It's supposed to be on the warm side this weekend and I plan on working out in the garden quite a bit. I'm already woefully behind and it's only mid-May! After a hard day working in the garden on a hot day, I love nothing more than kicking back with a great drink. What I often crave is a chilled glass of Sangria.
Most sangria recipes I've come across are for white wine, but many years ago, my in-laws introduced me to their favorite camping drink: a red wine sangria. This has become our standard camping trip drink also. Then, a few years ago, it dawned on me that I didn't have to be camping to truly enjoy this drink. Especially when it's so easy to make and so refreshing on a warm summer night. So, I started making the drink to enjoy at home too. It's great for those summer cookouts when you want to serve your guests something other than a cold beer. (Not that I've turned down a cold beer either!)
Refreshing Red Summer Sangria
2 oranges, cut into 4-6 wedges, seeds removed
2 lemons, cut into 4-6 wedges, seeds removed
3 limes, cut into 4-6 wedges
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (Depends on how sweet you want it. I use a 1/2 measuring cup, not quite filled up.)
1 4 Liter bottle of burgundy wine (We use a jug of Carlo Rossi Burgundy, but any kind will do)
Place the fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher (we actually use a Coleman 2 gallon jug like this one) and sprinkle sugar over the top. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the sugar to wick some of the juices from the fruit. Pour the wine over the top and chill for 8-12 hours. Stir prior to serving. Enjoy!
Let me warn you: this makes a pretty large batch. Truly makes enough for a crowd to enjoy! Now, for a couple of suggestions:
- If you choose to make the whole batch for a small group to enjoy night after night, I'd simply suggest removing the fruit after 3-4 days. If you leave the fruit in longer than that, you start to introduce the bitter flavor of the pith into the drink.
- Don't have 8-12 hours before you want to enjoy it? Squeeze the citrus as you add it to the pitcher. This will add more of the citrus flavor to your drink.