Berries were all sale last week, including these local sweet cherries. While I definitely ate my fair share, they also came in handy when I made sangria to bring to a get together at a friend’s house.
When I went to Chicago with my co-workers for Book Expo America, we stayed in an AirBnB and got in the habit of watching HGTV every night. We had so much hanging out on the couch and debating the house-hunting and design choices of strangers, we decided to make it a regular thing (which I won’t get to stick around for since I’m moving, but…I digress). I only watch Netflix and DVDs at home, so it’s almost a novelty to watch commercials. And especially because I’ve recently been apartment-hunting (virtually! but that’s another story) and thinking about how I want to decorate my new California home, it was fun to see all the different houses.
I’m a big fan of wine, but in the summer, and especially for a party (and by party I mean an exciting Friday night of watching HGTV), sangria is in order. What I love about sangria is that there is virtually no way to mess it up. Throw together some combination of wine, fruit, booze, and some sort of sparkling or carbonated drink and boom! Sangria.
I decided to mix it up and go with a ginger berry version of red sangria.
It was a big hit! This is a good choice for people who like sweet sangria. If I made it for myself again, I’d omit any added sugar. But especially when served with salty appetizers, the sweet and fruity is a nice combination.
I also whipped up a batch of edamame cilantro hummus to take over for our snacks, and my friends brought delicious goat cheese and asparagus on toast that was so simple and delicious I knew I’d be recreating it soon.
Really all you need for a fun get together is some good people, some tasty snacks, and a little sangria.
Ginger Berry Sangria
- 1 cup strawberries hulled
- 1 cup blueberries or cherries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- 1 1/2 cups berry flavored juice (I used Ocean spray blueberry juice)
- 1/2 cup sugar or to taste
- one 750 ml bottle of red wine (I used a cheap Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 1-2 cups ginger ale
Combine all ingredients except for the ginger ale in a pitcher. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. Add ginger ale just before serving.