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
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)
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?