Which cocktail recipe is your favorite? Make these for your next get together or party and be the host with the most. We made two sangria variations, a red sangria and a white sangria, in two 3 gallon containers and the other cocktails we increased the recipes by ratios to suit the amount of guests. Remember to wait to mix in and champagne or sparkling items until the last minute so it doesnt go flat. Without further ado, here are the recipes:
What do Jesus and Monks have in common? If you said turning water into magical beverages like wine and gin, then you would be right...originally gin was a medicinal liquor made by monks across Europe, particularly in southern Italy. This cocktail is a twist on the French 75. Instead of lemons and champagne, it incorporates Gin di Fiori which is distilled with Tuscan juniper berries and fresh grapefruit. The cocktail is then sweetened with a homemade grapefruit simple syrup and topped with a Vouvray that tastes like champagne. This delightful combination may inspire one to dance to those secret chords on the dance floor.
"A SECRET CHORD"
1 oz Gin di Fiori (Grapefruit Gin)
2 oz Brut Champagne (Chenin Blanc)
0.5 oz Grapefruit Simple Syrup*
Grapefruit twist for garnish
*To make the Grapefruit simple syrup:
With a vegetable or bar peeler, peel the grapefruit skin without the pith and reserve in a side dish.
Next, juice and strain the grapefruit juice and place equal parts sugar and juice into a pan and bring to a boil.
whisk for about 30 seconds or until sugar has dissolved, drop in reserved grapefruit peels and remove from heat to cool. Store in an airtight container.
1. Combine gin and grapefruit simple syrup in a pitcher.
2. Add ice. Stir vigorously.
3. Strain 1.5 oz into a glass and top with champagne.
4. Garnish with one of the simple syrup grapefruit skin peels.
Covid was a bummer but it brought about some good things. The Shoogie Shack was born, a vintage, 1974, completely redone traveling mobile spa unit...One bad day plus a bottle of wine plus internet shopping access equals either some mystery Amazon purchases arriving at your doorsteps a few days later, orrrrrrr, a FB Marketplace message from someone asking you when you were coming to pick up your giant, 31 foot, Avion Le Grande travel trailer you happened to purchase while you were imbibing the night before and have zero recollection of...also, mind you, you have no truck to even get it with and must call upon family for help... sell your SUV... and buy a truck to haul it around.
The first of it's kind in Central Florida, the mobile spa is located in Ocala but services St. Augustine to St. Pete. Services are done on site, at unique locations like vineyards, distilleries, breweries, homes and farms. The "Shoogie Shack Attack" Sangria is loaded with antioidants that are good for your skin and heart, and is one of the many beverages served on board at many of our spa parties.
"SHOOGIE SHACK ATTACK"
6 bottles of a light red wine (Dry Farms Regenerative Love Light Red)
64 oz Honeycrisp Apple Cider
64 oz Cranberry Juice
32 oz Cinnamon Whiskey (Fireball)
6 oz dried cranberries
5 sliced apples
4 sliced oranges, halved
1 tsp. cinnamon
1. Combine fruit and dried fruit into container and top with cinnamon whiskey, wine, and juice.
2. Close lid tightly and let sit in fridge for at least 48 hours before drinking. (this allows the fruit to mascerate and the drink soaks up all the flavors without adding any more sugar)
3. Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of the drunk fruit from the container.