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Strawberry Basil and Blood Orange Drinks

So this was an intriguing set of drinks on the menu I decided to try with my friend for dinner at Vapianos Charlotte the other day.

If you want sweet, don’t order this, but if you don’t like super sweet, this Strawberry Basil Sangria is the drink for you. It is very tart, very vodka tasting, and has a nice hint of basil. The drink is made with Sauvignon Blanc, Stoli Razberi, Stoli Citrus, fresh basil, diced strawberries, and strawberry purée. Mmmm.

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Strawberry Basil Sangria

Next up is the Blood Orange Margarita. This was my favorite. It was sweeter, with a nice kick at the end of each sip to remind you it was a big girl (or boy) drink! Made with Jose Cuervo, Grand Marnier, Blood Orange juice, sweet & sour mix, and some lime & lime juice, this was a fun twist on your basic margarita! Scrumptious!

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Blood Orange Margarita!

I am definitely going to try my own variations of these at home soon to see if I can get them just as good, but if you want some unique drinks, these were some keepers to try, for sure!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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NC Wine Touring: Native Vines Winery

Hello Again Wine Friends!

This is the final stop that we made on the birthday wine tour from weeks ago, and we definitely knew that this place was going to be fantastic. Mmmm. Native Vines Winery is located in Lexington, and is the first American Indian-owned winery in the United States. Producing wine since 1998, this newer veteran winery is famous for their Green Tea Wine, and most of the fruit wines are made with fresh fruit grown on the 36 acres of property owned by Native Vines.

Last stop with the ladies: Native Vines Winery!

Now onto the wines of Native Vines (comments are all mine, just a heads up)…!

Sauvignon Blanc
Dried apple flavor undertone to this dry white wine.

Riesling
This sweet, smooth and buttery pear-note white wine hits all the right notes from start to finish.

Pinot Noir
This pinot has traditional flavors well-blended of dry oak and currants winding together from first to last sip.

Cab Franc
This cab franc’s peppery flavor hits you quickly, then smooths out with the toasted oak flavor that finishes on a dry note.

Warhorse Red
Cherry with a hint of pepper, and a buttery smooth finish make this a good red that takes you by surprise from start to finish.

White Buffalo
This peach and rose flavored wine is sweet yet light from beginning to end, and finishes on a light but smooth peach note.

Green Tea
This is the first wine of its kind I’ve tasted, and the green tea flavor is so delicious, sweet, smooth and light, that you don’t realize you’re drinking wine!

Raspberry Tea
This tastes just like a fresh-raspberry version of the Green Tea wine. Sweet, fruity, light and delicious!

Apple
This sweet apple wine has a buttery undertone with a crisp, lighter finish.

Blackberry
This sweet wine tastes like a decadent blackberry jam in a glass. Yum!

Redhawk
This lambrusco-styled wine has a dryly sweet berry flavor that makes it sweet on the start and end, but just a little dry in the middle to take you on a journey while you’re taking a sip.

Hope you enjoyed this, and definitely try to get to this place if you’re out by Lexington, or intend to be wine tasting! 🙂

Craft You Later,
Beth

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