Sparkling Kids’ Sangria

I’ve been focusing on Cinco de Mayo ideas this week — so here is one that’s perfect for the little fiesta guests! Though I am calling it Sparkling Kids’ Sangria, adults will enjoy it as well, especially on a hot summer day.

Sparkling Kids’ Sangria
1 orange – sliced, and remove any seeds
2 limes – sliced, and remove any seeds
4 cups cherry juice (like Juicy Juice brand)
4 cups lemon-lime soda

Put the fruit slices in the bottom of a pitcher. Pour in the juice and the soda. Stir gently and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime slice if desired. Makes 8 – 1 cup servings.

{You can use other juice flavors if you want…but I suggest something red and naturally flavored. If you prefer ginger ale, you can use that in place of the lemon-lime soda.}

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Float

The weather was absolutely beautiful today! While I was out and about, it just seemed fitting to pick up the ingredients to make this Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Float that I dreamed up a couple of weeks ago. We had been discussing root beer floats and I must have been secretly craving strawberry shortcake (and longing for warmer weather).

Here’s what you need for one serving:
Strawberry topping (found near the ice cream)
2 scoops of strawberry ice cream
Cream soda (chilled)
Whipped cream (optional)
Strawberry garnish (optional)

To create this berrylicious treat, put a little of the strawberry topping in a microwave safe bowl. Gently heat for about 10 seconds — you just want to thin it out a little. Take a spoon and coat the sides of your glass with the topping. Some will fall to the bottom and that’s okay. Grab that ice cream scooper and put 2 scoops into your glass.

Now you want to pour the chilled cream soda over the ice cream
and watch it get all creamy and foamy.

If you have some whipped cream, add a dollop on top and garnish the glass
with a fresh strawberry. Get a straw and enjoy!

Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. I may have to make myself another one!