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Rosé Sangria recipe

Rosé Sangria recipe

Let us pretend that the sun is shining and that it’s one of those magical warm summer evenings that we will all spend indulgently with friends and the view from Parliament Hill.

Got it? Because tonight’s Friday night cocktail is called Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy, aka my Rosé Sangria recipe. It’s refreshing, tastes like summer and is packed full of fruit so it’s kinda dinner and drinks in one, if you’re that way inclined.

Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, blackberries, white grapes, red grapes… whatever you have to hand) is steeped in liqueur for a little while before you pour over chilled rosé wine and top with tonic water. The result is a sweet attempt at summer in a glass.

Make it for yourself by the glass or better yet, make a pitcher of the stuff for everyone to enjoy. If you’re going down the pitcher route though don’t add the tonic water to your jug – just top up the glasses with the tonic water on a glass by glass basis.

As usual there are no rules when it comes to the Friday night cocktail so please adapt the recipe as you see fit – just remember to let me know what clever changes you make!

Rosé Sangria recipe

  • Strawberries and blueberries, or fruit of your choice
  • Rosé wine
  • Tonic water
  • Sugar plum liqueur, or liqueur of your choice (Cointreau would work nicely)

Place the fruit in your glass and drizzle with liqueur. Let the fruit steep for a while before adding half a glass of rosé wine and topping with tonic water. Enjoy!

PS Sorry for the rubbish photo. I did my best pointing and shooting and filtering but you’re going to have to make your very own sugar plum fairy cocktail to appreciate its true beauty.

PPS Admittedly Rosé Sangria looks suspiciously similar to last week’s blueberry and gin concoction, but I promise you they are rather different!

Summer Holidays


I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the sun graces England with its presence for just a little longer, as I’m now off on my summer holidays in good old blighty!

We’re off exploring the South of England and I’ll try to take lots of pictures so I can take you on a little virtual tour when I’m back. I’m not sure if I will be blogging while I’m away – as ‘the Internet’ is my day job I want to take a break from it for a week, but at the same time I love blogging and it will be nice to put the spare time to good personal blogging use.

If you have suggestions for where we should visit please comment below. Thanks to everyone on Twitter has given me such excellent ideas too!

Have a great week,


Image: Alex S
avocado, mozzarella, basil and tomato salad

Simple Summer Salad Recipe

Summer might be drawing to a close but for a delicious, light and easy to make salad, look no further than below.

avocado, mozzarella, basil and tomato salad


Beef tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar


Cut the beef tomatoes into slices. Cut the mozzarella into slices. (See, I told you this was simple). Scatter fresh basil leaves over your beautiful arrangement…

Arrange on plate, leaving room for a small bowl. Place small bowl at the centre of the plate and fill with good quality olive oil. Or bad quality olive oil. As always, just use whatever you have in stock. Pour in a dash of balsamic vinegar (some people might say it is an awful culinary crime to ruin good olive oil with balsamic vinegar, but I like it).

Season mozzarella and tomato with black pepper. Serve. Eat. Done.

Pinterest Finds: Coke float and ice cream station party ideas

Turned to Pinterest the other day for some party inspiration, and I found buckets of it. I’m not planning on hosting a party for a while, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be some themed shindigs at some point this year!

Because these party ideas are just unbelievably awesome, a single Pinterest Find will be published every day this week. Be sure to let me know your favourites…

Source: sosimplyspecial.com via Carla on Pinterest

First up is this coke float / ice cream stand. Great idea for a kids party, but also a nice summer afternoon idea for friends.

For the coke floats you will need:

  • Long glass tumblers
  • Coke
  • Ice cream (preferably vanilla, but cherry could also work well)
  • Long spoons (for scooping up the ice cream)
  • Straws

For the ice cream station you will need:

  • Sundae glasses, or similar
  • Long spoons
  • 3 different flavours of ice cream
  • 3 sauces (I like chocolate, strawberry and toffee)
  • Toppings (chocolate shavings, sprinkles, candied fruit, brownie chunks, honeycomb)
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherries to garnish

Optional extras are pretty napkins and fancy straws! How fun does this sound?!


I’m not used to warm weather – is there a way to keep the ice cream from melting if it is out of the freezer? Obviously keep it out of sunlight but any other tips?