Thirsty Thursday: Sangria Edition

blankOnce again, it’s time for Thirsty Thursday and in this edition, we are talking about sangria! This deliciously refreshing drink originates in Portugal and Spain and dates back to 200 B.C. In fact, these are the only two nations that can label their product as sangria. Sangria’s main ingredient is red wine, fruit and sugar. From there you can find lots of different ingredients you can use to make your sangria unique.

Today, we are bringing you two different Sangria recipes for you to try out at the next backyard hangout. With the summer months finally, here, these are two recipes you will want to keep handy. As always, you can grab everything you need to make these delicious recipes at Whole Foods on the Village on The Parkway.

Our first recipe comes from Delish. It’s a classic Sangria recipe that your guests will surely enjoy. You will need:

Ingredients: 1 (750-mL.) bottle red wine, 1 c. orange juice, 1/2 c. brandy, 1/4 c. granulated sugar, 1 sliced orange, 1 sliced apple, 1 c. blueberries,1 c. sliced strawberries, 1 (12-oz.) can seltzer.

Directions:

Mix together wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir in oranges, apples, blueberries, and strawberries. Finally, refrigerate until you are ready to serve (at least two hours) and top off with seltzer before serving.

This next recipe mixes in some other flavors to enrich the experience. Great for casual dinner parties, celebrations or just hanging out by the pool.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Directions:

Mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec and sugar in a large bowl. Next, float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries on the mixture. To get the best tasting sangria, refrigerate over-night, and to add a fizzy twist, add club soda just before serving.

Enjoy!

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