Gourmet Club Salad and Sangria

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.

Sangria! Sangria!

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.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sangria-Sangria/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=57950660&prop26=DailyDish&prop27=2011-04-29&prop28=RecipeOption&prop29=FullRecipe&me=1

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Categories: Alcohol, Beverage, Fruit, Gourmet Club, Recipes, Vegetarian, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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15 Comments on “Gourmet Club Salad and Sangria”

  1. September 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Sangria is so refreshing on a warm, summer day – this looks delicious.


  2. September 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Looks like you have a good time with your gourmet club, especially with that sangria!


  3. September 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I was with you until the carbonated water… then I think it became a wine cooler! My parents used to make something like this for their garden parties and we’d always get a sip. Looks great and refreshing!


  4. SK
    September 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Yum! I love sangria!


  5. soyandsauce
    September 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Yummy! Sangria Sangria!


  6. September 18, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I just love the idea of a salad on a stick! I am definitely going to give this one a go. 🙂


  7. September 18, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I’m sure the salad on a stick is delicious, but honestly, I skipped right to the sangria. Yum!


  8. October 3, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    What would you suggest in place of the 1/3 cup of frozen leamonade concentrate?


    • October 3, 2012 at 6:53 am #

      Are you trying to avoid the lemon, sugar or just don’t have the concentrate?


      • October 4, 2012 at 10:30 am #

        oops! I should have stated that I don’t have concentrate here. thank you 🙂


      • October 4, 2012 at 11:16 am #

        Most concentrates make 48oz of fluid. You could find lemonade powder mix that is supposed to make that amount and add enough water to make 12oz (dry mix + water).


      • October 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

        Bummer but no dried lemon mix here either. lol I have fresh lemons of imitation lemon juice in a bottle. thank you for your help. 🙂



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