Another month…another sangria. I don’t know if there is a perfect or bad sangria for summertime, but this one seemed appropriate. Note for those who like to make (or are asked) to make cocktails with little-no notice – keep lemons and limes on hand, all the time. Okay, now for the recipe – the original post can be found HERE.
Credit: Gal on a Mission
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
- 1 750mL bottle Pinot Grigio
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- ¼ cup citrus vodka (Absolut Citron)
- Lemon flavored carbonated beverage (such as lemon-lime soda, lemon or lime flavored sparkling water, or San Pellegrino Limonata)
- Stevia drops to taste
- Put lemons, limes, wine, lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka into a pitcher and allow to sit for 1 hour – overnight.
- Pour ½ cup of sangria concentrate into a wine glass with 2-3 slices of lemon and/or lime.
- Add ½ cup carbonated beverage to wine glass.
- Add stevia drops to sweeten to taste.
I modified this recipe a little. The original recipe does not use any liquor or liqueur – I opted to add the citrus vodka. Other recipes use Limoncello and/or vodka (plain or citrus). The original recipe says to omit the lemon and/or lime juices if you are adding flavored soda. Well, I did both – didn’t want to “skimp” on flavor.
So, the verdict… The liquor addition was a good call. I may try this with Limoncello at some time. The lemon and lime juice was not overkill. However, my recent experiences with lime have led to a more bitter tasting (than desired) beverage. The pucker factor on this one was pretty big and I had to add sweetener (I chose stevia drops) to my glass, even WITH the addition of soda. However, you may like it as is. I did notice that other recipes do add sugar when making the sangria concentrate – and I may try this as well. Overall, it was good and plan make it again this summer – Cheers!