Recently I had a whim that I wanted to make sangria. I had never had sangria before believe it or not, but when has that ever stopped me? I looked at various sangria recipes and of course ended up going out on my own as is often the case.
This time of year is the perfect time to make sangria, with all of the fresh fruits available! I like to make it ahead of time and let the flavor meld during the day in the fridge. It’s a really simple, yet really great drink to make. It’s the perfect summer time treat!
What You’ll Need:
1/2 to 1 cup of organic cane sugar (Note: If you’re using a sweeter wine, use less.)
1 bottle of white wine
2 cups of dark rum
2 lemons, cut into wedges
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 peach, cut into wedges
Chunks of watermelon
Place sugar in the bottom of a pitcher and add wine and rum and stir well. Squeeze lemons, limes and peaches into the pitcher and then drop the fruit in as well. Add watermelon and stir.
Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours stirring here and there to ensure that the sugar dissolves completely. Serve chilled and you can even serve it over ice if you like.
If you’re running low you can always add more wine and/or rum, along with a bit of sugar. I’ve even added red wine to a dwindling pitcher that had white wine in it to begin with, and switched from rum to lemon vodka when I’m refilling the pitcher. It’s a very easy mix and match drink and the bits of sangria soaked fruit are a nice treat too!
Now let’s talk a minute about strength…This stuff is pretty strong! It’s almost straight alcohol with a bit of fruit juice for fun. One glass and I feel it, but keep in mind my metabolism sucks and it doesn’t take much to make me tipsy. Regardless though drink with caution! ;oP
Notes: You can use any kinds of fruit that you like. Blueberries are a nice addition as well, but you knew I’d go for the blueberries! ;oP