I've always wanted to try making my own, but never have had the patience to let it sit overnight and all that. But when we decided to have people over for fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl.
I searched through our wine "cellar" for a relatively inexpensive bottle of red that I didn't mind sacrificing (of course there was the potential that this would turn out horribly and waste an entire bottle of wine), and unfortunately I came up short. I didn't have a single bottle of red wine that I wanted to turn into sangria. So I switched gears. We had TONS of bottles of white because we both enjoy red just a little bit better (until summer comes around anyway), so I decided to make some sangria out of white wine instead.
We popped open a bottle of Rome Valley Vineyards' Chardonnay and started making magic!
Summertime White Sangria
The beauty of sangria is that you can pretty much put whatever fruit into it that you want. I mean sure there's a traditional recipe, but you can make something completely delicious and unique to your own taste just as easily. I used a handful of different fruits we already had on hand.
2 oranges, sliced
1 lime, sliced
5 strawberries, cut in half, tops removed
5 thin slices of rhubarb
2 shots of triple sec
I bottle of chardonnay (you can use whatever white wine you like or have on hand)
Sparkling water (Mine was lime scented, and I used about 36 ounces, but you can taste as you go. It's not a science)
Pour your wine into a pitcher. Add fruit and triple sec. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight or for several hours. The longer, the better. When you're ready to serve, pour in the sparkling water. Serve ice cold in your most beautiful glasses, garnished with extra fruit.
It turned out pretty dern delicious, if I don't say so myself. Originally I wanted to use limes, raspberries and peaches, but they only had limes at our local grocery store...you know, the only one open at 10:30 when I decided I wanted to attempt this endeavor. I think I'll try that combination next time. I've also heard people use ginger ale instead of the sparkling water and it gives it more flavor. I didn't want the added sugar (or high fructose corn syrup. Yuck!), so I will probably always stick with the water.
Also this weekend, I finally got to play around with my new camera. It does a pretty good job, eh? Here are a few of my favorite shots of Katie that I took. She's a hard dog to photograph, let me tell you! She's like my brother when it comes to taking her picture. She always turns away from the camera! So the fact that I got these ones was a miracle in and of itself!
Isn't she cute? Just chilling in the grass.
This one I made a funny sound at her, so she tilted her head as if to ask "what the heck was that?!"
I hope everyone is having a happy Monday! Or at least a not-sucky Monday as Mondays can be pretty challenging.
Have you ever tried making sangria before? If so, did you use a recipe or did you just wing it like I did?