sAnGrIa ~ A Party Favorite

Today’s post comes to us from Alex at Intoxicology 101. I was lucky enough to find Alex’s site on which is a great social networking site for bloggers. If you recall, that is where another recent guest post came from — How Moon Signs Influence Mothers’ Parenting Style, which is a great post for fellow astrology lovers.

I checked out Intoxicology 101 and thought it was a great site dedicated to everyone’s favorite – booze! This site features a variety of information from drink recipes, to alcohol reviews, to education on beer, wine and spirits, to hangover remedies and bartending books. All in all this should become your go-to for all things alcohol-related.

Because Alex knows I’m a wino he provided us with two Sangria recipes! I made an awesome Sangria yesterday for the Chiquita’s 2nd birthday, I will share the recipe and pics in another post, but I am anxious to try Alex’s recipe for a pool party I am having this weekend. I will provide my review of the recipe next week. And if you decide to try it please share a review with Jlee’s readers as well! Or if you have your own special Sangria recipe feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

A big thank you to Alex at Intoxicology 101 ~ we still like you Alex even though you are a Sux, I mean Sox, fan. 😉

Photo Courtesy of Sweet’N Low.

Can you believe we’re only officially a month into the Summer? Heat temperatures are at an all time high all around the country, and especially here in the south making me miss the cool and comfortable mid 70’s Summer temperatures I became accustomed to growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago (And yes, I’m a PROUD Sox fan).

When it’s this bad though, I do the only thing I know how to cool off and that’s have a cold drink! I’m a big believer in seasonal drinking and there’s no better Summer sipper than Sangria. It’s cold, refreshing and features plenty of Summer fruits but the real beauty of it is it’s easy to make and you can add virtually anything to it to tweak it to your taste. White wine or red wine, you can’t really go wrong and if you’re having a get together and expect both lightweights and “professional drinkers” to stop by you can always make two batches, and spike the second with any vodka (flavored or not) to add a bit more of a punch.

Here’s one recipe I recently tried from the makers of Sweet’N Low, and another I’ve used over the years and tweaked to call my own. You can try them out at your next get-together, or if you’re feeling anxious, make one tonight, sip, refrigerate and enjoy later.

Rocking Red Sangria (Serves 16-20 depending on your crowd)
  • 1 orange, chilled and cut into wedges
  • 3 1/2 cups seltzer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweet ‘N Low granulated sugar substitute
  • 1 bottle (1.5 liters) burgundy or other red wine
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 lemon, chilled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberry slices

In large pitcher or punch bowl, stir together juices, wine, and Sweet ‘N Low until Sweet ‘N Low dissolves; refrigerate until well chilled. Just before serving, add seltzer, orange wedges, lemon slices, and strawberry slices.

Spiked White Peach Sangria (Serves 6-10 depending on your crowd)
  • 1 750 ML bottle Dry to Semi-dry White (I Use Pinot Grigio)
  • 3/4 cup Vodka (Or try Peach Vodka)
  • 6 Tbs frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 LB peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 3/4 cup Red grapes, halved (Seedless)
  • 3/4 cup Green grapes, halved (Seedless)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

In a large pitcher, combine your wine, vodka, lemonade concentrate and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Go ahead and add in your fruits next. Refrigerate until chilled and allow the fruit flavors to blend in.

If these don’t cool you off, then there may be no hope left, but you can always keep trying them until you forget how hot (or what time, or day haha) it is. Cheers!