Strawberry Basil Sangria

Strawberry Basil Sangria

Hello Spring! A sangria is one of the best springtime/summertime drinks! The basil gives this drink that little extra something!

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Ingredients

  • ½ lb of fresh strawberries
  • 1 apple (fuji is my favorite but you can use any of your favorite sweet apple)
  • 1 ounce of fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 bottle of your favorite white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 1 cup of white grape juice
  1. Trim and thinly slice the strawberries.
  2. Slice and dice the apple into very small bits.
  3. Score the basil leaves with a fork. Simply just rub the basil leaves gently with a fork in order to release their flavor in the sangria.
  4. Layer the fruit, sugar and basil in a large pitcher and let sit for about 10 minutes. This is just to let the sugar absorb the juices from the basil and the fruit. You’ll see it turn a bit red.
  5. Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.
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Mixed Berry Pie with Lactose Free Yogurt

Ready for fruity and creamy all in one pie! This may just be the dessert for you!

Mixed Berry Pie with Lactose Free Yogurt

Not a huge fan of mixed berries? No problem. Use your favorite berry and your favorite berry spread for a one berry treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups finely crushed gluten free graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup Cascadian Farm strawberry fruit spread
  • 2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait Lactose Free French vanilla yogurt
  • 6 cups rasbpberries, blueberries, blackberries or halved strawberries
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine finely crushed graham crackers and brown sugar. Add egg white and melted butter; stir until well mixed. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of prepared pie plate. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edge is browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, for glaze, in a small saucepan, melt fruit spread over medium-low heat. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly.
  4. Spread yogurt into crust-lined pie plate. In a large bowl, gently toss berries and fruit spread. Spoon over yogurt. Cover and chill for 3 to 6 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with fresh mint.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sangria

Somewhere Over the Rainbow…Sangria! Good times are had! You too can enjoy warmth in winter with this colorful sangria recipe!

Rainbow Sangria

Ingredients

makes one tall glass

  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice or another sweet juice (pear works nicely)
  • 1-2 tablespoons ginger ale
  • rainbow colored fruits (strawberry, tangerine, pineapple, green grapes, blackberries and blueberries)
  1. Add the fruit in rainbow order to a tall glass.
  2. Then pour in the wine and fruit juice.
  3. Top it off with the ginger ale.
  4. Duplicate with as many glasses as you have people!

Rainbow Mock-ria: You can use these same rainbow fruits for lemonade, iced tea, fruit spritzers and even fizzy spa water!  

ENJOY!!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Candied Clementines

Clementines are sweet and delicious and such a quick healthy snack. What if we jazzed it up a little bit? Candied clementines are simple yet so elegant.

Candied Clementines

Ingredients

  • 8 whole clementines, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec, or fresh orange juice
  • Fresh mint, for garnish
  1. Arrange clementines in a wide shallow bowl or 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish, pulling the tops of each clementine’s segments slightly apart without detaching the bottoms – like opening up the petals of a flower.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and lemon juice over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture is clear. Remove from heat and stir in orange liqueur. Cool 15 minutes or until syrup is lukewarm.
  3. Pour syrup over clementines, making sure each are very well coated.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Bring to room temperature before serving. Place 2 clementines in serving goblet or glass, drizzle some syrup over and top with a mint spring.

Sweet and simple. ENJOY!

Gummy Fruit Snacks

I am a snacker. I love to snacks. But of course you have to be careful with the snacks you eat because you can ruin your dinner (as my mother would say). Healthy snacks are always good and fruit snacks are the perfect healthy snack. I am quit fond of fruit snacks myself. They are great for traveling, at the gym for a quick energy boost or for just something sweet.

Here is a recipe for homemade fruit snacks!

Gummy Fruit Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice (apple, cranberry, blueberry, whatever!)
  • 2 envelopes gelatin (1 envelope = 2 1/2 tsp)
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the berries and water. Bring to a boil and cook until berries are soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree berries until smooth. Return to pot. Add applesauce and return to a boil, then remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over fruit juice and let stand one minute. Add hot fruit mixture and stir until gelatin completely dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour into 8 x 8 inch glass or ceramic baking dish (or into molds, if you want to do that and have some molds).
  4. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
  5. Cut into blocks or shapes. (Shapes are more fun 🙂 )

ENJOY!!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.