I’m calling this Holly Jolly sangria, but just know that this can make any situation jollier. One time, Hols and I made this sangria for my brother’s graduation party, and everyone got smashed. It was GREAT! Inebriated family members always make great memories.
I’m making a big batch of this for a little holiday gathering this evening, so I used a magnum bottle of wine and also a smaller bottle. If you’re making this for 4, use just one small bottle of wine, and double accordingly. This sangria is awesome because it’s super easy and you can make it the morning of your event.
You’ll need just one secret ingredient: GIN.
Ingredients (for one small batch serving 4-5)
- 1 bottle red wine (cabernet, merlot, shiraz, malbec, whatever you want)
- 2 lemons, cut into wedges
- 1 navel orange, cut into wedges
- splash of orange juice
- 2-4 shots of gin, depending on how wild you want to make your party
- 1 tbsp sugar, optional (I don’t add sugar to mine, because I don’t like sickly sweet sangria, but it’s up to you!)
- ginger ale to add just before serving
Pour the bottle of wine into a large pitcher and squeeze the fruit wedges into the wine, throwing the wedges into the pitcher as you go. (Squeeze the lemon through your hands to catch any seeds.)
Add the gin and a splash of orange juice and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight. When serving, pour the sangria mix into a glass and top it off with ginger ale. (You can also pour the ginger ale into the pitchers, but I don’t like carbonated beverages to go flat.)
Disclaimer/WARNING: This is very deadly, very dangerous sangria. You will be drunker than you think you are when you stand up for the first time off the couch after having a glass. BE CAREFUL!
Day 18: One of my favorite new ornaments from Crate and Barrel: a llama face!! (Anyone see The Emperor’s New Groove? Anyone?)
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, mainly because my library card pressures me to read books before I have to return them, and the imperfect library hold system usually results in me getting six books at once. I’ve been devouring books lately, reading them in between work, on my lunch breaks, curled on the couch with Rennie. I even convinced Someone to get a library card, too, so we now read in companionable silence quite often. Recent reads:
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
This was just an adorable little love story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Last Letter from Your Lover, Jojo Moyes
She makes me ugly cry. This was a great read.
One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
See above comments. Such a good story.
Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer
I read this book in one day. Enjoy.
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty