Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Sangria

It's been a while since I've posted because our family moved the middle of June. So in the midst of boxes to pack and unpack, and sunshine finally arriving and my kids wanting to be outside, cooking hasn't been a priority for me.  I've been relying on tried and true, easy grilling recipes, salads, and lots of fruits.  I love the Farmers Market and can hardly wait for each Wednesday to arrive.

This is summer fruit:
But kick it up a notch and you'll have a really quick crowd pleaser for summer fun hanging with your friends: homemade Sangria.  This recipe is so easy you can make it in less than 20 minutes, start to finish, but it's best made the day before so the flavors really mellow together.

Here's what you need:
  • 4 cups water (see, how easy is that!)
  • 2 tea bags
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 peach, peeled, pitted and sliced thin

  • 4 large strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 1 orange, peeled and all white pith removed, cut into slices
  • 1 cup of dry red wine (or white if that's your thing)
  • ice cubes

Mix it up:
  • Bring water to boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat.
  • Add tea bags and steep while prepping the fruit. (Steep at least 3 minutes).

  • Stir sugar into warm tea and stir to dissolve.
  • Slice fruit and place into a pitcher. 

  • Pour wine over fruit.
  • Remove tea bags, and pour tea over fruit and wine.
  • If serving immediately, fill glasses with ice and pour Sangria over ice.
  • Otherwise, chill overnight.
Serves 4 -8 depending on the size of your beverage glass.

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