Friday, April 11

Honey Sweetened Strawberry & Lime Sangria


Strawberry and Lime Sangria with mint and sweetened with a touch of honey. Perfect for spring or summer parties. 



It is not often I host parties at my home. But when I do I like to keep things fresh and simple. Hosting parties are enough work on their own, why stress over menu plans and cooking?



For food, simple is my motto. There is typically a selection of cheese, a variety of crackers and breads. Fresh fruit, sliced vegetables, shrimp cocktail, steamed mussels, and special dips to serve with  chips. Not a lot of cooking required. A spread that can be simply plated and put out for my guests to enjoy. 

Our fridge is always stocked with a selection of beer, hard cider, and I typically make one big batch of sangria to go around.  Sangria is quite easy to prepare the day before a party and is always a hit. Filled with fresh fruit and sweet wine, is there anything that says warm weather more than a cold glass of sangria?




Today I have teamed up with a group of bloggers and some great sponsors to giveaway a fun Spring Entertaining gift pack. Complete with some of my favorites that will sure to be a hit at your next party. To enter in the giveaway, scroll past the recipe and enter following the directions on  the widget (rafflecopter box) below.




Honey Sweetened Strawberry & Lime Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of your favorite fruity white wine (I use a semi-sweet Riesling) 
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 small handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbs honey
Directions:

In a small sauce pan combine the juice of one lime with the honey and heat until the honey mixes easily into the juice.

In a large pitcher combine wine, the lime and honey mixture, half of your strawberries, the last lime (sliced thin) and half of the mint leaves.

Refrigerate overnight.

Serve over ice and garnish with additional fresh sliced berries and fresh mint leaves.

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37 comments:

  1. Isn't choosing a favorite food something like choosing your favorite child? Ummm...savory something. No, sweet something...oh. Give it all to me.

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  2. I love to make bourbon slush for a party! Then a lot of little finger foods.

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  3. Mojitos and manchego cheese...or any cheese!

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  4. I just love all the food, does that count? But I do have to say, I love cheese.

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  5. Love some good humus and cheese selection

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  6. That Honey Sweetened Strawberry & Lime Sangria sound yummy!!! I'm going to have to make some for myself and I'm not going to share with anyone.

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  7. I like to have Cranberry juice and Ginger ale if I'm driving. If I'm not driving I like to have a sweet wine.

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  8. One favorite is really hard but guacamole with beer from our hometown Driftless Brewery (only local ingredients) would be an excuse for a party. cguard (skyview at countryspeed.com)

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  9. My husband will adore this Sangria and so will I! I like simple apps as well, I love this strawberry bruschetta - goat cheese on crusty bread with strawberries, fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar - amazing!

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  10. so it's my first time on your blog & you made me a cocktail?! I think we're destined to be friends :) so glad we connected through the giveaway! xx

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  11. L♥O♥V♥E♥ Just in time for the warm, sunny days!

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  12. This is SO PRETTY, in addition to sounding wicked yummy -- nicely done, Carrie!

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  13. Cheese and fruity drinks containing vodka are my favorites! This sangria looks and sounds perfect for a spring party. I love your simple approach to parties, makes them much more enjoyable for you!

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  14. What a beautiful looking drink... and your photos are stunning! Pinning this b/c I'm totally making it the next time I entertain!

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  15. Bloody Marys and lots of finger foods.

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  16. My favorite foods for a party are wings, fruit trays, meat trays and my drinks are some alcoholic and some non alcoholic.

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  17. Favorite drink for a party is sangria, served with a cheese board, grilled shrimp cocktail and some fancy dips.

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  18. I love all the foods. I can't help it.

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  19. My favorite food for a party is a fruit platter.

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  20. In the summer? Strawberry shortcake made with fresh strawberries, homebaked biscuits and real whipped cream.

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  21. Some great wine, cheese, bread, and of course, *chocolate!*

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  22. I like to make a big salad, meatballs, pasta, and bread, followed by a cheesecake.

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  23. I could totally drink this right now. It is breakfast time but oh well. I love the colors. Sangria is a must for all my parties, after all I am from Spain :-)

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  24. We are typically in charge of the veggie dishes but I love to make caprese salad in the summer time!

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  25. margaritas, chips, salsa, guac!

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  26. Megan Jackson Alberg: I love clean eating these days so homemade guacamole and carrot chips :) and sangria, yummy!!

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  27. Salami, Cream Cheese, and Pepperoncini Roll-Ups! they are sooo good.

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  28. I love any type of snacky-food for parties. In fact, our friends often have snack-food only parties

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  29. I was just looking for the perfect sangria recipe for easter

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  30. Carrie, this cocktail sounds amazing, and it's absolutely stunning. I love that you used honey to sweeten it. Total yum!

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  31. Looks like a great springtime afternoon beverage. I'm relaxing just thinking about it

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