Saturday, June 22, 2013

DIY Sorta Sangria

I'm hanging out at a Great Big Gluten Free Barbecue this week. Head on over to FrannyCakes for some other fab recipes from my bloggy friends
I feel like Sandra Lee, 'cause it is Cocktail Time here at Breaking Up with Captain Crunch. Nothing beats relaxing on the back porch, sipping a delightfully adult concoction. And since summer screams fruit, seems like sangria would be an excellent choice.

I call this Sorta Sangria, because it doesn't contain any brandy, which traditionally, most Spanish sangrias do. Also, instead of just adding a sweetener and a ton of fruit, I use fruit juice and less actual fruit, because who wants to spend all that time cutting up fruit? That's just time you could be spending getting wine-drunk out back  enjoying a refreshing beverage.


Here's what you need:

A bottle of red wine (I like mine cheap and sweet. Clearly I am a wine snob)
1/2 bottle of 100% cranberry juice - not cocktail, not blend, the real deal
A small bottle of seltzer water
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 pint of raspberries
Fancy pitcher (or non-fancy pitcher, I just like to put my wedding presents to work)
Wine glasses

Get your pitcher out (mine reminds me of the Kool-Aid Man's older, more-refined cousin Wine-O Man). Pour the wine (whole bottle, glug glug), juice (just a half a bottle works perfectly) and seltzer. Stir. Throw in ice and fruit. If you are feeling really fancy, you can garnish your glasses. If not, just put some ice and a couple pieces of fruit in each wine glass. Pour. Enjoy. Pour again.

Clearly we should all enjoy responsibly, and we can feel good about this, because of all those yummy antioxidants in the wine and cranberry juice, and the citrus will definitely help stave off scurvy (assuming you are an 18th century pirate).

*A disclaimer: Clearly, this is intended for readers who are 21 and older. Don't do stupid things, kids. Also, there's some debate about wine, sulfites and celiacs. I go by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center's ruling that celiacs DON'T have to avoid wine. If you have a sulfite issues, you can find wines that are sulfite-free.

1 comment:

  1. I've never had raspberries in sangria but that sounds absolutely perfect. My friends are eagerly waiting for me to start drinking again (which I stopped doing, somewhat arbitrarily, on the assumption it might help my body to, like, heal and stuff) and I've been saving up ideas like this one for the inevitable "Molly's back off the wagon" celebration. Thanks!