Things I like about the month of May:
1. Means my birthday is coming
2. means I get to wear bright colors
3. flip flops. I fit them in somewhere.
4. Sangria, or as its known in our household, sangreezy.
Sangria as according to the ever-so-trustful Wikipedia: Sangria (Spanish: Sangría) is a wine punch typical of Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. In the case of fruits, they are chopped or sliced such as orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added.
When we first moved into our apartment, we were strictly beer drinkers. But after this one time where we had Solea Sparkling Sangria…. We were completely hooked. So we started making our own. Cue my birthday celebration and a need to make it. This is a little bit of a rendition, but there are so many ways to make it!
White Wine Sangria (The one we made this weekend)
1 Bottle of moscato wine
a bunch of strawberries (like a cup)
1 can of pineapple chunks (the big can)
1 cup of raspberries
1 liter of gingerale
Tropicana 50 white peach iced tea
Easy Peasy Sangreezy Directions:
1. Cut strawberries into halves or quarters. Really whatever your heart desires.
2. Pour chilled bottle of white wine (I used Moscato, but any white wine would work) in a pitcher
3. Add strawberries.
4. Add raspberries
5. Add pineapple chunks, without the juice, BUT reserve about a 1/2 to 1 cup of the juice to add. Now add the pineapple juice.
6. Let sit for a couple of days. This way the wine can soak into the fruit.
7. After a day or two, add about 1/2 -3/4 of the liter of ginger ale. Serve to your friends and they will love you forever.
Some variations we have tried:
+ adding different types of fruit. We’ve added peaches, apples and oranges before. I’ve also had sangria with grapes, except the grapes are frozen and they act like ice cubes. Brilliant.
+ If your up for the challenge, add some liquor. I’ve added some coconut rum to kind of make a tropical sangria, but you can also add peach schnapps to give it some sweetness. Your call, it might be a good one to make. I wanted to do this, but was in a rush, so my stop that I make was at Post Road Liquors in Wayland. Apparently, the “liquors” part of their name was pretty bogus, and according to the cashier, “we don’t have much liquor, mostly just high end wine.” Then call yourself Post Road High End Wine. Let’s not false advertise.
+ instead of ginger ale, you might want to use Sprite. We used Moscato, which is a sweeter wine. If you’re using a dryer wine, you might want to go with the Sprite.
+Sangria can also be made with red wine, but we’re a house that prefers white.