Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kiwi Blackberry Summer Sangria


This week for mommy happy hour a couple of our favorite mommies and kids came over to play. The weather has been so nice and warm lately that I decided to throw together a refreshing summer sangria for the mommies. Aren't these little mermaid glass markers the cutest? I got them at Cost Plus World Market. 
  
The kids ate juicy watermelon, played with the chickens, and made an enormous mess creating mud pies. Somehow they just didn't seem to ever hear us yelling "Turn off that hose!!!" Luckily my mommy friends are pretty relaxed and didn't mind taking home mud covered 1 to 5 year olds.  

 
 There's nothing I would rather be doing than sitting on the lawn with a cool glass of summer sangria watching the kids play and chatting with my mommy friends. It's my idea of a perfect summer - no airplane required. Yes, my friends are really pretty. That's La and baby Jess. 


 I pulled some edible flowers (lavender, wild daisies, and mint) from the garden and stuck them in an ice cube tray with water to make pretty ice cubes - an idea I got from Pinterest. Actually I don't have an ice cube tray... so I used a baby food storage container :)

Sangria is best made several hours in advance so that the flavors from the fruit come out. 
I made a really yummy watermelon salad that I'll share in another post. Colorful meringue cookies from Renaud's made a light one-bite dessert. 



Kiwi Blackberry Sangria
printer friendly recipe 
Serves 4

1 bottle white wine (I used Viognier)
12 oz. berry juice (I used 1 bottle of sparkling wild berry Juice Squeeze)
3 very ripe kiwis, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint

Place all ingredients into a large pitcher and gently stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use. Sangria is best made several hours in advance so that the flavors from the fruit come out.




25 comments:

  1. Oh, how lovely! I'm sure everyone had a wonderful relaxing time! Can't wait to see the watermelon salad!

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  2. Refreshing, relaxing, and perfect!

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  3. I love my mommy friends too and can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon either! The sangria is definitely an added bonus.

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  4. Your afternoon snacks and cocktails sound wonderful! Lovely photos, too.

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  5. Absolutely lovely. I always loved our playdates, especially when it was my day to have everyone over to our house. You planned a delightful array of treats. Love the bit of flower in the ice...I will definitely do that. And the meringues are so perfectly sweet!

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  6. This looks like the perfect summer drink!

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  7. yes..your friends are pretty...much like YOURSELF!!!

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  8. Now this is the PERFECT afternoon. Love the idea of kids, friends (yes gorgeous!) summer sangria + those adorable mermaids! Pinning now :)

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  9. Love sangria!

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  10. I'm in love and it's with this cocktail.

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  11. Viognier is my favorite wine and blackberries are my favorite fruit---how did you know? The ice cubes are perfect!

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  12. Oh my goodness this sangria looks so pretty! xo

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  13. that is stunning, the ice cubes are genius <3

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  14. The drink looks amazing. Your pictures look like a dream world. Everything always looks so elegant, clean, and perfect. I love them! You take such wonderful photos and you really capture the moment.

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  15. I am thinking YES! This looks amazing and refreshing and much needed!

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  16. Looks delicious! Great pics too!

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  17. Marina,
    The drink looks refreshing and pretty. I've never seen such cute glass markers. I like the idea of the ice cubes being decorative as well.
    Very fun...for kids and mommies.
    Karen

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  18. LOVE the drinks. so fun and festive!

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  19. everything, including the ice cubes, looks perfect!

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  20. I want to come hang out for a playdate! {stamping feet}
    Those look incredible. I had a Stella + Dot party Thurs evening...these would have gone over so great.
    You always have the prettiest ideas.

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  21. Sangria is my favorite cocktail, and I especially like white sangria during the warmer months. Great idea of edible flowers in ice cubes, I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest too!

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  22. Can I come over & hang? ;)

    Love this sangria & need those glass markers!

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  23. Those meringues are absolutely stunning! So are the sangrias. What a lovely blog!

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  24. That is a great afternoon! Love it! I really like the ice cube idea as well! Congrats on being featured on the "drink blog of the day" at foodista! I am the "food blog of the day" Happy to be featured on the same day as you! :)
    Cindy

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  25. Gorgeous sangria...and I just love the ice cubes. I do a cocktail every Friday and the ice is important...those half moon things from an ice cube maker just don't cut it!

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