The Gallontine Gallons
Here are a few recipes to share at Valentines Day which we have renamed GALLONTINES. Valentines + Gallons + = Gallontines.
Gallontines Valentine Sangria
Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass filled halfway with ice)
2 cups fresh strawberries2 cups sour cherries (frozen cherries work well and keep the drink cold)1 ½ cups Elderflower Liqueur1 ½ cups sugar1 lemon, diced in small chunks3 (750 milliliter) bottles of dry rosé wine, chilled3 cups of club soda
One day before serving (or more than one is fine, too), combine 2 cups of strawberries, 2 cups of sour cherries, and 1 ½ cups of Elderflower Liqueur with 1 ½ cups of sugar and stir. Cover and place in the refrigerator to let the flavors combine.
When you are ready to serve, using a gallon pitcher or jug, combine the fruit and liqueur mixture with the 3 bottles of wine. Shake vigorously to combine. Just before serving, add the club soda and stir with a wooden spoon for at least two minutes. Pour into a pitcher, which can be refilled as needed from the gallon jug.
WODKA Punch for Gallontines
Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass, filled halfway with ice)
6 cups vodka5 cups lemonade2 cups cranberry juice3 cups ginger ale
Glug into a pitcher and serve over ice. This recipe is great for a crowd because simple to make and SO e a s y to drink!
Gallontines French 75
Serves 20 (in champagne flutes or coupes)
2 cups sugar2 cups water2 cups lemon juice6 tarragon sprigs3 cups gin, chilled2 ½ bottles (7 cups) dry champagne or sparkling wine, such as Mawby Green
First, make a Tarragon Simple Syrup: Combine lemon juice, sugar, and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Add tarragon and steep for 3 minutes then remove tarragon and discard. Remove from heat and chill.
Next, combine the Lemon Simple Syrup with gin, add champagne slowly, and stir. Garnish the pitcher with a few sprigs of tarragon. This drink is really good without ice, but if it gets too warm, serve with ice on the side so guests can chill it a bit.
WODKA Punch for Two
Serves 2 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass, filled halfway with ice)
½ cup vodka⅓ cup lemonade¼ cup cranberry juice¼ cup ginger beer
Mix and serve over ice. Easy to make and e a s y to drink!
French 75 for Two
Serves Two (in champagne flutes or coupes)
½ cup sugar½ cup water1 Tablespoon lemon juice1 tarragon sprig½ cup gin, chilled1 small bottle 187 mL sparkling wine
First, make a Tarragon Simple Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil (Or microwave until sugar dissolves, because, why not make things simple when you can?). Reduce heat, simmer for 2 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Add tarragon and steep for 3 minutes then remove tarragon and discard.
Next, combine 2 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ cup gin, then slowly add the whole tiny bottle of sparkling wine and stir gently. This drink really is good without ice, but if it gets too warm, serve with ice on the side so your Valentine can chill it a bit. Garnish with tarragon if you have a bit left.
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