Sunday, January 1, 2012

More Sangria Please! + New Years Eve 2011 Recap

New years eve went down like this.  Since we didn't have a babysitter, we invited our friends Chris and Casey over (whom also did not have a sitter) for some parental partying.  For all the single ladies and men out there, that means wait till the kiddo's fall asleep then crack open the wine and/or fruity beverage, and get down with some Dance Central on the Kinect :)  Which by the way is SO much fun. 

Let's start off with this AMAZING sangria I made shall we?  After perusing sangria pins on pinterest and googling the most popular sangria recipes, I ended up using Emeril's recipe from the Food Network, but with a few know, since I bought the BIG bottle of wine I had to make some adjustments.  So, I will give you my tweaked recipe....I will call it More Sangria Please!  You know, for those nights you need a lot of sangria, like a party of what if the party is for 2!?

This picture made me laugh for 2 reasons: 1.  Christian REALLY wanted that orange and 2. Because he's jacking it from my mixed Alcoholic beverage photo.

You will need:
(1) Big bottle of red wine {I used a Merlot 1.5L}
(1/2 cup) Rum or Brandy {I used a silver rum}
(1/4 - 1/2 cup) Orange Liqueur {I used Triple Sec}
(4 tbsp)Fresh Orange Juice {I used a little more}
(4 tbsp) Fresh Lemon Juice
(1/2 cup) Sugar
2 Oranges, sliced
1-2 Lemons, sliced
Frozen Fruit (i.e. sliced strawberries, peaches, berries)
(1 bottle) Ginger Ale or Club Soda or Sparkling Water {I used ginger ale, tasted more like Sangria to me, but I'm just letting you know you have options :)}

*If you are using a regular bottle of wine (750ml) cut everything in 1/2!*
So, I couldn't find our new fangled cork popper, so I found this one in the drawer.  What do ya know, it still works...

Like I said, this recipe calls for the large bottle of wine - 1.5 Liters (versus the regular bottle of wine 750ml, so double)

So, I added 2 sliced oranges and 1 sliced lemon

Lookin' good right? 
Then you need to take a kitchen spoon and muddle the fruit to release the flavor.  Also at this point, add your sugar, Rum/Brandy, Orange Liqueur, orange and lemon juice.  After you've combined everything, put in the frig to chill until it's time to least 3-4 hours. 
Now normally you would add your ginger ale to the pitcher (or club soda if you're trying to save some calories, but seriously?) but since I bought such a big bottle, there was no more room in my pitcher.  Kinda sad I know.  SO, what I did was fill my glass 1/4 of ginger ale and then poured in the sangria mix.  Also, I used frozen sliced strawberries and peaches for extra flavor and they keep your drink cold!  Yum.

There's nothing like having a drink with a great friend.

Oh, here she is! :) We do these kind of photos anytime we're know, to capture our true dorkiness.

I did get to celebrate with my kiddo for a little while before his bedtime.  We've had so much fun this weekend being silly and spending time together.  I sure feel blessed he's in my life. 

Little Miss Avery partied with us up until her bedtime as well :)  She's so stinkin' cute~!  Ha!  It's the first time Christian's had a girl in his room, lol.

You wondering where the men are in these photos?  They were playing Wipeout on the Kinect or watching Big Bang.  I should photograph the men more, but I've noticed they're not that into it :) 

2011 was a great year for us.  Matt and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary and Christian turned 1.  We've experienced all those milestones like crawling, walking, first words, etc.  They mean so much to me.  I feel blessed for the amazing husband I have and my wild child :)  My friends are seriously a God send and my life would not be the same without them.  Most of all, the ones I love are in good health...and that is more important than anything.  If you don't have your health, what do ya got? I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us.  Whether it's good or bad, my foundation is strong and my friends and family hold me up, so I feel I am able to get through anything.  Remember, you have ONE life to make an impression.  You make the decision on how you want to be remembered. 

From the Solomon Family to Yours, HAPPY 2012~!

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