Sangria Blanco

Warning! The recipe you are about to see is NOT kid friendly.  But it IS very adult friendly.  I’m going to share a white sangria recipe today that I found through Southern Living Magazine.  I’m not a huge drinker, but my women’s cooking group was getting together last week and the theme was Cinco de Mayo, so I figured, it wouldn’t be a complete event without a little sangria in the mix.

And while I’m on the topic, if you enjoy cooking and you haven’t been a part of a cooking group before, you really should join one (or just start your own like I did.).  It’s such a great way to get out of the house and enjoy a little “you” time with your fellow woman.   And, of course, you don’t need to be a woman to start a cooking group either.  When we were living back in Texas, we were members of a couples gourmet cooking club.  Now, THAT, if you like to really cook, was fun.  We would take turns hosting and the meals would be absolutely amazing.  I loved (and still do love) challenging myself to cook and try new things.

Food is so much more than just something to nourish your body.  It’s a way to meet people, to learn about new cultures, to teach yourself new skills, to celebrate special occasions and to celebrate friendships.  It brings people together and nourishes us in so many different ways.  I can’t imagine a world where food didn’t play an integral part in making it what it is today.

Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, here are a couple pictures I thought I’d share from our Cinco de Mayo celebration (I’ll bet you can almost here the mariachis in the background):
Yep, that’s me holding up the sangria.
Our spread.  Pretty impressive if I do say so myself!
These women are amazing and I’m excited to form a stronger friendship with them through the sheer enjoyment of good food… and drink.
Which brings me back to the sangria.  I bet all this talk about cooking and food is making you want to pour yourself a big cold glass. Right?   Well let me fix that problem for you.  Here’s what you’ll need:
1/4 Cup of Sugar
11/4 Cups Water
2 Bottles of White Wine
3/4 Cup Mint Leaves
1 Cup of Orange Liqueur
2 to 3 Cups of 7-Up
Sliced up Lemons, Limes, Oranges, and Strawberries
Bring the water and sugar to a boil and let it cook until the sugar dissolves completely in the water.  Set it aside to cool.
While the sugar water is cooling, mix together in a pitcher your wine, mint leaves, and orange liqueur.  Once the sugar mixture is cooled, add that in with the wine as well.  Here’s what you’ll have:

Now, throw it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors mix together.  When it’s time to partake of the sangria, pull it out of the fridge and throw in your 7-Up and fruit.  Serve it over ice if desired.  Yum!

Buen provecho!

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9 Responses to “Sangria Blanco”

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    anniebakes — May 11, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    that looks super delish! What are the "rules" to your cooking club, I'd love to start one but don't know where to begin! anne

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    julie — May 11, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    Anne, There really aren't any rules persay. It's whatever works best for your group.

    For the women's group we all bring a dish and whoever is hosting for the month picks the theme. We try to make sure each course is covered.

    For our gourmet club, the couple hosting picked the theme and made the majority of the meal, but also had a co-host couple who would help cover a couple things such as the appetizer and dessert and help out with whatever the host needed the night of the dinner.

    Both ways are fun and work well. I hope you're doing well!

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    Chef Dennis — May 11, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    Sounds like a great tasting sangria…light, refreshing….delicious!!

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    Crystal — May 11, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    That sounds delish! TFS! :)

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    Taylor — May 11, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    What a perfect drink for the summer! I love that you used 3 buck chuck :)

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    julie — May 12, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words!

    Taylor, I'm a Trader Joe's addict. I couldn't imagine using anything else. Especially for that price!

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — May 12, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Oh, I must have lost my invitation!! I wish you lived nearby! I might make some sangria this weekend.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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    julie — May 12, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Alex, I wish you lived nearer too! I'd love to have you in the group.

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