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Sangrias add fruity, fresh touch

Many years ago I wrote a column about sangria. For those who’ve never tasted it, sangria is a wonderful wine punch concoction that is fresh, fruity and delicious and can be made in minutes.

The idea behind creating sangria is simple: Take some wine and add your favorite fruit to it, mix with fruit juice or sparkling beverages and pour it over ice. Repeat and enjoy constantly. Some recipes require a bit of time in the refrigerator so that all the flavors can mix and meld; others can be served just as soon as you stop stirring.

One last sangria note: If you want something extra with your sangria, you can take any leftover wine you might have and turn it into ice cubes (you can also freeze leftover wine into ice cubes and use it for cooking in soups, sauces or stews) and use it to chill the sangria when you serve it.

Classic Sangria

1 bottle of red wine (cabernet, merlot, zinfandel, shiraz)

1 lemon, juiced then cut into wedges

1 orange, juiced then cut into wedges

1 lime, juiced then cut into wedges

1 can pineapple tidbits, with juice

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup orange juice or lemonade

2 to 3 shot glasses of gin

1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale

1 cup of raspberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)

In a large pitcher combine the wine, lemon, orange and lime juices. Mix to combine. Add the fruit wedges, pineapple tidbits and juice, orange juice and sugar. Mix then add the gin. Mix and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving add the ginger ale, berries and ice. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice. Serves 8.

Mock Sangria

You can serve this sangria right away.

2 1/2 cups cold orange juice

1 1/2 cups cold white grape juice

1 cup cranberry juice

1 2-liter bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled

Ice cubes

2 sliced oranges

2 sliced limes

1 sliced lemon

2 sliced peaches or 1 cup raspberries

Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together chilled orange juice, white grape juice and cranberry juice. Add the lemon lime soda and mix gently. In another bowl combine all the fruit together. Add the fruit to the punch. Fill the glasses with ice and pour the mock sangria over the ice and garnish with fresh mint. Serves 10.

– Modified from About.com

Champagne Sangria

1 cup of strawberries, thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1 lime thinly sliced

1 cup orange juice, cold

1/2 cup simple syrup*

1 bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (not too sweet), cold

In a pitcher combine the fruit. Add the orange juice, simple syrup and the bottle of champagne. Mix and chill for 1 hour. When you’re ready to serve, fill each glass with crushed ice (I like to use champagne flutes). Serves 8 to 10.

*Simple Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil and then let cool.

Slice of Life is a food column that offers recipes, cooking advice and information on new food products. It appears Sundays. If you have a question about cooking or a food item, contact Eileen Goltz at ztlog@frontier.net or write The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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