Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Fruit Cocktails

It's the height of summer and summer fruit.
Blues Cat

3 ounces Cathead Vodka
10-15 blueberries
5 basil leaves
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Muddle blueberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Add Cathead Vodka and ice. Shake well. Strain and serve over ice. Garnish with blueberries and basil.

Watermelon Lime Chiller

3 cups cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
1 1/2 fresh limes, juiced
1/4 cup rum (optional)
Sugar (or your favorite sweetener), to taste
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Put watermelon chunks and lime juice into a blender. Process on high until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if needed, and blend again. Pour drink into two glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve.

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Peach Bellinis

2 ripe peaches, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bottle chilled prosecco sparkling wine
  • Place the peaches, lemon juice, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Press the mixture through a sieve and discard the peach solids in the sieve. Place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into each Champagne glass and fill with cold prosecco. Serve immediately.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Age white blend feature Torrontes grapes

Argentinian cocktail: New Age on the rocks with a twist of lime. Slightly effervescent and made with Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this wine equals a perfect summer drink.

This one is also delicious.   And don't we need refreshment during the dog days!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Wine to the rescue

Drink wine to prevent a summer cold

Having a cold sucks, but having a cold during the summer is a real bummer. Staying at home blowing your nose while your friends are out sipping cocktails by the beach inspires a special kind of FOMO (Fear OMissing Out). When it comes to defeating a summer cold, the best defense is a good offense: eat plenty of fruits and veggies, enjoy a little green tea, and open up a bottle of red wine.
Green tea, produce, and red wine all have the same cold-defeating flavonoids. What are flavonoids, exactly? Glad you asked. Flavonoids, which are found in plants, are metabolites that have antioxidant properties. In other words, they help prevent your body from succumbing to illnesses like a nasty summer cold. According to a study from the University of Auckland, drinking red wine can “significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs.”

Because certain research suggests flavonoids have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, they can potentially boost your immune system and make you less likely to catch a cold from your sick friends. We have yet to hear of a more enjoyable preventative measure.
Dr. Andrea Braakhuis, a nutrition researcher from the University of Auckland, explains that, “[Colds are] a leading cause of visits to a doctor, yet antibiotics don’t help, so it’s worth giving flavonoids a go as part of a healthy diet.”
Braakhuis says that such a diet consists of five servings of veggies a day, two of fruit, and a dinner plate that’s comprised of at least 50% veggies. Quench your thirst with green tea, and – wait for it: red wine. We think we can all agree that sounds tastier than NyQuil.

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