Wednesday, July 8, 2015

summertime staple: sangria

historically, I've made this yummy sangria for special occasions such as holidays and baby showers. probably because there is the element of planning ahead in order to refrigerate overnight. I actually can't remember the last time I made it, which means I don't make it enough! I'm vowing to make this a summer weekend staple in my world. every time I taste it, I'm reminded of just how good this recipe is compared to your typical sangria... I'll chalk that up to the brandy and triple sec.

I whipped up a batch of this sangria over fourth of july weekend and we brought it to the beach. it was the perfect beach drink! I don't know about you, but sometimes I get stuck trying to think of one drink that I want to consume all day long. liquor can be too strong, beer makes me too full, I usually settle with a variation of champagne and mixers. sangria was a perfect alternative especially since it's made for groups! whip up a batch and bring it to your next summer gathering, guests will love you.








ingredients:

1/2 c. brandy
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/3 c. orange juice
1/3 c. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
1/2 c. triple sec
1 orange, sliced into quarter rounds
1 lemon, sliced into half rounds
1 lime, sliced into half rounds
maraschino cherries
2 c. diet ginger ale

instructions:

1. pour all ingredients into pitcher, excluding ginger ale. stir well.

2. refrigerate overnight.

3. just before serving, add ginger ale. be sure to scoop fruit out with each serving. cheers!


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