Thursday, December 10

Ruby Red Rosemary Sparkling Sangria





You know the one thing I have missed most about this little piece of internet? Coming here to type out all the words jumbling around inside my head. I started this, as a place  to rant and rave about things that irritate me. It feels so fantastic to have that back.

And holy moly.... did you see that sponsored post I did yesterday. I am  back in the game folks! Back to writing about things or people who bug me. (Half joking people... so no need to tweet to me about what a "sad person" I am.) And back to working!


Speaking of that sponsored post, I teamed up with Betty Crocker, Hershey's and Shaw's Supermarket to create a holiday dessert. The point of the post was to say... "Hey, are you too busy today to bake that super awesome, 100% from scratch cake for the Christmas party? Don't fret.... Betty has got you covered. Use a mix. the world won't end, and guess what? I bet most your guests won't know the difference!"

I am a big fan of baking... obviously. Hello... "Bakeaholic Mama" However, I am a busy mom. I have got shit to do. As much as I want to create from scratch things, 7 days a week and be a super human. I just can't! Sometimes I do use a cake mix. *Gasp* I KNOW! But does the group of 20, 4 year olds know that you did not slave away for hours making that birthday cake?  No they do not care... they are just going to eat the frosting and sprinkles anyways. 

So when a friend of the family made a snide comment on a blog post I worked hard on.... the first sponsored post in 13 months... about the fact that I used cake mix. I started to lose my mind a little. I'm not sure where she gets off making any sort of comment about things of that nature. Does it make her feel better about herself? To make a nasty comment about something someone is earning a living doing... or something that someone created is just mean. There is no excuse... it is just straight up mean. 



Honestly I am proud of that cake mix cake.... I took something simple and made it MINE. That was not an average Betty Crocker cake... that was a Bakeaholic Mama cake, it was me. I mean... I put rosemary in my salted caramel sauce for goodness sakes. Pretty much my favorite thing to do these days....

Chicken, caramel sauce, pork.... lamb chops..... sangria. Rosemary is the best of all unsmokable herbs.....*did I really just go there?*

So after stewing over the nasty comment (left by a Trump fan... so you get the picture of who I'm dealing with here...) I decided it was time for some cocktails..... with guess what! ROSEMARY. 

Also have you ever noticed that rosemary is even in my  blog design? It is not a problem, I promise... yet. 



Ruby Red Rosemary Sparkling Sangria 
Ingredients:
1 bottle of extra dry champagne
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbs honey
1/2 cup water
5 sprigs of fresh rosemary (additional for garnish) 
The juice of 3 large ruby red grapefruits
1 grapefruit for garnish, sliced thin
Fresh rosemary for garnish

Directions:

In a sauce pan over medium heat, add water, sugar, honey and 5 sprigs or rosemary together. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer just until all the sugar has completely dissolved and it smells strongly of rosemary. 

Remove from heat, and set aside to cool. 

In a large pitcher, combine champagne, your rosemary syrup that you made previously, ruby red juice, extra slices of grapefruit and fresh sprigs of rosemary. 

Serve cold, or over ice. 

33 comments:

  1. Cocktails make everything better, even those mean internet comments. They're especially hurtful when they come from people we know, even if it's just an acquaintance. It's her loss. I thought you cake was beautiful! Just like this sangria.

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  2. Love your biggest baking bitch fan

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  3. Sucky people...great drink! You know your cake was awesome and your "family friend" deserves a swift kick in the...

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  4. This is so absolutely the perfect response to the situation. :D Good riddance. I'm all for keepin' it real, and you're right, a kid isn't really going to care. You made it your own, and that's all that matters. I still love you!

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  5. Everyone has reminded me of how much I look like my mother, so I may as well quote her, too... "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
    Your rosemary obsession can become an addiction that will feed you FAR more than the smokeable herbs. Just sayin' :)
    I'm SO glad that you're back!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad to be back. It feels good..... I was in too much of a funk for way too long.... and I'm trying hard not to let people like her crush me. I need this as an outlet.... and for the income!

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  6. I love rosemary too, and girl...we could get down on the smokeable shit too! I love the combo of ruby reds and champers. And, I can totally get down with a box of Funfetti. So, I'm feeling you in all aspects. I'm glad you're back!

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    1. Oh my god. I love you so much Laura.

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  7. I love, love, love rosemary and can't wait to try this sangria! Maybe I'll serve it along with your amazing box mix cake for New Year's Eve! It is bakery beautiful! And you shouldn't even take a fan of Trump seriously... (I shudder at the thought of him.)

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  8. You go girl! Love the addition of the rosemary :)

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  9. You go girl! Love the addition of the rosemary :)

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    1. Thanks Gerry... and I love that you just said "you go girl"

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  10. I'll take two glasses, please! Cheers to the weekend!

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  11. Love this and can't wait to make one, or two this weekend!

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  12. Well there is no accounting for poor manners - sorry to hear that it came from someone you knew. As for the the sangria - LOVE the flavor profile.

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  13. I love Rosemary and NEED this cocktail in my life. As for that comments - well, I also participated in the Betty Crocker post and guess what? I was totally embarrassed after seeing yours! I'm glad someone in NH stepped up her game. Yours was a freaking work of Art and the last time I had a box mix that entailed what you did???? Or looked like yours did? Um, how about never! Rock on girl, glad you're back!

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  14. People actually have an issue with using cake mix? What the...? Sweetie am fairly new, (since March), to the bloggy world, and what I like is that I freaking fit in! I reply, all the time to be supportive, and get the sweetest replies back. Why would anyone have the audacity to be negative,when they are getting awesome deliciousness forFREE,as well as a good read? I think you are absolutely one of the most adorable creatures I follow, (must be close to,like ,500?,STALKER!! GOING TO BE IGHT NOW TO FOLLOW YOU ON pinterest! And HAPPY holidays! And, you said a bad word, OMG, am sooo careful, as am a total potty mouth! Hugs!

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    1. Oh..... I guess you need to follow along more, I have the worst mouth and am not ashamed of it. LOL

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  15. Not sure what my darn keyboard auto fill did!! Just meant, am going to pin this cocktail recipe, AND follow you on Pinterest. I need followers,guess I keep maxing out the quantity I can follow? Kisses!

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  16. Not sure what my darn keyboard auto fill did!! Just meant, am going to pin this cocktail recipe, AND follow you on Pinterest. I need followers,guess I keep maxing out the quantity I can follow? Kisses!

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  17. People actually have an issue with using cake mix? What the...? Sweetie am fairly new, (since March), to the bloggy world, and what I like is that I freaking fit in! I reply, all the time to be supportive, and get the sweetest replies back. Why would anyone have the audacity to be negative,when they are getting awesome deliciousness forFREE,as well as a good read? I think you are absolutely one of the most adorable creatures I follow, (must be close to,like ,500?,STALKER!! GOING TO BE IGHT NOW TO FOLLOW YOU ON pinterest! And HAPPY holidays! And, you said a bad word, OMG, am sooo careful, as am a total potty mouth! Hugs!

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  18. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, too!! And that salted caramel looked divine. Keep on infusing. And so glad you're back in the game!

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