With summer upon us, I’ve been wondering why sangria isn’t a more popular summertime drink in our wine-drenched state.
Sangria’s a great summer party satisfier, refreshing, fruity and easy to make in a large batch.
Sangria, typically a beverage found in Spain, normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, some fruit juice, sweetener and brandy.
With the Mid-Valley’s red, white and rosé wine options that abound, as well as wonderful fruit, it’s a win-win drink-drink situation. Combinations are only limited by your imagination. Pick fruit you like, wine you like, and you even can use flavored brandies that will complement the fruit you’re adding.
Here is one option to try.
Strawberry Blueberry Pinot Noir Sangria
- 1 bottle pinot noir
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 pint sliced strawberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar to taste
Combine liquid ingredients and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add fruit and chill. Serve with ice.