Many years ago I used to frequent a Spanish restaurant in Sydney called ‘Don Quixote’. It was tucked away in the bustling Chinatown district. The restaurant cooked whole suckling pigs that were addictive. So were the sangrias. That was the first place I’d tried this easy-to-consume-vast-amounts of beverage. As most of you already know, the drink originated in Spain and Portugal but there’s been many spins on it over the years. With pomegranates being in season and because it’s a gorgeous Florida afternoon I thought a sangria recipe was in order. I sit here writing this with specs of pomegranate juice all down my arms and my chest. I’m sure if I went and checked the mirror my face would look much the same. Originally from Iran and then India and once considered most exotic, pomegranates are now more common place. Their seeds are like rubies and digging them out of the creamy colored flesh is like panning for gold. I made the most god-awful mess, some of it you can see here…
I got bored after collecting 1/4 cup or so of the seeds so I sliced the remaining pomegranate up and threw it in the pitcher. You don’t want to eat that part though. Traditionally sangria is made with wine and brandy. I used wine and vodka. It’s what we had on hand and and I didn’t want to add too many other flavors but I bet it would be nice with triple sec or Cointreau if you’re living the high life. I didn’t use the cheapest wine I could find but I didn’t break the bank either. That would be sacrilege. So if you’re feeling a little fun and festive, here is the sangria recipe.
- 750 ml bottle white wine of your choice (preferably something light – Sauvignon blanc, pinot gris), chilled
- 1 cup vodka, chilled
- 2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
- 1/2 pomegranate, sliced
- 1/4 cup or so pomegranate seeds
- lots of ice
- sparkling lemon lime soda such as 7-UP or Sprite
- In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, pomegranate juice, sliced pomegranate and seeds. Chill.
- Fill serving glasses with ice. Pour wine mixture into glasses about two-thirds full. Top-off with soda. Serves 1 – 2 at a stretch. Or 4 or so but not in my house.