Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Libation

It seemed like today would never arrive, but it has…and it is amazing!

Today is obviously a day for celebration. With a brilliant new president and brand spanking new year, I’m thrilled to be an American, delighted to be a New Yorker, inspired to serve (in my community and more dinner parties for friends!) and filled with pride for all my fellow citizens!

Now, I’m always inclined to break out the bubbly for huge, life-affirming, soul-stirring, history-making occasions, like the inauguration of Barack Obama, i.e. Our Great Hope, but with the economy still sitting out the party, I thought I’d get creative and offer up a libation that’s festive, delicious and a little more fiscally responsible than an imported bottle from France.

I’ll be toasting ‘hope’ with this lovely sangria. Try it; it’ll make you as happy as Oprah!

Sangria (Serves 6 Glasses)img_2945

  • 1 bunch Grapes
  • 1 Apple (sliced)
  • 1 Orange (sliced)
  • 1 Lemon (sliced)
  • 2 TB Superfine Sugar
  • 1 bottle good Red Wine (chilled)
  • ½ cup B&B (any brandy or cognac will suffice)
  • ¼ cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 2 TB fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Club Soda (chilled)
  • Ice Cubes

Super fine sugar dissolves easier in liquid, and can be made at home by grinding sugar in a food processor for just a few seconds.

The day before your party, mix wine, sugar and fruit, and let sit in the fridge for 18-24 hours. The mixture will have a somewhat syrupy consistency. Before serving stir in liquor and juice, and cut the mixture with soda until it has a thinner, more wine like consistency. Serve from a pitcher over ice in wine glasses.

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2 Responses to “Inauguration Libation”

  1. Erin

    How about some late night gems for those of us in the boroughs who don’t have the luxury of walking home after a night out in the village? Any notable late night Brooklyn hot spots, that aren’t my greasy and sketchy 24 hour corner diner?

  2. Kimberly Belle

    Brooklyn is not as late-night as Manhattan. That’s for damn sure! Bars, maybe. Kitchens, no way, no how. I WISH there were more late-night options in Brooklyn, and if anyone out there has a suggestion please pass it on. I love Bar Toto on the Slope whose kitchen stays open till 1 AM weekends, midnight weekdays. Another Slope option is Blue Ribbon Sushi, which stays open till midnight 7 nights a week. Erbear, I think some of your favorites like Apt138, Bar Tabac and Rebar in Dumbo serve late. And there must be spots in Williamsburg…anyone???

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