August 08, 2003

A recipe for a gallon of sangria that will disappear nearly instantly:

2 bottles Spanish wine (sangre de toro is good)
2 really mongo navel oranges
1 lemon
1 lime
1 apple (or two if they're small)
1 nectarine (optional)
1/3-1/2 cup sugar (to taste)
1/2 cup cointreau
2-3 cups orange juice (to taste)

Slice the oranges, lemons and limes into thin rounds, removing the seeds, and slice the apples and the nectarine into thin wedges. Put them in a bowl and add the cointreau. You can let it sit for an hour, or if impatient just immediately add the sugar and orange juice. Then add the wine. Ideally let it all sit in the fridge for a few hours before drinking, but a half hour will do if alcoholic housemates are involved.

Serve in a red plastic cup that you got at the 99 cent store, preferably on ice, remove the fruit if your boyfriend's a freak and has nightmares involving oranges with teeth. Drink outdoors, at night, preferably when the ambient temperature is above 82°. Will make Altadena seem like paradise. Momentarily.

Posted by kia at August 08, 2003 10:41 PM


That little ditty reminded me of having lunch at Cha Cha Cha's on Haight in SF, many years ago, with my lady and good friends.

Before this particular lunch, I had been used to drinking non-alcoholic, bottled Sangría with many Mexican meals, while living in a latin neighborhood. So when they ordered Sangría, that's what I was expecting. A non-alcoholic fruity medley of sweetness. So I ordered a Coke instead.

Imagine my surprise when later, my lady and friends were doing the drunken Cha Cha Cha out of Cha Cha Cha's, laughing tremendously the whole time (I hadn't had any to drink, remember).

Me: "Man! What's so funny??"
She: "Oh my god-d-d hahahahaabprbbpbp your friend is SOOOooo FUNNY hahahahah (hic) hahahah"
Me: "Geez, you sound like you're drunk!"
She: "Dood?! I had like hahaha whole pitcher full! hahahah woooo I'm so buzzzzzzeddd"
Me: "Off of Sangría??? How?"
She: "(urp) Whadaya mean how?? Helloooo? Sangría?!! Alcohol??! Woooohoooo!"

And so we stumbled down Haight. Or they, rather, while I scratched my noggin in confusion...

Posted by: rumbanik on August 11, 2003 12:46 PM

you ROCK!

i luuuuv the sangria. nothing better to soften a summer sunday night.

for saturday, however, i recommend a few good caipirinas if you have the means.

Posted by: the mighty jimbo on August 12, 2003 04:57 PM

A perfect addition to the pantheon of Summertime Drinks!

Posted by: bug on August 15, 2003 12:22 PM

it was yummy. it got me gatored BEFORE the akavit!

Posted by: ingrid on August 22, 2003 01:35 PM
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