Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

Andrea Meyers - Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

My two favorite things for summer parties are pitchers of sangria and margaritas. They are hard to beat for a cold, refreshing drink to share with friends. This sangria is perfect for summer parties and adds a pitcher of deliciousness to your Fourth of July cookout, and it’s easy to make. Just put all the… 

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Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

Andrea Meyers - Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

The caipirinha cocktail, a Brazilian concoction made with cachaça, was one of our favorites from last summer, and we planned to play around with the flavors a bit using different fruits. Strawberries were an obvious place to start, and we came up with this one that reminds me of a strawberry creamsicle. My friend Kristy… 

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Chrysalis Vineyards: After Harvest (Sarah’s Patio Mulled Wine)

Andrea Meyers - Chrysalis Vineyards Sarah's Patio Mulled Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards is one of the easier vineyards to get to in Northern Virginia, just off Route 50 in Loudoun County. Set on 412 acres in the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, the vineyard specializes in unusual Spanish and French varietals and Norton, a native Virginia grape, as well as traditional grapes, a total… 

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Three Cooling Summer Cocktails

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The heat waves we’ve had this year have been absolutely brutal, and in the evenings the best way to cool down is with some ice cream or a chilled cocktail. I recently created three summer cocktails for Betty Crocker, and you can find them on BettyCrocker.com. These are all easy and can be made with… 

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Hot Mulled Wine

Hot Mulled Wine Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Years ago I had my first taste of hot spiced wine at a friend’s apartment in Bogotá, Colombia, which we sipped while listening to Edith Piaf after a glorious dinner of beef tenderloin (lomo). Maria Consuela had spent time in the U.S. and Europe during her college years and liked to share her cultural experiences… 

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