Good Times with Mr. Owl : Easy Summertime Sangria Recipe
You know you’re truly spoiled when you are looking around for a bottle of wine to make sangria with and the most appropriate bottle you can come up with is the Reininger 2008 Mr. Owl’s Red. It’s kind of a shame, and I’m sure there will be an outcry regarding my blasphemous behavior, but seriously, on a hot summer evening I can’t help but jones for light, fruity, sweet sangria. Also, I’m lazy, and always running behind, and have a hard time planning for things, so this recipe was born out of all of these things plus the help (and ingredients) from a good friend who makes everything taste good.
Sangria is traditionally made with a mix of fruits, brandy, and a sweetener like honey or sugar. The last time that I made it I had to hunt down brandy and simple syrup and all kinds of juices, which was just sort of lame and took forever. Here is our recipe for easy sangria, to be enjoyed on a sun-filled deck while playing backgammon and chatting (or doing anything enjoyable of your choosing).
Mr. Owl’s Easy Sangria:
1 bottle of Reininger Mr. Owl’s Red (I can’t promise the deliciousness of any other bottle of wine)
1 can of guava/pineapple juice, though we debated and almost put in a can of sparkling blood orange
1/2 cup Cointreau
Juice from 1 lime
sliced fruit like strawberries, oranges, lemons, peaches, etc. if that’s your thing
As you can imagine, it’s pretty easy. Combine the liquids and slices of fruit into a pitcher and let it sit for a few minutes – or not – then serve over ice. Perfection in about 5 minutes.