Delicious and refreshing, this Sparkling Party Punch made with lemonade, pomegranate juice and sparkling water is perfect for most any occasion.
I created this pretty cocktail (or mocktail) for the Linens and Lingerie wedding shower I helped host two years ago, and I’ve made it for several parties since.
This refreshing drink can be made with or without rum, depending on your preference. Add a garnish of fresh raspberries and lemon, along with a pretty straw, and you have a drink perfect for a party, or just to enjoy at home.
Sparkling Party Punch
This pretty punch is festive and delicious (with or without alcohol)
Lemonade (or raspberry lemonade)
Pomegranate juice (100% juice)
(and/or) light rum
fresh raspberries (for garnish)
lemon slices (for garnish)
Use the proportions below to make a large pitcher, or just a glass of this refreshing drink.
3 parts lemonade (or raspberry lemonade)
1 part pure pomegranate juice
3 parts sparkling water (or 2 parts sparkling water PLUS one part light rum)
add a few cubes of ice and garnish with a couple fresh raspberries and a slice of lemon
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
Feel free to adjust the proportions to your preferences.
If I were to make a list of some of my favorite things about summer… ice cream would be close to the top! Certainly, ice cream is delicious all year round, but there is something extra special about enjoying ice cream in the summer. And of course when you add lots of yummy toppings to this summer treat, it’s almost an instant party!
As a blogger, I get e-mails from time to time from companies offering to send me samples of this or that. Today one such e-mail was for cat food. Yep, cat food.
I say “no thanks” to many more offers than I accept because I only want to highlight products on my site that I can really get excited about, and that I believe you will too.
Needless to say, when Breyers wanted me to try their new line of ice cream toppings it was a pretty easy ”yes”! I have been a fan of Breyers Ice Cream for quite a while, and when I learned that their new line of toppings were made with quality ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup, I was all in!
Sometimes, when your job requires you to eat ice cream, hot fudge and sprinkles… you just have to bite the bullet! =)
I’m happy to report that my family and I found each of Breyers new Ice Cream Toppings completely delicious!
Of course I’m not going to keep all this goodness to myself!
Breyers has a box of deliciousness ready to send to one lucky Glorious Treats reader!
The prize includes…
Mixed Berry Topping
Hot Fudge Sauce
and a coupon for a carton of Breyers Ice Cream!
Needless to say, this delivery makes for a GREAT mail day!
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Simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite flavor of ice cream.
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What could be better on a warm summer day than a cold glass of lemonade? Well, maybe glass of lemonade and a Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake!
These delicious Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a jar are a perfect sweet, tart treat! This recipe could certainly be made as traditional cupcakes, but layering the cake and frosting in a jar makes it extra easy to bring along for a picnic or BBQ. And of course, I have a special love for desserts in jars =)
Certainly, feel free to adjust the flavor combo to your desires… I’m sure these would be equally delicious as Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes (by simply replacing the strawberries listed with raspberries), or you could keep them just lemon, by omitting the strawberries and adding a bit of lemon juice to the frosting (as detailed in the recipe below).
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Sweet, tart and perfect for summer!
Yield: 12-14 cupcakes (or 8-9 cupcakes in a jar)
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)
1/2 cup sour cream (any fat content)
1/2 cup Challenge butter
4oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese (cold)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 Tablespoons strawberry jam
2-3 fresh strawberries, pureed (or very finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, or milk, as needed
* Preheat oven to 350*F.
* In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with whisk, and set aside.
* In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, zest and oil, beat. Add sour cream and blend until combined.
* Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
* Pour (or scoop) batter into a muffin pan prepared with paper liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full (no more).
* Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes
* In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until fully smooth.
* Add cream cheese, and again beat until fully incorporated and very smooth.
* While mixing on low speed, add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
* Add vanilla extract, then strawberry jam and beat until well combined.
* If the frosting is very thick, add heavy cream or milk, then beat until light and fluffy.
* Frost on cooled cupcakes.
Recipe Source - Glorious Treats
Frosting notes - If the jam you are using has large chunks in it, you may need to blend in a food processor or press through a fine strainer before adding to the frosting. Feel free to replace strawberry jam and strawberries with raspberry jam. Depending on the ripeness of your berries, you may want to add 1 drop of pink food coloring to the icing. To make lemon frosting, omit the jam, berries and cream, and add 1-2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice.
Cupcake in a jar assembly- Remove cupcake liners, and slice cooled cupcakes in half (horizontally). Add one cupcake half to a jar, then a layer of icing (using a piping bag or ziplock type bag with the end snipped off), then repeat with two more layers of cake and icing. Garnish with fresh fruit, as desired.
The jars pictured are 1/2 pint, standard mouth caning jars.
Recipe notes – The lemon cupcake is adapted from my Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe, and the frosting is a version of my favorite Cream Cheese Frosting.
For extra special presentation, I like to add a cupcake liner as a lid topper (as I did with these Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes, or even a mini jar of cookies). The fun yellow chevron cupcake liners shown are from Sweets and Treats Boutique.
