So Friday’s are reserved for Mommy Happy Hour. We go live on FB every week and pair wines with sometimes silly foods. Its fun to pair wines with Girl Scout Cookies or Hot Dogs! Yes Hot Dogs! You can see the recordings on my YouTube Channel.
But this week I wanted to pair wine with fruit … easiest way to do that … SANGRIA! Summer is upon us as is hot weather. So we need a cool refreshing drink that we can drink by the pitcher!
Sangria is a traditional drink from Spain. You can make Sangria with red wine, white wine, or even sparkling wine. Sparkling wine not Champagne, cant call it Champagne (true Champagne comes from the Champagne region of France). You could make it with Cava which is the Spanish version of sparkling wine.
Most often Sangria is made with red wine. No need to use an expensive bottle because you are going to be adding lots of fruit, juices, and other liquors.
Note that in order to make a really good Sangria, the wine needs time to soak with the fruits and other ingredients. Suggest that you let it all mingle and marinate overnight before serving. It will get better with age. You can keep in in your fridge for about a week … if it lasts that long!
Nothing says summer like Sangria. Made by the pitcher, it is definitely a drink to be shared with friends! Enjoy this cool and refreshingly fruity Spanish drink.
10 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 10 Total Time
Yields A very large pitcher/cooler
- 1 Orange, thinly sliced
- 1 Lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 Lime, thinly sliced
- 1 Peach, cubed
- 1 pint Strawberries, cut in half
- 1 cup Grapes, cut in half
- small handful of fresh mint leaves (to taste)
- 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 bottle Red Wine (ex Burgundy)
- 1/2 cup Orange Liqueur (ex Gran Mariner)
- 1/2 cup Peach Liqueur (ex Peach Schnapps)
- 1/2 cup Brandy
- 1 quart 7up
- Combine all ingredients (except 7up) in a pitcher or cooler and marinate overnight. Add 7up and ice just before serving. Should you want more fruity flavor, you can add orange juice.
This cocktail needs to soak overnight so plan accordingly. It is worth the wait!