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Extra Wine? Lots of Sangria!

Sep 15, 2012 05:00AM

Sangria!

Written by Lindzie St.Martin

Making your own sangria is a great way to put a wild twist on your liking and preference for wine. Basically, Sangria is a fun spiked punch! Simply put, add your favorite bottle of wine, some liquor, fruits to pair with your taste, and a little fizzy sparkle.

Basic Sangria Recipe

1 Bottle of red wine 1 Lemon cut into wedges

1 Orange cut into wedges

2 Tbsp sugar

1 Shot brandy

2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Pour wine into the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

 

Exotic Wild Child Sangria

 (Recipe by Lindzie St.Martin)
 

1 bottle dry white wine, chilled

1 cup mango flavored Rum or Vodka

1 cup 100% pineapple juice (add more for sweeter preference)

1 cup fresh mango slices (can sometimes be found already cut)

1-2 Star Fruit, sliced

1-2 Kiwi, sliced

1 lime, juice & zest

2 cups zero calorie flavored sparkling water (orange mango by "Cascade Ice")

In large pitcher, combine wine, rum or vodka, pineapple juice, and lime juice. Peel star fruit, kiwi, and mango if needed, then slice each. Add fruit slices to mixture and let stand, and chilling,

for about an hour to soak up flavors. Stir in sparkling water, and serve over ice. Sprinkle with lime zest to garnish and enjoy!

 

White Wine Sangria

2 (750 ml. bottles) dry white wine, chilled

1 cup fruit brandy (your favorite)

Fruit juice of your choice (use fruit juice instead of sugar to add sweetness)

Fresh fruit (any combination of fruit and berries that are in season), sliced*

2 cups club soda, 7-Up, seltzer water, lemon-lime soda, or sparkling water

Ice cubes & mint sprigs, for garnish

In a clean vessel, large enough to accommodate the wine, brandy, and fruit, combine the wine, brandy, and fruit juices, then stir or shake the pitcher thoroughly to mix. Add the cut up fruits of your choice, and ice. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the fruits to flavor. Serve over ice in large wine glasses. Fill serving glass half full with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice. Add a few slices of the marinated fruit along with some fresh berries. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Get creative with your own Sangria. Any seasonal fruit that tempts you may be added (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, melon, grapes, guavas, apples, etc). Add a complimenting fruit juice for your preference to sweetness. And spike it with a liquor of you choice (flavored alcohol adds a fun twist). I prefer using zero calorie flavored waters, instead of juice or soda, to cut down the sugar content too. Let your imagination go wild!