Hello it’s Sharon–56% prettier in sepia tones.
It’s been a hot one in Canton this summer, and although most days I have my hands in the flower beds weeding (not really) or on the keyboard facebooking (really,) when I finally get to sit out on my comfy patio chair, I love to drink an icy glass of homemade sangria. I’m not talking about that pre-bottled foul swill, I mean the sweaty, overflowing pint glass of goodness so full with fruit it’s like eating a fruit salad. Sangria is simple to make and can take many shapes (wondertwin powers activate.)
I love red wine sangria, so that’s the recipe I’m giving you here. But mix it up, you can make a delicious white wine sangria if that’s your pleasure. It’s easy with the plentiful stone fruit of summer. (Note to Kris: those are the fruits that have a giant stone or pit inside, like peaches & plums.) Here is the recipe for some of the most refreshing stuff you’ve ever sipped. Kris, perhaps you can serve this up to The Guild, and see what happens to their quilt work? And check out this picture, even the sangria looks happy!
Recipe at the end of Kris's babble.....ho hum, try to hang on for it.
Hi, It's Kris.
Sharon prefers sepia tone not because it makes her prettier (it doesn't.) She feels my piercing, cerulean, blue eyes will distract readers, and give me an unfair advantage. (It does.) I get all distracted with Sangria, it's like wine with accessories–plus it looks like cherry flavored kool-aid so I tend to drink it as such, with disastrous results because it's loaded with booze.
To be quite honest, I've actually fantasized about partaking in a glass of fresh Sangria on one of Sharon's comfy patio chairs on her deck. The sun is out, I've got this cute little terricloth jumper on...(just stay with me,) I wipe the back of my hand across my forehead and say to Sharon, "Whew! I get hot and thirsty watching the landscaper weed your flowerbeds." (As if she does it herself....please.) Sharon says, "Me, too! This is a job for Sangria!" and outta no where, the Kool-aid guy bursts through her fence screaming "OH YEAH!"
But then his cute little kool-aid smile fades, he's been duped, by booze covered drupe. And as Sharon sits there in shame, I walk over to my despondent kool-aid friend (we're friends in my fantasy) and I say, "Cheer up, giant pitcher of my sugar-filled youth, I brought you a gift." I gingerly handed him a bowl full of pits, the discarded remains of the fruit, not good enough for Sangria, but perfect for chucking at Sharon's sepia colored head. Ahhhhhh, Sangria. I like Sangria.
Ingredients: lemon, lime, peach, apricot, plum, red wine, soda water – OPEN MIND?
Slice 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 peach, 1 apricot, 1 plum (Make pretty rounds with the citrus.) Put slices in a pitcher & cover with ¼ cup sugar. (You can add brandy too at this point, one quarter cup – to fortify it as my husband says.) Let stand at room temperature for half hour. Then muddle up the fruit a bit with a wooden spoon, the sugar will start to dissolve with the juices. Add a bottle dry, red wine (Spanish, inexpensive works great – don’t splurge on good wine here, you don’t need it, save that for a linen napkin dinner party.)f Stir thoroughly and let stand at room temperature for about an hour. Just before serving, add ice cubes and 1 cup of soda water. Stir briskly until it is very cold and serve it in chilled glasses. There’s no sense arguing over sangria – if you google there are at least 100 different recipes with all different fruit. Just make what YOU like. Please post a pic too, if you make some happy sangria like mine. Happy summer, enjoy!