It’s just too freakin’ hot here in Boston this week. Warren and I walked Sky to the T station this morning and barely made it home! Okay, that’s maybe a bit of an exaggeration. But Warren definitely was taking advantage of every shade spot he could find on our path. And I wasn’t complaining. It got my taste buds going for a little something refreshing moving into this week/weekend (yes, I know it’s only Monday!).
One of our favorite summer drinks is homemade sangria. I studied in Spain during college and Sangria and/or Tinto de Verano is one of the beverages that holds many fun experiences and thirst-quenching memories. I’ve iterated on this Sangria recipe a number of times but finally feel like it’s in a good enough place to share. It’s a heavy rosemary and mint sangria and it’s pretty delish! Happy sipping. Stay cool and stay classy!
What You’ll Need
Serving Size: Makes one drink
- 2 Ounces Red Wine (Go with something cheap! Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon is my go to)
- 1/2 Ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 Ounce Brandy
- 3-6 Leaves of Fresh Mint
- 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary
- Splash of Orange Juice
- Splash of Ginger Ale
- 3-6 Pieces Cut Up Apple
- 2-3 Pieces Cut Up Orange
- 1 Small Wedge Lemon
Summer Sangria: Mixin’ It Up
This summer sangria is a pretty easy one to make and will have all your friends wanting the recipe (I’m convinced). Keep in mind, it is a pretty boozy one! Usually one or two of these and I’m off painting one of the rooms in our house hot pink. Only kidding, but they are potent. What is it my mom said when I made this for her…”I’m calling it Madison’s Kick Ass Sangria.”. Something along those lines!
Measure out your Cointreau and Brandy in a mixing glass. Throw in the Rosemary and Mint. If you have a muddler (or stick with a flat end), use it to press the herb leaves 8-10 times so their oils disperse into the liquor. You should begin to smell the amazing aromas!
Once you have muddle your herbs, add in your red wine to the mix and stir for a few minutes. Honestly, the longer you can let this mix sit the better! I’ve drank it right away too and it’s pretty delicious!
Next, take the glass you are going to serve your sangria in and fill it high with ice. Throw in the Apple, Orange and Lemon (or whatever fruits you decide to use). Next, pour your booze mix over the ice. Note, if you want to remove your herbs from that mix, you can always use a sieve!
Lastly, top your sangria off with a splash of ginger ale (or club soda if you prefer less suite) and a splash of orange juice.
Sip away and enjoy your summer! Also, this is a great one to make a pitcher for a party! If you take that approach, remember to add the ginger ale just before serving so it’s still fizzy!
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