Yesterday, I sent the wine guy on a shopping mission to purchase ingredients for Sangria. We have a number of Pinot Grigio magnums to use up and neither of us are big white wine drinkers. The alternative…. SANGRIA!!
Here is Blimpy Girl’s recipe:
- 2 bottles Pinot Grigio wine (I happened to have a magnum on hand)
- 2 liter bottle Sprite Zero lemon-lime soda
- 1/2 cup rum (white or dark, it really doesn’t matter)
- 1 lemon thinly sliced, remove any seeds
- 2 lime thinly sliced, remove any seeds
You can use all types of fruit. I happen to select the following. My best suggestion on your choice of added fruit is to make it colorful. That’s part of the appeal of Sangria.
- Fresh strawberries, cut larger ones in half, otherwise leave whole (cut off green stems). You will want at least a pint of strawberries.
- Raspberries (small container)
- Medium apple cut into thin wedges (seed and core removed)
- 1 mango sliced or cubed. You may want to cut in half before slicing.
- 1 nectarine or peach sliced or cubed. You may want to cut in half before slicing.
- 1 Kiwi, peeled and sliced thinly.
Fill a large punch bowl or glass pitcher with ice (about 1/3 full). Add the liquid ingredients and lemon-lime slices. Add the sliced/cubed fruit. You will need to “eyeball” how much fruit to add. You don’t want to add so much fruit that it becomes impossible to ladle the sangria mixture into serving glasses.
There are many other options in making Sangria. You can use orange slices, chunks of pineapple, fresh blackberries or add sprigs of basil or mint. Experiment to find you own special mix and enjoy! The only MUST, serve in a clear glass to display the colorful mix (cocktail straws are a nice touch).
Substitute Pinot Grigio wine for another bottle of lemon-lime soda.
Substitue rum with one cup sweetened tea