Sangria Saturday

I’ve had my Sangria recipe book for probably over a year and yet I still had never used it. I just didn’t have a pitcher to put it in and of course you need the perfect pitcher to make Sangria! I suppose one also needs reason to make it as well.

Well, thankfully Shannon got me my fabulous Sangria pitcher for Christmas and last night we had a Mexican fiesta at our place with Andrew’s brother Paul and his girlfriend, Veronica. We made yummy fajitas and fantabulous guacamole and to top it all off, I made my first batch of Sangria! Time to cross # 84 off of my list! And the best part? It was actually GOOD! WOOHOO.

I decided that since it was my first batch ever, I’d go with the simple, classic recipe. But of course, I had to doctor it up a bit to make it extra special. Here’s the recipe I used… with my modifications noted as well 🙂

Classic Spanish Sangria

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy (3 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 750 ml bottle light red wine
  • 12 ounces club soda, chilled
  • ice

Yeah that sounded alright… butI needed to double it… and, I like different fruit. Sooo, here’s what I did:

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 nectarine, sliced
  • About 6-7 Tbsp brandy
  • About 7 Tbsp sugar
  • (2) bottles of light red wine
  • Sprite (lemonade)
  • ice

So I put all the fruit in the pitcher, added the sugar and brandy and stirred it all up. Then I poured in the wine and let it chill for a few hours. When pouring it into glasses with ice, I’d fill about 2/3 full with the sangria and fruit and then top up the glass with the sprite/lemonade.

I was impressed. I do like Sangria- but I’ve had some crap versions. This one got the nod of approval from the 4 of us who drank it. So much in fact that I attempted to make some more later in the night.

Our Mexican fiesta was a great success… it was just the 4 of us but we had a great night.We ate a bit of thecheese platter that Paul and VK brought, then we pigged out on the fajitas and guac… theennn we watched a bit of tennis, planned a bit of the Wii, enjoyed a game of cranium and then played some card games into the wee hours of the morning. I thoroughly enjoyed our Sangria Saturday!

Now I can’t wait to try out other new and exciting Sangria recipes! Who’s up for a fiesta?

4 Responses to Sangria Saturday

  1. Jen H. February 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    Ahhh I’m jealous!! I want to come to a Sangria Saturday!!

  2. suzer February 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    omg I lurve sangria. what’s the name of the recipe book?! it looks so good!

  3. elsja February 2, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    here’s the link to the sangria book… I got it at Crate and Barrel but they have it on amazon-

    http://www.amazon.com/Sangria-Festive-Recipes-Mittie-Hellmich/dp/0811842908

  4. shannon February 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    What a BEAUTIFUL pitcher!!! I’ve been waiting on the pier but my drink hasn’t arrived yet…must be the time difference!

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