Tasty Tuesday – Red Wine Sangria

Right before we moved out of state, a good friend invited us over for an amazing Spanish-inspired dinner. He loves to cook and outdid himself this night serving tapas with chorizo, Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives and a huge pot of Paella.

I happened to mention to him that I wasn't a fan of Sangria and he was shocked! He said he had the best Sangria recipe and he would make a batch just for me.

A couple days later he dropped by our house with a large bottle of his special home brew and insisted I try it.

I took a tiny sip, expecting to hate it like every other kind of Sangria I've tasted. 

It was delicious! Light and fruity, a little on the sweet side, and not bitter at all. He looked at me with a big smile and said, "See, I told you so!!"

After some persuasion on my part, I finally got him to allow me to share his recipe, although I made a few changes here and there to tailor it to my tastes.

Sangria

Red Wine Sangria

Author: Kate Kelly - My Mommy Brain

Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle of dry red wine (Syrah, Chianti, Sangiovese, or you can use a white wine like a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Albarino)
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges (remove any seeds)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (remove any seeds)
  • 1 small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Welch’s 100% Juice White Grape Cherry mix
  • 4 oz brandy
  • 3 oz of Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh is best, but frozen will work)
  • 1 cup pitted cherries (I love Rainier cherries)
  • 1 cup frozen grapes
  • 4 cups ginger ale (or substitute a brut champagne if you like it less sweet)

Instructions

  1. Pour the bottle of wine into a large pitcher and toss in the fruit wedges and pineapple with juice, then add the sugar, grape juice, brandy and triple sec.
  2. Chill at least overnight; sangria is best when chilled for 24 hours to allow the flavors to really meld.
  3. Just before serving add the strawberries, grapes, cherries, and ginger ale. (Feel free to substitute with other fruit, like apples, lemons, peaches… whatever you are in the mood for.)  
  4. Drink and enjoy!

My Mommy Brain

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