Today’s Love: In a Jar post is fitting for Friday and warm summer nights. Yup, we’re making cocktails! I love the idea of making up one signature cocktail to serve at an “adults only” party. It’s something a little more fun a bottle of wine, and less expensive than offering lots of beverage choices for your guests.
I wanted to create two distinctly summer recipes for this post. First up: sangria! Would you believe I’ve never made it before? Turns out it’s super simple. Coupon Project reader Clara took the time to email me her recipe (and a huge thank you to her for putting up with my 21 questions on how to complete it!).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pint sized jars
- Citrus fruit (lemons, limes, oranges)
- Red wine
- Fresca (12 oz per pint-sized jar)
If you’re wondering about the wine, I decided to buy a single bottle since I was only going to be making a handful of servings. If you were entertaining a party, I’d go for one of the jugs or boxes. The beauty of this recipe is you do not need to buy any fancy, expensive wine to do it! I picked up the bottle pictured at my Fred Meyer for $4.99 (Rex-Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon in case you’re interested).
Gather and clean your citrus and cut into slices.
Fill each pint-sized jar at least half way with the chopped citrus….
… and pour the red wine over it. My one bottle was enough for two pint-sized jars, and nearly a third.
Now I know some of you out there may not drink, or maybe you’re looking for a kid-friendly version of this recipe. For that? Simple. I used Welch’s Grape juice! On the lids of the cans I was sure to mark “K” for kids and “W” for wine. Don’t mix ‘em up!
Next comes the hardest part. Allowing these babies to marinate 24 hours in your fridge! It’s tough I know, but the wait will be worth it.
The next day, I opened my pint-sized jars and emptied them into a big pitcher. Then, I added about 12 oz (1 can) worth of soda per jar. Reader Clara recommended Fresca, and it sounded good to me – so Fresca it was!
To serve, I simply poured back into the pint-sized jars. I decided to garnish mine with some lime wedges on the rims. Voila!
Both the adult and kid-friendly versions were delicious. I’d say the two pints were enough to yield 4, maybe 5 servings. Plan accordingly.
The second recipe I have for you: mojitos! If you have a garden like me (or hey, if you know anyone who has a garden!) chances are they have mint coming out their ears this time of year. Today’s recipe is adapted from this one at Allrecipes.com. If you’ve been following me, you know that Fred Meyer has sponsored this series, and if you’ve not noticed yet – they sell liquor now. Which means you can also pick up those items you need to make your mojitos or other cocktails!
Here’s what you’ll need per drink:
- pint-sized jar
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- ice cubes (enough to fill a pint-sized jar)
- 1.5 oz rum (I used Bacardi)
- sugar to taste
- 1/2 cup club soda
Now when I tried this recipe in a jar, I started with quart-size. Yeah, that was too big! But I did find it was easier to make the recipe in quart and transfer to a pint. Of course, you could also just make it directly in the pint-sized or another pitcher or glass and then transfer it over.
Start by muddling the mint leaves with one lime wedge. Basically this means you mash the heck out of it with a wooden stick or pestle. Then add a couple more lime wedges and sugar to taste and muddle some more. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons, but it wasn’t sweet enough to my liking. I would’ve added a touch more next time. After that, fill with ice cubes. For fun, I made a couple special ice cubes the night before by chopping mint and adding a little water. My thinking was to have the mint float on the top and crushed at the bottom. It worked pretty well! After the ice, add the rum and club soda and viola! You’re done.
I added a spring of mint to garnish. How pretty are these?
I have to be honest, I don’t drink a ton of cocktails and I certainly almost never make them. These recipes turned out really delicious and best of all, they were easy to make!
Wondering what to serve with these? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Sangria: Cuban Flank Steak with Mashed Plantains with Black Beans & Rice or Grilled Portobello Mushrooms (vegetarian)
Mojitos: Carne Asada or Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos (vegetarian)
Cheers! (And do enjoy responsibly. )
The following items used today were purchased from Fred Meyer: all the jars, citrus fruit, red wine, Fresca, club soda, Bacardi, sugar, and ice cube trays.
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