I’ve been saving my drink allowance for weekends now that I’m (trying to be) a responsible adult.
Which means come Friday and Saturday, the bottles are out and the drinks are poured.
This week, I developed a few sangria recipes for Love Beets and Kroger, and it dawned on me I haven’t posted a red wine sangria on The Roasted Root. I went ahead and used up my bounty of blueberries and cherries for this here beverage and loved the way it turned out.
Have you ever in your life allowed cherries and apples to stew in wine? It’s the the most amazing thing.
Basically, the fruit turns into something I can’t even describe in words. AND it gets better with age.
In the realm of cocktails, sangria is one of my favorites.
First of all, it involves wine (white, red, or rose, no less!), secondly, it involves booze, and thirdly, it involves fruit.
I prefer my cocktails on the less sweet end, so I typically don’t add very much sweetener or liqueur.
If you like sangria sweet, you can add more pure maple syrup or incorporate an orange or cherry liqueur into this recipe.
You can make it boozier, sweeter, build your own sangria bar so your friends can choose their poisons…lots of wriggle room when it comes to the cocktailing.
Plus, it’s perfect for bringing with you to all your summerly events like concert series, and bbqs, and movies in the park, etc. etc.
Should we discuss our emoticons while we share a beverage?
I’ve been struggling with two things recently…let’s chat.
P.S. This cocktail would go really well with that Grain-Free Cherry Crumble I showed you yesterday. Just food for thought.
Cherry Blueberry Apple Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine such as Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon, 750mL
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
- 2 tablespoons to 3 agave nectar to taste
- 1 large honeycrisp or Fugi apple chopped or sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups cherries pitted and halved
- Add all ingredients for the sangria to a large pitcher and stir well. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or overnight) – the longer the sangria sits, the more flavorful it will become. Taste the sangria for flavor and add sweetener or liqueur to taste.
- Serve sangria over ice, making sure each glass receives some fruit.