The title says it all, doesn't it?
It has been hot, hot, hot in the Chicago area, as it has been for most of the country, it seems. What better way to enjoy summertime than sitting outside in the early evening with a glass of Sangria and the company of friends?
Remember I told you about my daughter's graduation party in June? Before the big party date I scoured the Internet looking for a great Sangria recipe because I thought that would be a lovely treat for the grown-ups at our celebration.
And it was. I modified a recipe I found and the Sangria was a huge hit. I've been asked for the recipe repeatedly and it finally dawned on me to share it here. You're going to love it.
As a matter of fact, this weekend I think I might make up another batch for a different sort of celebration. As you read this, my just-graduated daughter is acclimating herself to college life. I miss her already.
To be honest, I'm thrilled for her. She's going to do great and I know she'll have fun. No Sangria for her for a few years, of course. But today, my husband and I, and maybe a few friends whose daughters are also brand-new college freshman, will imbibe.
Here is a truly excellent recipe for...
**You probably want to make this the day before you serve so as to give the fruit plenty of time to work its magic on the wine***
1 bottle of red wine (I used Columbia Crest Merlot - I'm not crazy about this particular vintage on its own, but it's reasonably priced and makes a great base for this recipe)
1 Lemon, sliced, seeded
1 Orange, sliced, seeded if necessary
1 Lime, cut into wedges, seeded
1 cup of strawberries, cleaned and sliced
1 small can of diced or crushed pineapple (including juice)
4 cups ginger ale
The original recipe found here: Best Party Sangria calls for the addition of Triple Sec or gin. There is also added sugar. We tried it with the sugar and with gin. Didn't care for the gin at all and didn't notice a difference with the sugar, so why add it if we don't need it, right?
Life is always about celebrating right? No need to come up with an excuse to enjoy this delicious treat!