a bucket of sangria

1 Jul

Happy birthday Canada.  I made you sangria.  A bucket of it.

Just a little side note – you can use pretty cheap wine for this but don’t go for the bottom of the barrel, really bad wine makes really bad sangria.  I use the Mateus (pictured below).  It’s a perfectly drinkable Portugese wine and it’s only $8.95 at the LCBO.

bucket of sangria

ingredients

  • 1 handful of cherries, halved & pits removed
  • 3 small oranges, thickly sliced
  • 2 limes, thickly sliced
  • 3 small peaches / nectarines, thickly sliced
  • 2 handfuls of raspberries / strawberries / blueberries
  • 1 750ml bottle of red wine
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau (or a similar orange liqueur)
  • 1 can San Pellegrino Aranciata (Orangina works too)
  • 1 can club soda (optional)
  • ice
  • a bucket

Preparation

Throw the cherries, peaches and berries in your bucket (NOTE – I use a large soup pot, if you have an actual punch bowl and want to be all classy about it go ahead but any big bowl-y thing will do).  Add the oranges and one of the limes, squeezing the slices as you add them to get some juice.

Add wine, gin & Cointreau and muddle with the fruit a bit so some of the berries break down and you get a bit more juice out of the citrus fruits.  Add Aranciata and stir.  Taste the sangria, if you find it too strong (you pansy) add a bit of club soda to taste.

Put a few ice cubes in a glass, scoop a bunch of fruit and sangria into that glass, garnish with remaining lime slices and drink it.

DRINK! IT!

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2 Responses to “a bucket of sangria”

  1. Joseph Tkach July 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    All that fruit looks tantalizing. When I make sangria, I like to let the fruits infuse into the alcohol components overnight before I serve it, so that the flavors have time to meld and mellow. Keep up the good work!

    • foodmakestheman July 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      that sounds wonderful… but i’m ever so impatient. someday when i manage to plan ahead i’ll definitely give that a try

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