Some friends were having an Olympics party and I was determined to be super cool and make something olympics-y. Turns out, it’s kind of tough (not me being super cool, that comes naturally of course – I mean to make something olympics-y). Through my vast internet search, I came across Red, White and Blue Sangria. It is a little ironic to make a Spanish drink ‘American’, but hey – the Spanish are cool people so they probably don’t mind. Since last week’s gazpacho I was feeling especially Español so I knew sangria was the way to go.
The original recipe is here, but it used white wine and I really wanted a red wine sangria. So I took the inspiration and instead made an adaptation of this recipe. I couldn’t think of what would maintain its ‘whiteness’ with red wine, so used ice cubes for white. How I made it below.
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
2/3 cup orange juice
2 bottles dry red wine (I used a cabernet)
1/4 cup triple sec
1 carton strawberries, sliced
1 carton blueberries
3 cans lemon-lime soda (I used Refreshe Natural Lemon-Lime Soda from Safeway)
1. Mix. Cool. Drink. Enjoy!
So let me tell you, this was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved it, but it turns out I made a little too much. So I took the rest to a two-year old birthday party the next day (don’t judge – this is a judgement free blog) and it was a huge hit there too! Among the adults of course – not the children. They had lemonade.
The original recipe called for a lot more triple sec but I didn’t realized until I was putting it together that I was almost out of triple sec. So I probably only added about 1/4 cup, but it still turned out really well. I will probably just make it this exact same way next time because why mess with a good thing?
The original recipe also called for carbonated soda, but I know that straight soda can be a little bitter. I didn’t want any bitterness since I wasn’t adding sugar, so used some lemon-lime soda instead.
Overall, this was superb and I have a feeling I will be making this a lot more often in the future!