With all the hustle and bustle going on this time of the year, you may have missed the fact that December 20th happens to be National Sangria Day! I for one, would never miss an opportunity to mix up a batch of my special (and easy) sangria to celebrate such a glorious occasion. You can serve sangria on other days of course, but doesn’t a National Sangria Day party sound fun? Or perhaps you have packages to wrap or cookies to bake. What better way to work your way through your to-do list than with a glass (or two) of sangria? However you choose to celebrate this special day, have fun and enjoy!
Becky’s Special Sangria
- 1 large bottle of chilled Riunite Lambrusco wine. (You can find it at Wal Mart and most grocery stores.)
- 1 12oz. can of frozen limeade
- Two 2-liter bottles of chilled ginger ale (You can use diet or regular.)
- Orange and limes thinly sliced
- Brandy for soaking the fruit (Optional) (I use about 1 cup)
Mix the Riunite and the limeade together in a large container. This can be done ahead of time. You can just store it in the fridge, or you can pour it into ziplock bags and freeze it. If you do this, you must take the bags out of the freezer the day before and put them in the fridge to get slushy. (I pour the mixture into two bags so it slushes up faster.)
Slice the fruit and soak it in a small container of either brandy or ginger ale or a combination of the two so it can marinate. (I do this ahead of time too.)
When you are ready to serve, just pour the fruit (brandy and all) into the serving container. Then pour in the Riunite -limeade base.
Add the ginger ale and serve!
*I always have the ingredients to make two batches because it goes fast. It’s very easy to open another bottle of Riunite, mix it with the limeade and ginger ale in your punchbowl or serving decanter without missing a beat!)
Who has a different recipe for sangria? Please share in the comments section below.