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All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria contains fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria contains fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

When you can’t decide which berry is the best, you need the All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe.

Grocery stores know how to hook consumers. They place all the gorgeous, ripe berries center stage in the produce department. Then they have huge platters of fresh ripe berries with tasting picks so we can sample the luscious, succulent berries right there on the spot. Of course every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither.

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe

Every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

16 ounces Fresh Strawberries

6 ounces Fresh Blackberries

6 ounces Fresh Blueberries

6 ounces Fresh Raspberries

1 Fresh Lime

8 ounces Brandy

3 ounces Coconut Rum

3 ounces Velvet Falernum Liqueur

3 ounces Orgeat Almond Syrup

2 – 750ml Bottles Moscato Wine

Hull fresh strawberries and cut into quarters. Slice lime into wheels and cut wheels in half. Place all fresh fruits in large pitcher. Top with brandy, coconut rum, Falernum liqueur, Orgeat and Moscato wine. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Stir briefly before serving. Serve in goblet over ice. Place a spoonful of berries in each cup when serving.

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe Notes, Tips and Tricks

The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe started with a basic Sangria recipe. This recipe developed to include a little more fruit than the basic recipe uses as a guideline. I couldn’t resist adding more berry fruits, because the berries were so delicious. I also served this Sangria a little differently than usual. The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor a bit I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. The idea is not to crush them, but just release some of the flavor back into the Sangria. This way there are not pockets of pure fruit alcohol.

Try skipping the ice and top the Sangria off with chilled Ginger Ale, Club Soda or flavored sparkling water for a little something different. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Try skipping the ice and top the Sangria off with chilled Ginger Ale, Club Soda or flavored sparkling water for a little something different. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I am not a huge fan of ice in my Sangria, so I actually skip the ice in mine. Serve yours with or without ice. If the Sangria is too strong for you without ice melt, top with a bit of club soda or ginger ale. But make sure your club soda or ginger ale is well chilled first. Other options to consider are flavored sparkling waters that complement the Sangria flavor.

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Mai Tai Drink Mixes Up Sweet Heat

Mai Tai Me Up is a spiced up version of the classic Mai Tai - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mai Tai Me Up is a spiced up version of the classic Mai Tai – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The classic Mai Tai drink recipe is commonly known to include Orgeat, almond syrup. I created this variation of the Mai Tai drink while reviewing Blackheart Spiced Rum. I found this particular rum worked well in tropical drink recipes and cocktails that leaned more toward warmer tones. That’s one of the reasons I chose to work with Falernum rather than Orgeat in this variation of the Mai Tai drink recipe. Blackheart Spiced Rum already contains a significant amount of vanilla with almond tones. It just made sense to incorporate more Tiki spice into the drink.

Mai Tai Me Up Drink Recipe

Mai Tai Me Up – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Blackheart Spiced Rum

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

3/4 ounce Velvet Falernum

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Mint Leaf Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with mint leaf.

More Mai Tai Drink Recipes

Mai Tai Teenie is the low calorie version of the classic Mai Tai - photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mai Tai Teenie is the low calorie version of the classic Mai Tai – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Falernum is sometimes difficult to find locally, so make your own with the easy Homemade Falernum recipe found in the link.

Another Mai Tai variation can be found in the popular 21 Must Try Classic Cocktails post. By the way, if you think of a classic cocktail that should be added to that that post, please mention the cocktail recipe in the comments section. I would love to add your suggestions!

Figure friendly cocktails that are truly fresh tasting and flavorful are difficult to come by. Rest assured the Mai Tai Teenie will keep your taste buds happy with only 127 calories in the glass. This low calorie Mai Tai uses fresh pineapple and orange juice rather than orange liqueur for wonderful fresh flavor.

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Homemade Falernum

A good homemade falernum recipe is good to keep on hand. It’s sometimes difficult to find in stores, but is a necessary component in some Tiki style cocktails. It’s also growing in popularity in many other contempory mixed drink recipes such as sangrias and punches.

So, what is falernum? Falernum is simply delicious. It is a bit of spice, bit of sweet and ever so warming. There are almonds, cloves and sometimes ginger. The texture is smooth with lingering silky spice that mellows over the tongue. Falernum is a simple, yet beautiful flavor. It warms cool weather cocktails and brightens warm weather drinks. I think it’s simply divine. Every bar should stock this amazing bottled treat!

Try your hand at making Falernum at home with this easy homemade falernum recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Falernum

10 Medium Limes – peeled

10 Whole Cloves

5 Whole Raw Almonds

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 – 750ml Bottle White Rum

Peel limes, removing all white pith. Cut limes in half. Place cut and peeled limes in large glass container with lid. Add cloves, raw almonds, sugar and white rum. Save the rum bottle. Cover. Store in sunny window for approximately three days. Taste for desired flavor. When satisfied with flavor, double strain mixture into cleaned rum bottle. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator if desired.

Try your homemade concoction in any of the Falernum cocktail recipes found on the site.

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Spiced Guava Punch

Holiday parties, open house events and spur of the moment informal gatherings call for quantity and quality cocktails for guests. Be prepared for the unexpected impromptu gathering by keeping a make ahead party punch chilled and ready to pour.

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Spiced Guava Punch – created by Cheri Loughlin

1-750ml bottle Guava Rum

6 ounces Spiced Rum

12 ounces Lemon Juice

8 ounces Velvet Falernum

8 ounces Brown Sugar Syrup

3 ounces Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

15 ounces Water

Brut Champagne

Orange Twist Garnish

Place all ingredients except champagne in large container. Stir. Refrigerate several hours until ready to serve. Serve from punch bowl or pitcher in rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange twist. Spiced Guava Punch can be topped with Club Soda rather than champagne. – This recipe will fit into 3 empty standard size 750ml bottles which takes up less space than most pitchers. Save empty liquor bottles. Strip off labeling. Use the bottle for an easy pour and serve option for your next gathering.

I used Cruzan Rum since it was already in my liquor cabinet. Use whichever brand you usually purchase or have on hand.

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Satin Sheet

Hump Day Happy Hour ~ Slip into something comfortable… What sip will you slip into?Satin Sheet - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Satin Sheet – adapted by Cheri Loughlin

2 measures Reposado Tequila

1 measure Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 measure Falernum

1/4 measure Simple Syrup

Lime Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend & chill. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime slice.

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