So for a happy hour with some friends at my place last week, I decided to put some fresh fruit to use and make some yummy pitchers of sangria for everyone to enjoy on the deck! Unfortunately, though, our crazy Midwest weather kicked the temperature over the 100 degree mark that day. So we ended up enjoying a lovely evening together…in the air-conditioning. :-)
But the sangria still rocked! This happened to be the one day of the summer that I somehow didn’t have fresh berries in the fridge. So ended up just going with oranges, lemons and limes…and it was great!! Since I ended up making a double-batch for the size of our group, I actually combined a bottle of Merlot with some boxed wine we had leftover from a wedding. But hey — that’s the joy of sangria! With all of the other yummy flavors in there, you don’t need a really expensive bottle of wine to make good sangria.
Anyway, this batch ended up being a stellar success. My friends all gave it rave reviews — even without the addition of sugar. I tend to find that the longer you let it sit in the fridge, the less sweetener you need and (of course!) the more fruity the flavor. Yum.
So grab a bottle of wine, whatever fruit you have on hand, and have fun creating your own batch! All the better when enjoyed with good friends. :-)