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Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer

Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer from thelittlekitchen.net

I’m excited to share this recipe with you and my backyard makeover with World Market!

It’s hot out right? I feel like I keep saying that but it has been. Luckily, it’s been raining a lot in the middle of the day down here so 1. it cools it down a little bit and 2. my flowers and my basil plants look amazing. Here’s a drink that will help you beat the heat!

Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer from thelittlekitchen.net

For this recipe, I wanted to make a cocktail with the Lorina Prestige Sparkling Blood Orange Soda. Have you had a blood orange drink before? I love them and it was super easy to make a cocktail. I had fun playing with these and you can add less or more alcohol depending on your taste! I really enjoyed these!

World Market Backyard Makeover

And now I’m so excited to share with you, our backyard makeover thanks to World Market! We had so much fun shopping there . And I had so much fun putting the flowers together. I love having a space to sit in our backyard.

And don’t you just love the colors? I had no idea turquoise and bright orange would go so well. The orange was Curtis’ choice and the turquoise was mine!

World Market Backyard Makeover

There’s Angel stopping to smell the flowers. By the way, I can’t believe we adopted her over a year ago! She’s still a puppy at heart for sure.

World Market Backyard Makeover

And there’s the full view with the umbrella. The patio pavers, Curtis and my brother put them in a year or two(?) after we moved in. They have been mostly empty except for potted plants and we’ll bring the new furniture out when we entertain but we’ll mostly keep them on our covered back porch. I can’t wait for Curtis to redo covered back porch!

Angel the dog

Doesn’t she look like she’s smiling?

Charley the dog

And Charley says he approves of our patio furniture. Charley and Angel were both so excited when we set up the furniture, they had to explore and sniff everything.

I have to say my experience shopping at World Market has always been great. Curtis doesn’t want me to tell you the story about how he accidentally pulled a 6-pack of beer from the shelf and another one came tumbling down and they were so nice about it. He felt so terrible and embarrassed but the store associates were really nice about it. They were just worried about him getting hurt.

And I can tell you about us not being able to find the matching table with the Valencia outdoor furniture and how I found them at a location an hour away and how nice they were to deal with.

and they also have such fun plates, napkins, bowls, cups and mugs…

Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer from thelittlekitchen.net

Back to the recipe! It’s the perfect recipe for your next backyard get together. :) I bought the other Lorina French soda flavors too, Lemonade and Pink Citrus Lemonade, I can’t wait to try them.

For a full list of the items I purchased for the backyard redo, see this post.

Items in this post:
Lorina Prestige Sparkling Blood Orange Soda
Glasses
Placemats (that I love!)

Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer Recipe

Yield: (2) 14 ounce drinks

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup ice (plus for the glasses)
1/4 cup vodka (or more or less depending on your preference)
1/4 to 1/3 cup orange liqueur (or more or less depending on your preference)
8-10 frozen raspberries (if fresh, freeze them for at least 15 minutes)
Lorina Prestige Sparkling Blood Orange Soda

Directions:

Take 3 to 4 frozen raspberries and smash with the back of a spoon on a plate. (Be careful, they may go flying a little bit.) Add ice, vodka and orange liqueur to a cocktail shaker along with the smashed raspberries. Shake for about 20 to 30 seconds and pour into two 14 ounce glasses. Add ice and pour Lorina Prestige Sparkling Blood Orange Soda to fill the glasses. Add the rest of the frozen raspberries and enjoy!

from The Little Kitchen


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Disclosure: World Market provided me with some of the products for my backyard remodel. Of course, as always, all opinions are my own and I only work with brands that I love.

33 Responses to “Blood Orange-Raspberry Spritzer”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 25, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    What a fabulous weekend recipe! Yum!

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    Cookin Canuck — July 25, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Your patio looks wonderful, Julie! How fun to be able to re-do…it’s like adding an extra room to your house. I’m going to have to look for that spritzer. It’s making me thirsty!

