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Sangria I say! The beauty of Sangria lies in the fact that in spite of being exotic and delicious, it is incredibly easy to make. There are thousands of different recipes. No joke! Almost every restaurant has it’s own “secret sangria”. Through trial and error, I have come up with my own simple recipe. It’s so refreshing, fruity and light. Once you make this you’ll wonder why you haven’t before. Not only does it taste amazing, but it is also very easy on your wallet as well. I promise this is going to become your “go to” party drink!
What you will need:
- 1 bottle of red wine (dry) *
- 1 bottle of white wine (dry) *
- 2 cups of fruit such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, grapes, apples, pears…whatever you like or might happen to be growing in your garden. No bananas though… lol
- 2 shots of vodka or gin
- 3/4 cup white sugar
Get a pitcher and fill it with the 2 bottles of wine. Then add your cleaned and chopped fruit. (chop in bite sizes, except the oranges/lemons can be thin slices) Add the vodka or gin and sugar. Mix it all very well. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate overnight. (this step cannot be skipped. No rushing the sangria, sorry.)
The next day when you’re ready to use it just add lots of ice and stir it well. Serve in wine or bar glasses.
*What type of wine? You wouldn’t want to waste a really fine bottle of wine, however you don’t want “headache wine” either. I suggest a modestly priced, dry wine.
Warning: Sip slowly…it can knock you off your feet! The alcohol content is much higher than just having a glass of wine. Overnight the sugars, wine, and gin/vodka ferment getting stronger making a pitcher of WOW!
–Rioja region, the wine region of Spain is considered to be the place where Sangria was born.
–It first became popular in the 1800s when fruit punch was served at most aristocratic parties.
–Sangria has become word’s popular drink since it was introduced to the world at New York World’s trade fair held in 1964.