Summer goes well with bar-b-ques and Sangria. Here is an authentic recipe for the best sangria to ensure that your guests will never want to go home. I got it from my Spanish teacher who is a bona fide Spaniard (she enunciates the “s” as “th”):
One bottle of cheap red wine
One orange, washed and sliced
One Lemon, washed, sliced
1-2 cinnamon stick(s)4-5 tablespoons of liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, or Triple sec, or just brandy, Rum is not recommended in this case)
3 tablespoons of sugar
a bottle of some fizzy drink, chilled (7-up, or Sprite, or Orange soda. I use Fresca)
Place all ingerdients (except last one) in a very large jug. Refrigerate. When it’s time to serve, pour the chilled fizzy into wine mixture, stir a bit. Serve.
A word of caution: This drink feels very innocent to the palate but it packs quite a charge. Be sure to monitor your intake, especially if you plan on driving soon after.
BTW, you can experiment with other fruits, like sliced appled, cherries, grapes (cut in half).
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007