Jul
03

red, white, and blue sangria

Oh HEYyyyy Holiday Weekend, is that you approaching?
YOU, the one weekend that has everyone out spending all of their money on unnecessary red, white, and blue garb JUST FOR FUN!! Do you even KNOW how long I have been searching for a pair of red shorts to wear on the 4th?? 

Anyway, I love this time of year. Friends, family, cabins, lakes, fireworks, grilled eats, watermelon, being outdoors – it’s all so good. I’ve taken the entire week off work for some solo enjoyment and relaxation – as far as I’m concerned, the Holiday Weekend is already here – my “weekend” just happens to be longer than most. Ha! 

red, white, and blue sangria

To get in the spirit of red, white, and blue, I’ll probably get out my American Flag Shorts, have my nails polished in red, blue, and glitter (!!), AND I’ve got an entire batch of red, white, and blue sangria waiting for me, calling my name. I’m thinking this first batch will disappear by the end of the day and the second batch will makes it’s way to the cabin in the mountains this weekend. We’ll see what happens :)

red, white, and blue sangria

red, white, & blue sangria
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the strawberries, blueberries, and white wine. Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the agave nectar.
  3. Serve chilled, and when serving, fill the glasses ¾ full with the fruit & wine mixture and top off with a splash or two of sparkling water.

red, white, and blue sangria

Love

Crista


Jul
14

ginger mint iced tea

Cute. My friend, Melody made this tea and shared the recipe with me via Instagram. (I LOVE when people share food & recipes with me!!) I knew instantly that I wanted to make this flavorful iced tea and share the recipe on this blog. (plus I was excited to use mint from the garden!!)

mint plant

First thing when I woke up this morning, I made sure I had all of the ingredients needed -and I did! I made sure to get the tea started early so that it would be ice cold by the time I was ready to lay by the pool.

This tea takes about one hour to prep and another hour to chill. But trust me, it is worth the patience it takes to wait for it, especially because it’s super easy to make…and refreshing …and TASTY!

ginger mint iced tea

Ginger Mint Iced Tea
 
Ingredients
  • 4 inches of ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 bags of green tea (chamomile tea works as well)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • the juice of 1 lime or lemon
Instructions
  1. Boil the ginger in a pot of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat off. Add 2 sprigs of mint and lime juice to the pot. Then add the 6 tea bags.
  3. Cover the pot and allow the flavors to steep together anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. (the longer you steep, the more robust the flavor)
  4. Uncover the pot and add honey to taste. I like my tea on the sweeter side.
  5. Strain the ingredients out of the tea and pour the liquid in to a pitcher. Add a few pieces of ice.
  6. Allow the tea to cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  7. Serve ice cold, garnish with a sprig of mint.
  8. If necessary, add a sweetener of choice.

ginger mint iced tea

Melody and I agree, this tea would be amazing with added peach or apple.

THANK YOU for the awesome recipe Mel!!
xoxo

Love

Crista