Sangria Wine Recipe, Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico
Welcome to the weekend. You deserve something special, don’t you?
How about a cool and refreshing pitcher of sangria as we while away Saturday night on the patio or the deck? (Can be made w/ or w/o the wine!)
Don’t forget the chips and do make the guacamole recipe from yesterday!
Invite over the neighbors. Enjoy the sunset. Settle in & Relax.
¼ C. sugar
1 C. water
Fruits such as: orange, lemon, lime, berries of choice, pineapple, add your favorite too!
1 bottle of red wine An Argentinean malbec is my recommendation. Malbec is so nice used in Sangria here! Malbec is a nice wine period! You do not need to buy an expensive malbec.
½ gallon of orange juice (with pulp is nice) Sometime make your own orange juice as it makes this extra special.
2 liters of soda water
Make simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water for a few minutes. Basically, you want the sugar to melt. If you don't melt the sugar, the sugar will separate in the Sangria and make a gritty bottom in the pitcher.
Slice up the fruit you selected. You can put ANY fruit in that you want. I go to the market and select what looks best. Place the sliced fruit it in the simple syrup and let it marinate for about 15 minutes. Make sure the syrup has cooled before you place the fruit in it! I always reserve pineapple chunks to place on the rim of the wine glasses.
Whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Chill. You can also pour this over ice cubes (sorry if the upsets some of you...but we like it with ice cubes.)
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Blood of Christ Mountains, are part of the Rocky Mountains and have New Mexico’s highest peaks. The clear air allows the light to reflect a lovely shade of pink off of those mountains. They are known for their beautiful and HUGE rainbows.
Paul Simon sang about them in his song Hearts and Bones…..
In the Sangre de Cristo
The Blood of Christ Mountains
Of New Mexico
On the last leg of the journey
They started a long time ago
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes slipping into stones
Hearts and bones
We also have the Sandia Peak which means watermelon.
We are big on red and pink mountain vistas.
Next week look for New Mexico Food as found at the International Market.