We’ve done a lot of clever cocktails here on Tablespoon.
If you haven’t already hunted through the archives to discover the prettiest jelly shots and limoncello recipes this side of the www, you’re about to discover boozetopia! It’s like finding your inner vodka zen. We make happy sippers here.
But this one. Guys. This one.
Pull out the prosecco and prepare to guzzle your face into smile oblivion. Because ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Neon-colored lemons and white sparkling sangria, served in wide-mouthed Mason jars? This is liquor bliss. Sending all the happy blogger thanksvibes out to Add a Pinch for inspiring us with this idea.
It all starts here. Fresh slice a few lemons and prepare to party. Keep in mind that the rind won’t actually dye, so slice your lemons thin enough to keep from getting floppy, but not so thick that you’re left with a giant yellow rim. I’d aim for about 1/4 to 1/3-inch thick pieces. A sharp knife will help you slice ‘em extra straight.
Time for the food coloring! I tried several colors and found the Betty Crocker™ orange and green neon gel colorings make for gorgeous neon lemons. Pink didn’t really take to the fruit, and purple and blue left a rather messy-looking brown. To get the bright aqua in the photo I used standard neon blue water-based dye.
The easiest way to do this: Dissolve food coloring in a bit of warm water, then place the lemons in a zip-top bag.
Refrigerate overnight and allow it all to soak for maximum color pop.
In the morning, place the lemons on paper towels, gently letting any excess coloring dry from the fruit.
Line your colored lemon slices on a piece of parchment and pop in the freezer until frozen. As you can see, freezing is key here!
When it’s time to make the sangria, stir it all together and serve in Mason jars with the brightly-colored lemons. Set everything in a tub of ice for extra coolness.
Is it just me, or is this just cute?
Over-the-top neon that’s perfect for parties, picnics, and potlucks!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!