Nothing says summer to me like a cold pitcher of fruity sangria. (Or fall, winter, or spring, for that matter!) Drinking sangria brings me back to a trip Logan and I were able to take to Amelia Island a few summers ago, where we enjoyed delicious tapas with a pitcher of frosty sangria that was absolutely perfect at the time. Since that trip, it's been one of my favorite go-to summer sips whenever I go out, but I had never made it at home until this week.
I decided that needed to change.
I found a recipe, which I tweaked ever-so-slightly, and asked for pointers from my Facebook friends. I was able to concoct a drink that is as summer to me as baseball games and ice cream cones. (Dipped, thank you very much!)
It's really tasty.
1/2 cup brandy (I used Presidente)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 750 ML bottle of dry, red Spanish wine
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds (or chunks, whatever goes!)
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 apple, sliced (I used itty bitty green apples a family friend sent over)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (this is optional, but I used it!)
8 maraschino cherries & a tiny splash of juice!
You may be thinking to yourself-- why am I seeing this?
Earlier this year I began writing a list of things that I want to do, that I want to achieve. On that list was to learn more about food photography and styling. I am just beginning, really, but it's been interesting to learn about what works, what doesn't, and just how quickly I can photograph!
I'm making good on promises I've made to myself and others in 2016. It's been a theme I've unofficially adopted for the year, big and small.