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    Tieghan — July 25, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Your backyard look so fun and pretty, Julie! What a fun thing to be able to do!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 25, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    What a gorgeous yard! Makes me want to sit outside and enjoy a cold one :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 26, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Doggie pics! Thank you for that. :) The patio looks great! Nice and cozy. And the drink looks so refreshing!

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    Kristen — July 26, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Love how your patio turned out!

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    Aggie — July 26, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    I love your new patio Julie! Just showed Larry too and he thinks it looks awesome.

    Love that drink. Honestly, when it starts to cool down here (uh – October, November?? Lol) is when I really love being in the backyard sipping on a drink like that. I’ll have to pick up a bottle of that soda next time I am at WM, I love blood orange flavor!

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    Katie — July 26, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    yum! This spritzer looks fab and I love how your patio turned out! I love that Angel was smiling for you, too! Lola does that every now and then and it just melts my heart!

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    Mary — July 26, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Very inviting looking…nicely done! …and this recipe I must try! Thanks! :)

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    Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} — July 26, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    The patio looks great, and your canine is certainly proudly showing it off, as if she did it herself :D

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 26, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    Your yard and patio look absolutely spectacular! Love the colors and pieces you chose – fabulous! And this spritzer is perfect for battling the NYC heat :) Have a great weekend, Julie!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 26, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    Your yard looks so relaxing, the perfect spot to sip one of these spritzers!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 27, 2013 @ 12:49 am

    Your backyard looks fabulous, Julie! I love the orange and turquoise together! I need to get some furniture like this on my patio, we currently have nothing!

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    Nutmeg nanny — July 27, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Wow, your backyard is wonderful, I’d love to have a spritzer out there :)

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    Suzanne — July 28, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Great choices! I like the vibrant colors of the umbrella and furniture. Does Prince venture outside too, or is he an indoor-only kitty?

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    addie | culicurious — July 28, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Love the new back yard, Julie! Such pretty colors :) and that spritzer looks so good too. I love anything blood orange.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 29, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    What a gorgeous makeover! And these spritzers are so refreshing! I love that they’re boozy too – just what I need on a Sunday night :)

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    Stephanie@Henry Happened — July 29, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I just love a good & pretty cocktail!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 29, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Such a pretty yard. And this drink? Yum.

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 30, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Gorgeous drinks, and love your “madeover” back yard!! :)

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    Donald @ Tea Time — July 31, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    Lovely garden, and of course dog pictures!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 31, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Oh Julie! We need these here in Austin like you wouldn’t believe. Lovely, cool and refreshing cocktail. Perfect for the 100′s we’ve been experiencing!

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    Sandy @ RE — July 31, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    Love the backyard and the drinks! And the doggie! And you! :)

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    Kelly — August 1, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Your backyard looks absolutely stunning Julie and I’m loving this cocktail! It just screams summer! :)

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    Hillary @ Easy Peasy Kitchen — August 2, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Your backyard looks gorgeous — really love the turquoise and orange together. I am preggo so can’t enjoy cocktails right now, but seem to have become the bartender for everyone else this summer! Funny how that works … I’m sure our friends will love this concoction!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 3, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    What a gorgeous looking yard! And the perfect drink to sit and relax with!

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    Susi — August 4, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I love blood orange soda and used to drink it quite a bit in Germany. I don’t drink as much soda now but when I happen to see some blood orange soda I’ll grab a small bottle and just enjoy!!! This cocktail sounds right up my alley – pinning it for sure! :)

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 4, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I have long loved World Market for so many reasons. The first place I found Biscoff Spread, sodas like this, great chocolates and now they all know what I do and have quit giving me the weird eye when I buy one or two of everything! Yes, the store associates follow my blog!

    Your yard looks great, what a fabulous burst of color!

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    Kulsum — August 4, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    This looks lovely and I don’t even drink!

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    leslie — August 4, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    I adore your backyard make over!!!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 5, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I absolutely love your backyard! That is the set I have had my eye on, and I love the colors of the pillows you put with it. So much fun for entertaining in the summer!
    And the blood orange soda is my favorite flavor, what a great cocktail!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 14, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Your patio turned out adorable!! I bet that spritzer is fantastic too :)

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