The second course of the Gourmet Club is always soup or salad. Immediately after announcing the theme at the previous dinner, I looked over and expressed my sympathy. Soup or salad on a stick was a larger challenge than with any other dish. What we had was a beautiful, fresh fruit salad on a stick.
In addition to the main course, I decided to make a few drinks up. The first was sangria.
The first time I ever made sangria, I was in high school. A friend’s parents were preparing for a party and we were hired to help out. I was placed at a table with all the ingredients and told to make it. It is such a simple drink but great for a summer party. Fruity and refreshing. I made a double batch.
Other than slicing the fruit, all you have to do is throw it into a jar and stir.
Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min | Makes: 6 cups
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
- 8 maraschino cherries
- 2 cups carbonated water (optional)
In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.