Pitcher Sangria Recipe & Other Fun Things for Your Taco Tuesday

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Planning a Taco Tuesday brouhaha? Why not pair some adult drinks to go along with the mischief? You’ll love these recipes for making both a pitcher sangria recipe and an adult summer punch!

These adult drink recipes are both passed on from Ladles & Linens. The adult summer punch recipe I rediscovered in a Timehop from the Ladles & Linens facebook page a few years back. While the pitcher sangria recipe was passed along by my adult son who currently works at Ladles & Linens in Roanoke. (The pitcher sangria recipe is FABULOUS!)

If you’ve never heard of Ladles & Linens it’s a wonderful woman-owned, small business that specializes in fun kitchen and gourmet cooking supplies. This friendly and fun shop is a great place to stock up on kitchen basics, entertaining pieces and gadgets. They have plenty of gift ideas too!

Currently Ladles & Linens has three locations in Virginia. They can be found in Roanoke, Lexington and Carytown in Richmond, VA. You can also visit the Ladles & Linens website to shop online, learn about upcoming events and scroll through their blog for recipes, information on new products and even gift ideas! You can also find Ladles & Linens on Facebook as well as instagram specific to each location – Roanoke, Richmond and Lexington.

Ready to make these awesome adult drink recipes for your Taco Tuesday? Keep reading for both the pitcher sangria recipe and the adult summer punch recipe which you can find below!

Pitcher Sangria Recipe


1 750mL bottle of red wine (of choice)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple
1 orange (quartered)
1 lime (quartered)
1 lemon (quartered)
2 shots liquor (spiced rum, brandy or vodka)
2 cups lemon-lime or club soda

Optional Additional Ingredients:

raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, to suit


Combine the orange juice, sugar and liquor (using your choice of spiced rum, brandy or vodka) into a large pitcher and stir.

Next, squeeze the juice from the orange, lemon and lime quarters into the pitcher. Then combine the fresh squeezed fruit and the pineapple into the pitcher with the orange juice, sugar and liquor.

Allow the pitcher sangria to set overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. When ready to serve, add the soda along with your choice of raspberries, blueberries or strawberries and stir. Pour, sip and enjoy!

Adult Summer Punch Recipe


1 quart cranberry juice
zest of one lime
1/2 cup orange liqueur
3/4 cup raspberry vodka
1/4 cup grenadine


Use a microplane zester to make the lime zest. Then combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and mix.

Serve over ice.

Need more Taco Tuesday Recipes?

Here are some of my favorite taco recipes that I’ve pinned to my Recipe Pinterest board.

Blackened Shrimp Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via Budget Bytes

Blackened Shrimp Taco Recipe via Budget Bytes / This blackened shrimp in this taco recipe are filled with spicy flavor and are perfectly accented with a sweet and tangy bulked up slaw.

Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via How Sweet It Is

Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe via How Sweet It Is / These delicious chicken tacos are made with chipotle beer braised chicken – meaning, yes! – these are basically boozy beer tacos.

Crispy Quinoa & Mole Sweet Potato Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via Naturally Ella / A House in the Hills

Crispy Quinoa & Mole Sweet Potato Taco Recipe via Naturally Ella / A House in the Hills / This tasty vegetarian taco recipe is also gluten free and makes a hearty dinner even without taco meat. (You will however need to omit the goat cheese as an optional ingredient.)

Chicken Tinga Taco Recipe with Grilled Corn Guac for Taco Tuesday via How Sweet It Is

Chicken Tinga Taco Recipe with Grilled Corn Guac via How Sweet It Is / Another great taco recipe from How Sweet It Is! (I LOVE this blog. Can you tell?) These smoky roasted, tomato-sauced shredded chicken tacos are perfect for your Taco Tuesday dinner. And who can resist grilled corn guacamole?

Caramelized Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Salsa for Taco Tuesday via Pinch of Yum

Caramelized Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Salsa via Pinch of Yum / And finally, but certainly not least, are these wonderful tacos made with thin strips of caramelized pork, fresh cucumber pineapple cilantro salsa, and chili mayo sauce!

Drinking Games for Taco Tuesday and Beyond!

If you’re already having a drinks, you can extend your Taco Tuesday with a fun drinking game or two. I’ve been stocking up on adult games recently for future girls only nights. After browsing – and buying – I have to say I don’t think games like this existed twenty years ago.

I chose to buy several new games for their 21+ appeal and sense of humor. A few may be over the top if you’re more reserved than I am, but if your personality is wide open then you may have found your own next game haul.

