I have to warn you, this sangria is dangerous. It’s so delicious that you’ll find yourself drinking glass after glass without realizing just how much alcohol you’ve consumed. It’s also dangerous because you can pretty much make it with all the things you have at home right now.
I actually didn’t have any of the ingredients at home, but a friend (who’s staying with us right now) came home from Trader Joe’s with a bunch of sangria ingredients and a hankering for a spicy, sweet, fruit-filled wine cocktail. She was actually planning on mixing up a pitcher herself, but when I heard what her plan was, I excitedly took over.
The secret to sangria is cinnamon. It’s not something that people think of when they go to the store to pick up sangria ingredients, but it adds a nice spicy kick. It also makes sangria seasonally appropriate, what with all the pumpkin spice floating around right now. I called this post “Endless Summer,” but really, sangria is an anytime drink, so go ahead and enjoy — it’s Friday after all!
But, back to the dangers of sangria: my friend ended up having an accident after a couple too many glasses. She was trying to hang her towel in the bathroom after the pool, which involved some jumping, a bikini top, and a sharp shower handle. Somehow she managed to deeply gash a part of her boob. Luckily we had lots of Neosporin, medical tape and bandages at home. And of course, more sangria helped make her feel better too!
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water, hot
- 3 cups red wine
- 3 cups sparkling citrus juice
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
- 3 cups assorted fruit, cut into 1 inch pieces
Stir the sugar into the hot water to dissolve. Set aside to cool while cutting up your fruit. You can use whatever fruit you happen to have in your fridge or sitting on your countertop. Just don’t use bananas. I like using berries, citrus fruits, and pitted fruits. When all your fruit is cut up, mix all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Enjoy chilled in all seasons!