I’m not much of a drinker. Occasionally I will have a glass of wine.
Or a cocktail with my friend Kim.
If I am enjoying a rare drink it has to be something that tastes good.
I can not drink something that I do not like the flavor of.
For some reason I have always wanted to try Sangria. It must be because Sangria is such a pretty drink with all that colorful fresh fruit floating around in it.
Since I don’t drink much I never seem to have the main ingredient on hand. Recently a customer gave my husband a couple of bottles of red wine and I have been hanging on to them for just the right occasion.
Memorial Day seemed to be the right occasion.
I wasn’t disappointed with my first glass of Sangria. And since citrus is plentiful where I live I am sure I will be enjoying it again soon. Next time I will try it with some peaches and apples added also.
This recipe is a compilation of many recipes that I found on the internet and Pinterest. Then I changed it up using the ingredients I had on hand.
Feel free to make any changes you like if you try it.
Actually I needed an excuse to buy one of these spouted drink canisters .
Making a batch of Sangria seemed to be a good enough excuse for me.
I was surprised to find this great container for under $10. Woo Hoo SCORE!
It will come in handy for all the summer get togethers I have planned.
I served the Sangria during my Memorial Day BBQ and I forgot to take a picture after I added the ginger ale and berries the next day!
This recipe makes about a 1/2 gallon of Sangria.
- 1 750ml bottle of red wine- I used a 2008 Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2 lemons sliced
- 2 tangelos sliced
- 2 limes one cut in wedges and one sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 3 tbs sugar
- 6 cups of gingerale
- I also added a handful of lemon verbena leaves.
- The day before you plan on serving the Sangria
- Slice or cut all the citrus into wedges.
- Squeeze the wedges into a large container
- Add the citrus slices.
- Pour the wine over the citrus.
- Add the sugar and lemon verbena leaves.
- Place the container in the refrigerator over night.
- Next day before serving add the strawberries or any other berry you would like to the container.
- Add the ginger ale.
- Stir and serve over ice.
- Add ice to a wine glass and scoop some fruit out and add to each glass.
- Pour some sangria over it and enjoy!