Today at work, I took a little me time (shh…don’t tell my boss!). While quietly enjoying a lovely spot of tea, or coffee as it were – I ran across a pretty cool recipe in a magazine.
I have spent my fair share of time overseas. Spain is one of those countries that you can never quite get enough of..just a lovely place to visit. During one particular port call, a few of us “old salts” were playing chess in a small, local bar. This was no ordinary chess set; it was a table sized chess set, with each piece about 6″ or so in height, and the board covering the entire table. We ordered the local brew of Sangria – and my taste buds have never been the same. The waiter (waitress?) brought us this fantastic tunic very few of us had enjoyed in the past. A fruity, red-wine based beverage that you’d swear had no alcohol – until you tried to stand. check out this website for an interesting look at the history of sangria.
To get back to my lunchroom oasis, I ran across a recipe in a magazine for sangria; prep time is 15 minutes followed by a chill time of 4 hours (better yet to let it sit overnight). I thought I’d share it & document as I do my favorite recipes here:
- 2 Apples, 1 cored & chopped.
- 2 Oranges, 1 sliced in quarters.
- 1 Lemon, quartered.
- 1 Lime, quartered.
- 2 slices ginger (about a quarter sized each).
- 3 cloves, whole.
- 1/4 cup honey.
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Club soda
- 1 bottle (750ml) chardonnay (grape juice for non-alcohol version).
- Mix the bottle of wine and honey in a large bowl.
- Mix in the cored & chopped apple, the quartered orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and cloves. Refrigerate over night (4 hours minimum).
- Strain this concocted goodness into a pitcher. Core and chop the remaining apple & slice the remaining orange. Throw these in the pitcher.
- Using a small plate; blend the sugar and cinnamon together. Moisten the rims of your wine glasses. Dip the wine glasses in the mixture to coat them with sugar and cinnamon.
- Put some ice in your wine glass, pour the concocted goodness into your glass, filling the glass about 3/4 of the way full. Add a splash of club soda and spoon in some fruits.
- Share with me, your newest, best-est friend 🙂
Disfrute, genial salud!