Refreshing Morgensterns Citrus Sangria Cocktail for Spring and Summer: Try the Recipe

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Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis of Virginia, who both worked in Trump’s White House, have a series of memorable stories to share about how they met during Trump’s presidency, what they accomplished in their respective roles – and the lessons learned along the way.

Above all, they say it was “the human moments” that stood out – and still do.

The couple’s wedding is in June, closely followed by the book they co-wrote. Among the proposals of the book: delicious new recipes.

“You’ll read behind-the-scenes stories and have the tools to host an amazing dinner party.”

“Vignettes and Vino: Dinner Table Stories from the Trump White House with Recipes & Cocktail Pairings” was released this fall by Post Hill Press.

Among their TNZT News Digital-exclusive offerings from the book (available now for pre-order) is a citrus sangria cocktail for the spring and summer celebrations.

Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis met in 2018 during the Trump administration; subsequently, they each held posts in the White House. They share stories, recipes and more in “Vignettes and Vino”, their new book.
(The Morgensterns/”Vignettes and Vino”)

“We wrote about our experience in the White House during a global pandemic, an economic crisis, riots across the country, a presidential election, and the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice” , Brian Morgenstern told TNZT News Digital in a recent interview.

“We wanted to share our nation’s story with our readers the same way we share our stories with our friends and families.” He said the experience of sharing these stories is associated with faith – as well as good food and drink.

“Our stories are funny, some are poignant, others are instructive, but one thing is certain: this book is useful! It includes practical tips for hosting dinner parties.

"Thumbnails and Wine" comes out this year from Post Hill Press.

“Vignettes and Vino” comes out this year from Post Hill Press.
(The Morgensterns/”Vignettes and Vino”)

Brian Morgenstern is an attorney, business consultant, and owner of Win the Future Strategies, LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm. He is a former deputy White House press secretary and deputy director of communications, as well as a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, during the Trump administration.

He helped implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the CARES Act, confirmed a Supreme Court Justice, and advised the President during COVID-19, riots, and a presidential election.

President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House.  Brian Morgenstern is on the far right.

President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. Brian Morgenstern is on the far right.
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Teresa Davis, co-owner of Win the Future Strategies, LLC, comes from a military family. She is a former senior White House communications adviser for Operation Warp Speed, as well as a former deputy Pentagon press secretary during the Trump administration.

Obviously, the result [of Election Night 2020] wasn’t what we wanted – but we still made some wonderful memories that night.”

She also served as communications director for Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. — and competed in the Miss America Pageant as the 2014 Miss District of Columbia.

Of this cocktail recipe they shared exclusively with TNZT News Digital, she told TNZT News Digital, “This recipe is associated with my story in the book on Election Night 2020 at the White House.”

Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis are pictured at the White House.

Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis are pictured at the White House.
(The Morgensterns/”Vignettes and Vino”)

She added, “We made festive cocktails and enjoyed the evening with friends from across the administration.”

“Obviously,” she added, “the outcome wasn’t what we wanted — but we still made some wonderful memories that night.”

Brian Morgenstern added: “We tested this one on friends before it made it into the book – it was a huge hit.”

A cocktail by the glass as well as fresh fruit are presented.  Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis say they tested their citrus sangria recipe on friends before putting it in their book: "It was a huge success."

A cocktail by the glass as well as fresh fruit are presented. Brian Morgenstern and Teresa Davis say they tested their citrus sangria recipe on friends before putting it in their book: “It was a huge hit.”

The couple think nothing goes better with a spicy red dish than a light, sweet and bubbly drink like a citrus sangria.

Try this citrus sangria recipe this spring and summer from The Morgensterns, shared here by “Vignettes and Vino.”

Ingredients

2 bottles of 750 ml of dry rosé wine

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

1 orange, sliced

4 oz. Brandy

12 oz. pineapple juice

12 oz. sparkling water (seltzer water)

Additional fruit, for garnish

This refreshing citrus sangria recipe from the book

This refreshing citrus sangria recipe from The Morgensterns’ “Vignettes and Vino” book includes slices of lemon, lime and orange, plus pineapple juice.

Instructions

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients.

Cool in the refrigerator.

Serve over ice with a fruit garnish.

Enjoy!

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This recipe appears exclusively with permission from the forthcoming book, “Vignettes and Vino: Dinner Table Stories from the Trump White House with Recipes & Cocktail Pairings” by Brian and Teresa Morgenstern (Post Hill Press); it can be pre-ordered here.

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