Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sippin on Sangria

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Happy Humpday! I'm so happy we are already half way through the week! 

This winter I got on a huge red wine kick and now I have a bunch of bottles sitting around.  When it's hot outside, I don't crave red wine.  But a good way to use it is by making sangria!  It's sweet, cold & refreshing - perfect for the summer!

Homemade Sangria:


1 bottle of red wine (I used Cupcake, Pinot Noir)
simple syrup
fruit: 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1/2 green apple


Step 1: make the simple syrup


I used Splenda, but you can use whatever type of sugar you prefer.  A simple syrup is basically, 1 part sugar to 2 parts water.  For this recipe, 1/2 cup of sugar to 1 cup water.  Bring the mixture to a simmer and let cool.  I added in some orange, lime, and lemon peel for extra flavor.

Step 2: chop up fruit


Step 3: combine simple syrup, fruit and wine in a pitcher


Step 4: serve in a pretty glass with ice!



This recipe is really easy & quick to make, which I love!  Keep in mind you can use just about any type of wine (white or red) and any type of fruit (berries or citrus). 


What is your favorite easy/homemade cocktail?

~Elizabeth


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