Monday, November 10, 2008

Grape Sangria

If you've not yet had sangria, you've been missing out. Fruit combined with wine... sometimes juices or liqueurs too... makes an amazing adult beverage.

I tend to make white sangria recipes in the summer and red wine sangria recipes in the cooler months. That's just my preference. For a Spanish tapa's themed party we attended this past weekend, I brought along a new sangria recipe: Grape Sangria.

This is a really basic recipe, without a lot of fancy stuff added in. I doubled it by using two bottles of red wine that were on the cheaper side (no need to buy the high end stuff for sangria). I used Valpolicella, but any dry red will do- a Rioja is good to use too.

Add sliced oranges...

and red grapes (take them off the bunch first.)

Add sliced pear (or nectarine or peach if they're in season).

Stir in honey to taste. As the recipe is written, it's not very sweet. Add more if you prefer a sweeter sangria. Place your sangria in the refrigerator for several hours for the best flavor.

Serve in glasses adorned with little bunches of green grapes- scoop fruit into glasses or serve over ice. If you want to mellow out the flavors (or extend the servings), you can add a bit of sparkling soda.

For serving, I prefer to make my sangria in a bowl with a ladle. This makes it easier to scoop up that yummy wine-marinated fruit (which you'll want to nibble on). I found my cool, cylindrical-shaped bowl at one of those home stores. I'm pretty sure it was meant for flowers but to me it had *sangria* written all over it!

The Sangria recipe was adapted from a cookbook called: Green Black Red: Recipes for Cooking and Enjoying California Grapes, which I won in a giveaway from the wonderful blog A Mingling of Tastes. Thanks Julie! It's a neat cookbook, with all kinds of ideas for cooking with grapes.

This recipe can be found HERE.

Other great sangria recipes:
The Best Red Wine Sangria
Strawberry - Peach Sangria
Point Loma Sangria

45 comments:

Emiline said...

Oh come on! Do you know how much I love sangria?! It's the best drink ever. I always have a good time when I drink it.

Love the pictures!

Joanna said...

omg i love sangria!!!! my mom always makes non-alcoholic versions for me. I can't wait to try the real thing.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Yum... That looks so incredible - One can never go wrong with Sangria and your looks amazing!!

Snooky doodle said...

this would get me drunk for sure :) it looks so inviting I would drink alot of it . I ve only tasted sangria ready made. Its interesting to make. I ll try it in the forth coming holidays :)

Dawn said...

I love sangria. Always been one of my fav's in the summertime. The longer it sits the flavor just deepens. There was this wonderful place in Harwich (on cape cod) that sold the best sangria and mexican cantina.

Candy said...

I have this cookbook too. I love it! Haven't tried this yet, but it looks great!

Lori Lynn said...

I'm a big fan of Sangria. Great drink for a party! I like your grape garnish.

HoneyB said...

YUM! Gimme some! :)

Peter M said...

I have a recipe that uses triple sec in it...dangerously delish but I'll have to wait for warmer temps for my next sip.

Veronica said...

Oh I do love sangria...white too!

therealchiffonade said...

Dave ("Big Bear") just LOVES sangria. We ar moving to Atlanta, and as sson as I get unpacked in our new trailer house, I am going to celebrate by making him some of your sangria.

Louise Wyers,
"therealchiggonade"
http://profiles.aim.com/chiff0nade

Laurie said...

red Sangria sounds yummy.. especially for the Holidays. Maybe with a splash of Madeira.. :)

Cakespy said...

Oh hell yes!! This looks and sounds awesome.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow that looks beautiful and so refreshing! I would love a glass right now!

CookiePie said...

YUM - this sounds so good!!! I'll have to bookmark it for after my baby is born :)

Bunny said...

This sounds like a great recipe for the holidays!!Thanks!

Barbara said...

Oh my, I am a big sangria fun. Your pictures look so good.

Patsyk said...

I love sangria... pour me a glass! Cheers!

That Girl said...

I love the versatility of sangria

Manggy said...

I don't drink alcohol very much (read: rarely), but Sangria is always welcome-- it's that high sugar content I love, lol :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Love your sangria, especially the grapes and honey addition. Have to try this for the holidays!

Lina said...

I am a big fan of sangria. this looks wonderful!

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noble pig said...

It looks wonderful, love the grapes in there...it makes the most sense doesn't it? Grapes in sangria....yep it does!

Janna said...

YUM! If you like Sangria, check out the white sangria recipe on my blog. It is best in summer but SO good!
I will definitely be trying this. Sounds marvelous!

lisaiscooking said...

I like a dry sangria with lots of fruit, and this looks great!

Sandie said...

This looks great. The best sangria I've ever had was at a tapas bar in St. Augustine, Florida. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Perhaps I'll be inspired enough to make this fruity drink at home now, too!

Kirsten said...

Yum! I love sangria! Can't wait until I have my baby...missing wine!

Nina Timm said...

I drink to you! Cheers!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Wonderful Sangria recipe Lori. Sangria goes great with hot spicy food, which is what we have most of the time. Thank you.

Jon said...

I don't really drink sangria in the winter. I'm a huge red wine fan though.

Diana said...

I actually haven't made sangria before. I'll have to try this one, it sounds really good!

Medena said...

Never had something like this, and it sounds like I would LOVE it!

Stacey Snacks said...

what a great idea to make your own sangria at home.
we always order when we go out for tapas and I love it either red or white!
I am coming over!
Stacey

Annie said...

Very pretty... I'm getting thirsty.

Leslie said...

ahhh..sangria..I have had moany a silly nights with sangria! :)

Nicole said...

Gorgeous. Sangria is the best.

NĂºria said...

Your Sangria looks so sinful!!!! Delicious... but I still remember the first time I got drunk at 17, I think, and it was with Sangria... not a favorite drink after that experience!!!!

Daziano said...

You know what? When I lived in Chile I loved fruit mixed (usually strawberries) with the excellent Chilean wine, however I noticed that among the locals it was a kind of 'tacky' custom... LoL

I didn't mind... because it's a wonderful combination

LaDue & Crew said...

I have a "Chick night" planned in a few weeks and this will be perfect addition to the party. Thanks so much for posting this one!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

I LOVE Sangria, just puts me in a party mood. And the fruit makes it seem good for you!

Sydney said...

OMG this is being made immediately!!!

Aggie said...

I absolutely love sangria, I can't wait to try this out!! Look at all that yummy fruit!

DocChuck said...

I generally have to have a few drinks on Thanksgiving just to choke down my wife's overcooked turkey! LOL

This sangria looks like it would go down real smooth. Plus it has fruit in it, so it's good for you.

Dan Random said...

Okay, this is what I have been looking for, a Sangria that stealthily make me drunk. Well, there is nothing wrong with that, this tastes great, thank you for the recipe. Cheers.