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Summer Means Sangria July 27, 2009

Posted by alwaysjan in Recipes.
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sangria My first experience with sangria put me off the stuff for 20 years. My college roommates, Mary and Elisse, mixed up a batch in the bathtub of our apartment for a party. It was either one very small bathtub or one very big party. Gallons of cheap jug wine with apples bobbing and orange slices floating on top. What was that subtle aftertaste – Ajax? But my husband Richard makes killer sangria, which is what you get to drink if you come to my house. Richard’s one of those people who doesn’t need a recipe. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. He’s an alchemist in the kitchen. Since I do need a recipe, when he made sangria the other night, I made him stop and measure everything he was “throwing” into the mix. According to Richard, the exact amounts aren’t all that important “because alcohol covers up any indiscretions.”  He also said when it comes to ingredients, the cheaper the better. We tried the sangria at Gus’s Barbecue the other night, and I dare say it was just a notch above Richard’s. But my alchemist quickly figured out they’d added some Southern Comfort, though the waitress said she’s wasn’t allowed to tell what was in it. So that’s the newest addition to the recipe and it rocks. One pitcher serves 6 (at two glasses apiece). The pitcher goes fast, so you might want to have ingredients for more than one batch.
Richard’s Sangria also known as “Jan-gria!”
1  bottle red wine (cheaper the better)
2 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. brandy
1 oz. Southern Comfort
10 oz. seltzer
2 oranges
1 apple
1/3 c. sugar
fresh mint (optional, but it’s dang good)
Directions:  In a cup, combine 1/3 c. sugar and 1/3 c. water.  Put in microwave until sugar dissolves and forms “simple syrup.”  Add to pitcher along with the juice from 1 orange (seeds removed), brandy, Triple Sec, Southern Comfort, red wine, and seltzer. Slice 1 orange, then cut slices into quarters Slice 1 apple, cutting away midsection with seeds Add fruit, lots of ice, and a sprig of fresh mint.  Enjoy! Photo Credit:  Jan Marshall


1. tina - July 28, 2009

Yeah for Jan-grias!
Thanks Mar-tina!


2. Christine - July 28, 2009

Norway is getting better. It’s not as emotional as a couple of glasses of sangria would induce (I’m 3/4 Norwegian and the other quarter of Spanish descent). But now that I’m with the relatives, things are getting more friendly. Yesterday, I traveled to the center of Norway– from my brother’s coastal city. The entire country is breathtaking. Think Ireland placed on top of Yosemite. July is their rainy season, so everything is incredibly green. My relatives are sober, as far as drinking goes, and I am too–at the moment. But I have fond memories of Richard’s sangria from the party for the Brits last year. Salud/Skøl!

Christine – Norway sounds gorgeous! I imagine you’re traveling in a sled pulled by reindeer. 🙂 Jan


3. Catherine Sherman - July 28, 2009

First let me say, I’m impressed with Christine’s o with the slash through it. Your photograph is absolutely gorgeous. In the newspaper the stylist would get a credit, too. Makes me feel refreshed just looking at it. Looks like a great recipe, and I might even brave a headache and try it. As I wrote on facebook, I don’t remember this party with Mary and Elise, but then you explained that it was just for journalism school nerds. Of course, that’s what I am, although I already had my BS. (And the BS still keeps coming.)

Cathy – I liked that “o” too, but didn’t know its official name, though now I know it’s called an “o with a slash through it.” There are some memories of our college experience that should be forgotten. Jan


4. elissestuart - July 29, 2009

I want to try this.
But I will pass on mixing it in the tub.


5. misscheese - July 29, 2009

This is reason #58903 I enjoy being a teacher.

Boy, would I love to get a look at THAT list! Jan


6. Janelle - August 7, 2009

Ooh! I have to try it. I love recommended recipes. It’s so much better than the food channel!

Janelle – My husband has always made the sangria. I thought it was a secret formula, like for Coke. I actually made this for the first time the other night and had to keep running back to my computer to check the portions. It was delicious. We’ve got fresh mint in the garden, so that’s a plus. Jan


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