by Denise Gee
My Review: This book exemplifies porch entertaining with over 50 cocktail and handheld snack recipes. These recipes make entertaining simple, fun and enjoyable. The book is bright and cheerful with great photographs. Approximately every third recipe has a coordinating picture. The book is divided into 5 chapters:
Porch Party Pointers
Punch with Pizzazz
Think Frocktails not mocktails
For this review I made the Ruby Sangria on page 71. This Sangria proved to be light tasting and refreshing. I recommend this book to anyone wanting simple delicious entertaining. This would also make a cute gift...think housewarming!
Here are the pictures & recipe of my Sangria from Porch Parties:
Ruby Sangria (page 71)
1 (750ml) bottle red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup orange flavored liqueur
1/2 cup fresh OJ
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups orange wedges
2 cups red apple wedges
2 cups green apple wedges
2 cups grapes
1 (750ml) bottle sparkling water, chilled
Garnish: with extra of the above fruit threaded on small skewers
Combine the red wine, brandy, liqueur, OJ and sugar in a large pitcher; stir well. Add the oranges, red & green apples and grapes. Chill for several hours.
Just before serving, add the sparkling water.
Pour the Sangria into red-wine goblets filled with ice. Garnish with fruit kabobs, if desired.
Take two aspirin in the morning. Kidding, the book does not really say this!