Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sunday Sangria


 Tasty Tuesday #2


On Sunday, my husband and I had a few friends over to watch the football games. I love a good whiskey and coke as much as the next girl (or guy rather, girls who like whiskey are few and far between)  but my friend and I wanted to drink something a little different. She loves wine and asked if we could make something with that. Immediately it brought me back to my bar tending days in Philadelphia. Every shift I would make a batch of sangria to last for the next couple of days. The great thing about sangria is the longer it sits with the fruit, the better it tastes; I promise you though, this one will go pretty fast. I only made the red version, but I will give you my white sangria recipe as well. Enjoy and drink responsibly!



 Meggie's Red Sangria

 Ingredients:


6-8 limes, or 2 limes and 1/3 cup lime juice

1 lemon 

2 oranges, or 1 orange and 1/3 cup orange juice

1 apple

 1 pomegranate

3/4 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 can club soda
(not tonic)

4 packets of truvia sweetener or 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below)

4 shots of triple sec (orange) liquor 
(you can use pomegranate liquor instead, or a mixture of both)
 
1 bottle of red wine
(I like to use pinot noir, but you can use anything that isn't too dry. I would avoid using Cabernet)

(Also for this recipe, I found these Cas Cal drinks at Whole Foods on sale which were real fruit juice mixed with club soda, so I just used a whole can of the berry juice to replace the pomegranate juice and club soda. If you can find them, you are welcome to do the same)


 Meggie's White Sangria

 Ingredients:


6-8 limes, or 2 limes and 1/3 cup lime juice

1 lemon 

2 oranges, or 1 orange and 1/3 cup orange juice

1 apple

 1/4 pineapple

3/4 cup (or 1 small can) pineapple juice

1/2 can club soda
(not tonic)

4 packets of truvia sweetener or 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below)

4 shots of triple sec (orange) liquor 
 
1 bottle of white wine
(I like to use pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc,  but you can use anything that isn't too dry. I would avoid using Chardonnay)

(Also for this recipe, I found these Cas Cal drinks at Whole Foods on sale which were real fruit juice mixed with club soda, so I just used a whole can of the tropical juice to replace the pineapple juice and club soda. If you can find them, you are welcome to do the same)


 Meggie's Simple Syrup

 Ingredients:


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:


Most people think it is difficult or time consuming to make simple syrup but it really is, well, simple! 

Heat up the water, almost to a boil (you can even do this in a mug in the microwave on high for about 1-2 minutes). When water is hot enough, stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Let cool, it will thicken up and you are ready to use in sangria, mojitos, margaritas, or any drink you need a little sweetness in.





 Sangria Directions:


Start by cutting the lemon, 2 limes, and 1/2 orange into rings. Also cut the apple into slices. Cut the pomegranate (or cut 1/4 of the pineapple into bite sized pieces  if making white) into quarters and remove all the seeds, separating them from the pulp (if you open them over a bowl of water, the seeds will sink to the bottom and the pulp will float, making the seeds easier to clean). Place all the fruit into a large pitcher.


 

 Cut the remaining citrus fruits in half and juice over a strainer into the pitcher (if using lime and orange juice instead of juicing the fruit, just add straight to the pitcher). Next add the pomegranate (or pineapple) juice, simple syrup (or 4 packets of truvia), club soda, and liquor. Then add the wine until it reaches the top of the pitcher, about a whole bottle. Stir together and serve over ice. Use tongs to put apple slices in each glass and a spoon to get out the pomegranate seeds. Bottoms up!


 

 


 





If it is not sweet enough, add a bit more juice and simple syrup. If it is too sweet for you, add more lime juice and liquor. I hope you impress your friends at a party with this simple, yet delicious recipe!












5 comments:

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    new follower bev

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    1. Just checked out your blog and followed, thanks so much!

      Meghan

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    2. Looks delicious. When summer comes around again, or if I just need a pick-me-up ;) I am definitely going to make this! Following now! :)

      Lauren xo

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    3. It is the best pick me up out there, no need to wait for summer ;)

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  2. This looks so yummie...I would come over ;-)

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