Thursday, August 30, 2012

Easy Sangria

Not only am I a huge fan of wine, I am also quite a sangria junkie. The wine...the liquor...the fruit...the can you go wrong?!

And while many good sangria recipes call for numerous ingredients and homemade simple syrup, I have found a great "cheater" recipe...perfect for hot summer nights at home :). 

All you need is wine, brandy, and the "Aranciata" (orange) flavored San Pellegrino. I usually go with (a cheap) red wine, in which case I recommend a full-bodied merlot or cab. If you prefer white wine, I suggest a crisp, light pinot grigio. 

(And yes, we keep a large bottle of brandy around pretty much all the time.)

First, fill up your glass with ice. 

Add one part brandy. 

Three parts wine. 

And two parts San Pellegrino (about half a can). 

Stir together and enjoy! 

You could also add some sliced fruit if you happen to have some on hand, but it is just as delicious without it...and there is no need to get all fancy when you are enjoying it in your pajamas on the couch while watching the opening night of college football ;).

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. I think that about sums it up.


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