Summer Spice Sangria

Did someone say Wine Wednesday? Well, why have plain, old wine when you can have a super delicious, spiced up Sangria?!

Summer Spice Sangria Above TitleI know, I know, everyone has a headache-y tale about a time you may have imbibed a smidge too much of the stuff. Like that time you went to your friend’s parent’s going away party in Queens, and you started early in the night on Aunt Sally’s famous sangria with the secret recipe. And it was SO good. Too good. One minute you were finishing off another cup and chewing on some boozy orange rinds, contemplating joining in on the juicy family gossip…and the next, you’re waking up in your friend’s childhood bed at 7 in the morning. Fully clothed. Um. What?! True story. I got so sleeeepy! I guess. :/

Summer Spice Sangria GlassWhat was IN that sangria?! We’ll never know. Aunt Sally is not going public with the recipe and, truth be told, I don’t think I’ll ever need to recreate that scenario. It’s a wonder I can even look into the eyes of anyone who witnessed my sangria downfall that night, not to mention my friend’s parents! I’ve been reassured only by the fact that they are Spanish. And, I guess it was a complement? Because I liked it so much! Moral of the story – I pretty much rule as a house guest.

Summer Spice Sangria Candied Ginger

I’ve made a lot of different variations on sangria over the years, and the great thing about this drink is that you have so many options! Red, white, sparkling, stone fruit, citrus, berries, juice, cognac, rum, triple sec…? Whatever you have around?! Some people throw frozen juice in with boxed wine and call it day. And, I do not judge your sizzurp of choice, people. You know what’s tasty to you! But this particular recipe came out of the Backyard Summer Spirits event last month. I wanted to create a recipe that took advantage of the amazing locally made (New York) spirits featured at the event, and I also wanted to avoid adding sugar, if I could. Because I used two different kinds of liqueurs, which lend a good amount of sweetness on their own, I was able to.

Summer Spice Sangria Fresh GingerSorel Liqueur has heady notes of hibiscus, clove and bright ginger. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is straight up boozy ginger nectar. Combined, these guys spice this baby up. Another summery addition is Owney’s Rum. For the warmer seasons, using a white rum with some tropical flavors in your sangria will give it a little boost of sunshine. A dry, light to medium bodied red works great in this. I used a simple Pinot Noir and it was super!

Summer Spice Sangria – makes 10 servings
2 bottles of dry light to medium red wine
1/2 cup Owney’s Rum
1/2 cup Sorel Liqueur
1/2 cup Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
1 cup orange juice
1-2 oranges cut into round slices
1-2 apples diced small
1/4 cup diced fresh ginger (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. When serving over ice, top with bubbly water and candied ginger.

 

4 Comments on Summer Spice Sangria

  1. The Wandering Gourmand
    July 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm (3 months ago)

    Since you’ve made sangria with everything… what kind of recipe do you have with muscadine? I know, I know, who would be muscadine wine??? I just can’t leave a vineyard without buying something. It just feels rude. I live in the South and have many bottle of that stuff because I never find an occasion. Perhaps sangria???

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    • Prairie Rose
      July 31, 2014 at 11:57 am (3 months ago)

      I’m not super familiar with muscadine wine but I’m assuming it is pretty sweet, right? In that case, I would mix it with a dry wine for a sangria because it would be too sweet to use for the primary part of the drink. You can experiment with ratios but you may want to use it along with a fruity liqueur like St. Germain for the sweetening agents of the sangria. It might be fun to mix it with a dry, sparkling white wine for this. Maybe a little grapefruit juice? And muscadine grapes would have to be incorporated somehow…Now I want to try this! The Lee Brothers have what looks like a lovely sangria recipe with muscadine grapes: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/recipes/boozy-botanicals-muscadine-sangria

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      • The Wandering Gourmand
        July 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm (3 months ago)

        Some great ideas! I have the St Germain suggestion. Want me to send you one of my bottles to try on your own? :)

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        • Prairie Rose
          July 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm (3 months ago)

          What a generous offer! But you keep your bottles. You may need it for a few batches of sangria! I’ll definitely keep a look out for it…maybe the next time I’m down south I’ll pick up a bottle! Thank you so much for the offer, though!

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