Friday, 4 July 2014

In the Kitchen: Fourth of July Refreshment!

Happy Fourth of July! I love making Sangria for BBQs, holidays, and gatherings. It is the perfect fruity refreshing cocktail since you can make it in advance and don't have to tend to the bar while mingling with guests. I chose to make a red wine sangria this time around, but a white wine sangria is also really nice. It all depends on your preference. Also if you have a larger group two pitchers is nice. I like offering a white and red Sangria when I have two pitchers. If you choose to make a white sangria use Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for the wine selection. Remember you can add any fruit you think will complement the wine you choose, so be creative! Happy Mixing!

What you will need (makes 8 servings)

1 bottle of dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or a smooth red like Pinot Noir
2 shots of Grand Marnier
1 organic large Orange cut into 1/2 inch rings
2 organic lemons cut into 1/2 inch rings
1 1/2 cups of organic sliced strawberries
2 cups of no pulp orange juice not from concentrate
1/3 to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
1 bottle of club soda (smaller bottle than a two liter will do)

I chose to use organic fruit because the peel on lemons and oranges can be covered in those yucky pesticides. This will keep you safe and improve the quality of your sangria.

  1. Place sliced fruit, sugar, and Gran Marnier into a large pitcher, stirring thoroughly. Let sit for 1 hour in the fridge covered.
  2. Add in the wine and let sit for 2 plus hours in the fridge. The longer the fruit combines with the wine the better!
  3. Before serving add in the orange juice, and top with club soda when serving. 


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