresh fruit, “blend until smooth, and freeze.” The alcohol will prevent the mixture from becoming solid ice. For a quicker result, blend the mixture in an electric ice-cream maker and process until slushy. Serve in a Margarita glass.
via my Mom

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