To top the jars with cupcake liners, start with standard sized cupcake liners (and standard mouth jars, as shown), and use your fingers to press out some of the creases (closest to the center) of the liner. You can either add the liner on top of both the flat lid and the jar ring (as show below), or add the liner on top of the flat jar lid, then use the ring to hold on the liner (as with these Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes).
The jars shown are 1/2 pint, standard mouth caning jars. I usually buy them at Wal-Mart, but they are also often available at Target, the grocery store, or Orchard Supply Hardware.
Yellow chevron cupcake liners, from Sweets and Treats Boutique.
Bakers twine, from Bakers Stock.
I’m not sure if there is any food more closely associated with summer than ice cream. It’s cool, refreshing, and there’s a flavor for everyone!
This delicious homemade peach ice cream combines two summer favorites… peaches and ice cream! Fresh, ripe peaches are delicious on their own, but when you combine them with creamy homemade ice cream, you have a really special treat!
If you’ve never made homemade ice cream before, this would be a perfect recipe to start with. This peach ice cream recipe is very simple, but produces such delicious results!
We haven’t had an ice cream maker for several years and I’d been missing homemade ice cream badly! I recently discovered that KitchenAid has an Ice Cream Maker attachment that I can use with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, so that was a perfect fit! I keep my Kitchen Aid (stand mixer) out all the time, so it’s super simple to just grab the Ice Cream Maker bowl from the freezer and make ice cream any time I want! I have a feeling this is going to be an extra delicious summer! =)
Homemade Peach Ice Cream
This simple recipe produces a delicious summer treat!
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk (whole)
1/4 cup honey, warmed slightly
6 Tablespoons (1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large (or 3 medium) fresh peaches
1. Prepare peaches by peeling, and removing the pit. Puree ONE of the peaches (in a blender or food processor) until smooth. Dice the other peach into small pieces (about the size of a pea). Set peaches aside.
2. In a large bowl add the cream, milk, honey, and sugar. Whisk a minute or so, until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Add vanilla.
4. Add peach puree and diced peaches and whisk or stir until well combined.
5. Taste for sweetness and if desired, add additional sugar (1-2 tablespoons), then whisk until dissolved.
6. Pour ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the freezing directions.
Recipe Source - Glorious Treats
I like using honey in this recipe, but if desired, feel free to replace the honey with sugar (in equal amounts).
The simple list of ingredients in this style of homemade ice cream causes the ice cream to freeze quite hard. I recommend setting the ice cream out at room temperature about 10 minutes before serving.
Do you make homemade ice cream in the summer? What is your favorite flavor? I have a long list of flavors I plan to try in our KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker!
Shopping note – I noticed that currently all KitchenAid attachments (including the ice cream maker) are 20% off (using the discount code on the site).
A good friend recently asked if I’d make some fun Surfboard and Wave Cookies for a baby (boy) shower she was hosting. I love making special treats for friends, and I rarely get to make things for boy parties so this was a perfect request!
My friend got to work on lots of “beachy” decorations for the party, including 8 foot tall (Styrofoam) surfboards, and I started planning the cookies!
I’ve made lots of beach and luau themed cookies before (shell, sunshine, beach scene, flip flops and grass skirts), but I was looking forward to trying a few new designs!
For the surfboards I did a little looking on-line at photos of vintage style longboards, and sketched out a few ideas. Then I just played around with different variations, trying to make each cookie a bit unique. They were really a lot of fun!
I knew I wanted to include some water or wave cookies and I remembered the most amazing and perfect wave design I had seen by Kelley Hart Custom Cookies. I contacted Kelley and asked if I could recreate her design and she graciously agreed! As a side note, Kelley does take order for her beautiful cookies, so be sure to bookmark her blog and facebook page.
This wave design is so fun and quite simple for the great effect!
You’ll need a batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe, and a batch of Royal Icing.
Prepare three colors of icing, blue (I used Americolor sky blue and royal blue), blue-turquoise (I used some of the blue icing and a drop of Americolor turquoise), and white.
Thin each color to a medium/flood consistency, something similar to the consistency of shampoo (about a 15-20 second icing).
Directions as pictured above…
1. Use a food color marker (such as Foodoodler) in a light color (I used yellow) to draw a wave shape (I just eyeballed it, but feel free to make a paper template if you like).
2. Start with the blue icing and fill in a section of the wave (as shown), leaving a jagged edge where the next color will meet up.
3. Fill in with the blue-turquoise icing, again, leaving a jagged edge (as shown).
4. Fill in the top of the wave with white icing.
5. Drag a toothpick from the blue section all the way to the white, then repeat several times (without cleaning off the toothpick). Blend the colors as much as desired.
To complete cookie, sprinkle some white non-pareils sprinkles mostly onto the white section (while the icing is still wet).
Allow icing to dry (6-8 hours) before packaging.
Shopping notes - The surfboard cookie cutter is available from Country Kitchen Sweet Art, and the swim shorts cutter is available from Country Kitchen Sweet Art or Karen’s Cookies. The oval cutter for the wave cookies was a simple circle cutter that I smashed until it was the shape I wanted.
I hope you get to spend some time near a beach this summer… but if not, you can bring the beach to you!