Valentine’s Day Sangria
Valentine’s Day is coming quickly and I am scrambling to come up with fun, exciting, and affordable plans for my hubby and me. We usually prepare and enjoy a wonderful steak dinner, with roasted potatoes, a fresh salad with various homemade salad dressing recipes, and roasted asparagus.
This year, I wanted to include a simple and sexy Valentine’s Day Sangria to enjoy with our Valentine’s Day feast! I wanted something bright, fragrant and fruity, and this delicious drink certainly delivers. The best part of Valentine’s Day Sangria is that you can create a big batch in a pitcher, and pour a glass for your loved one (and one for yourself!) to start off a sweet and seductive evening.
And if you’re spending Valentine’s Day solo, there is nothing more fun than gathering together with close friends, and enjoying a fruity drink.
Sangria is generally made with red wine, fresh fruit and occasionally brandy. I wanted to mix it up a bit and include my favorite fruits, including pineapple and strawberries, and a touch of rum to give it a tropical taste.
Valentine’s Day Sangria
- 3/4 cup organic sugar cane
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle red wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup light rum
- 1 lemon, juiced
Slice strawberries and discard stems. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and sliced strawberries and bring to a light boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and slightly mash the strawberries with a potato masher, or fork.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large pitcher, and add cooled strawberry blend. Mix together and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Add sliced lemons, oranges, pineapple, strawberries or any other fruit that you love.
What are your favorite fruits to add to Sangria? Do you like the chunks of fruit, or prefer them finely diced?
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