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Citrus Wine Cooler and Heart of Haiti Nesting Trays

For the past month, my husband and I have been spending our weekends looking for the perfect house in which to settle.  With house hunting on my mind, I can’t help but to dream about the ways that I want to furnish each room in our new house.  Luckily, I already have some key pieces that I’ve loved for some time, such as a beautiful painting I got in Cuba over 10 years ago, my beloved Crate and Barrel leather chair, and a woven stool/side table from the same retailer.  I was thrilled when I got these turquoise Heart of Haiti nesting trays to accent my sitting area.  (To learn more about Heart of Haiti, please visit the post I shared last fall when I featured one of their beautiful bone bracelets.)  Besides the fact that the nesting trays are beautifully handmade and eco-friendly, they also are multi-functional!  For example, you can use them as accent pieces or place them on a side table or nightstand to be used as a catchall.

This past weekend, we split our time between house hunting and celebrating my husband’s birthday.  That presented the perfect opportunity to make a special drink.  I have to thank Chef Marcus Samuelsson for the recipe!  I’m not much of a drinker (I prefer a Shirley Temple on the rocks over any alcoholic beverage), I must say that I drank the whole glass.  Part of the reason is that I love practically any drink that is citrus-based.  The recipe for this delicious drink is below.  Let me know how you like it!  In the meantime, I would love to hear about any other drink recipes you think I should try.


Fresh Citrus Wine Cooler (Serves eight)

(Courtesy of Chef Marcus Samuelsson)

Juice of 2 oranges

Juice of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 limes

3 tablespoons sugar

2-inch piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped

8 fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped

3 cups dry white wine

1 orange, sliced

1 lime, sliced

Crushed ice

1.  Place tall glasses in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the drink recipe.

2. Juice the oranges, lemons, and limes, and bring them to a boil in a saucepan.  Once the juices come to a boil, add the sugar and ginger.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.

3.  Pour the mixture into a large glass pitcher and add the remaining ingredients (mint, wine, orange slices, lime slices).  Stir.

4.  Remove the chilled glasses from the refrigerator and fill with crushed ice.  Pour the beverage in the glasses and add garnish from the pitcher (e.g., fruit slices, mint), if you’d like.

5.  Enjoy!

Note: I halved the recipe and evenly divided the mixture between two glasses.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and received the Heart of Haiti Nesting Trays and drink recipe to review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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