Good Friends, Good Times, and Sangria

My favorite thing to do when I am not watching TV is to hang out with the few people on the planet that I love spending time with.  This weekend, I traveled to Boston to see two of my favorite college friends, their amazing saint-like husbands and their adorable children.  It is always nice to spend time with people who think the same way I do, make me laugh, and are interesting enough to actually keep me awake until 1:30 in the morning.  These people are hard to find and it is important to turn off the TV, leave your apartment, and travel as far as you need to as often as you can to spend time with them! (I do thankfully have a small handful of these people in NYC and I treasure them dearly!!!)

When you spend time with your best friends, it is extra special when you have delicious food and tasty drinks.  The food I am never responsible for, but I played a large role in the construction of a pretty sweet Sangria this weekend and I would like to share this recipe with the ~5 blog fans I have.

Surprisingly Delicious Sangria

  • 2 Bottles of Red Wine (we used Charles Shaw Cabernet, aka Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 Lemons cut into wedges
  • 2 Oranges cut into wedges
  • 2 Lime cut into wedges
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (we used frozen)
  • 2 Apples cut into slices
  • 3 /4  Cup Sugar
  • 2 shots of Peach Schnapps (original recipe called for a fruit-flavored brandy, this is what we had)
  • 1 bottle of ginger beer (surprise ingredient combined with the seltzer because ginger ale was not available)
  • 2 cups lime seltzer

Pour wine into the pitcher and squeeze the juice from the lemon, orange, and lime wedges into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sliced apples, strawberries, sugar, and schnapps. Chill overnight. Add ginger beer and seltzer and serve over ice just before serving. (We did not prepare the night before.  We threw it all in together and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes and served it over lots of ice.)

We did not get a huge buzz from this Sangria but a nice relaxed feeling.  You could add more liquor (triple sec, schnapps, brandy, etc) to give it more kick if you really want to tie one on.  We also had an abundance of fruit so you could use less, but Sangria-soaked fruit is super delicious. You will love it.  I promise!

A special shout out to T and Keffrey for hosting us this weekend, taking me to buy Godzilla sneakers so I could go on the beautiful fall hike, introducing me to the “This American Life” iPhone app, and feeding me that best veggie chili I have ever had.  Which requires thanks to Deli who’s provided the veggie chili recipe. And Deb & Tom, thanks for just being you and producing children with such beautiful, contagious smiles.