Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummerSummer's not over yet! Sherrie & Renee are hosting a bubbly, sparkly, boozy, fresh, fruity virtual cocktail party, #drinkthesummer! Scroll to the bottom for a complete list of fun summery drinks by other awesome food bloggers! Get your summer drank on!

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer One of my favorite summers was when I was probably 12. My ma’s always been a big Stephen King fan, and that summer, the Green Mile books came out (remember, it was first released as a six-part series). It was too hot to be outside, and to avoid the boredom of being trapped inside all day, my mom, Amanda, and I read the books out loud together. Amanda and me laying in front of a box fan, icy glasses of sun tea at the ready, misting ourselves with a spray bottle (no AC? No problem!), while my mom’s voice transported us to the 1930s, to the deep South. I remember those days so clearly… the three of us together, the dry heat, the mystery of John Coffey.  
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer Later that summer, the spell was broken when my ma got to a particularly tense part in the book, and stumbled over some dialogue… cautiously spelling out “F-U-C-K, Percy said!” Amanda and I laughed hysterically and our little book club lost its steam. After that summer, Amanda and I started spending summer days out and about with friends, and my mom (who had been a stay-at-home mom most of my childhood) got a full time job. We kind of grew up and moved on. But I loved those lazy days, reading those books together.
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer For me, those Green Mile days are just as vivid as the lush garden and fresh tomatoes, towels on the clothesline, sherbert for dinner, the trail of dust when my dad pulled in the driveway every evening after work. Quintessential summer memories. 
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer Another quintessential part of my childhood summers? Wine coolers. Not for me, for my mom. She loved her wine coolers, and often made her own with grapefruit soda and wine. I stayed away from wine coolers for a long time—they get a bad rap, ya know? You know what doesn’t get a bad rap? White wine spritzers. They’re sophisticated and classy. You guys! It’s a wine cooler in disguise! These sweet, fruity sparklers are also wine coolers in disguise.

For the 4th of July, Amanda made a big pitcher of white sangria with sweet, fresh summer stone fruits, and we added a splash of my favorite coconut La Croix, and amazing things happened. These are basically that, but rather than going the full pitcher route, we’re keeping it simple and accessible. Like 3 ingredient, as easy as possible simple. It is Wednesday, after all. 

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
Nectarine slices
Ice
White wine (a basic white blend/table white*)
Coconut LaCroix (or other coconut soda water)

Smash 2 nectarine slices in the bottom of each glass, and fill with ice. Fill glass a little over half way with white wine, and the rest of the way with coconut flavored soda water.

*I used Maryhill Winemaker's White, which we had at our wedding! Maryhill is near my hometown!

Wait, there's more! Here's the full list of amazing summer drinky dranks by other awesome food bloggers!

#DRINKTHESUMMER:
Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt
my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
The Pig & Quill | Raspberry Basil Gingerade Fizz
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter and Berry Smoothie
The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon White Sangria
Fix, Feast, Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada
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28 comments

  1. Yum!! Looks so good and cheerful. I love that the photos were taken outside - it totally speaks of summer and refreshing drinks :)

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    1. Thanks Betty! I took a bunch of staged shots that just weren't working, and then decided to just go natural with it! :)

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    1. Thanks Katrina!! They're SO easy and fun!!

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  3. Love your summertime stories - the idea of Green Mile Days is so lovely! And white wine spritzers? Where it's AT.

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    1. Totally where it's at! Can't wait to go check out your #drinkthesummer recipe!!

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  4. This looks so darn delicious! I feel like I could sit on a porch and drink like ten, especially in this heat wave we've been having in the PNW...it's been crazy, right?! So glad to have found your lovely blog through #drinkthesummer, Amber!

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I love your blog... so fun to read your PNW posts from Seattle's little sister to the south! And your posts about southern food!!!!

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  5. Coconut La Croix happy dance up in here! I also spent my pre-teen summers staying as still as possible in the Southern California heat, in front of the cooler, consuming books like a voracious monster. I would like to hearken back to those days with one of these in hand. Cheers! :)

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    1. Coconut La Croix is the BEST! Don't you wish we could just lounge around reading all summer like that again??

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  6. Lazy days of summer reading are my absolutely favorite. When I go to the beach, I don't really do anything except read books for like 9 hours a day. And drink cocktails! This one sounds lovely. :-)

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    1. I agree! I have so many good lazy summer reading memories!

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  7. Um, what?? There's a coconut La Croix out there and I haven't tried it! Going to search it out immediately!

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    1. Ugh it's the hardest to find! It's always sold out. Try Target! :)

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  8. I am obsessed -- OB!!SESSED ! -- with that Coconut LaCroix, and it seems I'm not alone! There's something about that kinda-tastes-like-tanning-oil (but, like, not at all greasy...) thing that immediately transports me to the beach or the pool or something equally summery. And nectarines! Well, duh. :) So lovely, Amber!

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    1. But who doesn't want to drink the coconut tanning oil? Let's be real, that stuff smells delicious!

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  9. Um. Yes. Well our obsession with La Croix just took one step closer towards scary. Thank-you for this!!

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    1. I say La Croix with a French accent when I want to be fancy... like "La Quaw"

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  10. hahaha! I was like "your mom won't say fuck but she'll feed you wine coolers?!" hahahaha - fabulous story. Fabulous drink. Let's bring these bad boys back, yes?

    Happy #DrinkTheSummer day!

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    1. AHAHAHahahaha! Best comment, this made me seriously LOL.

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  11. Love the idea of using nectarine! These look fan-frigging-tastic Amber! Happy #drinkthesummer ! :)

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    1. Thanks Kelsey, nectarines are my favorite! #cofettiemoji!

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  12. Summer is definitely NOT over yet. Amber these look/sound SO GOOD. Thanks for hanging with us today, xx.

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Sherri, such a fun virtual party!

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  13. Hi Amber,
    I am diligently working my way through the #drinkthesummer list of bloggers that I have never met and today I landed on your blog. From the second I arrived I knew I would love it here. And I was right. Your opening story was so charming and hearted. I can picture you all together reading and sharing your lives in a way that was perfect then and would evolve into something different as you grew older. There is such a happy sadness to these reflections for me. Both a happiness for how we and our relationships have evolved and a sadness for the relationship and unique environment that once was. I thought you captured it beautifully.
    So happy I found your space here.

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    1. Kathryn, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! I still need to make my way through all the #drinkthesummer posts... I love meeting new blog friends through these events! I love how you described these reflections... a happy sadness. I feel exactly the same way! Cheers!

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  14. You had me at Coconut Nectarine :) Can't WAIT to try!!!

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  15. I made this last night for a few friends. It was a hit! thanks <3

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