Wet your whistle

A drink can be used to set the mood of any meal whether it be a special dinner occasion or just a simple get together with friends. This past year, I have been experimenting with different drinks at our Sunday dinners with friends. From trying a new gluten free beer or cider to testing out a new sangria. Some have been fails and some have made there way back week after week. 
This page is dedicated to our favorite drinks, recipe or review included. 

Green Tea Sangria

This drink has an interesting history. About 2 or 3 years ago, my husband couldn't get enough of the citrus green tea from Lipton's. So, to save some money, I thought I could make it at home, from scratch. I looked at the ingredient list on the back of the bottles and assembled my ingredients. I brewed the tea, mixed in the sugar and citrus' (lemon, orange and limes) and served it to the husband. I would have liked to say that he enjoyed it and we never had to buy the Lipton's tea again; alas, that was not the case. Lipton retained our services until the hubs got burned out on the tea and has thus gone back to southern sweet tea.
The funny thing is, I am not a green tea fan. I know it has tons of good stuff in it and if you drink it everyday, you will be healthier. I just don't like the taste and much prefer coffee as my regular, every morning (noon, and night) drink. This drink that I inadvertently created for my beloved is one of my favorite special occasion drinks. I have made it as just an iced tea for our annual Christmas party; then advanced it to a non-alcoholic punch for a bridal shower, and now a sangria for a girl's cookout I will have to tell you, my favorite is now the Sangria; it was quite yummy.

You Will Need:

2 Naval Oranges
2 Lemons
2 Limes
1 liter of strong brewed plain green tea
1 bottle of Moscato wine
1 bottle of sparkling water

Vanilla Ginger Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean

-->On the stove top, in a small sauce pan on med-hi, melt sugar into water. Add ginger and vanilla. Stir continuously until mixture comes to a boil and turns into a syrup. 
-->Set syrup to the side to cool before adding to tea mixture.
-->In a pitcher, zest the lime, lemon, and orange. Split each of the fruits in half. Add the juice of 1/2 of the fruit to the zest. Slice the remaining halves and add to the juice/zest mixture. 
-->Add the liter of green tea and syrup to the citrus mixture and mix well, mottling the slices of citrus.
-->Let tea sit in the fridge for 2 hours up to 24 hours. 
--> Strain tea mixture through a strainer into a clean pitcher. Slice the remainder of the fruits. 
--> Add the Moscato to the mixture and stir well. 
-->Happy Drinking!!

Peach Mango Sangria

You will need:
1 bottle Peach Mango Juice
1 bottle Moscato wine (we use Oak Leaf)
1 bottle sparkling water
1 bag frozen peaches
1 pint fresh blackberries

Mix 1/2 bottle of the juice and sparkling water with the wine in a large pitcher. Add the fruit and serve in tall wine glasses.Enjoy!