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Simply Sangria

Simply Sangria

June 11, 2015

While you can make this tasty beverage really anytime of the year, it is often thought of as an amazing summer treat.  Chilled red wine, stocked with a ton of fresh fruit, perhaps with a little effervescence, and you, my friend, are ready for the next fiesta.

Here are a few tried and true Sangria recipes for you to try.

Not sure which one will become your favorite, go-to new family recipe?  As my friend Jeff likes to say, the best way to find out is ‘Mix, Pour, Sample – Repeat!

Please note that I took the liberty to name the recipes myself that were provided to me in order to differentiate them. 

Sangria South Florida Style – from Christine Najac, South Florida Gourmet
3 C dry red wine (such as Steelhead Pinot Noir)1.5 C Christian Brothers Brandy
1/4 C Bols Triple Sec
1 orange (sliced)
1 pint raspberries
1 pint strawberries
handful each of green and red grapes
1 pear (cored and diced)
1 nectarine (pitted and diced)
1 apple of your choice (pitted and diced)

Optional -> 1-2 jalapeños with seeds for some heat (diced)

Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher.  Refrigerate minimum of 3 hours before serving.

Sangria in the Sand – from Brandy Galarneau, The Breakers Hotel
1 btl white wine (such as Barrymore Pinot Grigio)
1 C Grey Goose L’Orange
1/2 C Cointreau
1/2 C X-Rated Liqueur
2 oranges (sliced)
2 pears (pitted and diced)
1 C grapes (sliced)

Sound potent -> it sure is, but the Mom’s love it!

Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher.  Serve over ice and top with a splash of club soda.  For a touch more sweetness, use Sprite in place of club soda.

Zenful Zangria – from Valerie Sands, V Sands Photography
1 apple
1 orange
1 kiwi
pint of strawberries

Squeeze 1/2 orange over the fruit and let it macerate for at least 30 minutes before adding it to the following.

Be sure to serve with a fork!

Add equal parts Sprite (not Diet) and cheap ass wine (think screw top Vicolo Pinot Grigio).

Spanish Sangria – from Gail Casale, Wine Writer
1 part vodka (I recommend Tito’s)
1 part gin (I recommend St. George Terroir from California)
1 part brandy
1 part red wine
1 part 7-up
lots of seasonal fruit (mixologist’s choice)
Secret ingredient: 1 cinnamon stick

Mix all ingredients together, serve chilled over ice.

Cisco Sangria – from Michael Harter, Nantucket Vineyard
4 bottles Sailors Delight red wine
1/2 bottle Hurricane Rum
1/2 bottle Triple 8 Orange Vodka
1/4 bottle Triple 8 Blueberry Vodka
1 can Sprite – 12 ounce
1 can Ginger Ale – 12 ounce
2 cups pineapple juice
1 full squeeze bottle agave nectar
3 oranges
4 limes
2 lemons

Obviously this is for a LARGE group of people, not just a few friends on Saturday night.

Slice the fruit and mix all ingredients together in a large plastic tub that has a lid.  Allow the mixture to soak overnight in the fridge and serve chilled.

Here is a handful of other modifications that you can experiment with:

– top it off with a splash of Orange Fanta
– add a dash of Sriracha and use mango as your fruit
– soak the stonefruit overnight just in the brandy alone, then mix all other ingredients
– make and drink year-round using white or rosé wine along with seasonal fruits to keep it interesting

For more information about the history of Sangria and how the ingredients you choose to use will alter the flavor, check out my article here.

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