One of my closest friends and all around partners-in-crime, Kate, is amazing in the kitchen. Often when I host dinner parties, she’s my go-to for coming early and getting the place in order with apps and cocktails. Today she’s here to tell us all about how to make an ol‘ classic, Sangria, and just in time for summer! I was the recipient of this Sangria last weekend and let me tell you, it’s crazy good! So without further adieu…here’s Kate! ~ Megan
As soon as the weather gets warm, I get excited for one of my favorite past times, backyard BBQ’s! Whether I’m the host or attending as a guest, one of my favorite items to add to the menu is a festive drink. And nothing says party quite like a pitcher of Sangria!
If you are at all like me, the idea of making sangria for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, but what I’ve learned over time is it’s virtually impossible to ruin this full proof crowd-pleaser. Also, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, which helps whether this is a last minute addition or pre-planned item for your get-together.
Choosing a Vessel: You will need a gallon pitcher; my favorite is a deep black pitcher with bright red cherries. If you are bringing the sangria to a party, consider buying a pitcher that can double as a hostess gift. One that I am totally loving right now is this festive Raya Pitcher from Crate and Barrel.
Choosing the Ingredients: Start off with a bottle of wine. I normally make red sangria and usually use a Rioja, but any red or white table wine will do, just make sure it is something you would consider drinking on its own. In addition to wine, you will also need brandy. You can usually get a decent bottle for $11-$15 but can also try a fruit infused brand which can add more flavor but will probably run you about $30. Next, you’ll need to pick some fruit. A good rule of thumb is to always have a fruit that can absorb the alcohol such as apples, pears or strawberries and at least one citrus fruit such as orange or lime. You’ll also want to add a little bubbly, usually I use sparkling cider or Sprite, and about a half of cup of sugar to finish it off. For this recipe we decided to make red sangria. Just follow the simple steps below and you’ll have a party in no time!
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Fuji Apple
¾ cup of brandy
4 tbsp of sugar
1 bottle red table wine
1 can of Sprite
Directions: First, cut the fruit into bite size chunks and put in a plastic container. Add half a cup of brandy and 2 tablespoons of sugar, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator. I try to let the fruit marinate for at least 30 minutes, but you can marinate for longer if you like your fruit to be potent.
Once you are ready to combine all ingredients, fill the pitcher about ¼ full with ice. Add the bottle of red wine, ¼ cup of brandy, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 can of Sprite and mix. Lastly, add in your marinated fruit, stir, serve and enjoy!
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