I am no wine snob, I can barely tell red from white. I’ll drink pretty much anything you put in front of me. But I have to admit that I can’t stand the taste of Two Buck Chuck (is it just me?). I recently had a party where a bunch of two buck chuck ended up at my house, and I couldn’t let wine go to waste (the horror!). What do you do when you have lots of red wine and the sun is shining bright? Make sangria! You can find a million recipes online, but they always seem rather complicated and fancy. I just want to tell you the basic outline for how to make sangria, then you can whip it up at the last minute from whatever wine and fruit you have lying around. I never follow a real recipe and everyone always enjoys it. We literally have a pitcher of it in the fridge all summer long.
Now that is what I call “naptime.” HA! Learn how to make sangria the easy way…
How to Make Sangria – The Easiest Way
Here’s the basics. You need wine (red or white, I like red), a little sugar (not too much), fruits, and a mixer.
So for the sangria, pour red wine into a pitcher until it’s 3/4 full. The amount of wine does not matter.
Now take fruit. Whatever fruit you have. Apples, strawberries, grapes, melon, oranges, tangerines (we have a tree, so this is almost always in our sangria), grapefruit, i mean WHATEVER. Add cut up fruit to the pitcher until the liquid level rises to the top. I like to add a few squeezes from an orange or other citrus fruit. If you like things sweet, a few tablespoons of sugar added to the mix and stirred a bit is perfect. The longer this mixture sits together, the more delicious it gets. But I mean if you really can’t wait, it’s still gonna taste good pretty fast. Just don’t oversweeten at first. It will get sweeter as the fruit sits in it.
Now you have made a sangria, but it is very strong, a sort of sangria concentrate, really. It needs to be diluted for hot afternoons in the sun and to taste more refreshing. Ginger Ale is the perfect accompaniment. I like it at a 50/50 ratio of ginger ale to sangria concentrate. If you mixed it in now, the pitcher would get flat, so I wait until I want a glass of sangria, and mix one part wine mixture to one part ginger ale ((I use diet ginger ale, but of course the non-diet version is tastier. you gotta conserve calories where you can) on the spot. Deelish.