National Fruit Cocktail Day

We at Minibar were thrilled to see a holiday solely dedicated to fruit cocktails. Then, we found out that the fruit cocktail this holiday references is actually the one you found in your childhood lunchbox. If such made-up holidays are allowed to exist, though, then we are certainly entitled to make-up our own rules of observance. So as you're enjoying that childhood fruit cocktail today, sit back and enjoy one of these adult ones, as well.

Photo (Some Rights Reserved) by TheCulinaryGeek/flickr

Photo (Some Rights Reserved) by TheCulinaryGeek/flickr

Photo and recipe from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Photo and recipe from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Classic Spanish Sangria

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (750ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 cup orange juice

    Have the fruit, rum, wine, and orange juice well chilled. Slice the lemon, lime and or into thin rounds and place in a large glass pitcher. Pour in the rum and sugar. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to develop the flavors. When ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste. Serves 6.

    Blackberry Mojito

    • 6 fat blackberries + more for garnish
    • 8 mint leaves
    • 1 oz rum
    • 1 to 2 tbsp sugar
    • β…“ oz lime juice
    • 2 oz club soda

    In the bottom of your drinking glass, muddle/crush together blackberries, mint leaves, sugar/simple syrup, rum, and lime juice. Add some ice cubes, then pour in club soda and stir. Garnish with a few whole blackberries and a sprig of mint.

    Let us know how you like them!