Say goodbye to 2010 with a Sangria
This year was filled with interesting news stories and events. We had Chilean miners stuck underground, The Bulls winning the last Super 14 and much more.
But the highlight was the fact that South Africa showed the world that we can host a world class event.
The Fifa World Cup was an enormous success and Spain won their first World Cup.
So, to say goodbye to 2010 it is fitting to do it with a great Spanish party drink …Sangria!
Sangria, is a delicious, fruit-based wine “punch” with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Typically, Sangria is made with red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and a bit of bubbly water or citrus flavoured soda.
It is easy to make, easy to drink and a huge hit at summer get togethers – even for those who are not “into wine.” While Spain is heralded as the creator of Sangria, countries all over the globe have adapted the recipe to make a fruit-filled wine beverage that is refreshing and easy to drink with a wide variety of foods.
One of the beauties of Sangria recipes is that you can use a variety of different wines in the recipe mix. It’s often wines that have not been finished the day before that find their way into a Sangria recipe, or wines in the “good value” category that make for a perfect Sangria blend.
The Basic Recipe for Sangria
The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy!
- 1 Bottle of red wine ( Tall Horse Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot)
- 1 Lemon cut into wedges
- 1 Orange cut into wedges
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Shot brandy
- 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.