Budget friendly Sangria

5 Apr

Whilst back and forth with @DealByDay on Twitter today, he mentioned that I posted a sangria recipe that he’s interested in trying. Searching back, I realized that I forgot the sangria that I make for larger groups (company parties, family BBQs etc.) The sangria recipes that I posted up from Food and Wine I would serve for brunch, dinner parties, or just whenever I have a couple of friends over. They require a bit more prep and labour and the ingredients will cost a bit more.

Here is my tried and true recipe for sangria that’s tasty, easy to make and budget friendly. Sub red for white, measurements are as usual as you will – you can’t really go {terribly} wrong with sangria!

  • 1 bottle of chilled Franciscan California Burgundy/Red ($6.99/750ml, $12.99/1.5L, $33.99/4L), BC Liquor stores. Sweet, fruity & affordable.  Don’t think I’d sip this though
  • Ginger ale (Sprite/7-Up is too sweet) – chilled
  • Orange juice (or any other fruit juice) – chilled
  • Easy way: use canned mixed fruits, peaches, pears, mandarin oranges OR frozen fruit (strawberries, mangoes, peaches, raspberries). If you want to add frozen fruit, make sure defrost and you might want to add some simple syrup for sweetness. If you want to do this the hard way, use fresh fruit including sliced oranges, sliced granny smith, ambrosia, any crispy apple and not Red Delicious.

If you’re going to make it overnight (as I’d suggest especially with the frozen fruit, not so much the fresh) marinate the fruit in the wine. Add ginger ale and orange juice when you’re ready to serve. For an asian twist – add cut up coconut jelly (for fun use cookie cutter stars). I wouldn’t recommend tapioca pearls though.

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