Spring Sangria Recipe

Sangria is kind of...like my jam...and by that, I mean, I enjoy making it, I like sharing my recipes with friends, and I especially looooooove drinking it.  It makes my taste buds happy, it is refreshing, it has two of my favorite things in it...wine and fruit, and it is good for you, you know, for a sane mind...have a glass after a long day and you will start to relax kind of good for you.  


I had a really great batch at this restaurant in Miami called Naked Taco with my friend Teresa last month while we were waiting to attend the SOBE WFF.  We had a sip and ordered a pitcher...to which we polished off the entire thing within two hours.  It was cold and tasty and made with brewed tea instead of fruit juice so it wasn't overly sweet.  I told her the next time I came across a mediocre batch of wine that I was going to brew up some of this deliciousness.  That mediocre bottle came last night.  I opened a zinfandel that was a bit acidic and sharp and I couldn't drink it right away, so I decanted it, but subsequently fell asleep before I could drink it, at all.  So it stayed out in my decanter all night and in the morning I decided I would just make Sangria with it.

I put the bottle of zinfandel in with another bottle of some spectacular 96 point zinfandel that I love, then cut up a blood orange, a pint of strawberries and went over to my bar in search of something spectacular to add in to enhance the flavor of what I had going...that's when I spotted our Grand Marnier from a different drink recipe I made at Christmas...Oh boy this baby was going to be magnificent!  In that went, then I brewed and cooled some English black tea with hints of vanilla to throw into this steadily growing masterpiece...VIOLA...pure heaven!  I gave it a quick taste to make sure I liked what was happening and bang-o-rang...I am really looking forward to my Wine Wellness Walk #34 to enjoy the fruits of my labor (pun intended).  This smashing recipe is glorious and I can't wait to share it with my wine walkers tomorrow.  Here's the recipe:


Shoogie Spring Sangria

Makes about 1 Gallon

2 bottles of zinfandel
1 1/4 C. Grand Marnier
3 1/4 C. Brewed English Black tea with Vanilla
1 pint strawberries, cut
1 large blood orange, cut

Mix everything together and let marinate in the drinking container for at least 24 hours.
Pour ice into glass add Sangria and scoop out drunk fruit into the glass.

If you go over to my shop, www.shoogiecompany.com you can make it a girls night in by ordering a clay face mask pack.  Spread the clay onto your face and pour yourself a big glass of the Sangria.  Drink with a big smile on your face.

It is that easy!
Try it and let me know how it turned out for you.



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