Summer Sangria

Hey Friends 🙂

My mini vacation came and went before I knew it but it was everything I’d hoped for and more!

When leaving the 32°C weather in Fredericton I figured the thermometer reading would drop by 10 before reaching the island. Wrong! It was 28 or hotter all weekend at the lake! The perfect weather for enjoying good food and good times with my favorite people 🙂

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The weekend was well spent relaxing, grilling and hanging out by the campfire. Mom always has out favorites on the menu at home but my one request for this weekend was homemade french fries. There are certain foods that I eat maybe once a year but when I do I enjoy them immensely ❤

Lucky for me they are 100% vegan! Ingredients: Potatoes and peanut oil. Perfection. Now as for how healthy they are… well, that was out of the question this time around. Hey… ya gotta live a little 😉

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On Sunday morning Ryan and I went on a sailing tour in Baddeck. We both love being on the water but neither of us had been sailing before. The boat even had a licensed bar on board… needless to say we loved it 😉

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The captain was hilarious so we spent most of the tour listening to his stories. If you don’t have a good sense of humor, you might not want to sail on the Amoeba 😉 He and the tour guides knew every detail of the history of the Alexander Graham Bell Estate. I focused my entire high school/university education on math and science so I am pretty much in the dark on all things history. I hate to say that I don’t know much about the history of the island I grew up on but it was pretty cool to learn about it.

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end… but wait, I get to come back in 2 weeks! A change of plans has Ryan heading back to to Cape Breton for a guys golf weekend. I’m going to join him on the drive down and spend the weekend at the lake 🙂 It made for a much easier goodbye and an easier return to reality this week.

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Now for what you’ve all been waiting for! Just down the road from my parents’ place is a local co-op with a liquor store. Ryan had already suggested playing mixologist but after looking through the NSLC summer magazine we decided to try our hand at sangria. I’ve never had it before but I know it’s a wine based drink with endless variations. You can add pretty much any additional liquor (or not) and any type of sweetener (juice, soda… or not) and any sort of fresh chopped fruit!

We already had most of what we needed so we picked up some vodka and went to work. The result? We downed 2 batches over the weekend 😉 Here’s our recipe!

Summer Sangria

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1/2 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 can lemon-lime Zevia
  • 1 stevia packet (optional; or equivalent sweetener)
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Add chopped fruit and ice and let chill.
  3. Pour into a fancy glass and sip!

The perfect addition to any hot summer day with friends ❤

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How will you be spending your summer vacation time?

Liz xo

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