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Lemony White Sangria #FoodieExtravaganza

Every time I make Sangria, I do it a little bit differently. It is a  very forgiving beverage to make for a crowd, I must say. And summertime lends itself to a less potent type of drink…so Lemonade-Sangria, or sometimes like today, I like to act fancy, so we’re calling it Lemony White Sangria. That way, you know it’s the white wine we’re after…not the red one…which we also love.

Lemony White Sangria

This is so, so easy, and each time I make it, no one is very impressed, but they manage to drink it all (!) and then ask me for the recipe! Then they just keep drinking it up. I always make a huge batch and then say that I will make a double batch the next time. Agh, well.

Here it is: Lemony White Sangria


One 12oz can of frozen lemonade (either pink or white)
1 small bag of frozen berries (either raspberries or strawberries)
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 large bottle (1.5L) of Savingon Blanc or Pinot Grigio (NOT sweet, white wine)
1 1/2 cups of vodka (or just fill up the empty lemonade can)
2 cans of berry flavored seltzer, reserve until serving


In a large pitcher, add the lemonade and the wine, stirring until the lemonade is dissolved. Add the berries, lemon, and vodka and stir. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Just before serving, add the 2 cans of seltzer, stir, and then serve cold.

Lemony White Sangria

Do you love lemon flavored anything? Do you love lemonade? I love it! There are some goodies in the Foodie Extravaganza line-up that I think you will love, hosted by Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook


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Ouzito: The Greek Mojito #SundaySupper

Mint, Strawberry, Ouzo, The Ouzito | Hardly A GoddessHave you been so excited to see the new movie that released this weekend, My Big Fat Greek Wedding? I have. I loved the first movie for so many reasons, not the least of which is the huge lineup of hysterical women comedians, the second of which is the storyline of a crazy and loving family, and the third, well. I just do. Isn’t that reason enough to like something? I just do.

Well, for the Sunday Supper lineup this week, we are themed out in all things Greek. Now, I always joke to my friends, that ethnically I am a mutt. A total mix of lots of different nationalities and cultures collide inside my body, sometimes will crazy results, but the best of which is the love of all food cultures and especially the food-centric ones! Problem is…I am not Greek. Not even a little bit. Oh well! I can still appreciate the food and the culture and here you have it: the drinks!Ouzo- for the Ouzito | Hardly A Goddess

So as I understand it, Ouzo is usually chilled and then served in little shot-type glasses after dinner to sip on. Or it can be served with a splash of club soda.  There are lots of other Ouzo drink ideas at the Visit Greece site, or on this Greek Reporter Newspaper, that explain that Ouzo “is more of an after food drink, rather than a drink to accompany your food.” It has an anise or black-licorice taste. You either love it or like it…and maybe even hate it (like my husband!), but if you like it even a little, you will certainly enjoy the Ouzito!

To make an Ouzo-Mojito, I made a mojito, but with Ouzo, and then added some strawberries, which tones down the licorice taste and makes it look really pretty and smell amazing: mint, strawberry, and licorice!  It doesn’t get much better!

So here you are:

Ouzito: The Greek Mojito #SundaySupper

Ouzito: The Greek Mojito #SundaySupper


  • 1 ounce simple syrup or 1 TBSP. sugar
  • 3 fresh strawberries cut into pieces
  • 5 fresh sprigs of mint
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces ouzo
  • 2 ounces club soda


In a shaker, place the mint, strawberries and simple syrup. Muddle gently, but don’t rip the mint or it will get weirdly bitter.

Add ice, the lime juice, the ouzo and shake a few times.

Pour all of it (don’t strain) into a highball or taller rocks glass.

Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig or sliced strawberry.

This makes one strong drink or you can split it and add more club soda for a toned-down version!


Strawberry, Mint, Ouzo: The Ouzito | Hardly A Goddess

And here are the many, many awesome Greek Inspired Recipes to enjoy this week:

Greek Appetizers:

Greek Soups:

Greek Breakfast:

Greek Main Dishes:

Greek Side Dishes:

Greek Desserts:

Greek Beverages:

Plus Baked Shrimp with Feta plus More Greek Cuisine from Sunday Supper Movement

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Cranberry Simple Syrup: Drinks Should Be Pretty

cranberry simple syrup cocktail

Before I got into the kitchen today, I did a major overhaul and clean of my countertops and pretty much every surface in my kitchen.

So my recipe testing got off to a late start- but cleaning the kitchen itself, took me all of a half-hour. I told you before, but I will sing it from the roof-tops: I loooove my e-Cloth goodies. I can do a once-over in almost no time at all, and it makes a huge difference in time savings. I used the stainless cleaner with scrubbies, a window cleaner to polish all the stainless, and the general cloth to clean all the counters and the sink.  And only then….did I use my Aqua Sprayer Mop….oh Lawd! I cannot wait for someone to win one- I love mine so much! I think my family thinks that company is always coming now, since my house is actually clean!

Anyhoo. After all that excitement, I got to mess it up again. Remember when I posted the pictures of what I wanted to make this week, on Monday’s post? Well, one of the things I wanted to do was to make some drinks that looked sparkly and red and tasted like Thanksgiving. Enter Cranberry Simple Syrup. I shared how easy Simple Syrup is to make before, in my Tom Collins recipe, but letting it cook with the cranberries, turns it a beautiful red, and festive color.cranberry simple syrup

I love.

cranberry simple syrup cocktail


The Recipe?

Simple Syrup, if you remember from this post, is:

  1. 1 part water
  2. 1 part superfine sugar
  3. Simmer both until the sugar dissolves completely (about one minute). Cool completely and store.

But when you add the cranberries…It becomes:

  1. 1 part water
  2. 1 part superfine sugar
  3. 2 cups cranberries
  4. Bring all to a simmer over medium heat, and then lower to a very-low simmer for 10 minutes (keep very low heat, so it is not breaking the cranberries up). Cool completely, and strain out the cranberries, reserving them, and store the syrup.
  5. It keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge. If it lasts. Good luck with that.

How to serve it?

Add 2 Tablespoons to a glass of white wine, champagne, or prosecco.


Add 4 tablespoons to some vodka and sprite (or seltzer).


If you just want a fruity “soda”, add 4 tablespoons to some seltzer, and you have cranberry soda- garnish with a lime and…

What do you do with the reserved cranberries?

Throw them in the cocktail that you made of course! They are a garnish…


Wait until they’ve cooled, and then roll them in sugar. Spread them onto a cookie sheet to dry for about an hour. TADAH: Candied Cranberries!

Which, by the way, is the way Martha even does it, I think. You can serve candied cranberries over ice cream, a garnish for cakes, or with brie for a yummo appetizer, or just bake some cranberry muffins with them- I could go on. Trifecta of win. cranberry simple syrup cocktail

 Linking with: Tasty Tuesday, Katherine’s Corner,
Full Plate Thursday, Gator Mommy