We had the pleasure of spending Easter with The Cousins. Actually, we spent it with most of Mike's family, but to Mia, it is all about The Cousins. It was a great weekend to be at the beach in the Great Northwest and this year we were in Seabrook, Washington. This festive libation came out quite well to accompany an amazing meal made by my wonderful Sister-in-law and her husband (not sure if that makes him my brother-in-law? Doesn't seem quite right). Anyway, I had to prove to myself that it really was that good by making another vat of it last weekend in celebration of a good friend's birthday. Indeed, it was dynamite, although the first batch was better by a tiny tad- I think the difference was that I used Newman's Virgin Lemonade in #1 and Trader Joe's Pomegranate Lemonade in #2. To be fair, I added a bit of suggested cinnamon to the second batch, but I think that gave it some added dimension vs. not. I'm thinking that the next time, I will skip the ground cinnamon and add a cinnamon stick or two into the pot while it is steeping together instead. I'm pretty sure it was the lemonade that took a half-point off the second batch.
I also had a rare moment of brilliance and took a shallow dish (maybe a 2-3 cup Pyrex or so) and froze it full of lemonade to add in at the end when I set it out to serve- this way it would stay cold and sangrilicous without getting diluted. And incidentally, this saves pretty well in a mason jar for up to 2 days in case you want to keep the party going when the guests are gone.
- 2 bottles of full bodied red wine, fancy not needed (I like Big House Red)
- 1/2 cup sugar made into simple syrup (see below)
- 4-6oz. Triple Sec
- 6-8oz. Lemonade, plus more for freezing (see above)
- Juice of:
- 3 limes
- 2 lemons
- 1orange (2 might be nice)
- 1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled (not the sweet kind)
- (optional) 1/4tsp ground cinnamon or a couple of cinn sticks
- (optional) misc chopped fruit such as pineapple, strawberries and such
1. to make simple syrup, pour your sugar into a jar, cup or other vessel and slowly add hot water into it and stir- just enough to dissolve the sugar - maybe 4 oz or so?
2. Mix all ingredients except sparkling wine together in large pitcher or such item and place in fridge for maybe 4-8 hours
3. When ready to serve, taste and adjust with a bit lemonade, juice and such to your preference, then add in the bottle of sparkling wine and frozen lemonade, then serve over ice with a bendy straw.