Our Bunko theme this month was Summer Cocktails and Appetizers. Since I was hosting, I thought a Sangria would be a fun drink to share with everyone. Sangria is, in simple terms, a wine punch. Generally, it starts with a red wine and then various fruits are sliced or diced and added to it. Many recipes also include sugar and an additional liquer for more fruit flavor - which also makes the drink a bit more potent since you can't taste the alcohol.
My Mother-in-Law has been making this recipe for a couple of summers now, and it can be pretty potent. It goes down r-e-a-l-l-y easy. It's a simple recipe, but I think that's generally the case with Sangria. I made 2 pitchers and they were gone in no time, yes, it goes down that easily! After making the first batch, I had memorized the recipe. So, this will probably end up being made several more times by the end of summer. Do give this a try as it is a perfect summer cocktail, but be warned it is very easy to drink!
Be sure to check back later over the weekend as I'll be sharing the appetizer I made for Bunko.
Source: My Mother-in-Law (not sure of where it originally came from)
1 bottle Castle Rock Merlot (or your favorite red wine)
1 orange sliced and crushed with a muddler
1 lemon sliced and crushed with a muddler
Juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Triple Sec
Mix the all ingredients except for wine until sugar dissolves. Add wine, stir and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (3 hours is ideal).
If you are looking for more summer cocktails, check out these recipes:
Recipegirl made Electric Lemonade for her Happy Hour on the Beach
Sweetnicks likes to enjoy a bit of Mom Juice aka White Wine Strawberry Sangria
Or you can cool off with a Frosty Wild Strawberry Cocktail from Anne's Food.