Sangria…the easy way

I found this bottle of wine at the grocery store.  It was inexpensive at $6.99 a bottle and the name of the wine had me at first glance…Flip Flop.  There were a few varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, maybe even more. Since I had white sangria on my mind, a cheap bottle of Riesling was in order.  If there is one thing I’ve learned it’s cheaper wines and sparkling wines are just fine for making punch, sangria, and cocktails.

Sangria is pretty much a fancy word for wine punch. You can use fresh or frozen or canned fruits.  If the fruits are in season, use fresh.  If not, use what you have.  That’s the beauty of this fruity drink.  There really is no set recipe, I’ve never made it the same way twice, and yet, it always turned out refreshingly good.  Here is the base.

Easy Sangria

1  750ml bottle of white wine (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, just to name a few) or red wine (Sangria, Table Wine, Merlot, Pinot Noir, just to name a few). Use cheaper wines.

1/2 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Gran Gala, Cointreau, just to name a few) For the red wine sangria you could use either the orange liqueur or brandy.

1  12 ounce can of soda (7-Up, Fresca, Sprite, Squirt, just to name a few)

Use at least one citrus (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit) then choose two or three or four other fruits (apple, pear, peach, pineapple, plum, cherry, berries, you get the idea). Darker fruits work best in red wine sangria (plums, cherries, peaches, blood oranges)

Thinly slice the citrus. Remove the seeds. I usually slice half the citrus and then juice the other half.  Pineapple should be chopped very small. I have even tossed in a small can of crushed pineapple.

The fruits should be chopped into a small dice and any seeds removed.

Mix in a non-reactive pitcher and give it a taste.  If it needs to be sweeter, add more soda. Serve in a tall glass over crystal clear party ice. We call store bought ice: crystal clear party ice. It makes everything taste better.

The longer it sits, the better it tastes. Store in the refrigerator for no longer than two days.

Note: It has never lasted past the afternoon at my house.  I think we live in a sangria vortex or something.

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