Monday, July 1, 2019

My Favorite Summer Sangria

I seem to be posting a lot of cocktail recipes but it's just that time of year when you want that extra special cocktail. Here in our neck of the woods we are experiencing some really HOT and HUMID temperatures. We've even have had a few days with triple digit temperatures. There is nothing better or refreshing in the late afternoon than a tasty glass of Sangria. I always prepare mine with a Rose' and I always have lots of summer fresh fruit.
My Favorite Summer Sangria

2- 750 ml bottles of a good Rose' wine
1 cup Pom's pomegranate juice
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup superfine sugar
6 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons Cognac
1 navel orange, sliced thinly
1 lemon, sliced thinly
1-5 strawberries, sliced

Combine the Rose', pomegranate juice, lemon juice, sugar, Grand Marnier, and Cognac in a large glass pitcher. Add the sliced orange, lemon and strawberries and mix well. Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap for several hours.

To serve place ice in your prettiest wine glass, pour your Sangria in the glass and add in a piece of fruit and I promise you, you will get lots of compliments.

This will serve six people and keeps refrigerated for another day.

This recipe can be halved also. The freshly squeezed lemon juice is a MUST and if you do not have super fine sugar you can make a simple syrup using 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water. This simple syrup will keep for about a week in the refrigerator. Taste as you go when using a simple syrup, some people like it sweeter but I don't care for my Sangria to be overly sweet. If using the super fine sugar, the alcohol will dissolve the sugar.
This really is a delicious and refreshing afternoon delight on a steamy afternoon.
This would make a great cocktail for the Fourth of July as well.
If you try this recipe I do hope you like it as much as I do. It does put any other Sangria over the top.

Hope you all have a Happy Fourth of July.