So imagine this, you and your girlfriends or homeboys get together to share the latest “tea” or celebrate another boss-style work week all over a new wine that you picked up. As the beautifully colored wine makes its way into the glass, you can almost taste it. And then…you take a sip and surprisingly it really didn’t “do much” for you. After the third sip, you and your Wine-loving company share disapproving glances. Now you have a full, $20+ bottle of wine that no one favors.
What to do, What to do?…I’m so glad you asked, because this happened to me just a few weeks ago. So, I slung on my “Wine Expert to the Rescue” cape and “To Lit to Quit” thinking cap to pull off one of the best Sangrias I’ve ever tasted (if I do say so myself). Try out the recipe below, which features my secret ingredient: Patrón Citrónge. This 70 proof extra fine liqueur will not only entertain your lit-uation, it’ll enhance your experience with its sweet and smooth taste. Patrón Citrónge comes in four flavors (orange, lemon, lime, and pineapple) so get creative!
- 1 bottle of White or Red Wine of your choice. For White, we suggest a dry and unoaked wine: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.
- Patrón Citrónge
- Simple Syrup
- Fresh Lemon
- Frozen Fruit (another secret – no need to water down your drink with ice)
- Optional Flavored Rum (If you really want to kick it up a notch)
Mix Up the Magic
That Southern rule of thumb “Measure to Taste,” definitely applies to this recipe. I say start slow combining the above and work to your desired taste. Now, I relied on the whispers from ancestors telling me “that’s enough my child” and you may have that same guidance. I also recommend that you rely on your circle of friends and make this a joint Wine Lovers recipe!
The Bold Sangria
Of course, The Lotus & The Vines team can’t forget about our bold, bourbon lovers. We’ve perfected our Bourbon Sangria Punch.
- 2 Bottles of Red wine, approx 24 ounces (We suggest your favorite, everyday drinking Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Red Blend)
- 8-10 ounces of bourbon
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1-1 ½ cup orange juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- Frozen mixed berries
- 2 fresh sliced oranges, for garnish
- 2 fresh sliced apples, for garnish
Blend that Bourbon
Pour in each ingredient into a large pitcher of the red wine. Remember to stir as you pour in ingredients. It’s your world, I usually garnish per glass I pour, but some garnish while this masterpiece of a Sangria is still in the serving container.
Those are just two of our favorite recipes, but we can only imagine the variety you have. Please share your favorite recipes below.