Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Funday, Sangria!

Sunday? Man, oh man. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and it was my kinda lazy spring day. We slept in, Flavio made brunch, I whipped up a vat of Sangria, brought it over to our neighbors' house and we all drank an inappropriate amount while sitting in the sun and barbecuing. After a day of sangria, laughter and sun, Flavio and I stumbled home, tipsy and full. Below is a pic of our sweet, sweet sangria. It was such a hit and and the perfect accompaniment to a springtime barbecue. Ole!

Adapted from here

2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
4 cups total of apples and pears, cut into chunks
2 bottles of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/2 cups Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 cup Applejack or other brandy
1/4 cup Chambord or other raspberry liquor
1/2 cup superfine sugar or simple syrup
A mix of soft fruits for the glasses (I used green grapes, berries, kiwi - peaches would also be nice)
Mint for garnish
Club soda (I used Trader Joe's Orange Sparkling Water)

Combine citrus fruits, apples, pears, wine, all liquor and sugar in a large container. Mix all ingredients well, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. When ready to serve, put a mix of the soft fruits, some mint and some ice in each glass and fill about 2/3 full with sangria. Top with a splash of club soda or flavored sparkling water. Enjoy!

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