Wednesday, May 28, 2008


A drink that has many qualities of a main dish--Sangria can be sweet, spicy, subtle and fruit-filled all at once. Mastering one's own Sangria recipe no doubt takes a lot of effort and patience (and willing guinea pigs), so it's a good thing for me that some friends have already done the dirty work!

This is a Sangria recipe from a couple of friends with, Pat & Carissa, who make an amazing Sangria--and lucky for us--their secret weapon was bona fide moonshine. But, not to fret, if one can not get a hold of this "illegal liqour" you can alwasy substitute with vodka, rum or brandy (just not all three). Our friend Laura re-created the recipe for her Memorial Day BBQ and, along with her (famous) Deviled Eggs (see post: You Can Devil My Eggs (That's What She Said)) created a BBQ spread to die for. As she said that night, this Sangria is just the right thing to start the night off right.

Note: Since you soak the fruit overnight in the liqour, the fruit will absorb alcohol--and it mainly absorbs the added liqour of choice--so this fruit is potent! This is not a fruit salad for the teatottler.


2 Liter Pitcher
2 Bottles of Wine (Grapey is Best: Purple Moon Shiraz from Trader Joe's is great, $3.99/bottle)
Fruit: Strawberries, Blueberries, Granny Smith Apple, Peach or Whatever but stay away from acidic or citrus fruits such as Oranges or Lemons
8 Shots of Liqour: Vodka, Rum or Brandy (Moonshine if you can get it!)
1 Tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon
3 Large Tablespoons of Honey
Ginger Ale, for Serving

  • Cut fruit into small chunks and put in pitcher
  • Add wine & liqour
  • Take 1 cup of the mixture (sans fruit) and heat over low heat
  • Heat the mixture of wine/liqour while adding all Cinnamon and Honey but do not boil!
  • Stir over low to medium heat until Honey and Cinnamon both dissolve
  • Slowly add the heated solution back to the rest of the wine/liqour
  • Allow the wine/liqour & fruit soak overnight
  • Serving Time: Spoon Fruit & Ice into serving glass. Pour Sangria to fill glass 1/2 to 3/4 full, then top remaining 1/2 to 1/4 of glass with Ginger Ale. Stir, Drink & Enjoy!

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