Posts tagged ‘Sangria’

November 26, 2014

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

Spiced Cranberry Sangria 2

Do you want to know a secret?

The best place for cranberries at your Thanksgiving table isn’t in a sauce or baked into an overly sweetened dessert – it’s in your wine glass.

Cranberries are the feature ingredient in this festive sangria, bestowing some of their signature tartness to compliment to the warm, sugary notes of brandy. In turn, they absorb some of the sweetness from the other ingredients, making them palatable – dare I say enjoyable even – to eat themselves once you’ve finished your drink.

Set against a backdrop of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and orange, this sangria blends classic Spanish influences with holiday flavors for an unique, belly-warming beverage. And while cranberries are a Thanksgiving mainstay, this recipe would be equally suited for any wintertime holiday. Cheers!

p.s. When it comes to the cranberries, I have to put a plug in for Starvation Alley Farms. In addition to being locally owned by the wonderful Oakes family down in Long Beach, WA, they’re easily the best-tasting cranberries I’ve ever had.

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May 5, 2012

Sangria Margarita

How do you make a shot of tequila on Cinco de Mayo even better?

Serve it up with more booze, wine and fruit!

This recipe brings together the best of two great drinks. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the sweetness comes more from the fruit than artificial flavorings. The tequila and grand marnier impart a clear margarita flavor while being balanced by the dry, slightly buttery wine. The base is accented by hints of cinnamon and citrus. And, most importantly for Cinco de Mayo, it’s quite strong.

Not too much more to say – it’s a bunch of delicious fruit and alcohol. Drink up!

Sangria Margarita

  • 10 strawberries, cut into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1 mango, cored and diced
  • 1 lime, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup grand marnier
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • club soda

 

  1. Combine all ingredients except the club soda into a large pitcher. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. To serve, combine 2 parts sangria with 1 part club soda in a wine glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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