Friday, February 05, 2016

Holiday Preparations: Superbowl Punch

Sometimes preparation for something is almost as fun as the thing you're preparing for.  Like Christmas.  I love decorating for Christmas, and everything that goes into that.  This year was even more fun because we got to stay home and enjoy our hard work.

There was tree decorating.

And house decorating.

And we found a home for the million arts and crafts Thatkid brought home from school.

Speaking of Thatkid, he did a lot of his own holiday preparations.  He decorated the gingerbread house.

And made the cookies for Santa.

And he helped me prepare the gifts for his teachers, the daycare providers, and our mailman, UPS man, and garbage men.

Some of my preparations took a while.  I managed to finish Thatbaby's stocking on Christmas Eve.  JUST in time for Santa to stuff it.

Right now we're preparing for the next big event- the Superbowl!  There's no decorating, and really, neither Thatboy nor I have a dog in this fight, so we're preparing for the most important part of the big game.  The food!  Right now there's a big debate about where we're ordering pizza from.  The shopping list has been made.  And the drinks have been determined.

As I mentioned, we're not super fans of the Broncos or the Panthers, so no lines have been drawn in this house.  And since both teams have blue as one of their main colors, I thought a blue drink would be fitting.  Because it represents both teams.

Curacao always makes things seem very tropical to me, and this is a twist on our signature drink at our wedding, the Blue Laguna.  But with more of a wine base.  The champagne and sparkling water gives it that fun carbonation, which I think is essential in a good punch.  Because everyone knows both a good football game and a good drink are dependent on a little kick.

Superbowl Punch
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups white wine
1/3 cup curacao
1/4 fresh pineapple
2 cups sparkling water
1 1/2 cups champagne
1/2 cup strawberries
  1. Stir the sugar into the wine and curacao until completely dissolved.
  2. Shred half the pineapple.  Cut the other half into slices. 
  3. Add the shredded pineapple to the wine mixture and pour over ice.
  4. Add the sparkling water and champagne. 
  5. Float the pieces of pineapple and strawberries on top.

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