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!
- 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.