If you’ve spent even a few minutes on this site, you know that I absolutely LOVE Mexican food. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I have recipes for Mexican beverages. Of course, a Manly Margarita is my top choice, but I know my friends have different tastes. It can also be pretty darn expensive to make gallons of Margaritas for a big party. And that’s where Sangria comes in.
Sangria is fruity and sweet and flavorful. It’s a great addition to any Mexican meal, and I know a lot of folks (especially ladies) who like it with any cookout you care to plan.
1 bottle of wine
2 large lemons
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup strawberries
1 can diced pineapple with juice
2 cups ginger ale
Optional: 2 oz. fruit flavored brandy (I prefer peach)
Pour wine into a large pticher.
Juice 1 lemon, 1 orange and 3 limes. Add to pitcher.
Add sugar to pitcher and stir like a Whirling Dervish to dissolve. No, you’re not done. Stir it some more.
Cut remaining citrus fruit into slices, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Add to pitcher.
Cut peach and strawberries into slices and add to pitcher.
Add pineapple and juice, brandy and ginger ale. Stir. Just a little. That’s enough. You’ve stirred it too long already. (NOTE: Name that movie reference!)
The original recipe calls for white wine, but you can make it with red if you prefer. That’s what I do. I normally use a Shiraz, but feel free to experiment until you find your preferred wine.
If at all possible, make this a day ahead of time so it can hang out in the fridge overnight so all the ingredients get to know each other and get really, really happy.
If you have to serve it soon after making, chill the wine if you can.
Feel free to experiment with other fruits that you like. That can be a ton of fun!
For the best presentation, make sure each glass gets a few pieces of fruit.
If you top it with an umbrella, your friends have every right to dog you about it.
Have fun, and don’t forget to…
Play with your food…er,… drink!
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