The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe to beat the heat!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe


  • 7Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like christian bros)
  • a bottle of cheap red wine (barefoot works) either merlot or shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)


  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triplesec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!

Stay At Home: Make Our Own Home Brewed Cocktail Recipe!

Stay At Home: Make Our Own Home Brewed Cocktail Recipe!

The world is serious right now. While you’re stuck at home, why not bring a bit of summer fun into your “quarantine life”?

From the mind of Anthony Salerno (Peter’s son) comes an alcoholic treat that’s sure to challenge your taste buds and keep you relaxed indoors during a stressful time.

Vodka and fresh basil make Uncle Sal's Delight!
Vodka and fresh basil make Uncle Sal’s Delight!

It’s easy to make – a vodka drink with a twist from the garden – and even easier to drink. If you grow your own basil, you’ll find this to be a refreshing use!

So, to all you adults out there, give it a try – it’s Uncle Sal’s Delight!

Uncle Sal’s Delight (a cocktail recipe by Anthony Salerno) – please be of legal drinking age!


  • 2 large, fresh basil leaves
  • 1 basil stem (with small leaves on it)
  • Sprite
  • Vodka (Tito’s or Absolut are the preferred choices)
  • Ice (cubed, not crushed)


  • Fill a Highball glass with ice.
  • Roll the 2 large basil leaves in your hand to release the flavors, then rub leaves on the inside of the glass.
  • Leave the basil leaves in the glass, and bury them with ice.
  • Fill the glass up about 1/4 the way with Vodka (or 1/3, depending on your day).
  • Fill the remainder of the glass up with Sprite.
  • Lightly stir.
  • Garnish with the basil stem, letting its leaves rest on the surface of the cocktail.
  • Let sit for 2 minutes to allow the drink to settle and flavors to combine.

Enjoy – and let us know what you think of our “stay home” inspired cocktail creation!

Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipes from Epicurious

Red, White, and Blue Sangria Recipes for July 4th

Independence Day 2016 may have passed by, but the entire 4th of July week is a great time to gather family, friends and loved ones for a party, barbecue or cookout. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reflect on our independence, what it means to be American, and celebrate our heritage.

July 4th Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes (recipes & photo courtesy Epicurious)
July 4th Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes (recipes & photo courtesy Epicurious)

July 4th is also a great time (for our friends of legal drinking age) to celebrate with a fantastic cocktail! But how can you incorporate the 4th of July into your cocktail recipe this year? Peter Salerno Inc. has found the best 4th of July drink recipes around!

Leave it up to the fine folks at Epicurious to deliver with their Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes. These July 4th cocktail recipes are sure to please a variety of palates, and they couldn’t be easier to make – or more enjoyable!

The 3 Epicurious sangria recipes for Red (Dubonnet), White (Pineapple), and Blue (Cucumber-Vermouth) range from sweet to savory, and will leave your party guests begging for seconds – or thirds! Try serving a pitcher of each sangria recipe this 4th of July, and make your Independence Day party a hit!

Epicurious Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipes

Red Sangria: Dubonnet Sangria Recipe


  • 1 orange cut into wedges, plus 1 orange sliced into half wheels
  • 1 lemon cut into quarters, plus 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Dubonnet rouge
  • 6 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water


In a large bowl, combine the orange wedges, lemon quarters, Cognac, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press down on the fruit mixture until the juice is released and the sugar is dissolved. Add the Dubonnet and stir to combine. Strain the mixture into a large pitcher and discard the fruit. Add the orange half wheels, lemon slices, and bitters, if using. Stir gently to combine then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Taste and add additional sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.

White Sangria: Pineapple Sangria Recipe


  • 1 small pineapple, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces white rum or 2 ounces each of light and aged rum
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cold sparkling water
  • 1 to 2 ounces Maraschino liqueur (optional)


In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups pineapple, white wine, simple syrup, and rum. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add the coconut water, lime juice, lime slices, and sparkling water. Add the Maraschino liqueur, if using, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with the remaining pineapple, if desired, or add the fruit to the pitcher.

Blue Sangria: Cucumber-Vermouth Sangria Recipe


  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry vermouth such as Dolin
  • 1 ounce blue or orange curaçao liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup or more to taste
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce Maraschino liqueur (optional)
  • Mint for garnish


In a large pitcher, combine the lemon slices, cucumber slices, and vermouth. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the curaçao, simple syrup, lemon juice, gin, sparkling water, and Maraschino liqueur, if using. Carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with mint, plus additional lemon and cucumber slices.

Thank you to Epicurious for these outstanding recipes!

We Love Epicurious’ Spring Brunch Cocktails! [RECIPES]

We Love Epicurious’ Spring Brunch Cocktails! [RECIPES]

See Our Favorite Epicurious Brunch Cocktails for Spring

Avid readers of this blog will know the long love affair that the staff of Peter Salerno Inc. has with the staff of Epicurious. For years, Epicurious has been a go-to source for inspiration for Peter Salerno and his team; after all, nothing complements a world-class kitchen design better than world-class food and drink recipes.

