We are switching our normal days around this week to give you a St. Patrick’s day drink just in time 🙂 This green cocktail is for the ladies and about as far away from green beer as you can get. Debbie and I don’t drink beer very much although I like one from time to time. Debbie hates it and wouldn’t drink it if her life depended on it. So we had to come up with something else.
Even people who don’t drink wine will love this cocktail. Debbie doesn’t like white wine, she usually gives it all to me when she has it in her house, but now she tells me she’s keeping it so she can make this Sangria. Dangit!
This Sangria is tinted green with cheek-puckering apple sour puss, but sweetened by the crisp apple vodka and delicate white grape juice culminating in an elegant, fruit-forward elixir perfect for a St Patrick’s day celebration, lunch with the girls, or relaxing with some friends on your deck in the sun.
This sweet and tart Sangria smells as good as it tastes. As you take a sip, you get the fragrance of fresh apple cider and crisp sweet pears. You also get a little crunchy snack when you get to the bottom! Or along the way.
Debbie and I made this Sangria last weekend when we spent the warmest parts of Sunday on her deck with Mark, Kevin, my sister Sam, and our friends Bob and Mandy. The girls were sipping on this but when Mark took a sip of Debbie’s, she practically had to wrestle him to get it back!
We had such a good day enjoying the sunshine with our good friends talking about our upcoming Vegas trip! Our puppies had a fun day too. Mark and Debbie live on a hillside so their whole backyard is sloped. They have cut down all the trees on their hillside beneath their house so the (quite large) area is covered in downed trees and brush. We discovered a new game for the dogs. We throw a large ball with a handle over the deck and into the middle or bottom of the brush. Then the puppies go tearing down there and hunt around until they find it! Keira usually finds it and then Vegas takes it from her and brings it up to us to throw again, big cute-as-a-button puppy smiles on both their faces! They did this ALL DAY LONG with only a few breaks here and there! It was so entertaining to watch them climb all over and through the brush and trees. Sometimes you could only see their tails wagging or they would disappear completely and then pop up somewhere else on the hill. You can find another couple pictures of our furry friends here.
Love days spent in the sun with some of my favorite people and my puppy just bullshitting the day away and having fun. Really looking forward to summer and doing this a lot more often…
You may notice the funky ice balls in our Sangria. Our friends at Arctic Chill sent us these Ice Balls to try out. They are 2.5 inches across and they are supposed to last up to 10 times longer than regular ice. We first liked them for how cool they look in our cocktails, but after using them a few times, we realized that they really do last longer than the same amount of regular ice. We like our drinks cold, so this is a definite plus.
They are also a great conversational piece! Everyone will be asking you what the heck you have when you pull these out of the freezer and pop one in your drink. You can even freeze some lime or lemon wedges inside the balls to pretty them up even more and add a little extra flavor to your cocktail.
We also used these in our Funky Cold Cherry and Lime Fizz cocktail and you will likely see them on our blog often in the future.
If you want a 4 pack of Ice Balls for yourself, you can find them at Amazon.com.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s day tomorrow!
Apple and Pear Green Sangria
- 2 cups white wine or sparkling white wine
- 1/2 cup apple vodka
- 1 1/2 cups sour puss apple
- 2 cups white grape juice
- 1 green apple (granny smith or golden delicious), chopped
- 1 green pear , chopped
Mix all the ingredients into a large pitcher, stir and serve!
If you are not concerned about having a "green" drink and you would like your sangria a little less sweet, just start with 1/2 cup of apple sour puss and taste it. Then work your way up a 1/2 cup at a time until the sangria reaches your desired sweetness.