Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sangria of your Dreams

I hope you had a fantastic 4th. We spent the actual 4th here by the pool at our club then went up to the bay area to visit some friends on Friday and soak in some cooler temps. I actually wore jeans on Saturday and was comfortable, talk about the perfect summer light breeze, 75 degrees....heaven. Not to mention having a girl date to shop and eat without kids (our husbands watched them) was amazing. I miss it up there big time. Next time we will venture into the city. I also met one of my closet friends one week old daughter. She slept the entire time and was cute as a button. I cannot believe just 9 months ago Tom was that small. It is crazy how fast they grow. Serious growing machines.

But we are back in the central valley and on our 14th day of temperatures above 105. Today was 108. The weather man said a cool down was coming so I instantly looked up and saw that it was going to be 98 for one day then back up to 105. Thanks for the let down. :)

Anyways nothing sounded better to me last weekend then a refreshing cocktail for a hot summer day. I texted my friend what she was having on the 4th and when she said Sangria it got me thinking of trying my own Sangria recipe. I have been craving fresh amazing cocktails lately, stuff you usually find in the big cities at some trendy bar. Sometimes just wine doesn't cut it. I have therefore taken on the task of making my own cocktails in hopes I can replicate some flavors. This little Sangria I whipped up does not disappoint!

I decided to look for a recipe while I was at the actual store. I decided to go off of this one from Smitten Kitchen as a base and then added a few of my own ingredients. The recipe could not be more easy, the only real work is cutting the fruit.

1 bottle of dry red wine
1/2 teaspoon of Truvia
1/4 cup Brandy
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup Orange Juice
2 tablespoons of Lime Juice
1 mini can of Gingerale
2 Apples
2 Lemons

Literally all you do is dump everything in a pitcher and chill for two hours or just pour over ice. I added in half a can of mini ginger ale in my actual glass, so don't put that into the pitcher or it will go flat. 

I have the pineapple in there but decided to not use it.
This is how much liquid there is with the wine and alcohol :)
Tell me what you think if it turns out good! Do you have any go to Sangria recipes??

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1 comment :

  1. This sounds delicious! Mine is a bit different but this sounds great!

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