4th of July Red, White & Blue Sangria!

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Independence Day is next week and this would be the perfect drink for the celebration! It is loaded with yummy berries and boozy liquors to make sure your 4th of July is one to remember. That is, if you don’t drink enough to forget. You’re following me, right? 🙂 Sangria is and probably always will be one of my favorite cocktails of sorts. Not only is it always made with two of my favorite things, fruit and wine, it really leaves room for your inner concoctress to come out (thats a word right, concoctress?)!  I could not find a decent recipe for White Wine Sangria that mixed berries and ginger ale, which were my two requirements, so I did what I always do, got creative! Oh yeah, and this also has no added sugar. Bonus!

Benefits of Sangria 😉

  • Taste really good & easy to drink
  • Great to mix and match ingredients- allows for creative combinations
  • Made with healthy, yummy, colorful fruit

What you need:

2 Bottles of White Wine (750 ml)

1 cup raspberries

1 cup strawberries – trimmed and cut in half

1 cup blueberries

2 cups homemade ginger ale

1 cup xylitol

2 oz white rum – I used Bacardi

2 oz Blueberry vodka- I used Stoli

Method:

If you are going to make homemade ginger ale then follow the recipe up until ready to assemble the soda. You will want to wait to make it so the carbonation hasn’t fallen flat. Then put wine, berries, xylitol and liquor in a pitcher or beverage dispenser and put in the refrigerator overnight (3-5 hours will work too). These both can be prepared one day ahead. Just prior to serving assemble the ginger ale with a new bottle/can of seltzer or soda water and add to the sangria. You can add ice to the pitcher or to the individual glasses. Watch fireworks and give kisses to the ones you love! Happy 4th of July!!

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On The Menu: Gratitude

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-Fresh herbs growing inside the new Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City, yum-

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-A new yoga mat from Lululemon and glass water bottle makes my practice feel fresh and rejuvenated-

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-Actually taking walks on the beach in Santa Monica, leaving foot prints in the sand, bliss-

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Yogi Tea, bringing me wisdom with every cup, mmm-

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-A positive reminder about what this whole journey is about spotted on the side of the rode, oh Los Angelenos-

Recently, it feels as if time has sped up. We are nearly half way through 2013 and although I feel as if I have been present in most of the moments it is easy to get caught up in the routine of going through the motions. With a new series of posts titled ‘On The Menu: Gratitude’, I want to share with you moments and things that truly made me stop and smell the roses (humor me)! Things that make me feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for where I am right now in this beautiful life of mine. I want to share that positive energy with all of you.

xoxo,

SSP