Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Serendipitous sangria

We had a fabulous weekend-- with some lovely friends, yummy food and a little bit of serendipity. It started on Thursday when we accidentally bought this box of wine from Target. We meant to buy the cab-shiraz blend, but mistakingly bought this:

As you can see, it says "red table wine." It was pretty much terrible.

You might be thinking, wait-- didn't you join the Zagat wine club? Yes-- we totally did. But the brilliant thing about wine in a box is that you can have just one glass with dinner without having to polish off the whole bottle--better for the diet, better for building our lil wine collection. Wine in a box also keeps remarkably well-- something about the air-suction system (a technical term).

So, Nathan had the spectacular idea to make the crappy, overly-sweet red table wine into lovely sangria!
Here's what we (Nathan) did:
1. Put all the wine into a large container.

2. For each bottle, 3 tbl of sugar, 1/8 cup triple sec and 1/8 cup amaretto (or dark rum or brandy). Mix well!

3. Slice up lots of yummy fruit-- including strawberries, citrus fruit (we used oranges and lemons), peaches/nectarines and plums. The plums are very important.

4. Let it sit in the fridge for about 24 hours. Remove the fruit. Pour over ice to fill 3/4 of a glass. Add a bit of lime juice and top with club soda to make it bubbly. Delish!

P.S. This was another great chance for me to practice with a 55mm prime lens. I think I'm in love.


Christi @ Rumination Avenue said...

This sounds wonderful. My mom used to let me sneak sips of sangria when I was young. Love the carafe, btw.

Anonymous said...

I must admit that I like Target's boxed wine. I also love their adult juice boxes of wine. They are wonderful for the lake/boat.

Anonymous said...

Yummmmmm. All your awesome food pictures make me want a DSLR so much... and also a big ole glass of sangria :)

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