Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sangria! Perfect for Labor Day Weekend via Beer Chicks

Sangria is definitely a good midday eating cookout type of punch to make as you work your way slowly into the stronger stuff. Definitely a great way to get a buzz while drinking your favorite wine. The beer chicks made a very special Sangria featuring beer. Should have an interesting taste. I'll post below the video and their recipe:

Secret Beer Sangria

1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc
3 ounces brandy
1/3 cup sugar
1 lime
1 lemon
1 orange
1 pear
1 pineapple
10 strawberries, sliced. Reserve half for making ice cubes.
Two 12 ounce bottles Hitachino Nest White Ale, chilled

One of the best things about Sangria is the ability to vary the recipe by adding different fruit. Use seasonal fresh fruit from your local farmer's market. Here are some alternatives: grapes, star fruit, raspberries, blackberries or grapefruit.

1.Pour one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc into a large pitcher. Add brandy and sugar. Stir well.

2.Slice the lime, lemon, orange, pear, and pineapple (you want about 4-5 slices of each). Add to pitcher along with half of the sliced strawberries. Stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to allow the fruit juices to infuse into mixture.

4.To make strawberry ice: fill ice tray with water and add 3 small strawberry slices into each cube (we like a tray that makes large perfectly square ice). Freeze overnight.

5.After pitcher has rested overnight, remove from fridge when ready to serve and add the chilled Hitachino Nest White Ale. Gently stir.
6.Serve by placing one strawberry ice cube into a large wine glass. Pour in the sangria, keeping excess fruit in pitcher (which you can eat later!). Garnish with a slice of your favorite fruit!

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