Hate red wine and brandy, but they’re the only things in the house that’ll get you drunk off your ass? Try this sangria!* Looking to take advantage of red wine’s health benefits, but prefer something less dry and a bit fruitier? Try this sangria!
This delectable drink is cheap, easy to whip up, and perfectly suited for those hot summer nights. As my hometown is currently experiencing a heat wave – like, hottest June 27th ever recorded sort of hot – I am definitely appreciative of anything that can help keep me cool; if it puts a goofy smile on my face, even better!
A few days ago, Buzzfeed shared a list of “Super Easy Sangrias to Make This Summer“, and I was instantly thankful for the inspiration. Combining ideas from a few of the different drinks on the list, I came up with my own version. It’s not overly attractive like those that Buzzfeed shared, but it’s delicious, refreshing, and full of good-for-you ingredients (and not too many of the bad). As an added bonus, it’s also quite likely to make you a better dancer – so there’s that, too!
Rhubarb-Infused Sangria with Berries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-4 stalks rhubarb, roughly chopped
- 4 cups red wine, chilled (I used Naked Grape’s Sauvignon Blanc)
- 2 cups sparkling water, chilled (I used San Pellegrino)
- 1 oz. brandy
- frozen berries (preferably a mixture)
- Toss the rhubarb into a pot with the water (regular, not sparkling) and the sugar. Cook over medium heat. stirring and pressing the rhubarb with a wooden spoon until it is soft and the sugar is dissolved. Strain out the liquid into a small bowl and throw in the freezer until cooled, 10-20 minutes. Discard the rhubarb remains.
- Once the rhubarb/sugar mix is cooled (it doesn’t have to be cold, room temperature will do), combine all of the remaining ingredients into a pitcher that can hold at least 8 cups, and stir. When adding the ice and berries, use as much or as little as you’d like, though I’d recommend about two small handfuls of each.
- Refrigerate and let sit for a few minutes so the berries can soak up the flavours.
- Fighting the urge to drink straight from the pitcher, pour into glasses and enjoy.
Makes roughly 4 servings
* Though I joke a bit, I feel much more comfortable posting a recipe like this is if I add a reminder that alcohol can be an issue for some. Though we adults are responsible for ourselves, if you’re serving this drink to guests, please ensure they have a safe ride home.