Laughcronyms Party Game for Adults or Families - Funny Drawing & Quick Creative Thinking Card Game for Groups of 4 to 20 Players (Adult Humor or Family Friendly)

Recent adult party games that I’ve purchase include Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition, CoolCats & AssHats: A Card Game for a Funner Party, This one time, I..: The Game of Ludicrous Life Choices (Girls’ Night Edition), Laughcronyms Party Game for Adults, Cards Against Humanity and the more family friendly, 5 Second Rule.

It is important to note that I have not played all of these games yet – getting everyone’s schedules to match up is sometimes challenging. However, if you read the reviews for each game they’ll give you a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into – or don’t want to get into.

Anyhoo, happy Taco Tuesday everyone! I hope you enjoyed this little deviation from the usual soap and skin care recipes! If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my other posts on how to throw a DIY bath bomb partyhow to throw a unicorn party and my party pleasers post that contains lots of fun party ideas as well as my own recipe for rooibos peach tea rum punch!

To discover more of my favorite dinner and taco recipes, be sure to check out my Recipes Pinterest board here. Or peek in on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board for more great cocktail and sangria recipes!

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Homemade DIY Gin Recipe and a Simple DIY Gin Kit

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Homemade Gin Kit and DIY Gin Recipe

I’ve been trying lots of new DIY projects lately and one I’m super psyched about is this homemade DIY gin kit. It’s available for sale at Amazon (Amazon Prime eligible) as well as Darby Smart, where I’ve been purchasing a lot of my DIY craft kits lately.

I’ve been tempted for a while to buy the entire kit, but I instead opted for simply purchasing the homemade gin refill kit available from Darby Smart which is essentially a tin of the botanicals you need to infuse vodka to taste like gin. It’s $15 with free shipping and makes sense if you want to try this out before buying the botanicals in bulk for your own recipe blend. And since you have to buy the vodka anyway, you can simply re-use the same vodka bottle for the gin without having to fork out a lot of extra money for fancy vintage styled bottles. (Or if you want to get fancy, use a Bormioli Rocco Giara Bottle With Stopper.) Then simply use cheesecloth to drain the botanicals out of the final product.

Running your homemade gin through a Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher five times will remove any remaining sediment. (Be sure to start with a new filter and soak it in water for fifteen minutes before using.) This is optional of course depending on the end product you’re looking for. If you used cheap vodka I highly recommend not skipping this step.

Now use your homemade gin to make a classic French 75. (A French 75 is the same as the French 95 but it’s made with gin instead of bourbon. (Check out this popular recipe here.)

If you’re ready to make your own botanical blend – and get more bang for your buck – give this DIY gin recipe a go. Then feel free to punch it up with other botanicals of your choosing.

DIY Gin Recipe


3 Tablespoons juniper berries
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
5 cardamon pods, broken into pieces
6 whole allspice berries
1 bay leaf
1 Tablespoon dried grapefruit peel


Combine all ingredients in large glass jar with 3 cups of vodka and tightly close lid. Shake well then allow to steep for 36 hours. Strain through cheesecloth and then use a funnel to fill up your final bottle of choice.

Experiment with making your own homemade DIY gin recipes by adding or subbing some of the ingredients with a small amount of other herbs and botanicals such as but not limited to Star Anise, whole cloves, Thai basil, cherrywood, whole nutmeg, and cilantro leaf.

Also be sure to follow my new-ish Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest for homemade cocktail recipes for all occasions. Or follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ and never miss a post!


Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe

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Homemade Summer Cocktail Recipe - Creamy Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka SmoothieYou know when you only have a flavored alcohol in your freezer and nothing to really mix with it? Well, that was my dilemma. I had a bottle of Coconut Chocolate Stoli Vodka that I bought on a whim not thinking of what I’d actually mix it with. However, genius struck when I noticed the bananas on the counter were so ripe they probably wouldn’t make a it another day. And it was too hot outside to make banana bread. So I created an improvised smoothie cocktail with ingredients I had in my fridge.

Homemade Cocktail Recipe - Banana, Coconut and Chocolate Vodka Smoothe

Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe


1 ripe banana, peeled
3 ice cubes (or 3 ice cubes of frozen coconut milk made in an ice cube tray)
1 shot half and half
1 1/2 shots Stoli Chocolat Kokonut
touch of honey

Optional Ingredients:

a swirl of chocolate syrup
a taste of vanilla ice cream


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour and enjoy! What are some of your favorite summer cocktails? (Mine is a gin fizz.)