Sunny Cocktails – Mid-Week Mixers

I don’t know about you but from looking at the weather map there seems to be a lot of cold, winter weather out there. Luckily, hunting around the web I found a couple of citrus inspired cocktails. Since I live in citrus country these looked great! So if you’re still looking at several more weeks of cold, I hope one of these reminds you spring is just around the corner.

Sunny Cocktails – Mid-Week Mixers

blood orange mimosas
Blood Orange Mimosa Pitcher Cocktail
Juice and strain 10 to 12 blood oranges or use 2 1/2 cups blood orange juice
Add one 750-ml bottle of your favorite chilled dry sparkling wine
Garnish with 8 to 10 pieces blood orange peel

Pour the blood orange juice into a large pitcher and keep chilled until ready to serve. Just before serving, pour in the chilled sparkling wine, and stir. Serve immediately with the blood orange twists for garnish.
citrus sangrias
Breakfast Sangria
1 pink grapefruit
1 navel orange
2 limes
1 cup of your favorite Triple Sec
1 750ml bottle of your favorite dry sparkling wine
12 to 24 ounces plain or grapefruit sparkling water

Slice the citrus fruit into half moons. Mix with the Triple Sec in a pitcher that holds at least quarts. Add the dry sparkling wine and cover the pitcher tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, top off the pitcher with sparkling water and serve with lime or orange wedges.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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