Easy Peasy Super Bowl Sangria2:55 PM
The last time I made sangria it was for Slope Day of my senior year at my undergraduate university (technically the last day of classes, but everyone ditches to celebrate the end of the year...aaaand the university hires an artist to put on a big outdoor concert). We were all about to graduate, had our post-graduate plans figured out, and were heading off to Europe for summer vacation, so we figured some celebration was in order. I whipped up some sangria and we drank outside in the grass, soaking up some pre-concert sun and taking ridiculous pictures. Best Slope Day I ever had.
These photos were taken by my sister from another mister, Lauren (pictured right). She is in Sweden now, and I miss her terribly! Here's to the good ol' days!
Speaking of celebration, the Super Bowl is quite the excuse for a party. And, to me, nothing says "fiesta!" like a big, juicy pitcher of fresh sangria.
This recipe is easy, refreshing, delicious, and packs a bit of punch. What more could you ask for?
It has to marinate overnight, so you should plan to start the night before.
To make 1 large pitcher you will need:
1 bottle decent Spanish wine (I like to use garnacha)
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange liquor
2 teaspoons sugar
1 bottle chilled cava (or other sparkling wine)
and any fruit you have lying around!
This time I used strawberries, an apple, half a plum, half a nectarine, half a lemon, and half an orange. You can munch on the rest as you go!
Here's what you should do the night before:
First, chop your fruit into manageable slices.
And pop 'em into your pitcher!
Then add your brandy and orange liquor.
Pop open your wine.
And pour in the entire bottle! My usual rule is a glass for the pot, a glass for the chef. I had to break it for this recipe, but trust me, it's totally worth it.
Add your sugar and cover with cling wrap (you don't want the wine to get too oxidized, or else you will lose a lot of the underlying fruitiness).
Refrigerate overnight and dream delicious, ruby red dreams about tomorrow's treat.
Unwrap your pitcher and gaze in awe at the marinated deliciousness that was created overnight.
Then, when you're good and awed, get some glasses and pour away! Don't quite fill them up; you've still got the cava to go!
Make sure to include some fruit in each glass. It is the perfect post-drink dessert--all juicy and bursting with wine.
Next, open your cava and top off each glass. This adds a little extra tang, another layer of alcohol, and some spritziness.
Mix it up a little, and enjoy!
Today isn't the Super Bowl yet...but it is a gorgeous day, and I'm not one to turn down a drink in the sun!