It’s summer time (I dare you to be the first nerd to point out that it’s technically still spring, dare you. It hit mid 90’s this week, it’s summer, mmmkkkk?).
So, back to it being summer time. The days are hot, but the nights cool off and we often find ourselves sitting on our super fun vibe-y back porch with friends. We have spent so many nights enjoying good conversation, laughter, wisdom, perspective, and sangria out here. I honestly can’t think of a better twinkle light porch drink than sangria.
I was first introduced to Sangria in Spain in 2008. Adam’s parents took us on this amazing trip to Southern Spain, and we enjoyed the sights, the language, the food, the dance, and the drinks! I mean, we got to drink pitchers of Sangria on the beach, does it get more vacation-y than that? (yeah, that’s a real picture we took on the trip). Also, if you ever want to hear a great story about our 4th Anniversary and Sangria, ask us in person, it’s a good one. I thought good Sangria was isolated to Spain, and then I met Ky. And she made her family’s recipe, and I was transported back to Sevilla. I felt like I was on vacation all over again, except I was in my kitchen in St. Louis. Thankfully she’s kind, and she shared her recipe, and I make it often, especially during summers. It’s been such a hit with friends lately, that I thought I’d share the recipe with you, so that you, too can unlock Spain wherever you are.
1 bottle of white wine (I like Pinot Grigio)
1 bottle of red wine (a Cab or Shiraz is good)
1 cup Brandy
1 Liter Ginger Ale
1 cup Sugar
Fresh Fruit (I like apples, oranges, limes, lemons, and blueberries, Adam loves when I add peaches)
Best Practices for Sangria Making: slice up fruit, add brandy, and soak overnight. Then, about 2 hours before consumption time, add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and chill. The brandy soaked fruit is ridiculously good. BUT, sometimes porch sits with friends are spontaneous, and when you mix all this up and chill it for an hour, it’s still ridiculously good.
Also, if you’ll notice, we love to use some good old 2 buck Chuck (God Bless Trader Joe’s). The Sangria is still ridiculously good, even with cheap wine, so don’t spend an arm and a leg on pricey wine, unless money is no object to you and then, I guess go for it!
So, make a pitcher and celebrate some people you love.
If you can, find a great porch, it makes the sangria taste even better. Ole!