Monday, December 29, 2014

Budget Booze - Part IV

Sweet Sweet Sangria

Sangria Blanco y Rojo

Sangria is the all time budget-friendly boozy beverage.

Why?

Because you can get away with using the cheapest ingredients, most of which are probably already in your fridge or freezer, and everything will turn out fine. In spite of all this, restaurants charge between 10 and 20 bucks for a pitcher of what was probably made with leftovers. Below I have a recipe for a pitcher of sangria. Try making some at home! It's easier than you think and will please a crowd in a pinch. Unless they read this blog, I guarantee your guests will never know how cheap it is to make, and probably won't care when they realise how good it is.


Here's How You Do It
Total Prep Time: 7 minutes
Serves 6 to 10


Ingredients


2 Cups of Red - OR - White Wine - For red sangria, use the red wine, for white sangria use the white wine, the other ingredients will pair well regardless of what type you use. Have some leftover wine from a party? This is a great time to use it.


4 Cups of Fruit Juice - You can use the cheapest, safely drinkable juice you can find, but if you're making white sangria, stay away from reddish juices like cranberry or grape as it will tint the sangria, thus defeating the purpose of making it white.


1 Cup of Fruit - coarsely chopped - Have a can or jar of fruit cocktail you never use? Extras or leftovers from a fruit platter? Leftover fruit salad? Throw it into the sangria.


1 Lemon - OR - 2 Limes - thinly sliced


1/2 a Cup of Mint Leaves - Optional - The mint adds a nice refreshing note, but it isn't necessary


3 or 4 Tablespoons of Honey, Maple, Pancake, or Corn Syrup - Optional - If the sangria isn't sweet enough for you, add the syrup


Some leftover liquor - Optional - Sometimes you find yourself with a bottle containing a few tablespoons of vodka, rum, or some fancy liqueur from a party that - while totally drinkable - isn't worth pouring into a glass or adding to a cocktail shaker. You can throw it into the sangria.


Equipment


1 Knife and Cutting Board


1 Pitcher


1 Wooden Spoon


Measuring Cups


Throw all the ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine. If you're using the mint leaves, be sure to mash them a bit with the wooden spoon to release the oils.


You are now ready to serve!


Next time I'll be teaching you MY cure for hangovers.


Salud!


And Happy Holidays!


-Samantha R. Gold

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