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Football Fun- Sangria!

Today we are all in our Patriot’s gear ready for some football! 

This afternoon we will be jetting off to our friends nearby for the game and good family fun.  We decided that we’d make our chili to bring over…and some of our sangria.  The chili, which smells amazing, is still simmering, so I thought to post my recipe for the sangria. Usually, sangria is my summer time late evening in the sun drink, but it’s also a great winter drink, too! Really can you ever go wrong with wine? NO!

Last night, I took a slim water glass and filled it with 1 cup of good no pulp orange juice then slipped it into the freezer.  I LOVE using frozen juices in the sangria rather than ice cubes, cause it keeps it chilled while the juice melts slowly to flavor the drink nicely.  Make sure that if you choose to freeze juice that you remember two things…1- all liquids expand when frozen so don’t fill anything to the top, and 2- measure the opening of the container you will be using so you get the frozen items in them. I generally don’t use ice cube trays cause it’s the size of the larger frozen pieces that make the difference. So good luck!!

My Winter Sangria
3 cups of red table wine
3 cups of cold ginger ale (sprite or seltzer water will work, I like using ginger ale so no more sugar is added)
3/4 cup brandy
1 cup of orange juice, frozen
1 tspn of ground nutmeg (I mix it into the brandy and then pour it in)
1 large orange, washed and sliced thin, save some for cup presentation

Here I have a cup of frozen orange juice in the glass carafe, surrounded by all the ingredients we need.
Here I have a cup of frozen orange juice in the glass carafe, surrounded by all the ingredients we need.
3 cups of a good house red wine, here we used MezzaCorona's Merlot.
3 cups of a good house red wine, here we used MezzaCorona’s Merlot.
Then add in 3/4 cup of brandy and 3 cups of cold ginger ale
Then add in 3/4 cup of brandy and 3 cups of cold ginger ale
Winter fruits are a tough one, but Oranges are actually warm weather's winter fruit!  So we washed a ripe navel orange, which smelled amazing when we cut it open, and sliced it up thin; then added it to the wine.
Winter fruits! We washed a ripe navel orange, which smelled amazing when we cut it open, and sliced it up thin; then added it to the wine.

Since we are drinking them later and it’s still too early for me to drink, there is no photo of it in a glass!   But I can assure you that this drink when I tasted it was DEEEELISH!
GO PATS!

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