Friday, February 12, 2016

A Walk in the Woods: Champagne Punch

Ever since I went running in Los Penasquitos I've been dying to take the boys back.  We haven't been hiking since the week Thatbaby was born and this is a nice easy path for us.  Plus, waterfall!

Finally we got there, and they were not disappointed.

Thatkid has become much easier to hike with.  He used to ask to be picked up all the time, and now he walks/runs the whole way.  Thatbaby loved looking around and taking it all in.

We didn't make it all the way to the waterfall.  It was getting late and we didn't really want to be on the trail in the dark so we headed back.  But now we have incentive to return.

We're gearing up for Valentine's Day around here.  It's definitely not going to be romantic, as round these parts its a family holiday.  So we'll do a family breakfast and family dinner.  Thatkid has already requested heart shaped pancakes.  Thatboy and I are trying to figure out special ways to celebrate the day, like splitting a special bottle of wine beside the firepit after the kids go to sleep.  Or adding a special drink to our morning pancakes.

Mimosas are a popular breakfast beverage.  The addition of orange juice suddenly makes alcohol in the morning an acceptable choice.  (Although I'm not sure this works for a Tequila Sunrise).  I love the idea, because champagne seems like such a Valentine's Day drink.  It's romantic, right?  I mean it's what you use to toast at weddings, celebrate engagements, and serve with chocolate dipped strawberries.

This punch is a twist on the mimosa.  Because not only does it have orange juice, but also apricot, apple and pineapple juice.  So super breakfast-y.  It's a great way to start your Valentine's Day!

Champagne Punch
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup apricot nectar
1 oz frozen orange juice conentrate
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1 1/3 cup ginger ale
1 cup champagne

  1. Boil sugar with 1/3 cup water for 1 minute.  Cool.
  2. Add the lemon juice, apricot nectar, orange, apple, and pineapple juices to the sugar syrup. Chill.
  3. Pour over ice.  Add the ginger ale and champagne.

1 comment:

  1. So cute! When my girls were little, I used to love family walks. I still do!