SUMMER CLASSICS SERIES: SANGRIA

sangria solo I can’t vouch for the “authenticity” of my sangria recipe—it seems to me that at this point there are a million different ways to make the stuff—but I can promise you that it’s delicious.  This is not that sickeningly sweet, pre-fab stuff they often serve in restaurants.  It’s refreshing, impressive, and easy to make.  Even my beer-drinking guy friends like this version!

Consider the following more of a guideline than an actual recipe.  Feel free to mess with the types of fruit you use, based on whatever you have handy.  I’ve never tried a white-wine version, but I think a substitution would be easy to do.  The real winning point of this recipe, I think, is that the wine is sweetened naturally, with fruit juice, and isn’t messed with too much.  You also don’t have to use a very expensive bottle of wine here—just something drinkable, definitely under $10.

Like any good summer recipe, this one actually tastes better if you make it ahead of time. Sangria looks beautiful in a pitcher for a party, but will also keep in the fridge for a few days—not too long, though, or the fruit will go soft.  Really, you shouldn’t have that problem because this stuff is a little bit addictive anyway.  Enjoy!

SUMMER SANGRIA

1 bottle dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon or merlot) wine bottle necks

½ pineapple*

2-3 oranges (blood oranges are particularly nice if you can find them)

2 limes

1 lemon

various sliced fruit: peaches, apples, strawberries

one of the following: a citrus liquor (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec), Peach schnapps or peach nectar

Pour wine into a pitcher.  Cube pineapple (if using whole) and add to wine.  Squeeze juice from pineapple rind (or pour from container) into wine mixture.  Squeeze the juices from 1 orange, limes, and lemons into the wine mix.
Make segments from remaining oranges and add, along with other sliced fruit, to the sangria.  Stir in a generous glug of liquor or fruit nectar.
Refrigerate until serving.  Be sure to portion a generous heap of wine-soaked fruit into each glass!  Enjoy.

sangria with pitcher 3
* If cutting a pineapple sounds like too much work, look in the refrigerated case of the produce section of your supermarket for pre-cubed pineapple.  Of course, buying a pineapple whole & cubing it yourself is much thriftier, but whatever you do, please don’t use canned!  Bleck!

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6 responses to “SUMMER CLASSICS SERIES: SANGRIA

  1. Sounds great with the Cointreau (or whichever)!

  2. oh – white wine versions are my FAVORITE! If you use a Moscato or an Ice Wine – it’s HEAVENLY.

    we made one recently with green grapes, dragon fruit, ranier cherries, honey dew melon, lime, and passion fruit. (our neighbors grow mango, dragon fruit, and passion fruit)

    a little simple syrup added & a splash of blood orange italian soda – OMG YUM!

  3. Nikki Jackson

    mmmmmm….I want to drink it NOW. Also, I want that image framed in my house. That can happen now, too. yummy-yummy

    • bluejeangourmet

      Nikki–you’ll have to talk to you-know-who about a framed image, but come to visit and I promise a pitcher of sangria all for you!

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