Chef John Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans serves Mango Peach Sangria. It is a lightly sweet, fruity and refreshing white wine sangria. John’s advice, “Use Viognier - it has a nice balance of fruit and acidity.”
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The summer drinking season is finally here and all libations taste better outside! Alfresco cocktails vary from ever present sangria to mojitos to ice cold beers. Pretty much anything refreshing is a welcome sight in the summer heat. However, this year, I believe, will be the summer of the Moscow Mule (now appearing on cocktail menus near you).
With hazy summer nights fast approaching, it seems everyone is headed outdoors. Now is the sweet spot of summer: weather is mild, humidity low and the bugs aren’t out yet. So, when I receive party invitations this time of year, I am always hoping for an alfresco soiree.
I like gin. G&Ts? Yup! Gin martini? Yup! Gin and juice? Yup! (My favorite: gin and peach nectar with a splash of sparkling water and a squeeze of lime.) What type of gin? Depends on what I am drinking!
Sometimes you just gotta go for the exotic! When jet setting around the world isn’t an option, where do you go to satisfy your craving for adventure? I tend to seek out ethnic Chicago neighborhoods and obscure eateries where no one speaks English. Lucky for me, my fair city offers plenty of choices. When I got that itch recently, my gal pal and I headed to Chicago’s Chinatown.
In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, this is a cocktail recipe from my youth! My Oma (German for grandmother) loved a good party and her favorite apertif to serve was a Campari Sekt Cocktail (Sekt is German sparkling wine). Absolutely refreshing and beautiful in a glass (whether you use a champagne flute like in the photo below or a rocks glass).
With Mother’s Day coming up, it seems that everyone has brunch on their mind. Most people I know are scrambling for brunch reservations and rightfully so. This weekend will host the busiest Sunday brunch of the year, second maybe only to Easter Sunday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go out for brunch with friends (see my previous article FOOD FRIDAY: Brunch is Sacred). However, this weekend I am not even going to attempt it. Why? Crowded and harried isn’t my thing. So, what is the brunch-lovin’ Rambler to do?
Everyone loves a good ol’ bake sale ~ especially when the proceeds benefit such a great cause! Be transported back to your youth and join My Daily Find Chicago – along with some of Chicago’s best and brightest bloggers, writers and foodies including our very own Gourmet Rambler – as they present the 4th Annual Chicago Pop Up Bake Sale Benefiting “No Kid Hungry.” Show your support on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 900 North Michigan Shops (Level 2). Chicago’s favorite food bloggers, writers, editors, reporters and media personalities will sell their special home-baked goods at the Chicago Pop Up Bake Sale to raise funds that will help eliminate childhood hunger in the United States.