Blog Post #27
Today was an absolutely gorgeous day — sunny, blue skies and a summer-like temperature of 27°C. A day that brought back memories of lazy, hazy days in the back yard with cucumber sandwiches and pitchers of sangria. Flowers blooming, bees buzzing, and a light breeze that added to the carefree feeling.
This reminiscing got me to thinking about a delicious sangria that I made last year. It is supposed to be another lovely day tomorrow. Time to cut up some fruit, add some ice, wine and fizzy water and starting sipping! This recipe is based on one from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet it is. Her recipe, Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria, calls for more alcohol than I used in my version.
Orange, Strawberry Champagne Sangria
6 oranges (or any kind of orange that you prefer) I used navel oranges cut into slices. If you use mandarins or another seedless, easy-peel variety — you can just add in the segments
8 ounces strawberries, hulled
1 pint raspberries
1 (750mL) bottle of chilled champagne, sweet or dry — your choice
2 ounces Grand Marnier liqueur or cherry brandy
4 ounces club soda
fresh mint for garnish
Add 2 of the oranges, the strawberries and raspberries to a large pitcher. Juice the remaining 4 oranges so that you have about 1/2 or 2/3 cup of orange juice. Add the champagne, Grand Marnier, club soda and brandy to the pitcher and stir everything together. Pour sangria over ice and serve with a mint leaf garnish.
*Be adventurous — substitute any fruit for the oranges or strawberries or add in any other fruit you like — lemons, limes, blueberries!
Brynne’s Daily Drawing #27