Summer Thirst Quencher: Sangria

New excuse for not blogging recently: We spent the past two weeks visiting family in Michigan and touring up the west coast of the state in a rented RV. We had such a wonderful time playing with the kids, cooking up some great food, and enjoying fresh Michigan corn, cherries and blueberries, we hardly noticed the unusual heat (not). It was a fun trip.

One evening, my sister Andrea and her husband Forrest made fish tacos with fresh pico de gallo for dinner. I thought a nice fruity sangria would go well with the zesty, spicy flavors of the main dish, so I made that.

Sangria is one of those recipes that can handle endless tweaking. I usually make it with pink (rose) wine, because that’s what I usually drink. For this dinner, I made two types – one with Pinot Grigio and another with a fruity red wine. Choose any fruity wine you like and add other fruits for a more complex flavor.

Sangria
This photo is from a few years ago. Makes me want to get to slicing some citrus!

Sangria

1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 bottle fruity red or white wine
3 tbsp. brandy or Grand Marnier
2 tbsp. sugar and 2 tbsp. water, or 2 tbsp. honey, or 2 tbsp. agave nectar
1 cup other fruits (optional) such as white grapes or diced peaches for white or rose wine, and cherries, blueberries or red grapes for red wine
6 oz. soda water

Wash, dry and thinly slice the lemon, lime, and orange. Place in a large pitcher and top with optional fruits if desired. Pour in the wine and brandy or Grand Marnier and stir to combine.

Make simple syrup by placing sugar and water in a small microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir till sugar is dissolved and then stir the simple syrup into the mixture in the pitcher. Using simple syrup will ensure that all the sugar is dissolved so you won’t have grainy sangria. Alternatively, you can use 2 tbsp. honey or agave nectar, which dissolve in liquid more easily.

Cover the pitcher and refrigerate overnight. To serve, stir in 6 oz. of soda water (optional). I don’t usually do this, but some people like fizzy drinks 🙂

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