Making Sangria is a lot like making soup. You can use odds and ends and pretty much never make it the same way you did the last time and it is still good! This time I decided to make white sangria. I had some peaches that needed to be used and one orange and pear left.
So into the pot pitcher they went.
It’s really important to let it set for while, so it is best if you can make it either the night before or early morning the day you serve it. I like to let it set at least 8 hours.
You can skip the sugar if you want to, but I really like it better with about 1/4 cup of sugar added. Seems to cut the bite of the booze if you know what I mean.
So find the biggest, ugliest (preferably blue) pitcher you can and start mixing it up in no particular order.
The cheaper the wine, the better the sangria.
Add a cup of booze. This is brandy, but you could use flavored liquer or schnapps.
Then add another splash for good measure.
If you are using plain brandy, make sure to take a big deep sniff.
Now you know exactly what my Grandpa Hoffman smelled like.
He drank a lot of brandy.
He lived in Green Bay with my Grandma Bea. He was her third (and final) husband. Once we were apple picking with him & Grandma Bea. We were at some orchard near Green Bay. It was just me and my mom & dad and them. Grandpa was drinking and picking apples and all of a sudden he sat down on an apple crate and started calling me by the dogs name.
‘Doxie, get the hell out of the apples’
Then he fell over backwards off the apple crate.
Big production. An ambulance had to come to the orchard and take him to the hospital and Grandma Bea was P.O’d.
Him and my dad had tickets for the Packer game that night, but of course Grandpa had to stay in the hospital and my mom and Grandma (I think) secretly blamed my dad for Grandpa getting so drunk, although they told me he had sun poisoning, (which HELLO, big fat lie) and so neither one of them would go to the Packer game with my dad.
And I mean it was a PACKER game. Like my dad was really going to miss going, even though this was the late 1970’s and they were pretty crappy then. So guess who got to go?
9 years old and I had to take the ‘Fan’ bus from Harry’s bar with my dad and Grandpa’s old bar cronies.
They played the New England Patriots and it was one of the few games they won that year. Mostly what I remember is Grandma sent chicken sandwiches and a big thermos of hot chocolate.
And there was also a very very very drunk lady who was cheering for the Patriots sitting behind us.
‘Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind.”
Goooooooooooooo Patriots. She loudly slurred that through most of the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Ok. I just checked it on Google. It was October 1st 1979. Pack was 5-11 that year.
You could add any kind of sparkling juice or even diet ginger ale. I happened to have some sparkling apple juice on hand, so that is what I used.
Chop up all your fruit and dump it in.
You can pretty much use any fruit you have. Peaches and oranges look especially pretty floating in the sangria, but I have used grapes, cherries, berries, lemons, and apples (just like the ones we picked with Grandpa Hoffman) with great results.
Steer clear of bananas.
Super sorry, but I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product. I transferred it from the big ugly blue pitcher to a pretty glass pitcher and we drank every bit of it at Sassy’s birthday party. It was a delight.
So the moral of the story is that you can use any kind of wine/booze/fruit combo and get good sangria results.
And don’t go apple picking with a brandy drinker.
End of Summer Sangria
2 bottles of cheap white wine (I usually use a chardonnay or a pinot grigio)
1 cup brandy (flavored or plain)
1/4 cup sugar
1 bottle sparkling apple cider
peaches, pears, oranges (diced/sliced)
Mix everything together in a big ugly pitcher and refrigerate overnite.