Beer drinking, wine sipping and cocktail slamming for summertime in New Jersey

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Summertime drinks in New Jersey

Cocktails for you in the summertime heat

I love the summertime and love to kickback with family and friends. As the temperature soars, I like to keep cool and relaxed, no matter what the temperature is outside. Here’s a list of go to wines and cocktails to sip while taking in the New Jersey heat. These are sure to please all your beer drinking, wine sipping and cocktail slamming friends and family:

Wines:

Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc , Marlborough NZ, 2008. A blast of grapefruit in your face. Aromas of citrus with generous lime and herbs. Great acidity with a long intense finish. 92 points WS, 92 points W&S $21.99

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Sonoma County-light and refreshing with aromas of dark fruit. Pair w/ grilled salmon. Value wine

Priavino Dolcetto D’Alba 2005. Nice depth and aroma for a summertime wine. Again, great with pasta or pizza

Orogeny-Green Valley, California 2006 . Hints of Bing cherry and pomegranate with spicy oak. Nice big fruit on this wine.Not cheap, but worth hunting down.

2009 Classic White Blend Wolffer Estate Vinyards: a blend of 38%Riesling, 37% Gewuztraminer and 25% Chardonnay. Pale yellow color. 12.5 % ABV Goes nicely with spicy Thai. Value wine.

Cocktails:

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Cosmo –new to the scene and surprisingly deliciously cool and refreshing!

Belvedere Grapefruit Vodka

¼ oz. limejuice

¼ oz good triple sec

¼ oz fresh cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain and serve into chilled martini glass

Hendricks & Tonic. How can something so simple be sooo good. Well it is. My son turned me on to this gin. Blew me away. Worth every penny!

Pour Hendricks into highball glass over fresh ice. Fill with fresh tonic water. Add juniper berries and mint sprigs for extra zing and zest!

Beer Based Sangria ( Haven’t had yet, but will make an effort to try) Courtesy of Food and Wine:

  • Bartlett pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Four 12-ounce bottles lager, chilled
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • Ice
  • 2 Bosc pears, sliced, for garnish
    • In a food processor, combine the Bartlett pears with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and process to a puree

Cheers! -Adrienne

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