The best Sangrias are the ones that are made ahead of time, allowed to "marinate" overnight, and packed with ice and more fruit before serving. However, if you want to cater to more spur-of-the-moment Sangrias, then this may be the recipe for you.
The fabulous part about this quick Sangria recipe is that you don't need to host a party to enjoy it. Sangria is a great drink for any occasion, even if there is no 'occasion' and you simply want a relaxing drink after a long day.
The way it works is simple (and brilliant). That fantastic fruit mix that forms sangria is made into a slush that you freeze into cubes and keep in the freezer until it's time for a drink. When the time comes, simply pour a glass of wine, add a few sangria cubes and voila! Your very own fresh sangria is ready to enjoy.
Keep these sangria cubes in stock and you'll have an instant wine cocktail ready any time guests show up for a visit.
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (sweeten to taste)
- 2 cups ginger ale
- 1 750 ml bottle wine (red or white)
The "instant" part of this recipe takes a little work upfront, but it is totally worth the effort.
Peel the lemon, lime, and orange and remove the seeds.
Put the citrus fruits into a blender with the raspberries, strawberries, sugar, and ginger ale.
Blend all of the ingredients (except the wine) together, until it is "slushy."
Pour the sangria slush into ice cube trays and freeze.
When the mixture is completely frozen, pop the sangria cubes into a plastic freezer bag and keep frozen.
Now the fun part: whenever you have a hankering for an instant Sangria, just pour yourself a glass of wine and plop 3-5 of your Sangria cubes into the glass.
More Tips for Making a Great Instant Sangria
The Wine. Any red or white wine will be fabulous in this versatile Sangria recipe. Choose a favorite bottle or two to keep in stock and at the ready for when the Sangria mood hits.
You'll also find that Sangria is the perfect way to use up that bottle of wine that wasn't exactly what you were hoping for. If you can't see yourself finishing a bottle as it is, dress it up with a few of your sangria cubes and avoid the waste.
The Fruits. Though the citrus fruits are highly recommended and should not be skipped, feel free to replace the berries in this recipe as you see fit. Sangria is designed to be customized and this recipe is no different. Go ahead and play with your fruit.
If blackberries look better than raspberries at the market, toss those into the mix.
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