August 8, 2008

Ahhhh Sangria!

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.


Joelen said...

Mmm - sangria is one of my fave drinks of summer. This looks great!

Lisa said...

oh, sangria is so good! I need to play bunco. We haven't played in a while.

That Girl said...

I adore Sangria! Starting in the spring, carrying into the summer, lasting through the fall, and again in the winter - all you have to do is vary the seasonal fruits!

Memaw's memories said...

I've never heard of a muddler before. What is it?

I think I'm going to make the veggie pizza for a baby shower the end of this month.

Patsyk said...

Seems sangria is popular with everyone! :)

memaw's memories - a muddler kind of looks like a long wooden stick with one end that's a bit wider. I didn't have one, so I used the handle end of a bigger wooden spoon and it worked perfectly!

The veggie pizza will be a hit, do try it!

Cristy said...

If that pitcher's made of glass, I must know where you got it. I've been trying to find one, but no luck!!

Patsyk said...

It is made of glass! I got it from my mother-in-law a couple years back just so I could make this sangria! lol! I think she got it either at Bed, Bath & Beyond or it was Home Goods.

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