Bring the Caribbean to Your Dinner Table with these Tropical Drinks!

The holidays are here, and we get to spend time with our family and friends. This is a great time, but it's also stressful.   It's safe to say we could all use a tropical  escape (mentally, at the very least.) Luckily, we've come up with a way  bring the Caribbean right to your doorstep.   These drinks will make you feel like you are on the beach, listening to the sounds of the waves hitting the shore.

 

pina colada

 

 

Pina Colada Sangria

Sangria does not originate in the Caribbean, but it tastes like it!  It is a wine punch popular in Spain and Portugal and is also popular in Argentina and Uruguay. This spiked punch usually mixes in red wine, simple syrup, a few drops of brandy and chopped fruit. The wine can be any inexpensive type that is light, dry and young, but red is preferred. This is a variation of the traditional recipe; the base is white wine and rum.

Pina Colada Sangria Ingredients

  • pineapple juice
  • chopped pineapple
  • maraschino cherries
  • white wine
  • coconut rum

 

How to Make Sangria

In a large pitcher, combine the canned chopped pineapple (and juice), white wine, coconut rum, and maraschino cherries. Stir with a spatula to combine. Refrigerate until chilled. 

Short on time?

If you’d like to serve this pineapple sangria right away, use chilled wine and add lots of ice to individual serving glasses. Avoid putting the ice directly into the pitcher because it will dilute the sangria once it melts. 

 

 Moscato Pink Lemonade 

Moscato wine is famous for its sweet flavors of peaches and orange blossom. One of the most popular Moscato wine styles is based on the Italian wine called Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont.

Moscato wines have perfumed aromas of mandarin orange, ripe pear, sweet meyer lemon, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. The wine’s unique floral aroma is from an aromatic compound called linalool which is also found in mint, citrus flowers, and cinnamon.

Moscato is made with the Muscat grape, which is also eaten as a table grape, and turned into sweet, sweet raisins (nature’s candy!).  Other grape varieties will have more tannins or higher acid, making them unpleasant for casual snacking, the high sugar content of the Muscat grape means it’s the only grape that can be used for wine and snacking. Our version of Moscato includes pink lemonade, which makes it even more fruity and delicious!

      Ingredients

  • Lots of ice
  • 3 Cups The Naked Grape Moscato
  • 6 Cups Pink lemonade
  • Sliced lemon and strawberries
  • Optional: strawberry vodka

Instructions

  • Pop ice into a pitcher
  • Drop in lemon and strawberry slices
  • Fill with The Naked Grape Moscato and pink lemonade, adjusting mix to taste
  • Garnish glasses with lemon and strawberry slices if you're feeling fancy
  • Optional: add a splash of strawberry vodka for an extra kick of strawberry-flavored goodness
  • TIP -- a 2:1 ratio is a good rule of thumb

 

Jamaican Rum Punch

Punch is a very old beverage which has existed before cocktails were invented.  The origins of the word Punch are not quite clear: many say its roots lay in the Indian dialect of Hindustani and translates to five. Five referring to the five elements which are frequently used to make punch: sweet, sour, water, spice and alcohol.  Others say the word punch is derived from the word puncheon, which was used to describe a special kind of barrel used for the transport of alcohol.

By, 1655 the “modern” rum punch was born when Jamaican rum from the West Indies became the alcohol of choice for much of the Western world.  As, the hand of British Imperialism reached across the Atlantic to the American territories, the taste for this popular drink became a prevalent staple in the cities of the future United States.  Over the next three centuries the popularity of punch and its many variations continued to grow and enrich the lives and alter the perceptions of its many admirers.

 

       Jamaican Rum Punch

 

RUM PUNCH INGREDIENTS

  • pineapple juice
  • orange juice (without pulp)
  • grenadine
  • rum
  • lime juice

 

HOW TO MAKE JAMAICAN RUM PUNCH

  1. Mix together the pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, rum and lime juice in a small 
  2. Chill in the refrigerator till needed.
  3. Pour into ice filled glasses, garnish with lime slices and Maraschino cherries, serve and enjoy.

 

 Here are some of the items to use for making these drinks, and they make   great presents too!

 

 

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