Epicurious' spring 2016 cocktail recipes are sure to satisfy! (Photo: Wiki Commons)
Epicurious’ spring 2016 cocktail recipes are sure to satisfy! (Photo: Wiki Commons)

With spring finally in the air after a long cold snap in the Northeast, nothing seemed more appropriate than to find some fresh cocktail recipes for springtime. Wouldn’t you know it – Epicurious was the place to turn!

“Spring Cocktails Perfect For Brunch” by Carolina Santos-Neves is a delicious walk-through of some of the most unique, delectable cocktail recipes for Spring 2016. One thing’s for sure – these are NOT your run-of-the-mill cocktail recipes. We absolutely love the novelty and creative spirit behind Carolina’s article and the recipes put forth by Epicurious.

The slideshow of recipes and beautiful photography begins with recipes for Rhubarb Collins and Peach Prosecco. After those two cocktails take you on a journey from tart to sweet fruit, the cocktail tour continues with the sugary citrus blend of Rabbit Punch (submitted by Harvard & Stone in Los Angeles).

Our personal favorite recipe on the list is the freshly-named Dandy Lion, a cucumber-muddled spin on the classic gin & tonic recipe that will leave any spring cocktail party guest begging for another round! The gin and sage combination in The Buckley (from Bar 308 in Nashville) is a savory way to wrap up this short-but-brilliant tour of new spring cocktail recipes.

Whether you love sweet or tart, fruity or savory, this masterful list of spring cocktail recipes from Carolina Santos-Neves and Epicurious is sure to satisfy!

Thank you to Epicurious and the author, Carolina Santos-Neves, for their article “Spring Cocktails Perfect For Brunch”. All credit for these recipes goes to the original source.

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe: “The Lover” From HGTV

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe: “The Lover” From HGTV

Try Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Cocktail, Courtesy of HGTV

It’s an all-year love affair between Peter Salerno Inc. and HGTV! Peter and his team are blessed to be featured designers on HGTV’s official website, and were honored with a prestigious 2016 HGTV People’s Choice Award at this year’s KBIS convention.

So when it comes to finding the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe for 2016, it makes complete sense that Peter Salerno’s favorite comes directly from HGTV!

Enjoy this Valentine's Day 2016 cocktail recipe from HGTV!
Enjoy this Valentine’s Day 2016 cocktail recipe from HGTV!

“The Lover” is a Mediterranean-inspired aperitif featuring a blend of fresh Italian tastes – including Prosecco and Limoncello. Add in Cointreau, vodka and a splash of grenadine, and this fiery red cocktail will certainly spark the inspiration of love inside of you this Valentine’s Day!

On its official website, HGTV’s Stephen Phillips says the following about “The Lover” cocktail: “Channel the erotic spirit, passion and lust of Casanova with an amorous aperitif from the coast of Amalfi.”

Consider us sold!

Thank you to Stephen Phillips and the wonderful people at HGTV for this Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe. For all things Valentine’s Day 2016, be sure to check out!

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

“The Lover” (Courtesy of HGTV)


1 bottle chilled Prosecco
1/2 oz. Limoncello
1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
Dash of grenadine, for color
Maraschino cherry


In a shaker of ice, pour Limoncello, vodka and Cointreau and shake for 20 seconds. Pour this medley into a tall fluted glass. Fill the rest of the glass with Prosecco. Add a touch of grenadine and stir gently, and drop a maraschino cherry into the glass.

Best Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Best Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch: Our Favorite Thanksgiving Cocktail

Mulled wine is all the rage this Thanksgiving season, so the staff at Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog went hunting for our very favorite Thanksgiving cocktail recipe incorporating the unique flavors of mulled wine. And we found it!


For years, Bon Appetit (and its sister publication/site, Epicurious) has provided readers with trendy, stylish cuisine through practical application – “life through the lens of food”, as their slogan says. So it’s no wonder that Bon Appetit provided us all with perhaps the most delicious, satisfying mulled wine drink of the season!

Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch is one part savory, one part festive, one part spice and all parts fun! Combining the taste of the season with a spark (literally!) of entertainment, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving party cocktail for your punch bowl.

For the full recipe and details, please visit the recipe page on Bon Appetit.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Ingredients (Serves 18 to 20)

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 4-inch-long strip orange peel
  • 2 750-ml bottles dry red wine
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups brandy
  • 1 whole nutmeg


Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in large pot, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add wine; stir to heat through. Pour mixture into large heatproof glass, ceramic, or metal punch bowl. Mix in orange juice and lemon juice. Holding ladle over punch bowl, fill ladle with brandy; carefully ignite. Pour into punch bowl and allow flame to burn out. Mix in remaining brandy. Grate some nutmeg over punch.

Recipe created by Melissa Clark of Bon Appetit.