Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sangria, the best kind of summer cocktail

There's a nectarine pictured that I didn't end up using but would be a good addition
 I bought this lovely jug at Target like, years ago purely with the intention of making sangria in the summertime. It's been about a hundred summers and I still hadn't made any! (I also can't seem to write a grammatically correct sentence). Anyway, here is my recipe for a yummy sangria. I have no idea if it's in any way authentic, I'm just basically copying what I saw the Spanish bartenders pour into our glasses while in Spain. (Or what I think I remember seeing!)

I used an average wine glass for measuring since we were on holiday and there were no measuring cups

Makes 6-7 cups worth

2 glasses red wine (I used cab sav)
1 glass vodka (I used citrus vodka but plain is also good. I wouldn't reccomend vanilla.)
2 glasses sparkling plain mineral water
1/2 an orange, thinly sliced in quarters
1/2 a ruby grapefruit, thinkly sliced in quarters
1 lemon, thinly sliced in rounds
Ice for serving


It's pretty simple! Just mix together all the liquid ingredients and then add the fruit. Or you could put the fruit in first and pour the liquid on top. Either way.

Cover and put in the fridge for a few hours so the fruit can marinate. When ready to serve, pour into tall glasses with some of the fruit, add some ice cubes and some fresh cut lemon slices for garnish!

 At first, the vodka is a little strong in this, but by the time I'd finished my first glass I couldn't tell! (maybe that's a hint). Use only half a glass of vodka if you aren't a fan. I also like a drier red wine, but to make it a little easier to drink use a sweet, or sparkling red (such as Lambrusco). I've had sangria in bars served with sugar in the bottom of the glass, too - I don't like to add sugar to things when I think it's unecessary, but a little bit of agave nectar or rice syrup wouldn't go astray! Or a good way to sweeten without cane sugar would be to nix the citrus, and use apple, pear, necatrine and peach slices instead. The possibilities are endless!

We spent all day Saturday drinking this (Nadine's was watered down with extra mineral water because of her head cold) and then we decided to mix up some more! I'm sorry, but there IS such a thing as too much sangria.


Anonymous said...

Yummmmm - I should make this!

Theresa said...

Ooh, sangria! It's the only way I really enjoy drinking red wine. So yummy. Would be good with cointreau or something in place of vodka, but expensive...

Emma said...

@Theresa: oooh that sounds tasty. I've also seen sangria recipes made with white wine!

Susan said...

I used to love sangria back in the day! I don't drink any more now, though, but I loved fruity alcohol. It was the only way I liked wine.

Emma said...

@Susan: I'm sure it can be made non-alcoholic too! (Though I'm not sure of the vegan-ness of the non alcoholic wines you can get) just skip the vodka and use extra sparkling water, or bitters. Actually that sounds pretty awesome.