December 20, 2007

Celebrating Sangria?

Today is National Sangria Day.

Why in December? Why not in July or August, when we crave cold, refreshing drinks like this?

So I have to wonder, when is National Hot Toddy Day* or National Milk Punch Day? In June?


Here is the sangria recipe I make. In the summer, mind you.

2 large juice oranges, washed, one sliced into ¼ inch rounds and one for juice
1 large lemon, washed and sliced into ¼ inch rounds
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 bottle inexpensive, fruity, medium bodied red wine

Put sliced orange, lemon and the sugar into a large pitcher.
Smash gently to release the fruit's juices and to completely dissolve the sugar, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the orange juice, Triple Sec or Cointreau and the wine.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Just before serving, add 6-10 ice cubes and stir briefly.
Serves 4

* OK I looked...National Hot Toddy Day is January 11. There is no National Milk Punch Day. Pin It
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