Foodie Friday: Sangrias

Classic Sangria
Via Martha Stewart

Summer is the perfect time for sangrias!  Generally speaking, a sangria is an adult beverage made with wine, fruit and soda water.  Sometimes recipes call for rum and/or brandy too.  So be careful because this pretty drink is more dangerous than it looks!  We've found some delicious recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!

Classic Sangria

1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 lime, thinly sliced crosswise
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup green grapes, halved
Grapes Green Seedless
1/4 cup brandy
1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine, such as Rioja or Cabernet Sauvignon
4 cups (32 ounces) chilled lemon-lime soda

In a pitcher or large bowl, combine orange, lime, apple, grapes, brandy, and red wine. Stir to combine and refrigerate 1 hour (or overnight). To serve, add soda and ice.

Summer Sangria with Watermelon and Pineapple
Via What the Fork Food Blog

Summer Sangria with Watermelon and Pineapple 

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min

1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
1/2 C brandy
1 lime, thinly sliced
2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
lemon lime soda, for serving
ice cubes

Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon lime soda.
Recipe Type: cocktails, beverages

The sangria can be made up to 2 hours before serving but can be served immediately.

White Peach Sangria
Via Vegan Family Recipes

White Peach Sangria

Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: serves 10

1/2 of a cup Brandy
1/4 of a cup Sugar (or more to taste)
2 bottles White Wine (a fruity, zesty wine works best i.e. Riseling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvigon Blanc)
3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
6 White Peaches (diced)
2 Lemons (cut into slices)
1 Lime (cut into slices)
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/2 of a cup halved Strawberries (about 15 small strawberries)
1/2 to 1 cup Seltzer Water / Soda Water (optional)
2 cups Ice Cubes

In a large punch bowl or pitcher stir together brandy and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Add white wine and all the fruit and give it a quick stir.
Leave in refrigerator overnight for the flavor of the fruit to mix together with the alcohol.
When ready to serve, add seltzer water and more sugar, if needed.Top off with ice cubes to keep chilled.
If you are planning on serving it straight away, skip placing the bowl in the fridge and add seltzer water to taste (optional) and ice cubes. Serve!

1) Letting the alcohol soak with the fruit gives this sangria it's nice pink color. The fruit will also absorb a lot of the alcohol and create less need for extra sugar. That being said, it also tastes great when drunk right away! 
2) The fruit may not look as crisp and fresh the next day since it has soaked. Add a few more fresh lemon slices and berries to the top, if presentation is a big factor.
3) Brandy can be substituted with triple sec, if needed. If both are not available it can also be omitted. 
4.) Adding soda water is completely optional. It really just depends on how strong you like your sangria.

5) Easily cut this recipe in half if you are looking to just make a large pitcher instead.  

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