Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Sara's Superior Sangria

I debated a LONG LONG time about posting this recipe. I don't want to paint us as lushes who spend every waking hour with a bottle in hand. That simply is not the case. I just wanted to share one of our summer favorites. I don't want to portray us as ones who regularly drink. We don't. This is an occasional indulgence for a specific reason. This recipe lends itself well to non-alchoholic substitutions. Feel free to use 100% grape juice instead of the wine OR buy a non-alchoholic wine (such as Fre by Sutter Home).

When we lived in Phoenix, we had friends who had an in-house tap system. Two of the taps were tied to differnt kinds of beers. But one tap was exclusively Sangria. And it was full for every party they had. I think their taps held 10 gallons of the stuff, kept it cold and very sparkly. Our friends shared the recipe with us, and this was it. Of course, I lost the recipe card so this is as best as I can remember it!

Sara's Superior Sangria

1 quart red wine (don't buy good stuff, cheap red wine!)
1 cup apple juice
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup lime juice
1 cup sugar (feel free to cut this down if you like)
1 cup lemon-lime soda - chilled

2 oranges
4 limes
2 lemons

Mix the wine, juices and sugar together very well (so that the sugar dissolves). Slice the oranges, lemons and 2 of the limes in big slices. Drop in with the wine mixture. Chill for a couple hours.

Just before serving, gently stir in the soda - trying to keep as much fizz as possible.

Serve with the extra limes, sliced up, OR pick some of your favorite fruits. Works well over berries too! :D

Please enjoy responsibly.


Anne said...

Cheap like...Mad Dog? LOL

I love mock Sangria and white also--YUMMY!

kbabe1968 said...

Well, not MADDOG!!! I was thinking like Gallo or Twin Valley Shiraz or Merlot! LOL :D They're like $8.99-9.99 a bottle. :D

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

I love sangria. One of my favs. Great recipe...

I like to throw in chopped apples in there too..something about that crunch.

Great summer drink, and great to have at a Mexican restaurant instead of a margarita!