These thirst-quenching hot-weather pitcher drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) are guaranteed to spike any summertime party.
Sangria, a Spanish wine punch, is a blend of wine, spirits and fruit. This recipe uses white sparkling wine, but for the classic red wine sangria, see the following variation. When the fruit is in season, do as they do in the south of Spain and add nectarines and peaches.
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Limoncello is the generic name for a sweet Italian lemon liqueur. It is wonderful as a palate cleanser, an after-dinner drink or as a flavouring for blender cocktails.
Peaches give this drink a smooth texture and a heavenly flavour. If you're short on time, use frozen sliced peaches; they'll make the drink extra frosty.
Fruity and smooth, this drink makes a pretty-in-pink glass. You could also use white or amber rum instead. For a delicious nonalcoholic Strawberry Punch, replace the rum with water.
The Negroni is an aperitif, or predinner drink, intended to stimulate appetites with the bitter Italian aperitif Campari. For best flavour, choose a full-bodied gin, such as Beefeater or Gordon's.
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