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Valentines Day Sangria

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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Hi, this is Andrea from Homemade for Elle. I am thrilled to be a contributor to Natural Living Mamma! I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home. I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, I read labels, and I play the piano. I believe by living simply and naturally, we become happy and healthy. If you’re into that kind of thing (and I assume you are, because you’re here, right?), please follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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7 Responses to Valentine’s Day Sangria and Simple Meals Friday

  1. […] This post was also shared at Simple Saturdays, Gratitude Sunday, and the Clever Chick’s Blog Hop. And Tuned-in Tuesday, Hearth and Soul, and The Gathering Spot. And Real Food Wednesdays, Down Home Blog Hop, and Mountain Woman Rendezvous. And Pennywise Thursday, Healing with Food Friday, Old-Fashioned Friday, Unprocessed Friday, and Simple Meals Friday. […]

  2. Mmmm… that sangria sounds delicious! (But you know me; I love wine!!! 😉 )
    This week I’m sharing a Mushroom Wild Rice Stew that has quickly become a family favorite!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Christine

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. heather says:

    oh, girl! you had me at red wine!!!

  5. Sangria one one of my favorite drinks to make! I just picked up everything to make my version on Friday!

  6. Nice red substitute for those toxic cut red roses that are air shipped every Valentine’s Day.

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