Seafood Extravaganza Part 3: Sangria

Yes, we know this isn’t seafood related, but we had it at our seafood party! Enjoy!

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar or simple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin round slices
  • 1 lime, cut into thin round slices
  • 1 orange, cut into thin round slices
  • 1 liter dry red wine (Burgundy is perfect)
  • 2 8-ounce glasses of sparkling water (club soda without salt. Perrier, etc.)
  • 2 T brandy of choice
  • 1/2 cup sweet dark cherries
  • ice cubes

Combine the sugar or simple syrup and water in a saucepan, along with the end slices from the lemon, lime, and orange. Constantly stir and heat until boiling or until sugar dissolves. At this point, you have fruit cooked in sugar syrup. Let cool and then squeeze the cooked fruit to  add more juice to the syrup. Throw away the cooked fruit.

Combine the syrup, wine, sparkling water, brandy, fruit slices, and cherries in a large pitcher. Pour into ice-filled wine glasses.

Serves 12.

From The Official Fajita Cookbook

Notes: We had cognac on hand but not brandy. When we researched their differences, we found that cognac is brandy named for the town of Cognac, France, which is made with specific grapes, in a specific manner, and in the Cognac region. Therefore, all cognac is brandy, while there is brandy that is NOT cognac.

Katie: This was pretty good. It was Gray’s turn to pick the recipe, and he picked this one. Then he was so busy with the preparations of other dishes for our party that I ended up making this one. I wanted to make it early, but he wanted to make it just before the party. Apparently, he had not read through the entire recipe, so didn’t know we were supposed to cook the ends in the simple syrup and let it cool. I was trying to squeeze the fruit while it was still a little hot and rushing to get this put together. I am more of a white wine girl, so this wasn’t my favorite drink, but it was tasty and a fun party drink. Everyone seemed to enjoy trying it!

Gray: I thought this turned out well.  Sangria is a lot of fun and it makes a good party drink for wine drinkers.  It isn’t as strong as regular wine and has a broader mix of flavors since it incorporates the fruit juices, sugar, etc. I enjoyed it, plus it got compliments from our guests and it was almost all gone by the end of the party. I consider that a success.  This recipe is fairly standard, but I would try it with some different wines and maybe another recipe to see how it stacks up.

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