Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Sangrito

Yup. You heard right. That’s Sangrito. You really gotta twang it when you say it. Half Sangria, half Mojito. You’ll never drink anything else again. I’m gonna get me a glass now.

I’ve seen many variations of this drink, but my Mama and I came up with this version together and I liked it so much it was the signature drink at my wedding! Be careful with the rum at the end, it can really knock you off your feet. ~winks.

*Please drink responsibly.

Okie Dokie Artichokies, super easy and fun:

First, we’re going to make a simple syrup. Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a pot. JUST bring to a boil, then turn it off, and stir it around until all the sugar is dissolved. Then place it in the fridge to cool. It will yield about 1 1/2 cups of liquid.

Slice up one granny smith apple.

Slice up one orange! This reminds me of my mother cutting oranges for soccer practice – this is adult soccer practice now!

 

Take your simple syrup out the freezer or fridge after about 30-45 minutes.

Use one bunch of mint.

In a large pitcher, add simple syrup and mint. I sorta roll the mint leaves between my fingers and break them in half before I throw them in.

Break them up a little more with a wooden spoon. Don’t beat them to death like I did the first time because it will cause your Sangrito to be bitter.

No one likes bitter Sangrito.

No one likes bitter people.

Throw in your fruit. Now you can switch up the fruit to add in what you’d like.

Blackberries and raspberries would be DELICIOUS!

Sometimes I add a peach or nectarine.

Whatever cranks your tractor.

Pour in one bottle of red wine. Now I am NO wine aficionado, I still drink what my friends call “Soda Pop” wine. But it doesn’t fill me up, and makes me feel so warm and fuzzy!

Anyone else with me? Heh?

So, any red wine will do. Even white and it’d be a White Sangrito. Whatever is on sale.

I usually use what in Texas they call “Sweet Red” or “Texas Red.”

THEN!!!!

TA DA!

Pour one liter of Ginger Ale!

YUUUMMMMMMMMMMY!

And then the kicker. Some sort of rum.

This is my choice.

The amount is up to you, I usually pour a three second free pour.

The whole Sangrito recipe makes about 1 gallon of *spiked punch* – use your judgement.

And that’s it!!

DELICIOUS!

Throw it in a glass, garnish and serve!

It even keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days, just top off with a little more fizzy drink.

~Peace, Love, and ‘Gritos

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Summer Sangrito

Yield: 1 gallon

Prep Time: 45 minutes

A mojito and sangria mix!

Ingredients:

1 cup simple syrup
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
handful of blackberries, fruit of your choice
1 bunch of mint, leaves removed from stem
1 bottle sweet red wine
1 liter ginger ale
3 oz. white rum

Directions:

Prepare simple syrup by boiling one cup water and one cup sugar for 5 minutes. Let cool.
In a pitcher, pour cooled simple syrup and mint leaves; muddle with a wooden spoon. Add fruit, then red wine, ginger ale, and finally rum. Serve cold, garnish with fruit!

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