For Devin's graduation party I took charge of making the sangria. I helped with a lot of other things, like putting up the lights, stocking up on sodas and figuring out the menu, but the sangria was all mine.
I'm so happy it was well-received.
I started off using this Best Party Sangria recipe as a guideline, but ended up changing it up a bit. So here goes...a great red sangria that is not too sweet but not too strong either. It looked beautiful in our new Bed Bath and Beyond plastic beverage dispenser (similar one here), the wine marinated well, and I kept having to refill the dispenser as the night went on.
1 cup chopped pineapple with juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3 shots triple sec
1 bottle of red wine
1 bottle club soda
Cut orange, lime and lemon each in half and squeeze juice out into a medium-size pot. Then cut the halves into smaller wedges and drop them into the pot.
- For the lemon and lime, I microwaved each for about 5 seconds before I cut them. This made it easier to squeeze the juice out.
- I used really large navel oranges for my sangria--they were great, but the halves all fell apart when I juiced them. I suggest not being too occupied with juicing the oranges. A quick squeeze, cut into wedges and drop in. Don't mush the fruit unless you want to make the sangria pulpy.
- With sangria they say an inexpensive wine is totally fine to use. I used Viña Borgia 2010, found at Stew Leonard's for about eight dollars.
|We had to get so much fruit because we made eight batches. Here is just some of that fruit. Don't mind the peppers--they were feeling a bit lonely.|
- The recipe to which I first referred suggested using ginger ale instead of club soda. When I did a test run of this sangria I used ginger ale, and it tasted fine. We decided to make it a little less sweet, hence the substitution of club soda for ginger ale.